Continuing on with the minature theme from last week...
The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death: An exploration of a collection of eighteen miniature crime scene models that were built in the 1940's and 50's by a progressive criminologist Frances Glessner Lee.
I love the idea of living efficiently in a small space with only the essentials for an organised and curated life (I know I dream about this because it is so far form my reality) But if I could do it I woudl love my home to be one from Tiny Texas Houses who make wonderful little (very little) house out of 100% salvaged materials. They are currently offering the house pictured above as the prize for an essay contest. All the details are here but you only have until Septemebr 3rd to get your entry in. The compettiton is only for US residents and cost 50$ to enter but you get a whole lot of freebies with your entrance fee that will be worth it if you are intereste din small scale sustainable housing. They also have lots of other houses they have designed ontheir site. This one is my favorite and is posted on their website with free plans if you want to build your own tiny home.
We love Adolie Day and have featured her work in Small before and we are excited to tell you about a competition she is organising to encourage hand making dolls for kids and big kids! Make a doll out of any material (wood, fabric clay etc) and send an image by email to email@example.com before midnight Septemeber 14. There will be two winners- one under 12 and one above 12. The winners will recieve a copy of Adolies new book Coquette- Paper Dolls' and a signed number copy one of her prints, Pom D'Api shoes and will be exhibited in a gallery in Montmarte Paris in early 2012 alongside other doll artists.
It is so hard to find good sweater for kids let alone organic, beautifully designed, ethically produced sweaters at a great price. All the products at Toto Knits are ethically made by a group of single mothers in Kenya. The knitters are paid by the piece which allows them to work as much or as little as they like- allowing single moms to make a living and still put their family first. They have great classic and unique designs- I especially love the monkey sweater pictured above.
Best of all Toto Knits have a feature which allows you to design your own dream sweater and they are offering Small readers 20 percent off the usual 35$. Shipping is free until the end of October.
so...simply pick the style, size, shape, color and special accent that suits your child and your individual design will be produced and shipped to you anywhere in the world. I think this would be a fun thing to do with your child.
Click here to start designing your own sweater ....and if you don't feeling like creating your own you can see their other designs here.
Kristin Brenneman Eno really cares about the state of children's imagination. We met her several years ago when she was working on her now almost finished film Spirit Ship. We did a really long interview with her in one of our earlier issues as we were so inspired by her comittment to fight the encroachment of generalised televisual imagination. The resulting film is a 15 minute collaborative live-action narrative film shot on location in Red Hook, Brooklyn with six children from all over New York City. It was shot with no script and instead develops a narrative through the spontaneous reaction of the children to props and sets. You can see a trailer and read more about this work here.
The Secret Garden Project takes this concept and produces 2-3 minute edited movies of your own children deep in imaginative play. The process is collaborative so the kids also particpate in the filming. Kristin's experience working with children and facilitating imaginative play will enable the recording of the fleeting period when the imaginatve world as engrossing as the real one. You can learn more about arranging a filming with your child here
Mila-moo is a new independent line of sweet, retro dresses in Liberty fabric (my very favorite fabric), all made in England. I love finding designers who make clothes that are suitable for the not overly sophisticated 'tween'. Beautiful and stylish but still fresh and innocent.