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
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
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
La Marelle has in new Adolie Day products. Our favorite is this adorable melamine plate set. We love Adolie's work and were really excited to be able to feature her in the last issue of Small. She did the amazing illustrated fashion story, Sun Kisses in the summer issue
We do the illustrated stories in the same way we do the photo stories. We approach an illustrator we admire and discuss story possibilities. In the latest issue we asked the super talented Kay Van Bellen. Once we have settled on a theme Christine acts as the stylists and finds all the clothes she wants in the story and send them along to the illustrator who then uses them in a story that features the fashion, but celebrates the illustrators own unique style. Our first story like this was with Fifi Lapin way back in our fourth issue. We have now had 11 amazing artists contribute these stories. You can find them near the front of each issue.
We love Ida Pearle's evocative collages and alphabet cards so when she wrote to let us know that she has a special offer of a very limited range of rompers and totes for sale, we wanted to pass the message on to you.
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.
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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.
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.
Caroline Faup is the artist behind Flip Flop Design. You can find
her beautiful illustrations on everything from wallpaper, posters, pillows and toys for
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.
Thanks to everyone who has bought the Small Draw Original Art Coloring Book over the last few months. There are still a few left so if you would like to pick one up you still can.
We recently made a donation with the proceeds raised through the sales of the coloring book to the micro loan foundation, Kiva. Kiva is an established online organization that lets you lend to a specific entrepreneur struggling for financial independence. Kiva makes loans all over the world so you can help someone in another country or in your own town. Even a small loan can can make a big difference. You can check out more about what they do here.
We featured Amy Ross in the second issue of Small. Amy has an interest in science and a background in theology and her art explores the junction of her interests. Amy loves to imagine the possibility of hypothetical splicing of plant and animal DNA, 'subverting the traditional genre
of botanical illustration by approaching the close
study of the natural world through the lens of genetic
engineering and mutation gone awry.'
Amy contributed the gorgeous drawing on the left which you can download from here by clicking on the Small Draw button. This drawing will be part of our new 'Small Draw Original Coloring Book.' We have been on a super tight deadline to get it all together for the launch on the 22nd but it looks like it is going to come together.
how was your weekend? ...send us a picture form a 'small moment' from your weekend...
Naomi Zouwer was the first artist to contribute a drawing to our Small Draw Original Art Coloring Book.
Small Draw has been an ongoing project in Small Magazine since we first came started. Each issue we have commissioned an artist to produce a printable drawing with the aim to collect our favorite artists into one book- the Small Draw Original Coloring Book. The book will be launched with an exhibition in conjunction with Kico Kids in Chelsea New York later this month.
We are also excited because proceeds of the Small Draw Original Coloring Book will be donated to Kiva, an organization we love that is dedicated to empowering individuals through micro-loans.
photo by steven visneau
Shop update: We spent the day yesterday shopping for lighting, racks, display tables and hangers. Looks like we will be open for business at the end of next week. One order I am really excited to get for the new shop is from Shinzi Katoh. Shinzi Katoh is one of the most famous Japanese artists and designers and has his amazing work on everything from pencil cases to tableware. We featured one of his bento boxes here and my girls used them for their school lunches this past year. I had a hard time making my choices for the shop. I just love everything!
One order I am really excited to get for the shop is from Shinzi Katoh. Shinzi Katoh is an amazing Japanese artist who has illustrated children's books as well designed everything from tote bags, bento boxes and stationary. You can see one of his bento boxes featured in Small. I am eagerly awaiting my shipment from Japan!
Shiny Squirrel is a great place to find inspiring and affordable work by emerging artists and designers. Jessica Goldfond has a great eye and curates monthly shows on the site. Here are a few of our recent favorite early summer images by Shira Sela, Blanca Gomez, Betsy Walton and Katie Wilson.
1. Sandra Juto has great cards and prints for all occassions and ages.
2. One of our favorite illustrators is Tara Hogan of Ink + Wit. She has a beautiful line of cards.
3. Yee-haw industries does great custom work and old-school letterpress printing.
4. Amy Carol of King-Pod, photographs her miniature quilts to make these cards.
5. Olivia Jefferies has started selling cards at her Etsy shop Restless Things.
6. Sprout Design is a textile design collective that along with cards, also design great original fabrics.
7. Studio Violet is the collaborative project of Camilla Engman and Elisabeth Dunkar.
8. We love Sandra Monats viking softies and now she has cards too.
9. Egg Press is always great for handcrafted letter pressed cards.
10. Australian designer Tsk Tsk makes soft toys as well as prints.
11. Old School Stationers is a husband and wife team inspired by nature, camping and creatures.
Kindergallery is an on-line gallery shop featuring hand picked art for kids from all around the world. Based in Sydney and Berlin, Kindergallery offers original paintings and limited edition works from artist we love like Ida Pearle, who we featured in our Winter Issue, as well as screenprinted collages by Ana Ventura and imaginary dreamscapes by Superoboturbo.