This summer I'm teaching a typography class to a (pretty great) group of students. Their first assignment is to create a simple modular typeface from at 10 x 10 unit pixel grid. Then they must translate that typeface into a material object and photograph it. We were talking about some of these student projects at dinner. After dinner, Auggie prepared this surprise for me to see (his real name is Henry). He is very deliberate, always making clean, straight lines with his stickers and toy cars.
Today Auggie asked, "How many yes-es do you have in your body?"
There are some cheap & cheerful children's hats at some of the local big box shops around here. But I just did some loose math in my head: It takes me about a couple of hours to get out to a shop and back and I don't always find what I'm looking for. Finding boy's things is especially tricky (unless you like sort of surfer-golf style, which isn't our thing). Now that I'm not pushing a sleeping baby around in a stroller, and instead have a wide-awake, running-around little boy, shopping doesn't fit in my schedule very well right now and we're not really enjoying it.
I have a few boxes of fabric to use up, so if I can do an item in under 5 hours, the extra two to four hours it takes is the cost of the item. So I've been doing little bits of sewing here and there instead of going shopping.
What got me thinking about this in the first place is that the store where we bought our summer hat last year was involved in a sweatshop incident. Overseas manufacturing is a complicated issue, and it's not that we'll never shop at a big box store again. But it's another reason I'd like us to buy less. We don't always know who is making our clothing, or in what conditions.
There are two handsome, free hat patterns available online: a unisex reversible bucket hat from Oliver + S (^ elephant cotton canvas by Daiwabo) and a simple boy's hat from By Miekke (^ leaf pattern, I think by Kokka). They were simple and turned out fine. I used cotton poplin for the lining and didn't make them reversible. If you'd like my pattern notes (especially for the By Miekke, which is in Dutch) just visit Windy later today to see them.
We agree that if we had a ship, we would want the one with the yellow smokestack.
This is a post-planetarium craft we did, that I wrote up for Windy this week, taken from DKTL kids. This is the earth, drawn on coffee filter paper with felt pens, then sprinkled with water to become a satellite picture. The pink is an island. The dark green is Africa. The yellow is a beach and the brown is a train station. The light green patches are the ocean. This felt-watercolour technique works pretty well on watercolour paper, too.
grape jell-o, made on request, not eaten. Scooping up cool jelly feels so good. Maybe it's not a complete waste if I photograph it...
We received funding to develop an app for Windy!
Last week we were walking around, looking for some new school shoes when we stumbled on this sculpture by John Clement. It's a public sculpture, not roped off from the public and auggie went crazy with it — running, jumping, hiding. I think it's time to become more imaginative with our playspaces in North America.Read More
I've made some little desktop calendars for 2013. They're pretty fast to make and fun, so I might make more now that I have the templates.
Auggie desktop calendars are up on the Auggie bloggie. If you are a subscriber to this blog or to the auggiebloggie, I'll let you know directly when the February ones are ready. The calendars are a free download and are formatted for standard home computer, iPad 1 & 2, iPhone and iPhone 5 — you can go to the auggibloggie to find them.
This year there's also a Windy calendar for your desktop or phone and January's is ready on the Windy web site or blog. Windy books and images are all © Judith & Robin. January's is from Snowy & Chinook.
One of my resolutions this year (otherwise known as a deadline) is to finish up a new series of books: Auggie in Colourtown, Auggie and the Counting Robot and Auggie's Garage. Every Tuesday I will be posting a new illustration as I work through the books, which are due to be released in September. Here is the Auggie Bloggie.
UPDATE: These owls will be in a new book Auggie's Counting Robot. Find more Auggie drawings at the Auggie Bloggie.
If you live with a tiny art director who demands to see hundreds of owls, you become quite an efficient owl drawer. Here is a very efficient owl in 7 steps. (Our art director really appreciates the sleeping owls).