29 December 2011

Long Time No See

Christmas was fairly quiet. We headed back to Medway for two days and didn't really do much. Marcos discovered he should really never eat Jerusalem artichokes.


Here's a blurry photo of my presents (my point and shoot is getting a bit old these days). I got some nice presents this year. Poirot boxset, tupperware with spaceboy design, Carcassonne boardgame, photography book, Hummingbird bakery book, Tatty Devine jewellery making book, liquorice roots (I really don't know why, my mum got the idea that I liked them), chocolate Mr Men, and unexpectedly, a new phone. The phone is mostly used for playing Words With Friends (my username: emmajanefalconer). The Deerhunter CD was a mistake, it was meant to be on vinyl, but they sent the CD and now I have to send it back.

Marcos Poncho I

Here's Marcos being silly in a poncho, ready to head back to his ancestral pampa. In my head I think of this poncho as an irish superhero cape, crocheted by a nanna.

Marcos Poncho II

12 December 2011

Ondes & Vagues

I've been working on this moving water backdrop for a university project.
This was the first version.

Waves v 1 from Emma Falconer on Vimeo.

I wasn't happy with the jerkiness of the waves.
I then increased the motion of the waves, but it came out a bit too much.

I was hoping for water, not jelly.

After a bit more tweaking, I came up with this version. I'm still not that happy with the motion of the water, but I need to add the stuff that actually goes in the water now.

Oh Vienna

In September I returned to Vienna to teach another English in Action programme. I've got photos of galleries and exhibitions I need to sort out still. Here's some odds and ends of photos of other stuff.

The company put me up in a hotel until the weekend, then I stayed with my friend Delal, an art student. Unfortunately I'd managed to catch the flu halfway through the week from the kids, so I pretty much spent a lot of time asleep on her sofa/going to stuff and then falling asleep too. It means I missed out on the funtimes. My return flight was from Bratislava, and I'd meant to do some sightseeing in the city (it's about an hour from Vienna on the bus) but I felt so wretched I just went straight to the airport from Vienna. Flying with the flu is not fun, even if it's only a two hour flight.

clouds from plane

On my way out to places I always like to take the clichéd clouds through aeroplane window photos.

clouds from plane


This is Vapiano, a cafe I went to near my hotel. It's kind of like if IKEA ran a pizza place.


You choose the stuff you want, add the stuff to an RFID card, they give you a pager, and then when the pager rings you go to the counter to collect the food. When you leave the cashier takes your card and you pay up. The food was pleasant, but average, the futuristic method of ordering being the most exciting thing about the place. Turns out they have a branch near where I live now. I doubt I'll be returning, there are so many fantastic restaurants in London.


There are plenty of good places to eat in Vienna, but they're a bit scared of spices (and don't get me started on the selection of food in the supermarkets ...). These satay noodles with tofu were labelled "sehr pikkante" on the menu, but weren't spicy at all. Still tasty though.

park at night
This is the Palmenhaus in the Stadtgarten, a short walk from the hotel. I would've liked to go into the cafe, but it was the end of the week and my funds were low. Round the corner is the Hotel Sacher, home of the famous Sachertorte. I was going to get Marcos one (his parents' bosses had once given him some and he remembered it being delicious), but they were ridiculously expensive, and so I ended up baking him a large one instead, which made him pretty happy.


I am an incurable postcard writer.


Display I saw in a junk shop.


Bread in a traditional restaurant.


We went to this bar, Cafe Goldschlag to see a singer Mary Ocher. The bar is done up like a vintage living room and they sell glasses of beer or wine by donation. I had a nice time, despite falling asleep and having trouble getting my flu-addled brain to speak German properly.


Here's Delal trying to get her most beloved camera to work again.

wall children

Drawing in the kitchen.



slovakian chocolate

slovakian chocolate

These were some chocolate bars with really great packaging I saw at Bratislava airport. I didn't get any though because the shop was really hot and they were a bit melted feeling.

09 December 2011

Print your own unicorn


unicorn paper no border


I was playing around with my new toy today (ie Adobe CS5) and made this printable set of writing paper with a unicorn motif. 2 different designs of writing paper and 1 design of envelope. I will send the pdf to your paypal email address unless you supply another.

Pdfs are set up for european a4 paper and c5 envelopes and north american letter paper and a2 envelopes. The artwork is for non-commercial use only.

The colours are a little more vivid in the pdf than they appear on the jpg.

Price= £0.50 GBP (roughly $1 USD or €0.60)

08 December 2011


I've been a little quiet around here recently. Me & M moved back to London last weds, and it's been a blur since of unpacking things, organising stuff and waiting for things to arrive and then hosting his parents from Spain for three days until this morning. Various relatives were kind enough to give us things like a sofa, tv, etc, and the place is starting to coalesce into some form of civilised. Watch this space for more updates.

Work in Progress

Here's something I'm working on for university. I need to get the movement of the waves sorted out, they're too jerky right now. Once that's sorted, then I have to add boats and monsters to make a sample piece to show on the last day of term next weds. The lines are hand-drawn and scanned in, then I comped in the marble pattern from some hand-marbled paper I made (whatever it says on the bottle, marbling ink is not easy to wash off, especially if you manage to spill some of the water into the bath and turn it green). The animation's done on After Effects. I'm still learning how to set up keyframe paths exactly how I want, there's a knack to it. The original is in 1080p HD, but there's no point uploading it in that to flickr for progress videos.

Nature All Around

These are some pictures I scanned from a 1970s kids book at my dad's house called Nature All Around. My uncle used to work for a non-fiction publisher and we always seemed to have strange free books from his work around the place. It has drawings and photographs of things children can spot around the average british garden/field/beach and information about the lives of the various creatures.


Here's our author. Personally I like neither stinging nettles nor cauliflowers.


The cover is 70s brown, with this photo of the writer's kids and wife inspecting some leaf mould. I like the twin's tiger jackets. Good work Ma Chinery.


Puffins. Puffins! About 7 years ago I visited Reykjavik, where they like to cook puffins. One restaurant was offering a puffin feast. Puffin salad, roast puffin and tiramisu. Hopefully the tiramisu had pureed puffin in it, or I think people would have asked for their money back due to lack of puffin.


I used to dare myself to open this page with the picture of the slug on. I hate slugs.


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