Transcript of “Crafting Canada Day” video with audio description
Length of video: 00:02:26
This video is narrated with audio description.
[Upbeat music plays. Two maple leaves are on a red fence background. The leaves have a brown wood grain. White text reads, “La fête du Canada — Canada Day.” Light flashes across the screen, and the image is replaced with a white man in a red shirt standing in a grassy backyard. He has short, dark hair and a beard. A tall white wooden fence is behind him. He smiles. A grey text box pops up with a red maple leaf beside it. It identifies him as “Mathieu Fecteau, Artist, Sculptor and Handyman.”]
Mathieu : [Translated from French] Hello, everybody. My name is Mathieu Fecteau and I am a sculptor and a tinkerer. We are really close to my workshop here in Saint-Léonard-de-Portneuf. As part of the Canada Day festivities, I invite you to create a little craft project to decorate your environment. It is for the little ones, but also for the older ones. For toddlers, there is a version especially for you.
To do the craft project we will take our inspiration from a work by my friend, Loriane Thibodeau.
[On the left side of the screen, a picture pops up of a white woman with a brown bob haircut and short bangs. She wears yellow-tinted sunglasses with wings extending off them, and she holds a toy excavator. On the right side of the screen, a photo shows a purple piece of wood shaped like a speech bubble. On it, is pink string made into the shape of a fire hydrant.]
I love this work. It is both very meticulous and very, very, funky. It is done with lots of little strings stretched between nails. It is called string art.
[Close-up photos show tiny nails studding the design. The string is intricately wound around the nails to shape the fire hydrant. The pictures disappear.]
It is a technique that was very popular in the 1970s, but is still used by artists today. I will show you how to do it.
[Mathieu sets out materials on a workbench.]
To create this art project, you will need a support made of solid wood, plywood or chipboard. You will also need paper, a pencil, scotch tape, a hammer, nails and string.
We are going to start by tracing our Canadian-themed drawing.
[Mathieu draws a maple leaf on a sheet of paper. He marks an X on each of its outer points.]
Here, of course: a maple leaf. If you lack inspiration, you can also use our models, whether it is the beaver, the moose, the moose head or the hockey puck.
[Mathieu sets down drawings of each of these suggested shapes. They’re all made of straight lines with no curves. Each drawing has X’s marking all of the places where 2 lines meet.]
We are going to stick our drawing to our wooden panel and fix a small nail to each end of the drawing.
[Mathieu tapes his drawing to a small wood board, then hammers nails into the X’s.]
Afterwards, we are going to wrap the string around each nail while making knots sporadically, so that the strings hold up well.
[Mathieu winds red string around the nails on the outline of the maple leaf.]
We are going to cut the ends of the knots and cover the entire surface of our drawing, like this.
[He ties off the string and cuts the extra bits off. He then randomly wraps it onto nails diagonal from each other, which fills the leaf with a criss-crossing pattern.]
Then we will be able to remove the paper to keep only the string, the nails and the board. We end up with a great art project.
[Mathieu rips out the paper in chunks until all that’s left is the string on the backboard. He moves it aside and sets out more materials.]
For the little ones, we will need a pencil, a piece of paper and a ruler. We are going to trace each one of the dots and connect them with the marker.
[Mathieu draws the outline of a beaver directly onto a block of wood with a red marker, using a ruler to keep his lines straight.]
Then we will connect each of the dots to the others with the marker and the ruler. It gives the same effect.
[He draws criss-crossing and intersecting lines from the different points on the beaver’s outline, making a geometric shape inside it just like with the maple leaf.]
Once the craft project is done, we can put it on our lawn on a small stake.
[A small wood stake is attached to the maple leaf’s backboard. Mathieu sticks it in his lawn.]
We can also put it on our front door…
[The backboard has a hook attached to it. Mathieu hangs it on his front door.]
... or on our gallery, that way our neighbours will see our beautiful craft project.
[A metal chain hangs down from the roof of Mathieu ’s porch. Standing on a ladder, he attaches it to the hook on the maple leaf’s backboard.]
[Mathieu stands in his yard again.]
I hope you enjoyed my art project. Do not hesitate to send us pictures of your beautiful creations. Happy Canada Day! And be creative!
[A light flashes across the screen, and the fence background from the beginning appears with the words, “La fête du Canada — Canada Day.” The screen fades to a black background with the Canada wordmark on it: the word "Canada" with a small Canadian flag waving over the final "a." The screen fades to black.]