For those of you who are new to the project... A is for Aye Aye: An Abecedarian Adventure is a celebration of the New York Public Library's amazing Picture Collection, a repository for over one million images collected for over 90 years. The images are arranged alphabetically in Categories ranging from A & P Food Stores to Zoological Gardens, pasted on large pieces of cardstock and labeled by hand. You can check out these images (60 each week!) in beautiful little green portfolios and take them home to scan or just stare at.
In this short film, a young girl wanders into the collection and encounters the image of an Aye-Aye, a lemur from Madagascar which you can see an image of below. The Aye-Aye leads the girl through a series of alphabetical worlds created from images in the collection, and then finds herself outside in the real world being followed down Fifth Avenue by the Aye-Aye and a few of her other new-found friends from the Picture Collection.
The Aye-Aye looks like this:
|The Aye-Aye, From ANIMALS: A-L|
My very first sketch for a world drawn from the letter D, which I hope to elaborate on is here :
|D is for Desert and Dirigible|
|F is for Forest and Fortune-telling|
|G is for Gauchos, Giants, and Gibraltar|
|H is for Hypnotism, Hair, and Hawaii|
|I is for Ivory, Incense & Ice|
|J is for Justice, Junks, and Juggling|
|K is for Knights Knitting in Krygystan|
|L is for Lapps, Lunchboxes, Labyrinths and Lighthouses|
|M is for Magic Carpets, Masks, Mermaids, and the Maya on May Day|
|N is for Newsstands, Nurses and Nigeria in Niagara Falls|
|Z is for (Great) Zimbabwe and the Zodiac at the Zoological Gardens|