I am sure you are all very aware, this week sees the return of World Book Day.
No one can deny the positive benefits of reading, but according to recent research conducted by author Jim Trelease, regular reading of books can actually “create empathy toward other people, because literature values humanity and celebrates human spirit and potential, offering insight into different lifestyles while recognising universality”
- a good excuse to pick up a book if ever you needed one!
We all remember our favourite books as children, the ones we read over, and over. The worlds we escaped into and dreamed about.
And now, it’s time for the next generation to enjoy the same.
Perhaps however the approach of World Book Day has seen you scrambling around in bags of old clothes looking for inspiration, or desperately trying to fashion a caterpillar out of an old pair of green tights? Fear not, we have some last minute ideas right here for you.
New for Spring/Summer we have collaborated with super talented illustrator Jennie Maizels (author of many a beautifully illustrated children’s book, architect of some spectacular pop up publications and re-inventor of the iron-on patch embroidery).
Each of the denim pieces in our Summer range come with a little draw string pouch containing six of Jennie’s lovely iron on badges.
So, in keeping with this weeks theme, Jennie has kindly offered her latest book Pop Up London as a special giveaway prize!
Simply email us with the subject title POP UP LONDON.
Include your details in the body of the email and we will select a winner at random.
To be announced March 15th 2014.
In April of last year, the renowned Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave an impassioned talk for TEDxEUSTON entitled “We should all be feminists”.
Those of you who are Beyoncé fans will have heard sections of it sampled on her latest album. For TED, Adichie discusses the gender conditioning that society
continues to perpetrate, it’s negative effects and ultimately, how we can challenge this.
“We must raise our daughters differently. We must also raise our sons differently. We do a great disservice to boys in how we raise them. We stifle the humanity of boys. We define masculinity in a very narrow way. Masculinity becomes this hard small cage and we put boys inside the cage. We teach boys to be afraid of fear. We teach boys to be afraid of weakness, of vulnerability…
…But by far the worst thing we do to males, by making them feel that they have to be hard, is that we leave them with very fragile egos. The more “hard man” a man feels compelled to be, the weaker his ego is. And then we do a much greater disservice to girls because we raise them to cater to fragile egos of men. We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, “You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful, otherwise you would threaten the man. If you are the bread winner in your relationship with a man, you have to pretend that you’re not. Especially in public. Otherwise you will emasculate him.
But what if we question the premise itself? Why should a woman’s success be a threat to a man. What if we decide to simply dispose of that word, and I don’t think there is an English word I dislike more than, “emasculation”…
…Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now, marriage can be a good thing. It can be a source of joy and love and mutual support, but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same?..
…The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are……Now, imagine how much happier we would be, how much freer to be our true individual selves, if we didn’t have the weight of gender expectations. Boys and girls are undeniably different, biologically. But socialization exaggerates the differences, and then it becomes a self-fulfilling process…
If you haven’t already, you should definitely watch the full talk:
“Compared to girls, research shows that boys in the U.S. are more likely to be diagnosed with a behavior disorder,
prescribed stimulant medications, fail out of school, binge drink, commit a violent crime, and/or take their own lives.
The Mask You Live In asks: As a society, how are we failing our boys?”
Check out their trailer
We may have progressed a lot over the last few decades, but there is still so much ground to break.
And, the key lies in the next generation and how we teach and nurture them so that gender is no longer a barrier.
We are all for Valentine’s Day, but what we’re not so keen on is the commercialisation and the tacky red plastic. Right?
So, we’ve gathered some gorgeous DIY projects & some sweet little recipes so that you can create handmade gifts and treats that will really mean something special to whoever the lucky recipient may be!
PS: Click through the links below – there are even more ideas within each link!
We are spreading the love this Valentines Day and hosting a MASSIVE, stock clearing sample sale.
Tootsa MacGinty, along with some of our friends, will be at The Chelsea Old Town Hall, on the historically fashionable King’s Road, in London, all day Feb 14th.
With T-shirts from £5, sweatshirts and trousers from £8, jackets from £12; come along and grab a bargain!
“I am not a campaigner. But I felt such passion for this issue, passion that burnt like a fire in my chest, that I felt I had to do something about it. During the Olympics I picked up a copy of The Sun to read on the train. The sun was shining and Britain was a place to be proud of. I noticed that there were no bare breasts on Page 3, or on Page 5. “Wow,” I thought. “They’ve dropped the boobs while the Olympics are on, possibly for editorial space, or perhaps as a mark of respect for all the different cultures visiting Britain.” I felt very pleased they’d done this as I carried on reading. But then I got to page 13 and there she was, a beautiful young woman in just her pants. And it made me feel incredibly sad. Hers was the largest image of any woman in this issue. Much larger even than those of Jessica Ennis who had just won a team GB gold for her tremendous hard work… What saddens me is the effect this ‘women as a sexual object’ culture has on young people. The Sun is our most widely read newspaper. Men across the land buy it, it lays on breakfast tables, it sits in living rooms for the TV guide, it’s found on trains and buses. Our sons and daughters see it. For the sons, they learn that it’s ‘normal’ to say ‘cor, look at the tits on that’ and for the daughters, they see this as something to aim for, or something that they fall short of.”
nb: For those reading our blog from overseas and perhaps not familiar with British tabloids; “The Sun”, as it states above, is (embarrassingly) Britain’s most widely read newspaper and has featured a large photo of a topless woman on it’s third page, every day since 1970!
We often comment on Tootsa MacGinty’s twitter feed regarding children being constantly bombarded with sexual imagery through advertising and the media.
Even in the local shop on the newsstand, tabloids are positioned right at the eye line of children.
See what Rap artist / Comedian, Doc Brown has to say on the matter:
It seems we have little control over protecting children from these derogatory images. Which is why we celebrate endeavors like that of Holmes.
At the time of writing 132,062 people have signed the The No More Page Three petition. They need 867,938 more. There is still a lot of work to do.
The campaign has been supported by many “names” including Juliette Lewis, Lauren Laverne, and Russell Brand who recently tweeted, along with a photo of himself and a “No More Page3” t-shirt, “And finally, through the love of a good woman, teenage, sexist me was slain #nomorepage3”.
You can add your support by signing HERE.
In July of last year spoken word poet Hollie McNish wrote “Embarrassed” – a fantastic piece of work fueled by her anger regarding society’s view of breastfeeding.
After being told to “stay home” by someone as she breastfed in public, she wrote the poem ‘hiding’ in a public toilet after her 6 month old had fallen asleep. She too highlights the contradiction of a society that seems to accept nudity when it’s sexualised but not otherwise.
(Hollie McNish is currently touring. Details of live dates here)
More and more the dichotomy is coming into clear focus and it seems that, thankfully, tides are turning on opinion. It’s no longer acceptable. And we are so grateful to these intelligent and pioneering women and men who are making it so. We don’t want young girls to think that exposing themselves is part of being a woman, and we don’t want young boys to think it’s acceptable to expect that either.
Below: @NoMorePage3 regularly re-tweet the reasons campaigners give for signing. @RattyG tweeted this adorable photo of her with her daughter and the caption: “With my number one reason to sign”
So we too are donning our cosy sweatshirt (get yours here) as this is one band wagon we’re definitely jumping on!
The New Year has arrived and, as ever, it’s the perfect time to Fix Up and Look Sharp!
Storage has long gone being boring. There are so many colourful and ingenius ways to keep life stylishly organised.
Here are 8 items that do just that -
/ 1 Keep your paperwork in check with these fun Flamingo folders from Cotton On / 2 Have all your colours of the rainbow in order with a wooden pencil holder from Less and More/ 3 Jens Widerberg has created this Red Octopus Shower storage solution for Liberty and we love it! / 4 This bright yellow side table with storage is from Habitat and hurry – it’s on sale! / 5 Brooklyn based designer Ceci Thompson has created this cabinet with bold colour waves – very eye catching – who cares how tidy the inside is! / 6 As ever, the clever clogs at Present & Correct have made the ordinary into something exciting – wall hooks that look like curled up tape! / 7 The often go-to for storage solutions, we think IKEA’s kitchen cart could easily be used in any room! / 8 Never again will you lose those silly keys! This cute magnetic cloud key holder is from Duncan Shotton
PART 3 – PATRICK WALSHE-MCBRIDE
I am playing “Santa” and imagining up what I would buy for the lovely group of talented & inspiring individuals seen modeling our “Grown-up” sized knitwear.
The third chimney I’ll be shuffling down is Patrick’s …
Up & coming actor Patrick Walshe-McBride graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama this year. He made his professional debut to rave reviews in The Winter’s Tale at the Crucible. Take note directors looking to cast the next Jack Bauer or Nicholas Brody, multi-talented Patrick speaks fluent Arabic after studying in Syria and at Cambridge University. He is also capable of eating his own body weight in Falafel!
Patrick, Apologies for the state of the wrapping; that lamp was the hardest so far!
Hope you like them …
PART 2 – MINA HOLLAND
Second on my fantasy Christmas gifting list, from the who’s-who of up & coming British talent, is the brilliant food writer Mina Holland
Mina is Contributing Editor of The Observer Food Monthly magazine and her first book, The Edible Atlas: Around the world in 39 cuisines, will be published by Canongate in March 2014. When not eating or drinking, she can usually be found with her canine friends at Battersea Dogs Home, where she volunteers each week.
PART 1 – DJ PHILLY
I thought it would be fun to conjure up what our fox jumper wearing brand ambassadors would like to find under the tree on Christmas morning.
First up, from the who’s-who of up & coming British talent, is the fantastic DJ Philly
DJ Philly is one of London’s highest-profile VIP-party DJs and has performed at a multitude of top London clubs including Ministry of Sound, ChinaWhite, Fabric and Café de Paris. She has rocked the dance floor at parties for the highest profile clients around the world – including P Diddy, Dom Perignon, Omega and MTV, to name but a few. Philly is also no stranger to the fashion circuit having DJ’d for Gucci, Ferragamo, Hugo Boss, and Diesel fashion shows.
And I don’t think she’d turn her nose up at either of the following ….
the BFG went on, “is that they is absolutely refusing to believe in anything unless they is actually seeing it right in front of their own schnozzles.”
Once described as “without question the most successful children’s writer in the world” Roald Dahl’s creations continue to capture the imaginations
of children worldwide. Danny De Vito, who played Mr Wormwood and directed the film version of Matilda, astutely commented – “Dahl will lead a child out onto a windy limb and then suddenly he’ll place a ladder underneath and the child will be able to get safely to the ground.”
More recently, the fantastic Tim Minchin composed the soundtrack for the now extremely successful RSC West End show Matilda. And this year Sam
Mendes brought Charlie and The Chocolate Factory to the stage, proving that none of these tales have lost any of their magic or sparkle.
So, if you need a little bit of fizz popping in your life and don’t have time to gobble funk around, then take a look at these scrumdiddlyumptious Roald Dahl
inspired items that we have gathered together just for you.
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Pantomime season is upon us … oh yes it is! And there are plenty of hairy-chinned dames and celebrities in Aladdin slippers to choose from. But if you’re looking for something equally theatrical, yet slightly alternative, then perhaps the following may tickle your fancy.
If you’ve taken a stroll down London’s Southbank recently you could not have missed The National Theatre’s large red pop up venue “The Shed”.
This December they have a Christmas show with a difference for children over 4 years.
“We have an Elephantom. He turned up on a Tuesday, just after tea-time.”
“At first, the little girl is thrilled to have a ghost-elephant living in her house. He makes life so much more fun! But Elephantoms are a bit too big for houses and before long, he’s causing a lot of trouble.”
For children and grown-ups of all ages, the story of one little girl and her larger-than-life friend is brought to life with extraordinary puppetry and theatrical ingenuity.
Tickets £12,book here
Nb: Relaxed Performance, Sat 11 Jan, 11.30am – For anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people with an autistic spectrum condition, sensory or communication disorders, learning disabilities or families with young children.
Family friendly theatre-makers in residence, Wee Stories, present a brand new production of their acclaimed adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s poignant story.
After the Selfish Giant builds an enormous wall around his garden to stop the animals from playing there, Snow, Hail, Frost and the North Wind take up permanent residence. When spring eventually returns to Scotland on the other side of the wall, in the Giant’s garden it remains winter all year round…
With dance, music, humour and a sprinkling of fairytale magic, not to mention some extreme weather, this is the perfect family Christmas show for our new Festival Theatre Studio space.
“Once upon a time in a kingdom far, far away lived a princess, four crazy knights, an angry fairy, a dragon (of sorts) and a very Silly King. The award-winning National Theatre Wales roll into the magical grounds of Cardiff Castle for a Christmas feast of family fun.
Fly away with a cast of extraordinary characters and madcap musicians, telling tall tales from a kingdom east of the moon and west of the sun. Lovingly made for children and very, very silly adults…” Tickets £17.50, book here
One of the few symphonies created for children is Sergei Prokofiev’s beloved Peter and the Wolf.
“Isaac Mizrahi will narrate Sergei Prokofiev’s charming children’s classic as George Manahan conducts the Juilliard Ensemble. A special cast directed by Mizrahi perform a new dance choreographed by John Heginbotham, bringing the 30-minute story to life and helping the young and young at heart to hear and learn the various instruments of the orchestra.”
A fantastic way to engage young listeners, and introduce them to classical music. Tickets $35, book here
Our fabulousy fashionable friends at Babyccino Kids are hosting a stylish and fun shopping event next weekend called “The Shop Up”.
And Tootsa MacGinty will be there!
The Shop Up will take place on Sunday December 1st and Monday December 2nd, just in time for the holidays.
It will be held at the Cecil Sharp House in the trendy, family-friendly neighbourhood of Primrose Hill.
Babyccino Kids has organised a whole host of fun activities and goodies for children at the event, including:
- a colouring wall
- children’s temporary tattoos from Tattyoo
- a balloon man and
- children’s musician/entertainer.
There is also a lovely little cafe located downstairs where visitors can enjoy hot drinks and nibbles and where children can colour and play.
In addition, shops (including yours truly) will be offering discounts, prizes and canvas tote bags will be handed out to all visitors.
The very first film I took my daughter to see at the Cinema was Studio Ghibli’s beautiful animation “Arrietty” which I briefly wrote about here.
Sadly, Studio Ghibli’s founder, Hayao Miyazaki (now 72 years old) has just released what he has said will be his final film.
If you’ve yet to discover Studio Ghibli’s animations, “Totoro” is the perfect place to begin. I guarantee your children will love it. Totoro is classic Miyazaki; A strong environmental message and girl characters in the lead roles without even a hint of a “girls can do / girl power” agenda; Sadly so very rare in family films and animations.
How exciting to hear of the collaboration between two of our favourite designers Tatty Devine and Rob Ryan.
Friends since 2001, the artists met in East London and have inspired and supported each other since.
There’s a lovely article in the guardian in which they talk about their relationship over the last decade. Well worth a read.
And peek inside the hirsute head of my Pimlico neighbour Rob Ryan here “All you need is love” apparently!
Below the Creative Director & Tatty Devine co-founder, Harriet Vine chats with the fantastic papercut artist about their new collaboration.
They share the story behind this exclusive collection of Sterling Silver, 18 carat Gold & 18 carat Rose Gold plated jewellery, all handmade in London.
40Winks Hotel – Stepney Green, London
On the 31st October, raconteurs Xanthe Gresham and Cat Weatherill will leave their normal abode to creep around the luxury private dining room in the Exchange to regale guests with Tales of Terror. Whilst sipping a gin-infused Corpse Reviver No. 2 cocktail, guests will also be treated to a ukulele performance by chanteuse Tricity Vogue.
Tickets are £25 and include nibbles, cocktails and a goody bag. The best ghoulish mask wins a prize. For more information contact 40 Winks (via conde naste traveller)
Shopping at Selfridges Selfridges goes dark and mysterious this Halloween with its Dead Cool season, when a number of in-store events will pay homage to the gothic glamour trend. Vogue stylist Bay Garnett is curating a pop-up thrift store in the women’s street-fashion department honouring bygone icons such as Edie Sedgwick. Beauty, homeware, food & drink and kidswear departments are also showcasing the most stylish of macabre items.
Shoppers feeling particularly cannibalistic can treat themselves to an edible autopsy before heading to AF Vandevorst’s moveable art-infused shop-within-a-shop, which is designed to emulate a hospital room. (via conde naste traveller)
40th Anniversary Village Halloween Parade NYC
This year’s Halloween Parade theme is Revival, and the parade will honor New Yorkers who stepped up to help the community after Sandy. They’ll be joined by the awe-inspiring puppets created by Superior Concept Monsters, the Madagascar Institute, the Puppeteers’ Cooperative and Basil Twist’s studio, among others, as well as the Hungry March Band, the On the Lam Band and 35 more musical troupes.” (via timeout new york)
We love your feedback and so when you told us how much you liked our Glenmore cords last winter we just had to bring them back for another season!
To celebrate, and for a very limited time, we are offering you 25% off a pair when you enter the discount code: Glenmore20
(offer expires at midnight on Sunday October 20th)
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-In pre-washed 100% cotton our Glenmore corduroys are delivered super soft and ready-to-wear for babies, toddlers and children. -Built to grow with your child our corduroys have comfy, stretchy rib lined pockets, an adjustable waistband and are fully lined; Designed to look super stylish rolled up or down.
-And of course we believe it is the little things that count so for kids there is an animal peeking from the back pocket to discover…
Halloween is such fun when you’ve a child in tow. Here are some cool Halloween dress-up ideas including our very own “pumpkin sweatshirt” – for this year we are sticking our tongues out at those hideous gendered costumes that appear in toy shops and supermarket isles (check out the cartoon at the bottom of this post).
Halloween Makery If you fancy getting crafty this Halloween, here are a few ideas to inspire.
Pop over to Mr Printables and make these sweet little geometric ghost boxes from wax paper (left)
Decorate the house with this fantastic Jack Skellington garland – all the details over at Spoonful (middle)
Or add a little spookie to your cookies with these fantastic wafer papers from Cookie Pixie (right)
The English Heritage website has tonnes of Halloween and half term fun available. Are you brave enough for a Halloween Family sleepover in Kenilworth Castle Warwickshire, a night time ghost tour of Bolsover Castle Deryshire, or some chilling tales and tours at Audley End House just outside Cambridge. Check the website for details.
If you are in London, the London Eye has a fantastic Halloween schedule as part of its Witch Academy – story telling, riddles, stilt walking witches and juggling ghouls!
Also in the city, it’s all Boo! at London Zoo – explore the shop of horrors, hear terrifying tales and create your own creepy crafts!
- As part of this, the Little Angel Puppet Theatre in Islington are performing a version of Macbeth, with the wonderful Helen McCrory voicing Lady Macbeth (Recommended for over 12s).
- And, strictly for the adults, Wrong Crowd Theatre are touring with their award winning show Hag – catch it in London, Bristol and Plymouth.
“Infused with a kind of anarchic charm and a strong whiff of magic.” Time Out ✭✭✭✭
A child’s first experience in the cinema is definitely an interesting one – the excitement, the popcorn, the inability to whisper …
This October, from the 9th to 19th, it’s the 57th BFI Film Festival showcasing the best talent from in front of and behind the camera. The line up is very exciting – 235 feature films and 134 short films from 57 countries around the world.
“This year’s festival has a wide range of different films from all over the world and gives families and children the chance to come and explore different cultures and countries. Some of our foreign language screenings are marked up to tell you when actors will be reading the subtitles over headphones so that everyone can join in … why not try something a little bit different…” – The BFI
I can still remember the rattle of a shiny new tin pencil case as it bounced about in my new backpack & the whiff of the much coveted “swiss roll smelly rubber”(?!) as if it were yesterday. And covering my text books in pretty wrapping paper (so that they would last longer?!)….or was that just the rule at my north London comprehensive?!
Anyway, here are some *new* back-to-school suggestions from me to you -
I have a small obsession with Japanese design. If you’ve ever been you will be familiar with their natural ability
to beautifully present and wrap anything from a sticky red bean bun to a silk scarf.
I am generalising but there’s more than a whiff of obsessive-compulsive perfectionism which is quite breathtaking.
The Japanese aesthetic really is a graphic designer’s nirvana and a great source of inspiration for Tootsa MacGinty.
If you’re anything like me or for a little escapism – check out these Pinterest boards here and here.
We love how consistantly busy the schedule for the V&A is. And, that it successfully caters for all generations.
Creativity is at the very heart of the V&A. As part of a primary school visit or to a world-class designer, the collections and designs on
show provide an unsurpassable source of inspiration and ideas to creators of every kind and every age.
Quite a few of their events this summer have caught our eye, these two in particular -
Club to Catwalk Starting on 10 July (until Feb 2014), “Discover the creative explosion of London fashion in the 1980s in a major exhibition at the V&A. Through more than 85 outfits, Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s showcases the bold and exciting new looks by the most experimental young designers of the decade, including Betty Jackson, Katharine Hamnett, Wendy Dagworthy and John Galliano”
Friday Late – the “original contemporary late night event” on the last Friday night of each month
Live performances, cutting-edge fashion, debates, one-off displays and installations, special guests, bar and food, guest DJs and late
night exhibition opening.
The next event “Dalston Takeover” is on June 28th featuring artists and performers from Hakney’s Dalston.
The great thing about visiting the V&A is that it’s child friendly. If you are lucky enough to have a little sunshine, be sure to head into the
courtyard to The John Madejski Garden and have a paddle (don’t forget a towel!).
The shop is also a great destination: “To inspire, to play, to design or simply to enjoy, our selection of games, toys, craft kits and activities is distinctive and refreshingly different and has something for everyone.”
Look carefully and you might just find a little stitched creature or maybe even a lollipop hiding on cuffs, under the collars and poking out of the pockets on Tootsa MacGinty clothes. It’s always fun for kids to have little details to discover!
But we’re not the only ones who think embroidery rocks right now. Home wares, fashion, accessories and “yarn bombing” – across the board it features just about everywhere! Some of our favourites:
1. Hope Cove striped knitted jumper from yours truly with a cute little embroidered crab.
2. Alice Wiese embroidery of her sisters sneakers when she was a child, from her series of work called “The Wonder Years”.
Apologies for the capital-centric post but I just wanted to give London based parents a heads-up about happenings
in Hackney over the course of June.
For starters there’s the Dalston Children’s Festival which is a must visit. Take your pick of yoga, music, art and dance
classes, a fabulous adventure playground and plenty of film screenings. And better yet - everything is free!
Secondly, June 13th to 16th, a selection of Tootsa MacGinty styles can be found at the uber cool “Dalston Department Store”.
We jumped at the chance to be included in the kidswear department, curated by talented stylist Ashlyn Gibson (founder
of family lifestyle store “Olive Loves Alfie“). “Dalston Department store is a brand new pop-up store showcasing collections from the latest in British design talent, in the creative heart of East London.”
The park has long been recognised (since the 1970′s) as an experimental site for graffiti artists and skateboarders; “a performance space of sorts” (according to this week’s Time Out London) and a home to skaters of all ages, both sexes and all levels of ability.
Many of my school friends would spend whole weekends (rain or shine) perfecting ollies, nose-slides and kick flips in the shelter of “the undercroft”. They have such strong and happy memories that I’ve literally seen tears well-up in their eyes at the thought their children will not be able to enjoy the same experience.
I feel quite strongly that what London doesn’t need is yet another “Starbucks” and ought to be cherishing spaces that encourage activity and sport. Feel the same way? …..then pop on over and sign the petition pronto!
On a skate-vibe here are some recent slide-y finds;
1. Second Shot and BotanyCo. Eyewear have come together to bring you one of a kind Bamboo Skate Shades.
Made from recycled skate boards.
9. Unless you are skateboarding legend Tony Hawk don’t try this at home! He and his four year old daughter skate together regularly. There are more fabulous photos of them on his Instagram ….here & here for example.
We LOVE this (below). I’ve spied quite a few longboard skaters pushing strollers and cruising up and down the footpath of The Hudson in Manhattan but nothing like these! No doubt the Belgian design agency who have teamed up with Quinny to create “The longboard stroller” also spotted the trend.
And finally, for a little hit of beautiful inspiration … Carving The Mountains featuring the Longboard Girls Crew
You’ve only a couple of weeks left to catch the very well publicised Lichtenstein retrospective at Tate Modern; an amazing exhibition showcasing one of the great American artists of the twentieth century. We had much fun slapping the magnetic pop art to the walls of the Pop Room and creating our own ‘masterpieces’.
Now it is not hard to see the influence of pop art on culture and fashion. Bold colours, fun typography and a hint of the comic strip are very much in style at the moment.
Here are a few items we’ve spied that are definitely under the pop art spell.
1. Beth Fenton styles this amazing “Pop Art” inspired shoot for Vogue Japan, March 2013
1. From E-Side, the Tapikid Fuchsia 100% Organic Playmat.
2. The “Spencer” sunglasses from the awesome Warby Parker
Their stores are like secret institutions (…shhh there’s one hidden upstairs in The Puck building on Lafayette, NYC).
We love their buy a pair / give a pair business model.
3. Square Wooden Watch by WeWood (100% wood) from E-Side
4. A cork ipad holder AND doorstop (yes you heard right) from E-Side
5. Mini Moderns environmentally responsible paint in lido.
We love their strap-line “Made in the UK by nice people”
6. Hand Crochet Alpaca Butterfly shadow box from Oeuf Their “Be Good” mission statement is a beautiful read & includes - “Be Good™ is not just something we say, it’s something we mean.
As parents we want our children to inherit a world that is better than we found it.
At Oeuf, we have the ability to make that happen.”
7. This cute Geos kids desk is made from sustainable bamboo.8. Festival Wallpaper in concrete from Mini Moderns (on paper from sustainble forests).
9. Beautiful Dakota Linen Cushion made from natural flax by Folklore
Folklore donate 15% of profit to a different not for profit organisation every year.
This year they are supporting Shanti Microfinance which was set up to promote entrepreneurship and sustainability in some of India’s poorest slums and villages.
10. Striking enamel plate in deep red from Folklore
11. (Below) The Lorax by Dr Seuss was originally published in 1971 and tells the tale of a little boy who lives in a very polluted town.
He visits a man called “The Once-ler” to find out why his surroundings are in such a bad way. The story is widely recognized as a fable highlighting the danger of corporate greed and its detrimental effect on the environment. In the light of the recent disastrous factory collapse now, more than ever, this children’s story is highly relevant.
So when you’re done clicking about, grab a cuppa’ and watch this (preferably with a little one perched upon your knee!).
It’s amazing how quickly a child will grasp the funny inventive Dr Seuss-y type names without question!
This fabulous little story making the headlines on Huffington Post today made me quite literally “LOL” and reminded me to post an entry on something for the Dads.
Thankfully, there are now some fantastic websites and publications available which provide a refreshing change to the usual emphasis on the mother-child bond and celebrate the often less talked about daddys. Two such publications - Kindling Quarterly and For Fathers - creatively explore the concept of fatherhood.
Kindling Quarterly say
“Through essays, interviews, editorials, art, and photography we highlight creative individuals whose work and lives are inseparable from their role as a parent. There is no shortage of familiar portrayals of dads in media yet we aim to present a thoughtful dialogue about fatherhood that is missing from our cultural landscape.”
“project celebrates the importance of fatherhood through photography, film, and all other creative artistic mediums. This project attracts a demographic of active fathers, young professionals, stay at home dads and all men around the world looking for daily inspiration.”
Creator, Marlon Cole, says, “The project is a celebration of fatherhood through candid photographs and other visual aids of fathers and their children. I felt it was important to document the project through the use of visuals, so I reached out to photographers and other visual artists and began curating the site. I also created 4FATHERS Photo Journal, which comes out bi-annually. The whole project is very important and needs to be recognized because there aren’t many firm images that I feel represent fathers, so I felt it was my duty to show that fathers are needed just as much as mothers and by using this project I hope it’ll help lessen the burden of mothers always having to carry the weight of being a parent. Fathers are here, I’m here and I just want to tell that side of the story … I really believe in a child being a child, not having to grow up so fast. I really encourage that especially with my son – I don’t want him to grow up too fast; I want him to enjoy being a child.”