Video: Making the Botanical Box

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‘While in lockdown I managed to film the making of The Botanical Box, which initially was a suggested retail item for the Botanical Gardens Shop but was never taken up by management’, explains Alastair Boell, fine woodworker and director of the Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking.

‘The style of the video was developed after having lived in Japan where they often have a unique way of depicting Arts & Crafts films. There is no commentary, only the sounds of the artisan creating. It is a very intimate ‘fly on the wall’ experience and I wanted to emulate this as much as I could for this video,’ said Alastair.

Without words or background music, this is a focused and refreshingly calm approach to visually documenting the making of an object.


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