Articles Tagged: Klyde Warren Park

Behind the Scenes of the Klyde-O-Scope

When Peter nonchalantly mentioned that he had an idea to create a giant kaleidoscope to bring to Klyde Warren Park, I could barely contain my excitement. A giant kaleidoscope???  What would that even look like? How would it work? The concept  captured my imagination and I had to make him follow through with it.

One trip to Home Depot, two mirrored doors and a pile of wood later, the Klyde-O-Scope was born.

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Sunday Sun Prints at Klyde Warren Park

Today, I headed to Klyde Warren Park to have our monthly Sunday Sun Prints event. The fall breeze was a nice foil to the bright sun and the park teamed with life. I placed my bucket of water along with various objects on the table and invited kids to come and make a print of their own.

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Sun prints, also known as cynotypes, are an old photographic printing process that was created in 1842 by Sir Herschel Williams. Originally it was intended for reproducing scientific notes and architectural plans (hence the term blueprints). It works by treating the paper with ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide and then exposing the paper to UV light. Whatever objects you place on the paper will be transposed onto it after being exposed to the sun and rinsed in water. The effect is a beautiful Prussian blue print that holds an artistic life of its own.

The kids’ reactions to the prints were priceless. Amazed, they would watch them float in water as their images began to appear. Looking up at me they would ask, “How does it work?”

“Magic,” I’d reply.

I try to make it out to KWP once a month to make sun prints. Check our Community Events calendar for the  next scheduled date!

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The Hunt for the Scavenger Hunt Prize

One of the favorite aspects of my job as studio manager at DCP is that I am never quite sure how the day will pan out. The Tuesday before we had our first Kids Scavenger Hunt at Klyde Warren Park, I started my day with a text from Peter: “Hey, I need you to find little toy cameras that we can give to the kids as a completion prize. Check out the stores around Harry Hines Blvd and Royal Ln.”

Little did I know, this was the beginning of my own full blown scavenger hunt.

Peter had given me one clue: the Asian Trade District. Having just moved to Dallas, my familiarity with the area was on par with my knowledge of astrophysics (yes, I am aware of planets, but do I really know what is going on? no). I set off in my car, mentally braced for the journey ahead.

The stores were intense to say the least. They did not disappoint and reminded me of similar Chinatowns I’d visited on the East and West coast, but with that Dallas twist: plenty of parking and lots of space. The smell of plastic wafted through each store as I stared at rows upon rows of brightly colored plastic toys. I searched through the infinite bins but no toy cameras were found. I went to ten different shops but left empty handed, being told that they did not sell what I was trying to find.

The next day, on a hunch (and a little bit of desperation), I stopped by a little Korean shop in Plano by my house. I walked in and asked the shop keeper if he had toy cameras. He told me no but he knew where to get them! Excited, I asked him where. “Party City.” The quick drive confirmed that, sure enough, Party City had hundreds of small toy cameras all in different colors.
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Klyde Warren Park Photo Contest Results

We have winners! Last week The Spot Studio hosted two photo contests at Klyde Warren Park to celebrate their first anniversary. Several prizes were awarded including three Nikon pocket cameras and several photo accessories.

There were three categories in the adult contest:
– Reflections
– A park in the heart of Dallas
– City lights

Congratulations to the winners:
1st Place – Amy Hendricks
2nd Place – Corrie Coleman
3rd Place – Lisa Estep
4th Place – Felipe Garza III
People’s choice – Phoenicia Hudson

We also had a Kid’s Photo Scavenger Hunt and a contest for the best photos. Those winners are:
1st Place – Olivia Paluga, age 8, “High Five”
2nd Place – Elle Paluga, age 5, “Jumping”
3rd Place – Blythe Sailer, age 4,   “Sky”

Thank you to everyone who came out and participated!

The Unveiling of the Klyde-O-Scope!

We were out at Klyde Warren Park today unveiling our Klyde-O-Scope! Take a peek at some of the photos from today’s event!

Building the Klyde-O-Scope

Here is a time-lapse video of Peter and I building the Klyde-O-Scope at Klyde Warren Park. You haven’t truly lived until you have marched through downtown Dallas with a pile of wood, power tools and two six foot mirrors to build a giant kaleidoscope.

We love the hyper-active yoga class in the background.