Mother daughter collaboration

I just read this awesome story over at Distractify about artist Mica Angela Hendricks. At first she didn’t want her four-year-old daughter near her new sketchbook. She is serious about her art, and she knew little Myla would want to scribble all over the pages. Then, her daughter said the words that changed everything.

“If you can’t share, we’ll have to take it away.”

She had used her own mother’s words against her, and now Mica had no choice but to indulge Myla. She let her daughter finish one of her sketches, and pretty soon, they had a whole collection of collaborations.

Mica and Myla

It was the start of a beautiful line of art works:

Mica and Myla working together

Mica and Myla working together

Mica and Myla working together

Mica and Myla working together

Mica and Myla working together

You can view more of the collaborations over here on Mica’s blog.

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Dinovember

I stumbled upon this beautiful story by Refe Tuma about parenting, imagination and dinosaurs today. It made my day and I just had to share it here.

Every year during the month of November, Refe and his wife try to convince the children their plastic dinosaurs come to life while they sleep. It began modestly with dinosaurs getting into the box of cereal, but quickly escalated with dinosaurs opening up the refrigerator and drawing on the walls. Here’s a couple of pictures of the sceneries they created:

dinovember

dinovember

dinovember

dinovember

dinovember

Needless to say the kids were stunned every single day when they woke up. They started to make up their own stories and their imagination ran wild.

And that’s exactly what Refe and his wife were after. Here’s what they say about why they’re doing this:

“Because in the age of iPads and Netflix, we don’t want our kids to lose their sense of wonder and imagination. In a time when the answers to all the world’s questions are a web-search away, we want our kids to experience a little mystery. All it takes is some time and energy, creativity, and a few plastic dinosaurs.”

Read the fully illustrated blog post here, there’s plenty more beautiful pictures to discover.

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Sirens of the Lambs

There’s been much debate already on the topic of Banksy’s recent work in the streets of New York. And you may have seen most of it already, but we definitely wanted to post these photos and video of The Sirens of the Lambs: a slaughterhouse delivery truck touring the meatpacking district and then citywide for the next two weeks.

Banksy Meat Truck

Banksy Meat truck

Make sure to watch the short video as the truck is touring the streets:

We think it’s a great work of art.

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Sock Monster

Remember the Wild Child picture book? Author / illustrator Lorna Freytag is back with a new adventure. This time it’s an iPad app called Sock Monster, aimed at children aged 2 – 5 years.

It’s a quirky storybook adventure with original hand-crafted artwork by Lorna Freytag. It’s about a fluffy little monster that gobbles, munches and chomps all the socks in the house. We have to help him find all the socks before he fades away forever. That’s fun! Here’s a few screenshots:

sock monster

sock monster

sock monster

sock monster

sock monster

Looking great! Sock Monster is a production of Junoberry and it’s now available from the App store.

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