Jumpin' straight in....
When I first discovered Kindergallery I was so excited! - Finally a clever person has collated all my favourite (kid inspired) artists!... and best of all the store is based in Australia! (I mentioned Kindergallery in my 'C for Collage' entry, when I wrote about Lorena Siminovich's work being apart of the Kindergallery collection).
The clever someone behind Kindergallery is Fiona Lang. Fiona opened Kindergallery in 2007 with each piece in her collection hand-picked to inspire the imagination of children of all ages. Fiona has sourced the finest art and design fro children from around Europe, the U.S and Australia.
"We have selected works exhibiting an aesthetic richness to which children can respond in different ways as they grow up, and which will form part of a child's visual vocabulary for a lifetime."
I was going to try and hone my selection and just highlight one of my favourites, but I couldn't decide, so here are four!! You must go and check out the gallery!
Pictured clockwise from top left: 1 - 10 Poster by Issac, Inverno (Winter) Cut and Paste by Ana Ventura, Bird House with One Bird by Tamar Mogendorff and Sleep, Dream, Create, Explore by Meredith Gaston
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This fashionable and innovative collection of stationery makes me want to redecorate my workspace - just so I can have the gorgeous white storage boxes and pretty filing accessories!
kikki.K started as a dream for Swedish born Kristin "Kikki" Karlsson. When she set up a home office almost ten years ago, she could never had guessed where that decision would take her. Now boasting retail stores throughout New Zealand and Australia, and stockists all over the world, Kristina has well and truly established herself in the design conscious stationery market.
At kikki.K you can shop for stationery until your heart's content...from pencils to ringbinders, presentation folders to sticky notes... there is something to satisfy and stationery craving!
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These beautiful, brightly coloured dolls have an irresistible charm. I love the idea of having a collection of them one day - a mixture of old and new.
Originating in the Tohoku region of northern Japan, Kokeshi Dolls are thought to date back to the 19th century. It is believed they may of had some spiritual significance as Kokeshi represent a wish for a healthy child.
Just like Russian Dolls Kokeshi are making a comeback amongst illustrators and creative folk as a new surface for decorating. New ones have been spotted by Susie Ghahremani from BoyGirlParty and Portland based illustrator and Designer Alberto Cerriteno.
I do love the quaintness of the old ones though!
there are many places to buy Kokeshi online. - a quick Google search should give you some options.
I have to admit, I have a soft spot for Kiwi Industries....and yes, it is pretty much because the owners fell in love with New Zealand and based their whole range on the NZ lifestyle...and as you can imagine - the range is (of course!) beautiful!
I also admire their 'conscious' business practices and how they care for the earth and those on it.
“Kiwi Industries is about capturing this time, through its children’s clothing and gift line. Natural, organic, and recycled fibers are used to create classic designs with a modern twist. We use only high quality fabric, reminiscent of an earlier time before “throw-away” clothing – our clothing truly gets softer and softer with time. Wear it, wash it, pass it down from child to child.”
Here are some cutie-pie pics from their collection:
(images from Kiwi Industries)
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Monday Art Find:I have to apologise about the lack of our usual gallery based Monday Art Find this week- I haven't finished collating all my information yet, so in the meantime.. here are some images from a good friend of ours, Paul Jones - congratulations Paul for making it into the Top 200 Best Advertising Photographers in the world! x
(images from Paul Jones)
I hoped you enjoyed the K's.. we are hitting the L's tomorrow - see you then!!