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.
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.
Don't forget- the discount code is SMALL
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
Head on over to Playtime's Pop Up Shop beniffitting K.I.D.S Japan earthquake relief. It's open to the public. Shop some of our favorite brands: Antik Batik, Bensimon, Flora and Henri and Kico Kids. 70% off retail!
Saturday 10am -6pm
Sunday 10am -6pm
Monday 10am -5pm
82 Mercer Street between Spring and Broome Streets
We have interviewed Lullatone before for Small but if you haven't yet... you really should check out this great creative group (and family) from Japan. They have lots of new free ring tones and this lovely (also free) rain drop music making app for keeping your little one busy in the waiting room. You can also pick up copies of their cd's and see how they make creative music for kids out of things they find around the house- which is a fun idea to share with your own kids.
Issue 18 is online----finally! We have made a few changes to Small. The pages are bigger, we added a contents side bar and it's a bit easier to navigate around the Small Draw and Back Issues pages. I was taking a moment and looking at our new back issues page (I can't believe we are on issue 18!) and noticed Amelie on two covers. The first when she was three years old and now, at age five, gracing the cover of issue 18. It's interesting to see how much our models (and us!) have grown.
I tend to wear all muted tones and secondary colors but I really wish I was able to pull off these kind of bright colors. These are my favorite companies that make clothes fromt he colors that make your heart sing.
Kit + Lili (Bright prints for kids and women)
Pink Chicken (Bohemian dress for girls and women too)
Dandy Dodo (A new company out of England - super patterns and unsual shapes too)
Cupcakes and Pastries Great party dresses in bright jewel tones
Vík Prjónsdóttir is a collective of Icelandic designers thatare rejuvinating the wool and knitting industry in Iceland. They have collaborated with an old knitting factory and are producing new and innovative wool products for kids and adults. The products are all made in Iceland and reflect Icelandic traditions but often in a new and unusual way. This seal suit is bit warm for the northern summer but imagine how cosy it would be to slip inside this in winter. You can buy it at Birkiland (an online Icelandic design store)
There is so much great jewellry around we decided ot show you a little more.
Anna Artmann has just put out a new range of jewellry, for adults or kids. She started with a line of delicate stars and hearts, and then did personailised sillohuettes and has now produced a gorgeous bunch of creatures. I would love to have all four and be able to wear them togehter. They are all handmade in her tiny workshop in Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany, using only the finest materials- 925 silver - partially dyed using no chemicals at all - and very strong natural silk. The silk wont rip, but to has a saftey clasp to make it safe for children.
I can't believe we have done over two years of the Friday inspiration. We are hoping to do some more documentary style shoots in the Fall issue.
The new Super Glider from Balance Bikes converts frpom a glider (or balance bike) to a bike with pedals and is larger than average so can be used by adults (for exercise and to get around quickly) and also older kids who have having trouble transitioning to a bike or did not get the opportunity to learn and also special needs kids that just want to join the fun and get exercise. (oh and it also folds up!)
Amanda Dimova, the designer of Bear Feet shoes, launched an edgy kids accessories line called Vinca. It's aimed at the older set, 12 - 16 years, but I know my 7 your old would love to wear the earrings carved from wood or glitter acrylic in shapes of butterfly's, deers, seahorses and birds. Just like Bear Feet, Vinca is handmade in Austin, TX.
Naomi Zouwer was the first artist we featured in the very first issue of Small and was part of our small draw colouring book project. She has recently put out two new coloring books which you can pick up from LalaLand - the Australian publishing house for really beautiful artists' coloring books, posters, stationary and prints.
LalaLand - a publishing world of artists
Naomi in Small
head over to the Renegade Craft fair in Brooklyn today and tomorrow to pick up some original mimi kirchner tattoed dolls, little hero capes, hand made plush toys from zoogu, wooly baby upcycled booties (see our post on 9th) Screech owl prints and cards (see our post on the 8th) woolies from pipsqueak chapeau and tons more of our favorite designers and makers. See the full list here.
onesie by Kit + Lili
rabbit by rabbit rabbit softie
blanket by pink chicken
reuseable wall stickers from mae
toy bus made form recycled skateboards at boardgames
organic soap from babybear shop
booties by wooly baby
Last year we interviewed Jaquline about her role as art director at Moomah. (check out Moomah if you are in New York and if you are not, visit their website for tons of inspiration and ideas for making with kids) Read the interview here
We are excited Kellie Smiths- from the Dutch line Buisjes En Beugels -has started making furniture. We love Kellies experiemental cuts and styles and have featured her clothes in Small since our fourth or fifth issue.
Here are a couple of shots from the last autumn issue showing her dress and jumpsuit (shot by Steve Visneau). The INSEKT desk is her first piece fo funriture and is available for kids, adults and as an extra high work desk.
We have a new sponsor who would want to tell you about even if they were not a sponsor. Faith of Damselfly is truly passionate about her new business. Every piece is hand made in England using the 'whole garment' system and the gorgoeus items are evidence of the involvement of 'petit mains' rather than factory piece-work. Faith concieves and constructs really special clothing, utilising the talents of local seamstresses. Only the best quality fabric is used and each piece has a specialty hand finish, like the silk ruffles or the embroidery you can see on the coat above. They are really heirloom pieces (but also amazingly affordable for a special piece).
The clothes are beautiful, the photography and the website is beautiful and the passion for the work is really beautiful.
If you have not yet bought summer shoes for your boy or girl you should definitly check out SilasJules for their lovely imported Danish sandals. You will probably be sidetracked by the gorgeous liberty print dresses and shirts and flouncy skirts- all made in Manhattan NY. I am loving everything in this line.
I give Renee and Jeremy's first album 'It is a Big World' to every new-born in my life. It is lovely music for adults and kids, filled with beautiful sentiments and great melodies it is perfect for quiet time. They have since put out another album C'mon which is great for jumping around the loungeroom. YOu can listen to both albums for free on their website. Now in preparation for the new album coming out soon they havet made this sweet animation to their new single 'Share'. Share it with a little one here.
I spotted Ten Birds by Cybele Young at the library and the books pen and ink illustrations caught my so me and the girls checked it out. When we read it before bed I was smitten with the adorable story of common sense and the inventive birds trying to get across the river.
Cybele Young is an artist who creates sculptural works from fine Japanese papers often printed from etched copper plates. Her inspirations come from fleeting day-to-day experiences while her creativity flourishes in the mundane, where small observations become fantastic.
Every issue I put together a couple of collages for the magazine. They always develop from an accidental find- stumbling across something that trips something in my imagination and makes me want to malke a whole page around it. Last issue I found Hillery Sproatt's embroidered dolls on Etsy and was inspired to put this Russian doll themed Small Something page together.Since the issue has come out, Hillery has started up her own web shop which has much more than just her exquisite dolls.
I have now discovered that Hillery also makes beautiful fabric mobiles and etchings, and stocks in her shop gorgeous clothing for adults , lunch sacs, embroidered napkins, accessories and much more from some of her favorite makers and artists. The whole shop is now on my wish list. The whole shop is as perfectlly produced as the dolls that originally caught my eye.