Seattle Sketcher returns to Shoreline for crankie artists

Monday, May 25, 2015

Sketch by Gabriel Campanario
Courtesy Gabriel Campanario

Our old friend, the Seattle Sketcher, made a third trip to Shoreline to sketch and write an article about a local family of musicians who are using a very old art form to communicate their songs.

By Gabriel Campanario
Impromptu folk performances at the L├ęger household in Shoreline are not unusual for the self-described family of music geeks. 
Dejah is playing the guitar and singing a traditional French-Canadian tune, while her husband, Devon, accompanies on the violin, and her father-in-law, Louis, operates a “crankie,” an illustrated panorama brought to life by a hand crank, that tells the story of a little rabbit hiding in a cabbage. 
Dejah, a leading force in the local community of crankie artists, started incorporating this old visual-art form into her musical act to help non-French-speaking kids and adults engage with her songs in a different way. “Music and images make each other more powerful,” she said.

Read the rest of his article in The Seattle Times


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