the earth Child issue
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CONTRIBUTORS REGULARS CÉLINE HALLAS CHRISTEN NOËLLE DANIELLE CHASSIN HELENE BLANCHE INGER MARIE HAHN MØLLER KIRSI ALTJõE LISBETH KJÆR HAMMER MARIE-LAURE PHAM MARIEKE DAS SØS ULDALL-EKMAN
THIS ISSUE ALEATHA SHANNON ANNELIE STRETER CARLOTTA BORGOGNA COREY VILLICANA DANIELLE ACEINO GABRIELLE HALL HEATHER ROME JIMMY ACEINO JINA JAVIER KATIE BEATON KELLY SWEDA LUCA ROMAGNOLI MARK BIDDULPH MONIKA ELENA PHOEBE WAHL STEPHANIE MATTHEWS SILVIA COLUCCELLI SUZANNE GARSKE SUSANNA SUNDMAN SABINE TIMM VANLØSE BLUES VIGGA SVENSSON
editors letter 13 art feature - phoebe wahl 14 trend - the earth-game is one 28 the story of - pierrot la lune 30 #authenticchildhood 38 treasures - earth without art is just eh... 58 do it yourself 64 the poetry of blue 70 illustration feat. helene blanche 82 #etmagstylekid 84 carrots and cuties 86 books 96 vigga 98 dreams are renewable 102 family portrait - the aceinos 116 illustration feat. susanna sundman 128 second hand first choice 130 art crush - sabine timm 142 floral stilleben 150 instagram crush - @redcreekhandmade 158 springtime rainbow 166 little lable crush 182 paperdolls - spring is here 192 protect your earth: reuse!! 198 food crush - vanlĂ¸se bluese 212 thanks for reading, now go play... 218
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SØS ULDALL-EKMAN @thegirllikesrainbows www.thegirllikesrainbows.com
EDITORS LETTER brought to you by enfants terribles
Our first issue of 2015 is entitled Earth Child. The planet we share as a common home hasn’t seen enough love and attention for the past decades and even though we all know, we have to do something, sometimes we simply forget. This issue is not about all the things we’re doing wrong. More so, it is a praise of those who haven’t forgotten and who have made it their natural responsability to go through many efforts to help protect Earth and the future of our children by thinking, acting, producing and manufacturing in a sustainable, personal and responsible way. By sharing the stories of those who do, our hope is that it will serve as inspiration to us all and give us the certainty that we can make a difference everyday, by changing small habits and acting in a caring and responsible way towards our mutual home. Happy Reading Søs and Céline
ART FEATURE PHOEBE WAHL
ART FEATURE PHOEBE WAHL interview by inger marie hahn møller www.finurlig.net @finurlignet
www.phoebewahl.com @phoebewahl www.facebook.com/pwahlillustration www.pinterest.com/phoebewahl phoebe-bird.tumblr.com
I don’t really recall when or where I first saw one of Phoebe Wahl’s illustrations. But it never left my inner register of pictures and it kept nurturing me with dreams and wishes for my own family life. Even before knowing her name I knew her illustrations and her way of depicting the world. I was never in doubt that it was one of her works whenever I stumbled across one. Later I read about her and her work, and my fascination only grew. Phoebe Wahl is painting the kind of pictures you want to move into and live in. They make you feel nostalgic and optimistic at once. I showed a couple of Phoebe Wahl’s illustrations and her wonderful animations to my girls. “Again, again, mommy!” says Molly. Together we make up the stories and fairy tales we see in Phoebe’s illustrations. They are so plenty with details, textures, patterns, colours and different mediums that they are almost sensory – we feel the sun, the rain and the spring wind, we smell the fire, the cooking soup and the baking bread, we hear the notes of a guitar, the humming of a mom and the birdsong of the fields. For a moment we feel very much present in the pictures and the fairy tales they create.
But most important is that we recognize ourselves and what we love doing. We are reminded of our values and what is important for us in our lives – things we sometimes tend to forget a bit in our hectic and scheduled everyday life. It is all there in Phoebe Wahl’s art. Phoebe Wahl (b. 1991) grew up at the Pacific Northwest surrounded by nature and with an art-filled, free-range childhood. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2013 with a BFA in Illustration. She currently lives in Bellingham, WA, where she works as a fulltime artist. Phoebe Wahl iis a regular contributor to Taproot magazine. She also does commissions and works with politically conscious content. You’ll find a selection of Phoebe Wahl’s prints in her shop.
what 3 words would you pick to describe your artwork? Earthy, folky, romantic. YOUR ART
you grew up in the pacific northwest with a ‘free-range’ childhood. you had no regular schooling, but your days were filled with nature and outdoor exploration. how does your childhood impact your creativity today?
It is everything. I was unschooled*, which gave me an incredible amount of freedom to really focus on what I was interested in and run with it. I drew for six or eight hours a day every day, constantly making up stories to go along with my pictures. My parents gave me time and space to fully explore my interests, and provided my sister and I with endless opportunities to experience art and nature. I think all that time making art, just for myself, gave me incredible drive and self-motivation. I was never making art to please anyone else, which ultimately is what has kept me creating. It was never about finishing an assignment, or seeking praise. I am my own greatest critic and challenger; I’ve always held myself to a high standard to keep myself constantly practicing. All of my work is heavily influenced by the things that captivated me as a child. So much of what I make is something I would have wanted to see or have when I was young; I can trace elements of my paintings to so many books I had growing up, and my sculptures to precious old toys and objects. *Unschooling is learner-guided education. There isn’t usually any curriculum or formal ‘teacher’ figure. Learning is seen as much more fluid and based on life experiences than in traditional school environments. when did you know you wanted to become an artist, and what did it take you to fulfill your dream and actually be able to make a living of it?
I’ve wanted to be an artist ever since I can remember. I had the privilege of being able to fully exercise that desire from a young age. The main reason I quit traditional schooling is because I reported to my parents in kindergarten that there “wasn’t enough time to draw.” I’m so humbled and grateful that they listened to me in that moment, that they heard how important that was to me and had the resources available to give me more time and space to draw. My childhood and young adulthood was pretty much a frenzy of creation, from drawing to sculpting with clay, sewing, making papier mache puppets, painting and acting in plays. When the time came, there seemed no question to me that if I decided to go to college, I would go to college for art. I ended up going to RISD, and studying Illustration. I started doing freelance jobs while I was still at school, so that by the time I graduated in 2013 I was able to transition seamlessly from being a student into being a fulltime artist. I worked very hard, but I can’t help but also feel like many puzzle pieces fell into place by some magic or coincidence. I feel very lucky. It’s still surreal to be launched into my career at such a young age. I think the experience I had at RISD, and the connections I made there were incredibly important and integral in my journey as an artist. But that being said, I’m also not a person who believes school is a necessity in terms of becoming a passionate and successful person. Putting your work out into the world is everything, even if it makes you feel vulnerable. Especially if it makes you feel vulnerable. That’s how you’ll gain an audience, get real feedback and create demand for your work, which can give you freedom to keep experimenting and creating in new ways.
what is important for you in your creative processes?
Making time to live a rich, love-filled life. Nothing stunts my creativity more than being so focused on my work that I let my relationships and health and happiness fall by the wayside. My work is so incredibly connected to my life—past, present and future—that I am constantly reminding myself to prioritize a balanced lifestyle. Without that I would have no inspiration. you work with a broad range of different mediums: watercolor, collage, printmaking, felt, doll-making, sculpture, animation. how do you you choose between your mediums, and why is it important for you to be able to work in such a broad way?
I think it’s a great exercise to work in different mediums, because it helps you understand each and every one more well-roundedly. I choose mostly dependent on what projects I’m working on, and what they would be best suited for, as well as what I’m inspired by at the moment. Sometimes when I’m working on a project for a client in watercolor and collage, I’ll feel the need to balance it out with something in 3D for my more personal work, something that is working with a slightly different part of my brain and hands, as to keep myself challenged and engaged. what direction are you heading toward artistically at the moment?
work on the book, which spanned a much longer period of time and involved much more planning. I had to think about ways of keeping things consistent that I don’t usually have to consider, and really stay focused on the long-term goal of the book coming out. I think there is a lot of pressure on working artists to always enjoy their job, and that they are somehow being dishonest if working isn’t constantly their favorite way to spend their time. But the truth is, just like any other job, it can be really difficult sometimes. Being a creative person doesn’t always mean that work flows from you with ease. Working on my book was a joy, and I am beyond ecstatic for it to be released. But it was definitely also an intense, laborious and sometimes completely overwhelmingly exhausting project to complete! do you work with other projects at the moment that you feel like sharing?
I have many exciting ideas up my sleeve that I can’t wait to begin, most of them personal projects at this point. This year I was honored to work with Anna Sui and Patagonia on some t-shirt designs, so you can look forward to seeing those sometime during 2015 and 2016! INSPIRATION where do you look for inspiration?
My direction at the moment is toward doing more books, and within the structure of those projects, having more time to experiment and play with smaller personal projects.
The children’s section of the library. The outdoors. The work of other artists.
you are about to publish your first children’s book later in 2015. how is it to work with an entire book?
who do you admire artistically, and why?
It was an exciting challenge. I generally work very impulsively, without much sketching out or conceptualizing beforehand. So it was a good challenge to
what takes your breath away?
Nature. My friends.
Many of my favorite artists are children’s book illustrators. It is their work tthat still resonates the most with me. Artists like Tomi Ungerer, Elsa Beskow, Tove Jansson, Alice Provensen, Barbara Cooney, Francoise Seignobosc, William Steig, Faith Ring-
gold, Ludwig Bemelmans, Garth Williams, Edgar & Ingri Parin D’Aulaire, Andre Francois, Roger Duvoisin, Mitsumasa Anno… to name only a few. All of them created very uniquely detailed, distinct worlds in their work, many populated by extremely honest characters. I also am intensely inspired by the work of Matisse, Maud Lewis, Grandma Moses, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Chagall, Kahlo & Rivera, Emmy Lou Packard, Charles Burchfield, Henri Rousseau and Mary Cassatt. do you make collections that you use in your artistic work…?
I tend to collect natural oddities and tons of little knickknacks. Little old toys and figurines, ceramics and shells and stones. I love tiny things. favorite magazines/blogs/websites? any special place you look for inspiration…?
Well I have a lot of love for Taproot magazine, whom I am a regular contributor to. I also love the children’s magazine Anorak. I look on Tumblr and Pinterest for inspiration a lot. As far as lifestyle blogging goes, my friend Demetria over at Engrained is always inspiring, as well as my friend Milla at The Woman Who Married A Bear. Art-wise, I can always rely on my friends for amazing and inspiring work. There’s so many to list that I’d encourage you to check out their work on the “Friends” sidebar on my blog. NATURE & FAMILY LIFE it seems as if nature and living in balance with it is important for you and your work. tell us a bit about your own relation to nature?
I grew up in a family that spent a lot of value on time spent outdoors. We hiked and camped a lot, my sister and I ran wild in our backyard and those of our neighbors. My parents are gardeners and native plant enthusiasts. Most evenings I would go on ‘yard walks’ with my dad at dusk, moving slowly through the garden and examining what was blooming, changing, dying or spreading. I believe that the more connected you are to nature, especially your own particular ecosystem, whether it’s urban rural or in between, the more meaningful your decisions will be in terms of caring for yourself, others, and your environment. I think there is a lot of wisdom to be found in the wild, a lot of lessons to be learned about the constant push and pull of creation and destruction that humans very often try to resist or control. A personal relationship with your environment is important, because you are more likely to treat it with care if you’ve cultivated that. Just like feeling empathy with a human friend who
you’re close to. I know I’m more likely to make more environmentally conscious decisions if I’m connected to a place, if I can name or see the animals and plants that live there, the water systems sustaining them and how it all is very directly affected by the actions of communities and individuals.
ed pretty seamlessly into each other most of the time, which is a really wonderful thing, but also can be difficult at times. As I’ve said earlier in the interview, most of my work is based on my life experiences, so if I didn’t place importance on living a rich life, I wouldn’t have a lot of content and inspiration to work from.
do you live close to nature in your current situation? I live in an apartment in a small city, where nature is extremely accessible. I only have to travel about fifteen minutes in any direction before I can find beach or forest. Bellingham is right at the base of Mt. Baker, and on the bay looking out at the San Juan Islands. It is an incredibly lush, beautiful part of the country to have grown up in, and now be living in again as an adult.
In the next few years, I’d love to move into a house in either a more rural setting, or at least with a large garden within the city. most of your work is about family life and intimate relations between people. what does it feel like to work with such private and intimate scenarios – and depicting them with such a great empathy?
I suppose it feels natural to me. Those moments are really the only kind to occur to me to capture, as they’re of the utmost importance, in my life at least. As I’ve said before, they’re all extremely tied to my own experiences. Whether those are things that have happened in my past, are going on in my present, or are dreams for my future. I have always been drawn to capture soft, intimate moments of connectedness.
how do you balance work and life in general? with your works it seems almost impossible to distinguish the two from each other…
Well, they are pretty much indistinguishable a lot of the time. Work and play ble-
what do you dream of?
A little cabin of my own. Traveling. Things I’d like to make. do you have any goals artistically?
To create images and objects people can relate to in some way. Work that touches people, or maybe makes them feel nostalgic for something they’ve never even had. EARTH CHILD what does the theme earth child mean to you?
A child, or child-kindred adult brimming with curiosity, empathy, and enthusiasm for the natural world. were you yourself an earth child?
Yes, I hope so.
what should we all do to grow our kids and ourselves into earth children?
Foster and encourage critical thinking and decision making rooted in loving, caring and environmental consciousness.
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THE STORY OF PIERROT LA LUNE
THE STORY OF pierrot la lune www.pierrotlalune.dk www.pierrotlalune.dk/shop @pierrotlalune_dk www.facebook.com/pierrotlalune.dk interview by søs uldall-ekman www.linkedin.com/in/uldallekman @thegirllikesrainbows
THE STORY OF feature is a new feature that we're introducing with our 8th issue. We wanted to be able to share the personal story behind some of the labels that we have gotten to know since we started this magazine. Behind each label lies a dream, dreamt by a person that we'd like you to get to know a little better. At the same time we're making it possible for you to know what and who you are supporting when buying clothes for your children.
But she felt like she needed to learn a lot before she was entirely ready. So she went to school to become both a designer and a tailor. Before starting her own brand she had been making clothes for private customers and was teaching. Then one winter day she made up her mind, quit her job and jumped right in, without thinking much, because it felt right. She hooked up with the right people to do what she couldn’t and from there it’s been quite a ride.
A DREAM COME TRUE In this issue we’re focusing on the story of Emilie Ventujol, founder of Pierrot la Lune, a little Danish eco children’s wear label, making it’s way up to the very top as we speak.
”Someone very close to me, said the exact words: You are not motivated for teaching anymore, you need to do something else. And this made so much sense and felt right deep down inside.”
The founder of Pierrot la Lune, Emilie Ventujol (39) was brought up in Copenhagen but now lives in the Danish countryside in a little town called Ry together with her French husband and two kids, Milos (9) and Sylvia (7). The idea of creating her own line of children’s clothes was an early dream for Emilie. Actually, for 20 years she would dream about having her own company doing kids wear.
in making children’s fashion, what is the most important to you?
”I always strive to make clothes that are comfortable and easy to wear yet looking stylish and classic. Its an ideal I pursue and will never compromise on. Practical yet a bit conservative looking is my mantra in the design process.”
ORGANIC & SUSTAINABLE Emilie chose to work with children’s fashion in a responsible and sustainable way right from the very beginning and one can only admire her approach to the business. We asked her a few questions about the proces and the challenges in working with this: ”I chose to go organic from the very beginning. To me it’s not possible to do it any other way . It just doesn’t seem right to NOT do so, when actually it IS possible to do so. I strive to be ethical in all matters in life and this is a way I feel I can add some more meaning and purpose to children fashion. After all we are not saving lives in fashion, but encouraging more consumption, which is not that good for the environment. So in this way I can work with my passion, spread light and creativity and still feel good in my heart doing so.” what has been the biggest challenge so far?
”The biggest challenge is to keep the costs down and to make people want to pay extra for the GOTS quality. In fact I realise more and more how much we should be suspicious when clothes are too cheap (like with our food). Somewhere in the chain someone necessarily pays the price. Its bound to be like this. The benefits are to know I do my share to make people consume organic, it will pay off in the end.” could you tell us the story of a garment of pierrot la lune?
”Well, let’s take one of my personal favorites, the Sally jum?psuit. It was stitched and created without a pattern. I made it in a very free and creative way. First, I stitched it up loosely and tried it on my daughter several of times until I was satisfied. After finding the fabric I wanted it in I had the first sample made. I remember a few people seeing it and thinking it looked strange and not very pretty. Nevertheless I chose to go with my gut feeling and produced it.
On the launch day last year it was mentioned on Papier Mache as the must have of the season. This was such a victory for me and made me believe and trust much more in my gut feeling.” THE NEW COLLECTION your new collection has just gone online with the first month of spring. it seems to take us all on an imaginary trip to the streets of paris in springtime. what can you tell us about the new collection?
”I think the SS15 must be my favourite so far. I managed to reach some expressions where all my ideas and visions are coming to life. It’s such an amazing feeling, really. Its simple and in light colours. Playing with checks and stripes for the boys and with some lovely jacquard weavings for the girls. There’s a wonderful structure in the fabrics, soft and really lovely quality.” where do you find inspiration?
In old movies! For the SS14 I was very inspired by the animated movie ”An American Tale” with small mice travelling to America. They are dressed in the most fantastic clothes. The SS15 is very inspired by Paris and we also chose to shoot the campaign in the city of romance, where the scene becomes old fashion in the clean and aesthetic way I love so much. THE CHALLENGES
working with many different labels we’ve come to realize how challenging it is for little businesses to grow and compete with the big ballers in this game. what are the pros and cons of being a little label?
”The difficult part is finances, always! Its difficult to get a supplier to want to do your line as they have rather big minimum orders. Its also difficult to keep the quality as high as I want, I am going to India twice a year to control this.
The good part about being a small label is the ability to stay authentic to the audience in all matters. And to stay authentic to my own taste. Nobody decide for me and if I want something in my collection I make it, even though it might not sell so well. This is making the brand strong as some of the less mainstream looking styles might not sell super well but they define my brand and makes the story much more alive and special.” what has been the best moment working with this so far?
”There’s s a few very good ones, but one that stands out is the moment I saw Pierrot la Lune mentioned in so many magazines and blogs the first week after launch was something not easy to describe. I was so tired from working like a horse before launch so it was like a surreal dream. I just kept smiling.” what has been your biggest mistake?
”Being too soft with my suppliers, no doubt, and then being taken for a ride or two. I am learning to be a business woman, it is fun and something very helpful in all matters in life. Its not like I am learning to be tough but basically I am learning to take myself serious also in this regard. As a creative personality it is not so easy but extremely important in order to succeed in such a competitive world as children fashion.” GOALS AND AMBITIONS what ambitions do you have for the future and your label?
”I have no set ambition, but I aspire for the highest possible for my brand. Let it become, what is has to become. I believe in karma and I surrender totally to the fact that the outcome is not in my hands, I just have to work my pants off and leave the result to higher forces.
Of course, I will work a lot with strategies for almost everything I do. And I will continue to seek expertise from others, where I am not strong myself. Because one of my strengths is the ability to actually spot my weakness and then ask for help when needed.” We look forward to following the continues life story of Pierrot la Lune and Emilie and hope you all feel like you got a little under the skin of this label.
PHOTOGRAPHER: CÉLINE HALLAS
DRESS // PIERROT LA LUNE - SILK APRON // PAADE - THIGHTS // COLLÉGIEN - SHOES // BISGAARD
COLLAR // PIERROT LA LUNE - DRESS // ANIVE - THIGHTS // COLLÉGIEN - BOOTS // BISGAARD
CAP & SWEAT SHIRT // MOLO - JEANS // HM - SOCKS // COLLÉGIEN - SHOES// BISGAARD
JACKET // MOLO
SWEATER // PIERROT LA LUNE - DRESS // MOTORETA - THIGHTS // COLLÉGIEN - SHOES // BISGAARD
EYEWEAR // VERY FRENCH GANGSTERS - JACKET // PIERROT LA LUNE - DRESS // KNAST BY KRUTTER -KNEE HIGH // KIDS CASE- SHOES// BISGAARD
TREASURES EARTH WITHOUT ART IS JUST EH...
BALANCING BLOCKS BY FORT STANDART Ten hardwood game pieces finished in nontoxic white or primary colors offer a vintage look through fun contemporary forms. Find them here!
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www.toymachine.nl @mytoymachines This is the second time I’m here trying to show you some good stuff to buy. Now considering the theme Earth Child I would like to tell you that instead of spending money, you should spend your time with your family and go in to the world exploring together! That’s really what I do a lot of the times, I go broke on travel money and hot chocolates in nice beach cafés. But If I wasn’t broke I would probably buy all the next few things, and more. Not everyone has to like it, of course not everyone has taste;), but there’s no denying that making your loved ones smile with a present [including yourself] is one of the best things around.
CERAMICS BY BEN FIESS This vase is by Ben Fiess. He is so so talented. No words, just look at it. Find it here!
SKY PLANTER This is it, right now. You want to keep your tabletops empty, but love to have some greens in your house? You see, my kids always eat the strawberries before I can, and the cat ruins my parsley, so this helps, I’ll hang it high enough for them not to reach. Find them here!
MAGNETIC BUILDING BLOCKS BY TEGU These are my favorite in the list. They are Magnetic, wooden blocks and come in all kinds of shapes and themes. Beautiful and sustainable, made in Honduras and the company supports the locals, people and nature, They even request you to not throw their products away, they would pay for shipping to be able to recycle them. Find them here!
ANIMAL BOXES BY KARL ZAHN We love any good product that has an animal theme, it’s a bit of an obsession. These boxes are made from sustainably harvested new growth beech wood. On the shelf, it is a sculpture. On the side table, it’s a totem. On the counter, it offers a hiding spot. Find them here!
FLIP DOLLS BY FIDOODLE Turns this gorgeous doll inside out and find a butterfly. So good. Find it here!
DANDELION PENDANT The magic of a dandelion captured in a pendant by a Ukrainian artist on Etsy. My daughter would love this. Etsy is so good when it comes to unique, affordable jewelry. Find them here!
ORGANIC COTTEN THROWS Another great Etsy shop with beautiful stuff. I’m not allowed to buy anymore blankets for now, since we have a tower of folded cloths in our livingroom, but maybe someone can get me one for my birthday? Find them here!
M.F.E.O. JUNGALOW HANGING PLANTER Yes another one. And it’s geometric! O my hipster! Each batch of planters is cut from a sheet of sustainably harvested maple europly wood and affixed to a brass ceiling chain. Find them here!
BEAUTIFUL THROWS BY IN2GREEN Made from newly respun offcuts. Great way to recycle Find them here!
KAPLA A favourite at our house, they make awesome towers, which we love to throw over when we’re done. Kapla’s inventor was a Dutchman who moved to France and built his own home. The experience led to this construction material that’s good for a large variety of ages. Each block is simply placed one on top of the other, allowing children to let their imagination run free. KAPLA blocks are made of wood from renewable pine forests in the south-west of France and entirely natural and non-treated. Find them here!
GRIMMS When you say Earth child, I say Grimms. We all love their beautiful stacked rainbow, but they have so much more. I love teaching my kids about geometry, and the magnetic puzzles help and make it a pleasure. They are a small firm based in southern Germany. The wood is coated with natural oil, and stained with water-based colour.
They are easily recognizable by their beautiful shape and colors. We would have them all, if anyone of us had any more space left for toys. These are the kinds you keep and pass on when you have grandkids. If your kids aren’t like mine and haven’t destroyed them by then. Find them here!
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DO IT YOURSELF created for you by la maison de loulou
www.lamaisondeloulou.com @marrylor What if we made our own toys? Would the world be a better place? I bet there’s hours of fun and inspiration for life in doing so, especially if you let your kids get involved in the process. Another benefit could be that you see oppurtunity for play in simple objects that can be upgraded to top knotch design toys so very easily and all this without getting out your wallet. Our DIY Editor Marie-Laure created two projects inspired by the Earthchild theme of this issue: ”I need to celebrate Earth and Spring in colors! The snow has been non-stop here in New York lately and it’s getting too much now. We need Spring and colours back Now! For these DIY’s I used only naturals elements, wood blocks, pots, soil, paper and so on. I hope you’ll be inspired to create and play with your little ones.”
PAINTED POT & FLOWERS "The idea is to prepare for Spring: You plant you seeds in your painted pot, and until the flower is ready to bloom, you get to enjoy your own version of it. Super cute and decorative! YOU NEED • Plant • Pot • Soil • Seeds • Paint • Brush • BBQ stick • Construction paper • Coloured paper scraps • Glue WHAT TO DO Start by painting your pots and your stick; leave to dry. Then cut a square piece of construction paper. Cut few petals out of colored paper scraps. Glue your flower to your square paper. Take your stick and tape it on the opposite side of your square paper, as show in the picture. Put the soil and seed in your pot and add your own paper flower et VOILA!
COLOURS ON WOOD ”With these wood blocks I wanted to stay as minimalistic as possible. It’s meant as a toy for kid. There are a lot of combinations with the geometric shapes & colours. It is 3 steps only and about a zillion possible combinations and hours of fun waiting for you.” YOU NEED • Small wooden blocks as many as you want • Paint • Brush • Tape WHAT TO DO Tape one side of your block as show in the picture, now you can paint; let the paint dry (you don’t have to watch it:-) Repeat on all sides. That is it. Tip: You can if you want, and have the patience, also paint on all four sides of your wood blocks.
The poetry of Blue Photographer: Monika Elena
Sweater // Babaa
Shorts // Tiny Cottons
Dress // Mabo Kids
Romper // Nico Nico
Dress // Louise Misha
Skirt // Nico Nico
ILLUSTRATION feat. HELENE BLANCHE
WWW.TAPET-CAFE.DK - @HELENEBLANCHE
These are the children who have been featured as #ETMAGSTYLEKIDs since our last issue. We salute and celebrate them for their adorable and personal touch to everyday kiddo style.
Being an #ETMAGSTYLEKID is not about wearing certain brands or styles of the season. We just want inspiration straight from the hearts and minds of little ones.
Use the #etmagstylekid if you want to share your own little cheeky personality and his/ hers style. We will continue selecting a weekly #etmagstylekid every Wednesday from Instagram. Find more information on how to become a stylekid here.
CARROTS AND CUTIES PHOTOGRAPHER: STEPHANIE MATTHEW STYLING:HEATHER ROME
overalls & liberty print blouse: LE CARROUSEL // clogs : BELLIO
dress :PREEN MINI // lace apron : PAADE // green rainboots : TAMBER // headscarf : LITTLE NAME
dress : PAADE // bonnet : BEEK ON ETSY // stripe socks : POLARN O PYRET // bunny : H.LUV
grey dress : EDEN AND ZOE // blue skirt : EMILE ET IDA // red rainboots : TAMBER // collar : LITTLE NAME // fox : MAILEG
dress : TWO ELS // carrot leggings : LUNA LEGGINGS // rain boots : HUNTER // bonnet : STARLIGHT
pink dot dress : RACHEL RILEY // apron : PAADE // rainboots : TAMBER
T // camera : FANNY AND ALEXANDER
BOOKS recommendations for you by marieke das
Here’s a typical weekly conversation; Mother; ”Son, what kind of book shall I bring from the library today?” Son: ” I like all books! You can bring one about animals, maybe spiders, or snakes, whales, elephants... and oh yeah, dinosaurs. Wait. Are those animals too? Do you know the difference between a diplodocus and a brachia saurus, because.....” Buying books for my kids is one of those things I can’t help doing, even though we don’t really have room left. Here are some of the classics in our book. [pun intended]
MAPS by Aleksandra Mizielinska & Daniel Mizielinski This book is filled with maps of all over the planet. The maps are drawn in such a way the book can be enjoyed by all ages, as it has drawings of animals and cultural elements but is also filled with facts. For any kid interested in the world this is a must have. It brings all geography lessons to life, gives it a reality while there is still a lot left to imagine yourself about these unknown places. SHARING NATURE; Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages By Joseph Bharat Cornell DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY IT’S COVER! As I do very often.. And don’t judge by age, because this one has been around for 20 years, here in The Netherlands they’ve made a more modern looking version which is available at www. earthgames.nl. Although this book may not appeal that much by looking at it, it holds, what’s more important, many a great exercises for kids. Whether you’re one of those parents that walks in to a forest and has no idea what all those trees are called, or you’ve been en scout leader for years, this book is what you need to be able to make kids enjoy and understand nature even more.
ANIMALIUM by Katie Scott & Jenny Broom Everyone who knows me, knows my boy is an animal freak. Since he was 3 he’s had an elephant crush, a short hippo crush, [I mean for a short period, not a crush on short hippo’s, because now THAT would be weird] than a whale crush, a Dinosaur crush, a shark crush and now is in the middle of a long ongoing snake crush. He knows everything about these animals. So of course I had to have this book, if only to be able to answer all strange future questions on his next crush. The thing is, this book is even worth its money if you were to just use it to take out the illustrations and hang them on you wall [I know… I did not just say that!] The pages are breathtaking. Buy! Now!
THE LITTLE PRINCE by Antoine De Saint-exupery [ graphic novel by Joann Sfar] Another classic, done in many new versions. The original one I read for French class when I was 16, and it made a profound impression on me, as I imagine it has on so many people before me. I read a lot of books at that time, but the quotes from this book really stuck with me. The book is an excellent starting point for philosophy, and that can be done with kids and grown-ups of all ages. It teaches us a different perspective on life on earth. These days you can find a special children’s edition or even a pop-up version or a graphic novel! This book will never leave the family. “Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
a circular subscription model for children’s wear www.vigga.us @vigga.us www.facebook.com/vigga.us www.pinterest.com/ViggaUs INTERVIEW BY: LISBETH KJÆR HAMMER: www.smilerynker.blogspot.dk EDIT BY: SØS ULDALL-EKMAN
Vigga Svensson is no stranger to the world of children’s clothing. She founded the internationally-successful Danish kids’ wear brand Katvig - that worked with sustainable and organic children’s fashion, far a head of any other labels. But Vigga was disheartened by seeing her green products sold into a ‘non-green’ environment. So she came up with a fantastic idea to launch a brand new concept that sells organic children’s clothes through a unique circular subscription service. HOW DOES IT WORK? You sign up for membership when pregnant, then a week ahead of your due date the VIGGA changing bag is ready for you, complete with your newborns first beautiful wardrobe. All garments are ethically made in organic fabrics, in a neutral unisex design. Those too-small clothing items are then in turn sent back to VIGGA, who cleans them and passes them on to a different child who can fit them. From start to end of your subscription you’ll pay 359 Danish kroner (roughly £41) per month. ”We do a quality inspection and wash the clothes at a professional laundry and send it out to a new baby. Because of the high quality the clothes stay nice, and doesn’t look worned out, for a very long time” Vigga explains.
THE INSPIRATION According to Vigga, her idea solves a problem that every parent faces: ”Your baby grows but the clothes do not. During the first 2 years of your baby’s life she goes through 8 sizes! That means that you have to buy 8 new wardrobes. That’s a waste of your money and a massive waste of resources. And that was actually the reason why we started VIGGA in the first place. To create a smarter and more cool and convenient way of consuming kid’s wear. Several studies from the UK, US and Denmark have shown that people wear their clothes just a few times – sometimes as little as six –before they throw them out or put them away. We owe our children to reduce, reuse and recycle wherever we can.” LETTING GO AND PASSING ON ”I wanted to create a brand that appeals to as many people as possible and at the same time is not boring or too pleasing. I would describe the design profile as high quality and exclusive with many small surprising details. The colours are calm and soft not bright. The first brand I created, Katvig, was born in the early 00’s and outsprang from a retrofeel a Scandinavian 1970’s look. VIGGA is much more contemporary. Actually, the two brands couldn’t be more different.”
I love the concept of not holding on to things and let them go when you do not need them any more. This is one of the things that play a big role in my own life. Is it your hope to inspire parents to do this in other areas of their lifes as well? Definitely. Collecting things are not very cool but sharing is! Not only from a trend perspective, but also, and more importantly, in the bigger picture. As modern human beings our needs change all the time, and that leads to a crazy consumption pattern. The only way to fullfil all our needs in a sustainable way is by sharing. And that is even more relevant for parents, because the baby grows so fast. So even if you aim for being a responsible consumer, you are forced to taking part in the consumer race when you have a child. Unless, that is, if you start sharing. Did you think like this, when your kids were small? Recycling? an so on? ”We have always lived in small houses so collecting stuff has been impossible for us. When our daughter was a baby we were part of a diaper subscription concept it didn’t work that well, though... kind of smelly experience. Beside of that we recycled what we could, from furnitures to bicycles. And I made a lot of my kids clothes myself.” It seems like it is very important to you that the clothes are made from organic GOTS materials. Can you tell me a little bit about your choice? ”That’s true. Since I visited a textile supplier for the first time many years ago, it has been quite an obvious choice for me. The truth is that the textile industry is among the most polluting in the world so many harmful chemicals are used the production. That’s a huge health risk for consumers. And especially for babies since their bodies
are much more vulnerable than ours. The GOTS certificate is our guarantee that the raw material is organic and that no harmful chemicals have been used in processing the garments. Very important!” Do you make your patterns and design the fabrics yourself? ”Yes, I do.” A CIRCULAR IDEA BECOMES REALITY
”The cornerstone of Vigga is the circular idea. If a onesie is only used seven times before it is too small and ends up in the attic, it almost doesn’t matter how sustainably it is produced. Therefore we have created a subscription with children in an unheard of high quality so that more children can enjoy the clothes after you. It is our belief that the circular economy , where products are produced in order to go into circulation may be able to help everybody’s planet. We hope that the good idea will have many friends.” Learn more about VIGGA by visiting their website.
DREAMS ARE RENEWABLE Photographer: Gabrielle Hall
sweat shirt // Mini Magpie
t-shirt & pants // Mingo Kids
suit // MIni Magpie
pants & knit blouse // MIni Magpie
blouse // Lâ€™asticot
blouse & pants // Lâ€™asticot
vest // MIni Magpie
FAMILY PORTRAIT THE ACEINOS
FAMILY PORTRAIT THE ACEINOS
@missverse/ @jimmyaceino @younglovemedia www.missverse.com www.younglovemedia.squarespace.com facebook.com/younglovemedia
Meet the Aceinos, an American family of four leading a poetic everyday life in the highlands of New Jersey. Danielle Aceino (29) Jimmy (32), Elliot (3.5) Asher (2.5). If you read our last issue you’ll know that we chose to include a Family Portrait with each issue, in order to introduce you to inspiring families leading playful and pretty normal, yet totally awesome lives around the world. We chose the Aceinos this time as we’ve been following them on Instagram for so long it almost feels like they’re part of our family. This family lives life in a daring, spirited and open way and this is their story. THE ACIENOS THE POETRY OF LIFE ”I feel as if I fumbled my way through life, everything was a bit chaotic until only recently. Motherhood had grounded me and at the same time given me wings. All of my misdirection has eased up and I’ve found a new creative life, it reminds me of my own youth and when things were a bit simpler. I was an incredibly shy child with a quite large imagination. Even from a young age, I remember being an introvert. I liked being alone. I would read and write for hours thinking of magical lands and mythical creatures hoping I would be the one to discover that they weren’t merely confined to stories but a real part of our world. Sadly, it wasn’t so. (or was it? You never quite know what’s ordinary and what’s not.) At 12, I announced to my family that I was a poet. I wrote volumes of terrible poetry about cats, my best friends and my fleeting crushes. My love of poetry led me to photography, all I wanted to do was tell
stories and capture emotions. I was obsessed with it and if it wasn’t for my tendency to live all over the country, I’d have probably studied both subjects in college somewhere and gotten a degree. Maybe I should have, but I would not have met my husband. I was visiting a friend in California and after taking one glance at the magnificent west coast, I canceled my ticket back and called California my home. It was a bit foolish, probably. But I will never regret it. It’s shaped so much of who I am, this decision was when I woke up and saw the world in a different way. I felt alive with the redwoods and tall jagged cliffs. I believe it was this light in my eyes that caught my now husband’s attention. He was still living back east, and when I finally decided to move back to New Jersey our romantic relationship began. Years later after meeting, dating and getting married we’d move to California and then after two kids we’d move back east again. And that’s where you’ll find us now.”
”I would read and write for hours thinking of magical lands and mythical creatures hoping I would be the one to discover that they weren’t merely confined to stories but a real part of our world.” --Danielle FAMILY LIFE & PARENTHOOD what is most important to you as a parent?
D: There are two things I find most important. First, that I would teach my boys to feel confident in their own, unique personality. So often, children are raised to fit a very specific role, usually based on gender. I want to raise my boys based on a kind and loving understanding of who they are and as they grow and change I would be thoughtful of them. Also, I’d like to raise strong, kind and empathetic children. I hope that their confidence in who they are would encourage kindness towards others. J: Togetherness. I’m always looking for ways that the whole family can participate in all aspects of life. More than merely doing things together, which we love to do, I love looking for ways to include one another. Whether it’s play, exploring our emotion or work I want to celebrate unity as a family. best thing about becoming a parent?
D: There are so many ways I could answer this. I think I have about five answers to this question and honestly, every day there is a new “best thing.” I truly find parenthood wonderful and absolutely perfect, despite my many imperfections. I’m going to give a simple answer, but currently, it’s my world. The best thing is the cuddles! I live for all the affection: every kiss, hug and “I love you.” J: It’s the transformation of becoming a
father and watching your love multiply. You first love a woman and then you love a child and then another. Your capacity for love increases with each addition and each new phase of life. worst thing about it?
D + J: The worst thing about becoming a parent is something we both agree on. It’s learning your limits and coming face to face with how far they can be pushed. We practice gentle parenting to the best of our ability, but those times where we lose it because of exhaustion or frustration are truly the worst. what is most important to you, that your kids take with them from their childhood?
D: I would love for Elliot and Asher to grow up with a love and appreciation for nature. Whenever possible we spend our days outside and most of their play is inspired by the treasures we find there. I feel so fulfilled as a parent when one of my boys exclaims “Look, a treasure!” And when his tiny hand opens and shows me what’s inside I see an acorn resting on his palm. I hope they never lose the simple wonders.
”My hope is that they would keep their childhood close to their heart. That they would look back on it fondly and that it would inspire them as they walk into adulthood. I look at Elliot’s thoughtfulness and Asher’s gentleness and I hope they never loose sight of it. I hope they confidently walk in those traits as adult men” --Jimmy what’s your most cherished family story or family moment?
J: The day we brought Asher earth-side, for me, is our penultimate family moment. It was the day we became a family of 4, the day my first born had a similar transformation that Dani and I both had when we became parents; it was the day he became a brother. It was wonderful for all the nor-
mal reasons and yet feel so deeply profound and mysterious. I love it. I loved that day. how do you describe yourself as a parent? and how would you describe your partner as a parent?
D: Jimmy is such a loving father: I almost can’t take it! So often, fathers feel the need to be the “tough one.” The one who “lays down the law.” He doesn’t adhere to this method and instead shows our boys that men can be kind, understanding and gentle. Sure, it’s wonderful to be firm and set up boundaries, but he does it all with the such kindness. I could gush over this and quite honestly, I think I need to tell him this more. I don’t take it for granted.
”I’d like to hope that my parenting never squashes their creativity or wonder. Because I truly believe most children’s creativity is led by wonder. I try to never downplay their feelings of joy, even when it’s not something my “grown up” brain quite understands. I want them to remember their childhood as a time that they were understood, or at least the attempt was there. ” -- Danielle J: I’d say I’m pretty involved, maybe more than most. There are no “his” and “hers” duties in our home as it pertains to the kids. We both share all responsibilities. I take a lot of joy knowing that my boys will know their dad in every area of their life, from the mundane to the exuberant because I was present. I’m also very affectionate, verbally and physically. I know in my heart my boys will benefit from this aspect of my personality and my choice in ways I don’t fully know just yet. Dani is so intuitive. I love the way she can read the kids. For instance, if one of the boys is caught up in an activity by himself
she can sense when he is feeling a sense of pride in his work and gives me the opportunity to praise them or encourage them when i would have otherwise not even noticed. It’s a mom thing for sure, but I also know for certain that it’s a Dani thing. She’s wired for deep intuition and has such a sensitive heart to pick up on what most would overlook. THE CHILDREN D: Elliot is full of deep emotions. Whatever the current mood, it’s still his joy that is most often felt. He never merely says “yes” but instead it’s “OH, YES!” And it’s said with the most enthusiastic inflection. He’s known for it! He’s been through a lot in his short years and I think there’s a resilience in him that I’ve yet to understand. He’s social and unafraid of being the center of attention. In fact, he prefers it. His favorite activities are tap dancing, coloring and pretending to be a lion. Asher, although similar to Elliot in energy and volume, tends to be more introverted. He’s incredibly attached to me and frequently stops his play to give me a proper cuddle. He’s very aware of his emotions (he’s had a lot of frustration and understanding his emotions has helped him deal with it) and has been known to say “I can’t move, mama, I too sad.” Although this sounds a bit negative, it’s truly great! I love that he recognizes what he’s feeling and it’s never anything a big hug from mommy or daddy cannot fix. J: They are both so pure! Elliot feels things deeply and processes in quiet. You have to do some digging to pull out the nuggets of gold, but when you take your time with him and let him offer what he’s comfortable with the reward is great and his love powerful. Asher is fiery and strong with a warm, sincere and sensitive heart. His love takes no time at all but is lavished with all his strength (he hurts me frequently! Ha!).
Hugs from across the room at full sprint or cuddles under blankets for an hour straight, he has no shortage of affection nestled in that rambunctious and explosive personality. what advice would you have liked to have had becoming a parent for the first time?
D: Oh, this is simple for me to answer! My first few months as a parent held a lot of the unexpected. I did a lot of comparing and I asked the question “why me?” a lot. I wish someone would have told me to stop comparing: every child is incredibly different. It’s easy to look at someone and assume their life as a parent is easier, yet we don’t see all of it. Each parenting journey comes with it’s own unique set of trials and joys. J: I would have liked someone with kids to come along side me and help me understand how hard it could get during those sleepless early days and then stick around long enough to be a support for me and encourage me to stay strong and keep a level head. I think Dani and I did a wonderful job but those times you loose it out of sheer exhaustion haunt you. I only wish we had more close friends to keep us straight and encourage us to keep our head up.
CREATIVITY & THE MAGIC IN THE MUNDANE D: I still write poetry and although I’m not as far along as I had hoped I’d be by now, I’m getting there. Professionally, I’d like to consider myself a writer, although I don’t get paid for it and I don’t do it often. I do get paid for taking photos and it’s been very fulfilling work. I’ve committed myself to finding the creative in the day to day. I use instagram daily and although I love how it documents our life, I think it’s a great way to stay inspired. I’m always practicing and it makes me a better photographer.
J: I was a songwriter, singer, and guitar player for years but always knew I had more in me than that. I dove headfirst into photography and film a few years ago and am so grateful. It’s awakened even more of an appetite for the creative life. A friend once described my ability to capture the “magic in the mundane”, and since hearing that I have come to realize it’s what drives me. I want to immortalize the magic in the mundane. At this point I would say I’m primarily an illustrator. I have been fully immersed in stippling using a pen to draw portraits of animals and flowers by only making tiny dots lately and have really been enjoying it. I have an overactive imagination and can rarely sit still or keep my mind focused most of the time and I’ve found stippling to be quite cathartic, because it takes quite a long time and you have to move methodically one small part of the drawing at a time. I hope to carve out a time soon to start writing as well. I’d love to write short stories and maybe write and illustrate a children’s book. Who knows. The ideas never stop.
”A friend once described my ability to capture the “magic in the mundane”, and since hearing that I have come to realize it’s what drives me. I want to immortalize the magic in the mundane.” -- Jimmy what story are you telling?
D: We are telling a hundred stories: the stories of those who hire us to take their photo, the stories of the brands Jimmy works with and most importantly, the story of our little family. We tell the stories of the trees, when we stop to take a photo of Elliot sitting at it’s feet. We tell the story of the earth as we walk upon it and with it. We don’t start out to tell a specific story, but rather we
hope to capture one of the many that are swirling around us each day. If you listen closely, the wind will tell tales. J: With illustration, and to a large extent with our photography as well, I simply want to encourage a greater sense of appreciation and wonder of the world around us, especially of our immediate surroundings. I love shooting families doing what they normally do. I love drawing pets and common flowers and field animals. They’re all beautiful and unique and hold the mystery that binds us all together. It’s worth looking at closely. There’s a story there. when did you first start working together on projects?
D: We’ve done everything together. We’ve worked together since we were dating. Creatively, we have a lot of the same dreams and we’ve always connected on it. However, it wasn’t until recently that we finally decided to make it an actual business. J: I was running a cafe and music venue in North Jersey when we met, and I hired her, so there has never been a time we were not working on projects together, but I think Danielle’s participation in Sakurabloom’s Sling Diaries photo documentary was the beginning of the kind of work we do today. what’s your favorite thing about it? least favorite thing?
D: The time spent together. My least favorite thing? The time spent together. When things are flowing it’s an incredible feeling, but when all that time spend together gets frustrating it’s easy to take it out on each other. We agree in regard to direction but our creative approach often differs so our closeness as a couple makes us a bit stubborn at times. J: I’m laughing because I agree totally with Dani. NEVER STOP DREAMING
what do you dream of?
D: Currently, our biggest dream is supporting our family with our creative professions. We haven’t quite gotten there yet and the journey has been a bit difficult. That’s a practical dream, but I have so many fancy dreams: I want to go on a writer’s retreat in Ireland or England. Maybe Iceland. I haven’t exactly decided yet. I’d love to live on a farm and read by a brook every day. I picture my children wild and free, learning about life by actually experiencing it. J: I agree. Paying basic living expenses through creative work is a huge dream. Ultimately I love to have a home base thats our own, where we can take people in and spread some love and joy. Being able to travel because of our profession is a big dream too. And of course, keeping music alive and well is goal. where would you like to go on your dream holiday?
D: England! It’s my dream to rent a cottage in the English countryside. But I don’t want to stay for a short ten day trip. I’d like a two month holiday, thank you very much. J: I’ve never been off the continent so in many ways i’m not picky, I’d love to go just about anywhere. I really get immersed in every place I go. I do think about Austrailia quite a bit. I’m not picky. I love everywhere. where will you actually be going?
D: West Milford, NJ. Oh wait, that’s not actually going anywhere, is it? We do have plans to explore new england with our dear friends Britta, Matt and Peachy. J: We haven’t been able to afford a holiday yet, but when we can I’d love to spend time in New England as well. We’ve been on the West Coast for so long that I feel out of touch with the East Coast. New England is the best way to get reacquainted. how do you plan on making your
dream come true?
D: We’ve found that all our dreams can be accomplished through community: the true friends we meet or the kind souls we meet briefly. We will play hard at being creative, making art, taking photos and writing poems. Hopefully, a creative life will bring us beautiful experiences. J: That’s so true. I’ve always had this unspoken philosophy that if you spend yourself helping and promoting your friends then everyone us upheld by each other. We work hard but we really resist the “I’m gonna get mine” mentality. I want you to get yours. If we all do that for each other we all win. I hope our authentic relationships with people we meet and work with pave the way and answer the unanswered questions. We simply set our sights on where we want to go, work and play hard, and be honest and full of integrity and we’ll end up a good place.
”We tell the stories of the trees, when we stop to take a photo of Elliot sitting at it’s feet. We tell the story of the earth as we walk upon it and with it. We don’t start out to tell a specific story, but rather we hope to capture one of the many that are swirling around us each day. If you listen closely, the wind will tell tales.” -- Danielle
ILLUSTRATION feat. SUSANNA SUNDMAN WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/SUSSUNI - @SUSSUNI
SECOND HAND FIRST C
- the stop, shop, style and shoot by SĂ¸s and Ella Uldall-Ekman
THANKS TO ALL THE CHARITYSHOPS Danmision Genbrug, Amager Myrornar, Emporia Second Hand, Gislaved Kirkens Genbrug, Frederiksberg Diakonissestiftelsens Loppeshop, Frederiksberg
ART CRUSH SABINE TIMM
ART CRUSH SABINE TIMM interview by inger marie hahn mĂ¸ller www.finurlig.net @finurlignet
Flickr: Sabine Timm / virginhoney @virgin_honey www.facebook.com/sabine.timm.5
While I was supposed to do the dishes and write an article, my eyes prefer browsing through the flickr photos of Sabine Timm. Stopping a bit, smiling, wondering, recognizing a tiny piece of plastic and a broken toy, dwelling a bit in the overall softness of the sun faded and washed out colours. I have been there before – many times – and my eyes want more. It’s like a candy shop only much better, and my inner child is high on all this blessed childishness – ohh, the colours, the doll house furniture, the miniature worlds, the strangeness, the lost objects and the hidden faces, the stories that are created in my mind while I observe… It’s very simple and it’s very subtle: What was lost is re-found and transformed. What we regard as worthless scrap is resurrected into a new being – and all of a sudden we see things with fresh eyes and in a new perspective.
All this is happening in the hands of Sabine Timm. She’s a bit secret – she doesn’t have a website and I can’t figure out who she really is. But she plays and she can’t stop doing it. And luckily she takes photos too – lots of them – and she shares them willingly. She must be an earth child, I think. A person who can’t stop playing in this unconditional way, who has an eye for the most tiny and insignificant details around her, and who understands to convert it all into something else – something valuable and meaningful that makes us see upon our world anew… Well, this is how she introduces herself in her own words: “My name is Sabine Timm. I live in Düsseldorf in Germany together with my husband, my son and our dog Lucy. We live in an old house, next to a park and the Rhine.
My age is very variable… Sometimes I feel like I’m a seven year old girl, other days like a seventy year old granny. I’m a night owl and I love to work on new ideas when the world is sleeping. I’m artist, creator, beach trash collector, photographer and flea market lover”. what 3 words would you pick to describe your artwork? Positive, playful, tellingly with a hidden and deeper meaning tell us about your background and what it took you to become an artist? As a child I dreamed of being a children’s book illustrator, so I studied Graphic Design after school. But because I had a lots of personal art projects and creative ideas I decided to continue my studies at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.
were you also creative as a child? Yes, I was… I had no siblings so I learned to amuse myself. I loved my dollhouse, my colouring books and pencils but at the same time I liked playing in the nature. I build miniature gardens and cared about my own tree. It was a wonderful white blooming chestnut and I felt like it was my friend. why do you do what you do? I feel very blessed to do the things I love the most…creating is my profession and my passion. YOUR ART tell us about a project you are working on right now? I’m working on a children’s book… it’s very exciting, but I’m just in the beginning of elaborating the concept in dialogue with the publisher.
how do you work? I work very spontaneously. In most cases the ideas come first and then I try to find the right pieces in my treasure boxes to start a process of modifying and transforming. describe your studio? My studio is very small (30 square meters) but it has a wonderful improvised and wild roof garden. My working place is filled with boxes of treasures and the floor is covered with papers, beach trash, finished miniature sculptures and working materials. Sometimes it’s really hard to find a place for my feet! what is important for you in your creative processes? It’s very important to be open-minded and in a playful mood.
what direction are you heading towards artistically at the moment? I have no fixed concept – my work is a continuous process of creating. INSPIRATION where do you look for inspiration? I visit galleries and museums, rummage in art book shops, stroll around on flea markets, take a walk on the beach (eyes fixed on the ground, looking for some inspiring finds) or I work in the garden. what takes your breath away? Looking at original art work of artists I admire is definitely breath taking. who do you admire artistically, and why? I admire Picasso! Such a prolific universal talent. He was a painter, a sculptor, a poet
with an inquiring mind! One of my favourite art works of Picasso is La Guenon – a baboon created with pieces of a damaged toy car of his son. favourite magazines, blogs, websites – any special place you look for inspiration…? The best magazine store is in Berlin and is called do you read me?! There I find apartamento, frankie and Milk magazine. Since my early flickr beginnings I have been following the blogs of Camilla Engman, Sandra Juto and Elisabeth Dunker. Sometimes literature is very inspiring – I’m a fan of Miranda July and Raymond Carver. FAMILY LIFE how do you balance work, creativity and family life? My son is already seventeen years old and nowadays it’s very easy to balance work and family life. When he was little
we spent a lot of time together. We made funny creativity sessions in my studio and loved our traditional “indoor- picnic” after work. It was never really a problem to find time for work. I tried to combine family life and working hours. are your kids important for you in your work and in your artistic processes? Yes, definitely! The ideas of kids are so genuine, so simple and inspiring! Now, as a teenager my son is very much interested in Graphic Design …he’s a talented typographer and his opinion to my work is very helpful to me. do you find time to have creative moments with your own kids - and what do you make with them? Beside our studio-sessions we organized great theme parties with a lot of special
games and self-made decorations. We visited museums and made hundreds of drawings together. We walked through the woods and made sculptures of the sticks and cones we’ve found. FUTURE what do you dream of? Living in a treehouse next to the sea creating the whole day… do you have any goals artistically? Never loosing my inner child! EARTH CHILD what does our theme earth child evoke in you? We all are earth children. As being an earth child you should be mentally connected with nature and people all over the world. We should take care for the beauty in our life on wonderful Mother Earth.
you collect tiny worthless bits and pieces that others leave behind as rubbish and combine them into new constellations. what are your considerations about this practice?
It’s just a matter of viewpoint what you call trash or treasure. You can play with everything – these found bits and pieces inspire me. I listen to their stories and try to give all these lost and worthless things a second life in art. what should we all do to grow our kids and ourselves into earth children?
We should teach our kids to have a look at the small world around us. Tiny plants, insects and unremarkable things… There is so much hidden beauty just next to us. Our earth is a world of wonders. We should never be tired of telling our kids how wonderful it is to be part of this magical place.
Floral Stilleben by CĂŠline Halllas
HAIR-CLIP: VERY FRENCH GANGSTERS
BLOUSE: WOLF & RITA // SHORTS: MOLO
DRESS // KIDS CASE
HAIR.CLIP: VERY FRENCH GANGSTERS // BLOUSE: IGLO & INDI // ROMPER: BOBO CHOSES
INSTAGRAM CRUSH @REDCREEKHANDMADE
INSTAGRAM CRUSH KATIE BEATON @redcreekhandmade Instagram is a source of daily inspiration to many of us. The very best thing about it is the possibility of stumbling across a new profile, unveiling a whole new world and visual universe for us to explore and discover image by image. With each issue we try to match an Instagram accont to the theme that weâ€™re plaing with and this time we fell completely in love with the earthloving, handmaking world of Katie from @redcreekhandmade.
Katie is not only fabulous at portraying her everyday life, she also built her very own little business handmaking the most wonderful linen childrenâ€™s clothing. We wanted to learn more about Katie and her story, so we asked her a few questions and this is what she had to say. ABOUT KATIE
Katie Beaton.30. Founder, owner and constructor of Red Creek Handmade. Lives in Squamish Valley, British Columbia. Partner Reagen, Daughter June. Pet Mutt Hazel Best described as: Busy, passionate, silly.
”I made quilts as a hobby for years, and was trying to make a go at building a business for myself through that platform. I wasn’t seeing many solid colour quilts and I wanted to offer up simple designs for like minded folks, using linen and cotton. Once my daughter was born everything was put on hold, as it should. Once she started to become more of a baby and less of a newborn I made a shift from quilt making to making clothing for her, and sewing through her naps. I noticed there wasn’t many options for the parent who wanted simple, classic, durable, long lasting designs for their children. I already worked with linen for many
years and know how durable it is, and how perfect a material for a busy, dirty child. I was inspired! So I started to design pieces I couldn’t find. From that point on, I really couldnt stop! I dreamt in linen and baby designs. I still do!” KATIE ON THE TOPIC OF INSTAGRAM
”My visual little world on Instagram is inspired by the Canadian nature and random cuteness (haha). I try to tell our story by sharing our day to day life, the chaotic, beautiful, messy, hilarious moments of being a mother, living rurally and tending to the earth and
the animals. I like to keep a good balance between business, nature and baby. I also like to share real life moments, and make light of family chaos. I first started using Instagram 3 years ago. I like sharing with my friends and family of course! But also as a business owner now, Instagram has been such an incredible tool to reach like minded folks, crafters, makers, mamas. I have met so many friends through this! It has honestly changed the game for so many small businesses, myself included, I really owe a lot of my success to it.
My favorite thing about it is discovering beautiful, new, genuine accounts and the support and feedback from my followers.â€? 3 INSTAGRAM PROFILES THAT INSPIRE KATIE AT THE MOMENT @dollyandfife @nahannireforestation @startafarm ON THE THEME OF THE EARTH CHILD ISSUE Sustainability and environment friendly approaches matter a great deal to Katie and her family and everyday they try to
make efforts that will make even the smallest difference in helping our planet survive us. â€?We live in a small cabin in a coastal mountain town. My husband commutes to the city everyday and runs his very large diesel truck on waste vegetable oil. We raise free range chickens and eat out of our enormous garden as much as we can. We buy locally as much as we can, eat vegetarian and waste very little. I try to make childrens clothing to honour this way of living as well, made to last, with ethically sourced material, that can be passed down the line. I feel like we could be even better at growing more in the garden! Every little bit you can do counts and
growing your own food is good for you and the planet. Even if your live in a apartment, patio gardens get amazing light. I hope our children learn to respect the land, the animals and this earth more. I hope to see children taking care of what they have, buying and wasting less. I see a big movement with this generation of children already. I am very hopeful!â€?
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SPRINGTIME RAINBOW Photographer: Kelly Sweda Styling: Corey Villicana & Jina Javier Clothes: Children of the Tribe
LITTLE LABEL CRUSH HARD WORK & ALL PLAY interview by danielle chassin www.hippieindisguise.com @hippieindisguise
Enfants Terribles Magazine loves playfulness, childhood and creativity. For this issue our label crushes continue with these themes but add an emphasis to organic, fair trade, ethical, and sustainable production. We’ve handpicked labels from different continents, different aesthetics and with different approaches to producing clothing sustainably. We want to touch your heart and mind with these model brands that show care for our earth children.
By Luca Romagnoli www.popupshop.net @popupshopnet FB: Popupshop
THE MAN BEHIND POPUPSHOP: Luca Romagnoli, born in Odense, Denmark, is half-Italian. Luca studied Design Management in Kolding, Denmark and now lives in Copenhagen with his girlfriend and children. WHY DID YOU START DESIGNING CHILDREN’S CLOTHING? I started designing children’s clothing after one day I needed clothes for my own children that were organic, but also high quality and affordable. WHAT INSPIRES YOUR DESIGNS? The most recent collection, SS15, came to life by combining imaginary images of natural spaces and forms with wild animals that we usually only interact with through books and films – all mixed into different patterns, allover prints, forms and colours that are warm, vibrant and fearless.
The SS15 line tries to balance and reflect the complexity of the meeting between urban environments and the wilderness. HOW IS YOUR LINE PRODUCED IN A SUSTAINABLE WAY? AND WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT TO YOU? Most of the clothes in the Popupshop line are 100% organic cotton. The cotton fabrics are GOTS-certified and the digital prints are GOTS-labeled, which means that the colour dyes used contain no harmful chemical residues. My passion is to make everlasting basic wear that is both sustainable and high quality. At Popupshop, we do our best to use innovative sustainable fabrics. We also ensure our product is fair, not only to the consumer, but to the people involved in all stages of production. We want our product to be good for everyone.
By Suzanne Garske and Mark Biddulph www.banditkids.com.au @banditkids FB: Bandit Kids
THE PERSON BEHIND BANDIT KIDSanswered by Suzanne: I had a really great childhood and the happy memories have carried through and influenced me to start Bandit Kids. I was sure from early on that I would study Architecture. I love the built environment and watching something beautiful grow from the ground. I ended up getting a double degree in Architecture and Interior Design. When I graduated I won several awards and was offered jobs in prestigious firms. For some reason this made me walk away. I felt like I was going to end up working for a big company on big budget projects and not get any of the really interesting smaller jobs with tight budgets. I can see now it was quite a childish reaction, but it led me to this point so I feel confident that I made the right decision.
WHY DID YOU START DESIGNING CHILDREN’S CLOTHING? I got a job doing BLOGS for an Australian fashion designer. I really enjoyed learning about her work and felt like my design background was very suitable to the world of fashion. I also loved the fast pace of the changing seasons and the fact that fashion is accessible to so many people.
I met my husband Mark whilst I was at university. He won me over with his love and dedication, he was determined we would be together! He is qualified as a deep-sea electrical engineer and this makes him much more organized and methodical than I am. We make a good team and we’re an extremely tight knit couple and family.
WHAT ARE YOUR SOURCES OF INSPIRATION FOR THE LINE? When you design a building you usually have a brief and a theme. I’ve really enjoyed approaching designing each season in this way. Our AW15 range, ‘A Day in the Sunshine’, is about those beautiful mornings you can have in winter where the sun comes out and the breeze is soft and cool.
The raw artistic talent and imagination of children fascinates me, so it felt very natural to move in the direction of children’s fashion. When I was little I would get very attached to certain pieces of clothing and the art on them, even a button or tag... little treasures. I adore the idea that we could bring this magic to children through Bandit Kids. We also wanted to create a family business together and work closely as a team.
Just like me, Mark also has wonderful memories of clothing from childhood. It’s become an absolute fascination for us to bring back some of the styles and colours, and also the quality. So for AW15 we’ve looked even further back into our wardrobes and created some very sweet vintage pieces. We were lucky enough to work with accomplished Mexican artist Olga Galindo (@blackhummingbird) on this range. Her work has inspired us greatly; it’s so creative and imaginative. She kindly allows me to feel the art we create together is very much for Bandit Kids. This is a generous thing; it allows great freedom and trust. HOW IS YOUR LINE PRODUCED IN A SUSTAINABLE WAY? AND WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT TO YOU? A combination of a new manufacturer and more knowledge has lead us to a place of being able to use a lot of gorgeous, soft organic fabric for AW15. We always wanted to be as sustainable as possible but it’s taken a year to get to the point to start to make this truly happen. Our new manufacturer is owned by the head of the Indonesian fashion industry association. He is very passionate about fighting for fair trade and sustainability for the fashion industry in his country, and he is a great mentor and advisor. The lovely 100% organic cotton is GOTS (NL) Certified and has been certified eco-dyed, OEKO-TEX 100. In fact, all of our AW15 items are eco-dyed. The dye is water based and it is 75% recycled. The remaining dye is treated to a European standard to protect local waterways. We also manufacture under a fair trade situation. We go 50/50 with our manufacturer in all profits and it is an extremely happy, healthy, working environment for everyone. We eat organic and largely ve-
getarian, and try our best to have minimal impact on the earth. So it makes sense for us to try and make sure that our clothing also has minimal environmental impact on the earth. After all, it is children’s clothing, and the planet needs to be protected for all children. As far as fair trade goes…the thought that any one human could be treated as worth more than another is a crazy, scary and absurd notion. Yes we work hard and our job at times isn’t easy, but we completely respect that everyone’s job in the world is hard and important…we don’t place ourselves differently to anyone else. DO YOU PLAN TO EXPAND THE LINE? WHAY’S NEXT FOR YOU/FOR THE BRAND? We will continuously work on our quality, our sustainably, our ethics, and our design knowledge. We’re totally committed to Bandit Kids and proud to have the opportunity to represent Australia in the fashion industry. We started a small, modest campaign last year towards anti-bullying by encouraging people to hashtag #allkidsarecool. This is something very important to us; it comes from the heart and personal experience. We’d also like to find a way to continue and grow this. I think the most important thing is to never feel like you have it all figured out and to keep striving to learn. No matter what you are doing in life.
Photography & Styling: Lizz Pennings
All the animals and trees love these days too, a treasured break from the cold winter.
I have been blessed with children who love everything I make for them, and that is so encouraging! Their sweetness and enthusiasm is what I hope all of my customers experience when they dress their children in my designs.
RESURRECTED THREADS by Aleatha Shannon
www.resurrected-threads.com @resurrectedthreads FB: Resurrected Threads
THE WOMEN BEHIND RESURRECTED THREAD: Aleatha Shannon is 28 years old and lives in Columbus, Ohio, USA, with her husband, three kids ages 5, 3, and 1, and an affectionate collie dog. Besides sewing, she enjoys gardening, hiking, and reading fairy tales. WHY DID YOU START DESIGNING CHILDREN’S CLOTHING? I have known that I wanted to be a clothing designer/maker for a very long time. As a teen I discovered upcycling - reusing unwanted clothes for their fabric.I made many of my own pieces as a teen using this method, and I wanted to go on making clothes for women. I never intended to make children’s clothing, but as soon as I became pregnant for the first time, my mind started whirling with all the possibilities for designing and making clothes for him.
WHAT INSPIRES YOUR DESIGNS? I am heavily inspired by fairy tales and folklore, especially those of northern Europe. These old stories are filled with wonder, enchantment, strong heroes and heroines, and a hint of wild darkness that reminds us to keep our wits about us while traveling through the forest. Additionally, I am inspired by the beautiful variety of textiles I come across. It’s truly remarkable how many patterns, fibers, weaves, and techniques mankind has created over the centuries to make the beautiful clothes that enrich our daily lives. HOW IS YOUR LINE PRODUCED IN A SUSTAINABLE WAY? AND WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT TO YOU? There are many ways to make a sustainable fashion line, and I make mine by upcycling. Reusing fabric from unwanted clothing bypasses the entire process of textile manufacturing (which, like all manufacturing, produces waste and pollution). The percentage of recycled textiles used in each of my items varies (for example, the faux fur I use is purchased new) but every item uses recycled fabrics in some major way. I fight against the idea of garments being cheap and disposable. Making clothes is hard work! My heart aches when I read about the many garment factories with extremely unsafe working conditions, and the huge amounts of textile waste being dumped into rivers. We consume too many clothes, and it shows in how those garment factories operate. I don’t mean to make people feel guilty, because we all need clothes. The whole world needs and loves clothes, and someone has to make
them. But they should be able to make them in a safe environment, and be wellpaid. I donâ€™t have all the answers, but I do know that purchasing and treating our clothing with greater care will go a long way in creating a more sustainable fashion industry. DO YOU PLAN TO EXPAND THE LINE? WHAYâ€™S NEXT FOR YOU? I plan to keep Resurrected Threads a one-woman show (at least the designing/ making part). Each piece is so unique and requires my full attention, and so I see Resurrected Threads as remaining quite exclusive. In the future I would like to offer more summer clothes, such as lightweight vests and dresses. Time and experimentation will tell. I can never predict what beautiful textiles I might come across!
* Wolf Cub Hats, Tundra Vest and Quilted Cuff by Resurrected Threads Additional clothing courtesy of Little Heirloom E-Boutique: Linen Blouse by Red Creek Handmade, Sadie Skirt by Nico Nico Clothing
SPRING IS HERE ILLUSTRATION feat. CHRISTEN NOELLE
WWW.CHRISTENNOELLE.COM - @ CHRISTENNOELLE.COM STYLING: SØS ULDALL-EKMAN & CÉLINE HALLAS
These wonderful paperdolls were created especially for the Earth Child issue of Enfants Terribles Magazine. We selected some of our favorite styles for Spring and our sweet paperdollmaker and illustrator Christen NoĂŤlle, worked som playful magic around them. Time for you to print, cut and play - have fun!
KNAST BY KRUTTER
LA COQUETA NATHALIE VERLINDEN
IGLO & INDI
IGLO & INDI
MILK & BISCUITS
IMPS & ELFS
WOLF & RITA
PROTECT YOUR EARTH: REUSE!!
Photographer: Silvia Coluccelli Styling: Carlotta Borgogna Hair and makeup: Annelie Streter
Gufo, shirt // Sarabanda, short jeans
Gufo, square dress // Handmade crown by Enrico Casmirr // Sculpture by Enrico Casmirri
Gufo flowers dress
H&M sleeveless jeans jacket // Il Gufo t shirt // iDo lace skirt
Sarabanda lace shirt & spotted undershirt // Il Gufo pants // Handmade crown by Enrico Casmirri
t shirt & shorts iDo
Il Gufo shirt // Zara short jeans // star headband NoĂ¨ & Zoe
Gufo dress // Red Pepper headband
La Pimpinella dress // Le Dernier Cri bow
FOOD CRUSH created for you by vanlĂ¸se blues www.vanloseblues.blogspot.dk @vanloseblues
photo: Céline Hallas PHOTO: CÉLINE HALLAS
2 large beets 2 apples 5 cm ginger
1 full broccoli 3 oranges, peeled 5 cm ginger
First run the ginger through a slowjuicer and then the other ingredients. Pour the juice into 2 glasses with straws and enjoy a delicious and refreshing juice. Save the pulp for baking beetroot muffins.
First run the ginger through slowjuicer and then the other ingredients. Pour the juice into 2 glasses with straws and enjoy a delicious and refreshing juice. Save the pulp to bake bread broccoli.
2 Large glass
2 Large glass
BEETROOT MUFFINS 9 Muffins
The pulp from the beetroot juice 1 can borlotti beans 2 eggs 100g dark chocolate with orange 3 tablespoons sugar free cocoa powder 1 teaspoon vanilla powder Melt the chocolate and Blend all the ingredients together into a uniform mass. Heat the oven to 200 degrees. Divide the dough into 9 muffin cups and bake muffinsene for 20 min.
BROCCOLIE BREAD 9 Pieces
The pulp from the broccoli juice 2 eggs 3 tbsp desiccated coconut 3 tablespoons coconut fiber flour 1 teaspoon vanilla powder Blend all the ingredients together into a uniform mass. Let the dough stand and rest for 10 minutes. Heat the oven to 200 degrees and put baking paper on the baking sheet. Shape the dough into 9 small broccoli breads and bake them for 20 minutes.
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Photo: CĂŠline Hallas // Swimwear: Minidunadu
EGGS AS HAIR TREATMENT The raw egg is truly a natural miracle. The egg yolk is rich in fat and protein and is incredibly moisturizing. The egg white contains bacteria-killing enzymes that remove unwanted oils.
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Terrible children. One who acts unconventionally. French expression traditionally referring to a child who is terrifyingly candid by saying embarrassing things to adults, especially parents. However, the expression has drawn multiple usage in careers of art, fashion, music, and other creative arts. In these careers, it implies a successful "genius" who is very unorthodox, striking, and in some cases, offensive or rebellious. Classically, one who "thumbs their nose" at the establishment, or challenges it.
MARCH 2015 issue #8
Enfants Terribles Magazine #8 - the Earth Child issue This time together we explore the theme EARTH CHILD. This issue is a praise to those...