We all love our mommas and nothing is more straight from the heart than a handmade card made by little fingers. Here's one of our favorites that we discovered via the blog KareWares. Made with simple craft items - construction paper, yarn, markers and glue - it's easily mastered by toddler hands with the help of an adult, or order children on their own. For an even more personalized variation, try replacing the grass with cutout handprints. To see step-by-step instructions click here and download the easy template, then hang your masterpiece in the window where mom can't miss it!
LittleCollector Founder Chrissy Crawford made a video for GoGirl Finance about mistake that all rookie entrepreneurs should avoid. Check it out on their fantastic website and for everyone who aspires to own their own business, take note!
We're very excited to announce that Yolande Whitcomb, Co-Director and Co-Founder of The Art Dossier, will be leading the free kids tour of NADA (the New Art Dealers Alliance art fair) on Sunday May 12th at 11am. We're thrilled to have such an accomplished art lover as Yolande leading the tour and it's guaranteed to be a blast. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org as space is limited! And read more about Yolande's collecting tastes (in art and clothes) above.
The NADA art fair will be taking place at Basketball City at Pier 36 in NYC, 299 South Street at the East River. Tour are open to kids 5+ and completely free.
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I've got lots to share with you this week from fresh new art to fun kids' tours coming up next week at 2 art and design fairs. Want more inside scoop and deals? Sign up for our newsletter.
"This week I'm very excited to present a bumper crop of new art fresh from the lens of Matthew Carden, the California-based photographer who brought youFast Cars Fast Food. SUPER MARKET is a vibrant new series of photographs that combines two of my favorite things, fresh produce and adorable animals! From Grapefruit the Giraffe to Lemon the Lamb these sweet photographs are fresh and colorful, just like the fruits and veggies that inspired them! Plus I love Matthew's exploratory approach to food: "a trip to the market can be an unexpected adventure. Every aisle has its own type of microclimate, its own unique flora and fauna, like vast landscapes full of life" he says. Check out the full album on facebook and tell us which one is your favorite.
Chrissy's decorating tip: hang an even number of the same sized prints in a row or a grid for a clean, unified look.
PLUS: Kids Tours of NADA are back!
Once again LittleCollector will be offering FREE kids' tours of the NADA NYC fair at Pier 36 at Basketball City (299 South Street at the East River). Join LittleCollector for a fun-filled tour of the NADA New York! Kids will join LittleCollector’s art education expert as they discover the fair in a whole new light as concepts of medium, scale, narrative, symmetry and genre will be introduced. Kids will have the chance to be directly inspired by artists and their works. Plus all participants will receive a LittleCollector backpack and activity guide.
Dates: Saturday May 11 & Sunday May 12 at NADA NYC
Ok, this is not only really cute but really clever and educational. Drawnimal is an app for kids that helps them practice drawing and learn the alphabet. Simply open up the app on your ipad or iphone, place it on a piece of paper on a solid surface, and get started! The app provides the animal inspiration linking it to the first letter of the animal's name, your imagination does the rest. We like this app for its simplicity (simpler is better when it comes to kids apps, especially on the iphone) and solid design features. Strongly recommended for kids 4+.
This interview with Shantell Martin for Style Like U is an absolute delight: "when the plumber tells you he likes what you're doing then you must be doing something right" she says. Watch Shantell talk about her personal style, growing up in working class London, how she dresses for formal occasions and the endless room for exploration that she finds in the palette of black and white. It's a wonderful video and a peek inside the world of a truly creative spirit.
No, it's not what it sounds like (babies being mugged in a dark corner of the playground). Rather, "baby mugging" is the latest internet trend of the week. Baby mugging simply involves taking a photo of your baby and toddler behind an everyday kitchen mug but framed so that it looks like the baby is popping out of the mug. Pretty simple but the results are adorable! Read more on Today Moms and check out some of the super cute examples.
We had a blast yesterday exhibiting at NY Tech Day at Pier 92 and billed as the world's largest startup event. The pictures above show our table which was showing some pieces from our sister gallery ArtStar, but we discovered loads of new tech startups and met tons on inspiring people. Not to mention Beefy the dog was there! A big thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth - we can't tell you how much we love talking about our company - and we hope to see you all again next year.
Most of us already know the basics of sculpture. But we could definitely use a refresher, especially if it's being delivered by Elmo and his sidekick Jon Hamm! Enjoy this great video from Sesame Street, above, and we also love how Sesame Street is not only educational but really sophisticated in the content they introduce to kids, including in this clip work by Rodin, a Brancusi-esque marble piece and something that looks like David Smith. [via Hyperallergic.]