The Cosmic Bicycle Theatre and Puppetry Studio is a place I used to visit in its old location in the East Village. The theatre has now moved to Brooklyn and amazingly 22 years since the owner Johnny ClockWorks first opened in Boston, he is still producing unique and imaginative puppet theatre.
They need support from the public in particular right now, so if you are in New York - make time to see one of their shows and help save this magical place from disappearing.
Miniimaximus make super cool and ethically produced t shirts for kids- designed by artists and kids! We love their ethos and their products. Even better- they are having a big sale.
If you or your kid are interested in submitting designs to be considered for future T-shirts you can read all about how to go about it here.
We have interviewed Julia Rothman before in Small about her favorite independent publications for kids. I have recently been to her site and I remembered what a great resource it is. As well as being a talented artist, author and co founder of the webdesign group ALSO, Julia collects and reviews all kinds of independent art publications. Above are some images from the independent childerens books - all reviewed and pictured on her site for you to explore..... You can take a look here.....
Draw me a Lion was started by artist and illustrator Lisa, to share her love of drawing, creating making and telling stories. Her website has activities, prints, cards and coloring books all drawn in her sweet exubernt style.
Lisa has just added a free download section and right now you can download for free the name stickers pictured above.
...and get these designs and more from her shop
wee gallery for all kinds of art specifically designed for babies. We like the wall chart picturedon the left.
becky bauer for fabulous cushions, card, ceramics and prints. top right
Have you come across tinkerlab yet?It is my new favorite website. It is the most amazing resource for fun projects and experiments to do with kids of any age. Rachelle, the artist and mother who runs the blog, aims to engage childrens' curiosities and promote creative and critical thinking…mindsets that support children as they grow into a world that values independent thinking.
Most of the projects and activities are made with found, collected materials or things already in your home. There are tons of simple science experiments that introduce kids to the wonders around them, messy and creative projects and ideas to help kids get involved in their physical world and enable creative play. I love the post encouraging parents to let their toddlers experiement with cooking in the kitchen.
Molly-meg- the wonderful vintage children's chair shop has expanded into a full design shop for kids. I found the little children wall art there by Zoe de la Cases. Zoe is a French illustrator and designer with all kinds of lovely art. accessories and paper toys on her website. I love these paper dolls and tiny fold up paper shops.
So sad! Moomah the shop and craft class spot is closing March 1st. If you are in New York you still have a chance to get down there- it is such a lovely place to go with a little one. They are going to reappear in a another incarnation but in the mean time they have great prints by Jacquline Schmidt (you can read our interview with her here) and art kits in their Etsy shop
Have you seen Judy Kaufmanns wonderful work? Judy is based in Barcelona and believes their should be less of a division between graphic and fine art. She has great orignal art, t-shirts and more on her sites and also does custom and comissioned work.
We were lucky enough to have Julia Staite do the illustrated fashion story in the Issue 17. We loved the circus themed images she mad and now they are availble for sale in her etsy shop. If you click over there you will find - alongside her prints and stationary - these very cute alphabet blocks
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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
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.
I love this little story. I think it illustrates why we love making this magazine.
Anne Siems (who we invited to make the illustrated fashion story for issue 17) has just sent us this amazing painting she has made, inspired by the photo story in this issue of Small.-The shoot is Wilderness Queens- photographed by our photo editor Steve Visneau and styled by Christine.
Anne Siems' story in issue 16 of Small....it just occurred to me....maybe the little Bunny with the deer antlers was the subliminal inspiration for the Wilderness Queen antlers. Also, maybe the earthy colors of Anne's paintings inspired the props by Sarah Tippetts.
Tiny Us is a creative charity project dedicated to raising funds for "Présence", an educational institute for young handicapped individuals.
Go to Tiny Us and order Paper doll sets and Paper Dolls cards. When ordering, you choose the amount of money you wish to pay and the entirety of this donation will be given to the school.
The school is located in the south of France in La Seyne sur Mer. The school caters for 85 children, adolescent and young adults between the age of 4 and 20 with different degrees of intellectual disabilities.
A paper doll to please a child and help other children all in one go!
Catherine Welshman has a new website so you can see all her loveliness online. She is one of my favorite painters and was a big inspiration to me when we lived on the same floor of a loft in Brooklyn. Her work often touches on themes of childhood, fairytales and imagination.
Recently when my youngest is meant to be asleep he comes out, blinking in the light, to tell me that the owls in his room are scaring him. There are no owls, not even toy ones, but when I go in and shoo them away he falls straight to sleep. I am not sure why he became scared of owls, but we have been looking at pictures of some sweet and loveable owls to make them less frightening.
Here are some of the cutest owls-
Happy Owl by Matt Stephens
Owls in a tree by Helen Musslewhite. (check out all her paper work- it is amazing!)
Owl Pillow by Little Korboose
2 black owls by Olofsdaughter
The winners of the Nellystella giveaway are Flora (size8) Kati (size 6) and Staci (size 3). Lucky you! Please contact us with your details.
If you don't live conveniently close to one of the wall muralists we featured last week but are still interested in a bespoke wall covering Little Hands might be just what you are looking for. Little Hands is the work of two Portuguese artists, Leonor and Marta. They have a huge catalog and can make any theme for any wall. They can even include personalised elements and names. The wallpaper arrives ready to go up and the image is designed to fit perfectly. We love how they look up on the wall!
Walls painted by the new Paris based company, Bartsch. Their current collection of murals are inspired by the cycle of the day. Twice a year they will add to their catalogue but will continue to be inspired by the seasons and colours of the natural world.
I'm still feeling a little festive (lazy) from the holiday season and can't seem to get back to work! Pulled from the depths of my inspiration folders from my desktop, these beautiful installations from Confetti System are brightening up my morning. I would love to use these in a photo shoot.
Camille is a French photographer who aims to capture the real/dream world of play
from her site: "It is said that children do not distinguish between living and inanimate objects; I believe they do. A child imparts a doll or tin soldier with magical life-breath. The artists animates his work as the child his toys." (Patti Smith Just Kids, 2010)