Artist Creates Wooden Art Pieces With Moving Animals Hidden Inside

Narrator: This intricate,
moving piece of art is called an automaton. It’s a machine that follows a predetermined set of instructions. That’s why they’ve been
called the original robots. Their movements are made to imitate those of a human or animal, from the way the joints move
to how they walk or run. This is Jamie. She makes
wooden automaton art pieces. She first saw an automaton on TV when she was 7 years old
and was amazed by it. Years later, she decided
to move from painting on flat canvas to building automatons and started Ghost Light Gallery. Automatons have been around for centuries, used as functional or
even decorative pieces. Jamie’s artworks are mainly
meant for the latter. The purpose of these mechanisms is to create a sense of
wonder for those who see it. Jamie calls it magic. Jamie: I happened to have
come across a magician by the name of Robert-Houdin. He would, through his magic acts, also create automatons, and
it mystified and wowed people. And I found myself once again thinking, “That is magic, and
that is who I wanna be.” Narrator: Jamie’s pieces are inspired by the animals she saw
in the woods as a child. – I lived in a forest, essentially, and I would always spend
time alone in the woods, and I liked it because if
you would be very still, and quiet, and patient enough, little rabbits, and deer,
and squirrels would come out, and you could actually watch them just be animals in their own habitat. So I like to kind of
create those environments inside of the wooden animal
automatons that I build. Narrator: Jamie sketches each design using an illustration
app called Procreate. This allows her to work in layers and loosely sketch any
possible gear movements. In order to make the
automatons move naturally, she follows the anatomy of the animals to create their joints and walking style. She uses a combination of gears and pulleys to create movement. These include rack and
pinion, pulleys and belts, worm gears, or bevel gears. She chooses the mechanisms
based on the type of movement she is looking to create: horizontal, vertical, or
redirecting the movement to allow for both. – I’m, unfortunately, terrible at math. I’m terrible at geometry,
so that is probably the other component that mostly goes into this type of artwork, but
with enough trial and error and just the experience over
the years of doing this, you learn shortcuts and
different things like that. Narrator: Each shape is sketched onto the wood, cut, and sanded. Getting the movements just right took Jamie years of trial and error. – My father was a builder.
He was a contractor, and he and my brother are
the people who raised me. They were always in the garage building, making anything, all the time. And so through the years, I
became this sort of watcher. I would watch everything
that they would do, and they never outwardly
taught me anything because they didn’t know, and
neither did I at the time, that I would need that
knowledge later in life. But I did learn. I
learned by watching them. Narrator: Each of her pieces are attached to a backboard that the
gears and mechanisms will be connected to. She designed it this way to allow for easy repairs or upkeep. Once the movements are perfected, details are added and painted. And finally, the magic is revealed.

28 thoughts on “Artist Creates Wooden Art Pieces With Moving Animals Hidden Inside

  1. Bruh im so early if you’re reading this hope you have a good day ???

    Also im a small channel if so if you subscribe to me ill sub back to you

  2. Did she see the same artist I saw on TV, I wonder? I think it was on Reading Rainbow. I love your art, Jamie. Thank you for sharing and inspiring!

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