Adolie Day's beautiful book comes out today!
A childhood dream but also an illustrator.
I stuck with it for many winters,
I'm bitten with pictures of young princesses, kings and colorful's fairies .
Now, the book finished and the story done, I can sleep too.'
Some images from the 'live animation'- a seven day installation project by ten artists I organised last week. This project was inspired by Small which, for us, has always functioned as a space for testing new creative ideas and to provide support, infrastructure and exposure to a range of projects and artists within a framework.
Each artist had the space, half studio and half display space, for 24 hours to do what they wanted with. I hoped it would provide the impetus for community engangement, collaboration and creative experimentation without too much emphasis on outcome. The entire project was filmed by four video cameras and a still camera and will become an animated film in the future. You can see more pics on the project blog here and some more photos here and also some more info here.
projects pictured above by the artists:
left: Hannah Bertram
right: Emma Van Leest
This Friday we will be heading to Palm Springs for Crafting Community, the ultimate family getaway headed by crafter extraordinaire Karen Kimmel of Kimmel Kids. Set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Palm Springs desert at the iconic at Ace Hotel & Swim Club, the weekend offers an easy oasis of crafting, creativity, community and imagination for kids and parents alike.
Our very own photo editor, Steven Visneau, will be
documenting the event as well as heading up a few photo classes for kids. Small
will be there documenting the artwork of all the children. You can follow the event and see the amazing artwork produced on line at the Small Magazine Crafting Community Gallery.
Check out the current issue of Small where two of the artists heading up workshops this weekend share their projects here.
We love looking into artists' sketchbooks and the UK illustrator Marcus Walters has some great images from his books documenting where his ideas begin. We love his colorful and graphic aesthetic and the way he uses hand cut or hand drawn elements in even his most polished graphic designs.
Mathilde de Turkheim is a talented French designer living in Brooklyn. She offered to help us out on Small photo shoots and her lovely daughter has even modeled for Small. We met her because we saw her amazing handmade necklaces at Bubble a few years ago and fell in love with the imaginative shapes and decorative details.
She has recently expanded her range into headbands and brooches.
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Down, Down, Down
archival inks printed on a 290gsm natural white printmaking paper
7″ x 10″ (plus border for framing)
This unsigned edition will be available June 8th through June 18th, 2010. It will no longer be available for purchase after that date.
The 48-hour adventure included everything from s'mores under the
stars to a family movie night with luminescent glow sticks. The art
workshops ranged from designing your own Converse sneakers, to macramé,
dioramas, and jewelry design made of scraps of cloth donated by American
Apparel. Parents joined the activities too, as one proud mom told us
her scrap necklace was inspired by vintage Lanvin. Evenings were spent
with family style dinners (Taco night being the favorite) gathered
around the camp fire.
You can find more information and future dates here.
Reporting by Andrea Arria-Devoe -mom and freelance writer who has written for DailyCandy, Bon Appetit, and Edible Los Angeles
Photos by Erik Ian
I noticed recently when I was putting together the Small Play page for the summer issue of Small that a lot of my favorite artists make birds. Happy spring!
Public School – Public School is a creative collective of 3 photographers, 4 designers and 1 illustrator based in Austin. Their booth was filled with fantastic posters, one reading: “Tie your shoes, pack a good lunch and remember we are all in this together” and a photo booth where they were taking “class portraits”. Would love these guys to do a shoot or illustrated story for Small!
Brooke & Adelyn – Organic children’s clothing hand stamped with ladybugs, twigs, flowers and butterflies on rompers, jumpers and dresses in soft pastel colors.
Leah Duncan – I was immediately drawn into Leah’s booth by the color palette of her illustrations and her textiles. Pillows, tea towels and fabric adorned with geometric patterns and florals in soft grays, yellows, greens, and oranges. Beautiful!
Clay Wood & Cotton – A brick and mortar shop in Beacon, NY filled with small designers like, Kate Durkin (pillows left) ceramics illustrated with birds by Take Me Homeware and handmade plush monsters by Karen’s Monsters.
Tinted Mint – Tape in tons of colors and patterns made of Japanese rice paper. I bought a few rolls for the kiddos (what kid doesn’t love tape?) and they had a blast taping shapes on paper and painting and drawing around it.
Lisa Chow – Beautiful illustrations of buildings suspended from stars and balloons on prints, cards and teas sets.
Miss Natalie –Looks like every creative thought Miss Natalie has ever had was executed perfectly and displayed beautifully in her booth. Standouts: Natalie’s Don’t Forget Me Lunch Bags, Heirloom Growth Charts and Mail-A-Mask Postcards.
Mogo - Kimonos and tees in simple but original graphics and wooden pencil boxes and rings boxes adorned with bears and colorful cars, shapes and landscapes.
image above: a child's drawing and the rug it was made into.
One of our readers, Nayla Ventura, just wrote to us about her new project. We thought it was such a great idea we wanted to share it with you. Nayla told us how she has always been a big carpet lover. 'I find it so
cozy warm to have my floors covered in “art” I or people I love made.' For her it
is like walking through memories. As she sees it 'people see their floors all the time, so why not make them
completely personal, just like we do with our walls?'
Nayla has arranged so anyone can order a
rug in the size and shape they want and, most importantly, in the
design they send in. Children's drawings make the most amazing carpets
(and not only for a children bedroom)! They can also choose between having
the rug pile all at one height or with several elements at a higher or lower
pile, which gives it a relief or a hollow effect. Their rug will be
handmade in the best New Zealand wool, only once and only for them. The
wool will be dyed especially for that one carpet in the colors of the
design and then handtufted following the drawing. About 10 weeks later, their completely customized carpet will arrive at their home. No child labor involved in any
part of the production process and this is certified by the Rugmark
Nayla is Spanish and now lives in Germany with her husband and baby girl, but Carpetzz
ships worldwide (and is also very reasonably priced!). We will definitely be getting one!
Art rx have come out with a follow up coloring book to their first popular edition. The second book includes original work by artists like Takashi Murakami, Ed Ruscha, Lawrence Weiner, and Raymond Pettibon. The Between the Lines coloring books are distributed free of charge to children in RxArt's participating healthcare facilities and sold to benefit RxArt's projects. The projects transform sterile hospital environments, to more comforting, meditative and positive environments, by offering patients thoughtful diversion from their hospitalization through art.
2: We love Moomah and the work of their art director Jacqueline Schmidt so we are super excited about the new coloring book they have put out called 'Connect with your Neighbors'. You can read more about Jacquelines diverse practice in our in depth interview here.
3: Since we are talking about independent coloring books we have to do some shameless self promotion and mention the Small Magazine Coloring Book which features the first 12 contributors to the ongoing 'small draw' series in Small. You can also download these drawings individually by clicking on 'small draw' in the tool bar above each issue of Small magazine.
Two artist we have featured in Small before are doing specials.
Lorena Siminovich of Petit Collage is giving away a free puppet book that she has illustrated with every bamboo mobile ordered this week. Get in quick- only two days left.
Recently Jasmine got together with Ami Suma who she got to know after she commissioned Ami to paint the walls of her children's rooms. Esme and Max [pictured below] loved the experience of seeing the creation take place in front of them and live on in their rooms.
In 2005 a friend saw some of her sketches of funny and goofy toys. Her friend was so impressed she invited Ami to an exhibit that she was also in. Ami had sketched several series worth at this point and agreed to join. The exhibition was a success! She loved the reactions and seeing people laugh and feel happy while engaged with her toys. She hopes to continue creating fun and fantastical toys for everyone.She had another inspiration while flipping through a children's magazine and noticing a spread about a child's room which featured decorative walls. Embellished walls was not at all common (at least not while she was growing up) in her home country of Japan. She loved the idea and was moved enough to think about painting whimsical, out of this world, murals especially for children. She wanted to create a customized room where a child could feel safe and happy; a place where they could imagine and dream. A space like no other, that's just theirs! Her idea is to collaborate with her clients and mesh visions together to come up with a collective end result. She does not want to be thought of as an artist who pushes her own agenda but more a painter who can provide a fun service for families.
Her inspirations at the moment include, Contemporary Chinese Artists like Fu Jijang, Zhang Huan or Yue Minjun and movie directors Tetsuya Nakashima and Ingmar Bergman. She grew up watching Hayao Miyazaki, an all time hero of hers and she confesses to watching his movies over and over. we agree, we love Nausicaa!
You will definitely be seeing more of Ami in the future. The fun world she imagines is growing from the walls of children to shops [like Pomme NYC pictured above] to reach even larger audiences.
Photos courtesy of-
Percy by Kikuko Usuyama
Bebe Nou's by Marilou Daube
Pomme NYC by Davina Zaqury Feinberg
Reported by Associate Editor- Jasmine Astronomo-Berger
Gracia+Louise is a collaborative duo who produce collages, zines, artists books, postcards and other small paper based projects about the inventive and wonderful worlds they imagine. One loves to collages, the other to use waterpaint but somehow they bring it all together in their magical and narrative based images.
Nosheen Iqbal is the artist behind these colorful embroidered wood veneers and panels. She is a London born; Dallas based designer, illustrator and visual artist. Nosheen’s pieces are wood blocked or accented with acrylic paint. Each one is hand stitched making each artwork one-of-a kind. We can picture these in any child’s room.
We have been open for two months now and have stocked the shop with some amazing independent designers as well as our very own "Little Bean" collection. I really enjoy sewing small runs of dresses, skirts, boys clothing and accessories exclusively for the store. This week we finally launched the Little Bean on line shop!
During our opening party we were lucky to meet the talented couple behind Bee Things. A local company that makes handmade screen printed limited edition art prints adorned with beautiful birds. Check them out in Little Bean on line shop here. We will be adding more prints and screen printed lunch bags by Bee Things this week....so check back!
The Museum of Childhood is part of the Victoria and Albert Museum in the UK. It is a wonderful collection of artifacts and modern works on childhood (and also has some fun projects and ideas for kids to do at home.) Currently they are exhibiting work by Bettina von Zwehl. One year-old babies are captured on profile in an instant of alertness and total concentration. Depicted three times larger than life size, they appear almost monumental.
Check out their collections of antique toys and clothes too- we love the dolls houses.