Let's start here: I hope a lot of you don't need to read this. I could be wrong, but I assume that, because you're ManMade readers, you already know what it takes to devote some quality time to your kids, and you know how important it is.
That said, this is how I feel about it, and at the risk of sounding preachy, I want to share my thoughts:
Get up on Saturday morning, early. Don't start by checking e-mail, don't start by watching Premier League highlights. Pack a few snacks and some water in a backpack. Scramble up some eggs and make toast. Feed your kids breakfast and then put them in the car.
Drive somewhere. It doesn't
South Korean photographer JeongMee Yoon has created an ongoing portrait series entitled, The Pink & Blue Project. The images feature children, generally aged 3-7, who are obsessed with the standard colors prescribed to their genders, pink for girls and blue for boys.
She says, "This project explores the trends in
I believe it's a scientific fact that kids love stickers. They'll adhere them to any surface they can get their little hands on. This past December, Yayoi Kusama constructed a large domestic environment at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, painted it entirely white and then handed out colored dot stickers to the children who visited the museum. The kids were invited to put the stickers anywhere they chose in the blank room, transforming it into a prismatic explosion of color and sensory overload.
Okay, I admit that's an awkward title, but check out this project by illustrator Dave DeVries:
"The Monster Project" had its origins in the artist's family. "My niece Jessica often filled my sketchbook with doodles. While I stared at them, I wondered if color, texture and shading could be applied for a 3D effect. As a painter, I made cartoons look three dimensional every day for the likes of Marvel and DC comics, so why couldn’t I apply those same techniques to a kid’s drawing? That was it… no research, no years of toil, just the curiosity of seeing Jessica’s drawings come to life."
There's certainly a canon of beloved [Western] children's stories: those fairy tales, fables, and books that our parents knew, we loved, and are still ripe to pass along to the next generation. My niece and nephew know all about the Wizards of Waverly Place, but they still know what the Tin Man and the Scarecrow each wanted, or what Jack traded in for those crazy beans.
Chicago-based artist and designer Christian Jackson pays homage to that great history by creating, "hyper-minimalistic posters of the children's stories we grew up knowing and loving."
Photographer Paul Ripke, art director Florian Schmucker, and production company POP have teamed up for this new series of children and parents switching heads, dubbed Kindsköpfe. ("Grown Ups" in German)
Anyone who's ever used a blazingly sharp-toothed saw or chisel can attest: that's the last place you want tiny little fingers...
Or is it?
"Just as legions of Americans in cities and suburbs have discovered the joys of working with their hands — building their own chicken coops or brewing artisanal vinegars — many are now encouraging their children to do the same, by giving them the opportunity to learn how to handle a hammer as well as they use an iPhone."
If you're an artist on maternity leave, spending the day with your beautiful new child, and have a collection of fabric and textiles to make imaginary worlds, what would YOU do?
I'd do the same as Adela Enerson, who came up with this fantastic way to stay creative while her new daughter, Mila, naps: create scenarios around her that imagine what she might be dreaming.