Li Ziqi the Chinese internet celebrity is famous for her videos in which she performs the work of a farmer with the grace of a fairy. While the videos have a cinematic quality to them, it’s her deep knowledge of food, nature, and Chinese culture that impresses her 58 million worldwide followers. She appears to make everything from scratch, going as far as hatching baby ducklings and raising them just to make a sauce from egg yolk.

‘In today’s society, many people feel stressed,’ Li says. ‘So when they watch my videos at the end of a busy day, I want them to relax and experience something nice, to take away some of their anxiety and stress.’

Cooking with Wool: Breakfast

Andrea Love is an independent Pacific Northwest director and self-taught animator, specializing in stop motion. Based in Port Townsend, WA she runs a full service animation studio from her basement. Her work has been screened at film festivals around the country including the Tribeca Film Festival and the LA Shorts Fest. 

Her Cooking with Wool piece took three days to film; 1.5 days for sets and props, 1 day of animating and a half day for sound effects and post production. She repositions and matches her hand each time to the previous frame to perfection.