Rob Walker‘s latest Consumed column in the NY Times looks at the resurgence of the View-Master. We’ve been watching quite a lot of retro-tech hacking recently and Rob points to another example – the Vladmaster created (and sold) by a Portland Artist:
As a creator and a shopper, Vladimir had always favored the handmade or the thrift-store-found. These two preferences came together when she started making her own reels for secondhand View-Masters in 2003, starting by interpreting four of Franz Kafka’s terse “parables.” She read up on how to make 3-D photographs, built her own scenes on a card table and glued the images into custom-printed reels. She packaged these in slim boxes of her own design and sold them at local craft fairs.