the Snow Queen issue
enfants terribles - the Snow Queen issue enfants terribles editor in chief art direction søs uldall-ekman words céline hallas copy editor
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CONTRIBUTORS REGULARS CÉLINE HALLAS INGER MARIE HAHN MØLLER JULIE ARNDRUP KIRSI ALTJõE LISBETH KJÆR HAMMER MARIEKE DAS SØS ULDALL-EKMAN
THIS ISSUE ALEXANDRA COOPER ALEXANDRA GIZELA ALLIS BERGSTAND CAROLINE HOECK CHRISTEN SIERRA EMMA DONNELLY JANE JUHL JENSEN JESSICA SIDENROS KIMOTHY OLSEN KARINA BÆKKELUND LAURA CANTÉ LAURA KALLASVEE LEMBE LEMMIKSOO LILLI STORM MONIKA ELENA PERNILLE E POLLY ALDERTON SABINE LEMIRE SARAH VAN MAARE SIGNE KJÆR SIGNE BAY
editors letter 11 from a folded sheet magic will unfold 16 treasures - fit for a queen 20 family portrait - the aldertons 22 PART 1 32 illustration feat. jane juhl jensen 42 trend - instead of parkas 44 PART 2 46 art feature - signe kjĂŚr 56 PART 3 68 food crush feat. signe bay 84 instagram crush - @hvirfl 90 illustration feat. karina bĂŚkkelund 102 PART 4 104 craft crush - sabine lemire 116 little label crush 120 PART 5 128 book crush - shaun tan 144 never stop playing feat. kimothy olsen 146 warm hug - easy poncho for children 152 illustration feat. pernille e 154 PART 6 156 #etmagstylekid 182 my copenhagen crush feat. caroline hoeck 186 paperdoll - wonderful winter wear 190 PART 7 196 thanks for reading, now go play... 220
The Snow Queen is the theme we chose for our last issue of the year. We wanted to do an issue that was inspired by the season, but without going nuts in traditional Christmas clichés. So we decided to share with you our love for the poetic world of the Danish fairytale writer Hans Christians Andersen. By sharing the original story of Kay and Gerda and the Snow Queen we want to keep the original story of them alive, even though it’s hard to get kids to picture anyone but Elsa singing Let it Go in that awesome Chrystal Palace. We challenged our photographers to pick one of the seven stories that The Snow Queen consists of and transform it into their own vision of this world. Furthermore, we handpicked content and contributors that would complement this particular fairytale and the result is this visual tribute to this wonderful fairytale. What i always have admired the most about Hans Christian Andersens was his divine talent for seeing things not only for what they are - but also for what they could become. Playing with words, Andersen worked wonders and made even the tiniest details grow into captivating and enchanted characters, set in magical places, where anything can and will happen and nothing is ever just a boring detail. Happy reading Søs
â€?Everything you look at can become a fairy tale and you can get a story from everything you touch.â€? - Hans Christian Andersen
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Introduction to H.C. Andersen’s paper cuts by Inger Marie Hahn Møller We all know and love H.C. Andersen for his fairy tales dedicated to children and to the inner child in all of us. But slightly less well known is his excessive production of paper cuts – fragile and fairy tale like paper cuts in all sizes and shapes, simple or complex, folded in many layers or just in one primitive or ornamental, romantic and sweet or cruel and demonic.
mesmerizing the kids, creating fairy tales with both words and scissors and letting them unfold and materialize in paper. Once the story was told he unfolded his work and right in front of the children’s eyes out of seemingly nothing a tiny universe materialized, with fairies, demons, alluring landscapes and intricate patterns.
It was something he did surrounded by the children of the bourgeoisie of his time, and he was talking and telling while cutting,
Some of the cuts are quite avant-garde in their simplicity. They tend to the primitive and the banal, and yet they contain
great beauty and an expression that points toward an abstract imagery way ahead of its time in the 1800s. And as such they supplement the fairy tales of H.C. Andersen and his overall view on children and children’s behaviour and psychology which was very radical of his time. Just as his fairy tales the paper cuts could be read at several levels – not only for pleasure but with a deeper meaning and message embedded amidst the words and the patterns. And often, if you listen or look closer, a hidden imagery will occur next to the very obvious.
Enfants Terribles Magazine has selected some favourites amongst H.C. Andersen’s many, many still existing paper cuts (today over 1.000 paper cuts made in the 1830’s-1850’s still exist!), and we hope the magic of his scissors will bring you new perspectives on his fairy tales and maybe even inspire you to do magic scissors and paper together with your little ones. All paper cuts depicted are kindly put to our disposal by the selections at Odense Bys Museer and Det Kongelige Bibliotek.
Fly away with these gorgeous handmade wings by the infamous Studio Escargot. Find them here!
TREASURES FIT FOR A QUEEN recommendations for you by marieke das
www.toymachine.nl @mytoymachines Considering winter can be a cold and dark time, you should feel free to eat and drink well and make your home a place where you don’t long for that silly sun. I know you want to live in a winter wonderland when you see these pretty products. Don’t forget; there can be only one queen to rule the land, but if you keep this indoors, maybe I won’t see you pretending to be me.
Moose girl sculpture, would love this on my wall. I don’t know why, but this just melts my icey heart! Find it here!
A snow globe ring. Now that’s perfect! We need some shine in this cold weather. Find it here!
How about some clip-on hair-antlers? I would love these. I hope they will make these in black, they make them in different colors. My mother in law would look good in a red pair. But I think she may already own some. Find them here!
A SNOWBALL -Mozartkugel Special Edition. A turn of the key produces one of Mozartâ€˜s melodies from inside the white ball. In some strange way the music escapes the ball. It is beautiful and magical! Find it here!
And this piece of woven goodness might be the best representation of a snowcloud yet. It is fuzzy, white and just looks so good. Even in summer... Find it here!
My kids love all the schleich figures and they really last, they have so much detail. This series is a winter wonderland in miniature. Find them here!
Mountain pillows -with snow on top. So a snow queen or iceprins doesnâ€™t get homesick Find it here!
DJECO arty toy are cute. Find them here!
FAMILY PORTRAIT THE ALDERTONS
FAMILY PORTRAIT THE ALDERTONS
@dollyandfife www.dollyandfife.com www.facebook.com/dollyandfife
Meet the Aldertons. A normal and fantastic British family living in Colchester, Essex. Polly and Robin share their home and life with the children Noah (8), Olive (6), Ned (2) Hope (10) Following the family via Instagram we fell completely in love with their world and we decided to do a brand new type of creative crush: The Family Portrait. We asked Polly to share a bit about their story and everyday life and we hope you will feel inspired by this personal and honest mother and the tales of her family and their everyday life. the alderton’s WHEN YOU LET LIFE AND LOVE HAPPEN ”I grew up in a boisterous family, the oldest of eleven brothers and sisters. As a child we moved around a lot and changed schools often, which caused me to feel displaced growing up, never feeling part of any one group particularly. Drink and drugs played a big part in my teenage upbringing and my Dad (who I lived with) was often aggressive. At sixteen after failing my exams and being excluded from school I went to live with my mum and enrolled at a sixth form near to her. I chose to study art. I’d always been quietly creative and enjoyed that I thrived in my chosen subject with an extremely nurturing tutor. Following that I went on to study Art & Design at foundation level at college before getting into a great art school (Byam Shaw @ Central St. Martins, London) to study Fine Art. I specialised in Photography & Printmaking and feminist
theory. There I met my (now) husband who was studying Fine Art specialising in sonic art. We lived together in our second year of university, with 4 other friends - one of the happiest years of my life pre children. Robin and I had become firm friends and I liked him a lot. After a while we just got together, it’s not really a dynamite story -I used to joke that we’d get married one day and he would shrug it off and look at me like I was mad. Somehow it happened, we had children and got married, it just happened and I adore him. We moved from London when I was 4 months pregnant with Noah to Colchester and have just stayed here. Sometimes I wish I lived closer to my mum and sisters but I enjoy our stability and we have a really fun time together. I work as a photographer. Creatively I’m still working out where I want to be with photography, for the time being I’m focused on capturing connections within
families. I love to photograph children, and that fits with where I am in my life with a young family. I have recently started to do some auto biographical work exploiting a very good friend who will unquestioningly go along with most of my hare brained ideas.” FAMILY LIFE & PARENTHOOD what’s the best thing about becoming a parent? ”All of it in a way, I couldn’t pinpoint an answer to this. They make me happy, it’s been such a pleasure to see them grow into who they are and to be able to continue watching them grow. The worst thing is when I’m tired and I struggle when I don’t get time to be creative in my own space. Sometimes I’ll stay up way too late to knit or embroider and I’ll feel tired and snappy in the morning. Most of the times I am snappy with my children is through tiredness or frustration that I’m not able to tune out and make something. FAVORITE FAMILY ACTIVITIES We don’t have a lot of money so we spend a good deal of time outdoors. We all enjoy beachcombing and will often walk heads down looking for treasures. We have a fierce collection of sea glass, shark teeth and animal bones! Olive enjoys flowers, this summer we collected as many different flowers from our walks as we could and pressed them, we had intended to find their names too but never got around to it. how would you describe yourself as a parent? ”I would like to think I’m quite calm and relaxed but I’m not sure how true that is, whether others would agree. I try to be fair and consistent and I try to enjoy it. It’s important to me that I constantly reassess how I’m doing. Sometimes I feel frustrated if I hear things like, ’well my parents were always very violent with me,
it’s all I’ve ever known...’ I understand that to step outside of a psychological block is hard but I do believe in conscious parenting - choosing how to be rather than accepting you will just repeat how your parents brought you up, particularly if it wasn’t a happy time. Shortly after having Noah I read, Naomi Aldort’s ’Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves’. I read it only once and small parts kind of resonated within me, made me feel like I had a choice and didn’t have to rely on a predisposition.” how would you describe your partner as a parent? ”Robin is a great dad, he’s fun and throws them around. He has a good spirit. Our children like who he is. Every so often he slips into a weird Victorian Dad routine but that’s usually when the house is upside down and the children are bouncing off the walls. He can also be the polar opposite to ’Victorian Dad’ and be a real pushover, for example Noah has a pretty impressive Lego collection - I’ll often hear Robin tidying it away ’helping’ Noah. When I go to look Noah is usually lying on his bed just watching!” ”Children can teach us to move on and accept a new day with a fresh start no matter how bad the day before might have been.” Hope is very studious, she enjoys mothering the younger ones and organising little games. She’s incredibly kind and thoughtful, she gets upset if she has to argue. She reminds me a great deal of Robin’s mum. In her family at home (at her mums home) I think she is more of a joker, louder maybe - that interests me how two different homes can bring out two different personalities. Noah is incredibly sensitive and self aware. But he’s also a real performer so those personality elements often get overlooked. He has the most spectacular eye for drawing and is drawn to quite dark subjects. He’s often the kid who’ll take it too
far, this summer we almost had to call the fire brigade because he’d climbed at least twenty feet up a tree and couldn’t work out how to get back down. (In the end Robin had had to climb and carry him down on his back, Noah had lost all perspective and was just screaming!). Olive is the most animal passionate person I’ve ever come across - she adores animals, particularly dogs and horses. She is very happy and has a fantastic laugh. She can swing wildly between being very carefree to being very serious and ’danger conscious’. She really knows herself, she’s strong in her opinions. Her confidence can be knocked quickly however, particularly academically. She’s very aware of her self percieved failings and will avoid certain activities, she HATES competing. Ned is STRONG! He’s incredibly independant already, he wants to do it alllllll by himself. He’s funny too, we just all sit there watching him with big grins on our faces, he’s like the light of our family! what is most important to you, that your kids take with them from their childhood? What’s important to me is that they remember we had fun. In reality they will however undoubtedly remember the amount of times their mother was woefully under prepared! what advice would you have liked to have had becoming a parent for the first time? Having Ned after a for year gap was so refreshing, like being a new mum with confidence, I wish I’d been better prepared for when I had Noah. After he was born I had pretty deep post natal depression, I ended up going on antidepressants which meant I gave up breastfeeding with him very early on, I still feel a deep guilt about that. I wish I’d been better armed and more able to access advice as in hindsight there were
better options open to me. When I was pregnant I focused so much on the birth element to the point it was a shock to me when this baby was handed to me and I was sent home. I wish I’d known what I know now. That one time... There are hundreds of cherished stories and always it’s so hard to summon one at a time like this - when I need to answer a question. But a funny story we talked about only at the weekend is still fresh in my mind ... We got caught out in a huge rainstorm once and were already drenched, it had started to thunder and lightening too but I’d forgotten to go to a cash point and had no cash to get a bus (we were miles from home). I scraped around in my bag and managed to find enough bus fare but only for myself, Noah was 6 and had to pay. I could see the bus approaching and quickly turned to him asking could he bear to tell a lie or let me tell a lie on his behalf, saying he was four like Olive? He was in agony, he couldn’t face it so we let the bus go by whilst he considered this moral connundrum. (I should insert here quickly that the bus drivers here are merciless over correct fare and ages, often we’ve got the bus and they’ve asked the child directly for their age. I was worried that this was going to happen this time). As the thunder really kicked in and the rain was getting heavier we saw another bus approach, with all his courage he turned to me, ’OK mum, I’ll do it!’. We boarded and paid my fare, the bus driver didn’t ask - we were home and dry! Poor Noah was in a state and looked as if he’d cry so I ushered him onto the bus to a dry seat so I could comfort him, I felt awful! Lagging behind us whilst all of this was going on was a very green Olive. As a pale Noah flopped onto the seat dripping wet I heard behind me, ’My brother Noah is six
but Mummy told him to say he was four because she doesnt want to pay for him!’. I winced, the whole bus glared at me (*I imagined the whole bus glaring at me*) I turned to the bus driver and pulled a winky ’what can ya do’ face? He failed to see the funny side - we walked home. CREATIVITY & PHOTOGRAPHY ”Photography is as close to me as breathing which is cliched but true. I adore it! I just love that I can preserve a memory. I love to look back on my pictures (on anyone’s pictures actually) and see things I’ve missed. I adore catching connections, getting a look that is so fleeting but definitive of a personality. I’ve always loved taking pictures, I’m very sentimental. My Dad was always taking photos as we were growing up and had big albums that he’d made with drawings from when we were born. When I was 15 he brought me a 35mm Canon camera and I loved it, I used to photograph my sisters and our dogs. ”I think my passion for photography was awoken when I was quite young. I can remember being on holiday with my Granny and allowed to use her camera to take pictures, being aware of how many photos were on the roll and having to be conscious of not wasting any shots. I have a photo I took of my sister Grace and cousin Rosie jumping on a trampoline against a blackened cloudy Blackpool skyline -it’s quite cool in a blurry way I think!” I get frustrated if I balls up a shot! The thing about photographing children I find is that I have to be quick, sometimes I misjudge my light -I get annoyed when I can’t rectify that especially if I can see that it would have been a great photo. In general I guess I’m very drawn to dark pictures that have a narrative. We had a print up in our bedroom growing up by Carl Larsson, I’d like to think that that single print has influenced how I see my children, how we raise them and the pictures I take now.”
how do you balance work, creativity and family life? Balancing work and creativity is a real biting point in our home. My husband is a musician and gigs/tours/rehearses alot. This means that he gets to go away for big spates of time, over the school summer holidays this year for example he went on tour. When he’s away I’m obviously doing everything in the house and with the children, my creativity and desire to be creative often has to take a backseat because I simply don’t have the time. I am often resentful towards him for this, I wish that I could have more freedom in the way that he does. Having said that when I’m given the option to take time away I don’t, my choice is to be at home with the children. We made the decision that Ned would be our last baby so I know there’s only a few years left and I will start to claw back some more time for myself. FAMILY DREAMS & FUTURE ”Most of the times I dream of having enough money not to have to worry about it all the time. I wish we could have more freedom. I’d love to take the children to Iceland. I hope in the future to be able to do that. A dream would be to be financially sufficient enough to take them out of school for a year to go travelling. I have to remember that we are actually living our dream, we’re raising the most beautiful children and I’m blissed out with that. Robin and I are both focused and working as hard as we can on our creative endeavours - if they paid off and we earned enough money to be self sufficient that would be the ultimate. It can’t be my goal though, to only earn money I need to be creative to get through life, it’s so key to who I am.”
Part 1 â€?Now then, let us begin. When we are at the end of the story, we shall know more than we know now: but to begin.â€?
About the Mirror and Its Pieces Photography: Alexandra Cooper Clothes: Zara
ILLUSTRATION feat. JANE JUHL JENSEN
WWW.JANEJUHLJENSEN.DK - @JANEJUHLJENSEN
TRENDS INSTEAD OF PARKAS recommendations for you by kirsi altj천e
no added sugar:Fine tailored blackish-nav zara: Animal print cardigan. Add a warm, turtl little marc jacobs: Red and black twee burberry: This thistle motif reversible wool a fashion world. Mums want to dress their kids wi And oh-my, how cool is this poncho!!
Yes, we all love parkas, they are perfect for our climate and crazy-active kids. But this year we are choosing something more classy, sassy and woolen! coats that your grandma would approve of, because they are good enough for greeting the Queen!
gera bloga: Wool and linen hooded coat fo
hilda.henri: Animal print coats, classical coat
dolce & gabbana: Olive green wool coat th Total must-have!
vy wool coat with a felt bunny and bones logo patch on the sleeve. Timeless! le neck sweater, hat and some scarves for a warmer feel. ed coat, not just for visiting theatre but also for playing around. and cashmere poncho is a perfect example of the mini-me trend that’s taking place in the ith the same kind of stylish attitude as they dress themselves.
or babies. New children’s wear line from Lithuania.
ts with a fun modern twist. Made in Vienna.
hat looks as if it has stepped out from your granny’s (or Queen Elizabeth’s) closet!
Part 2 â€?The rose in the valley is blooming so sweet, And angels descend there the children to greet.â€?
photography JESSICA SIDENROS model MILA B @Younger-models illustrations ALLIS BERGSTAND
hat: H&M // dress: Zara
sweater: H&M // dress: RenĂŠDerhy // thights: United Colors Of Benetton
hat: Baskerbosse // sweater & shorts : Zara // thights: United Colors Of Benetton
ART FEATURE SIGNE Kjær interview by inger marie hahn møller www.finurlig.net @finurlignet
www: signekjaer.dk signekjaer.blogspot.dk www.facebook.com/SigneKjaer pinterest.com/signekjaer
I have been following Signe Kjær through her blog for a couple of years – fascinated by her alluring and poetic illustrations and artworks, but also by the glimpses of her everyday life with her family at the countryside in Denmark, which she generously shares. There is such a beautiful coherence between her life and her illustrations – nature, stories, dreams and a subtle sense of colours seem important factors in both. There is a certain depth and sincerity in all of Signe Kjær’s works – when looking at them you almost feel her presence, as if she blended a tiny bit of herself into those deep colours she uses. They also speak directly to our kids – together with Molly and Frida Viola we have been reading Signe Kjær’s newly published children’s book Cirkus Svimmel [“Circus Dizzy”] over and over again, and they are somehow drawn into the dense universe through the magic illustrations of the dusty, and secret backstage of a circus with all its quirks, its mystery and its wonderful abnormalities. In our bathroom we have a tiny painting of a girl surrounded by plants and flowers and
totally absorbed in her own universe. Frida Viola helped me choose it for her dad’s birthday present. Although seemingly a simple motive, we keep talking about it. Into the peaceful flowery moment something mysterious is embedded. And I guess this is how it is with all of Signe’s work - the colours are bright, but also very dark. The figures and motifs are innocent but at a deeper glance a whole world of different moods unfold: Psychological complex characters, hidden secrets and seductive stories from double sided universes embedded by nature. As if she paints the wilderness inside all of us. Signe Kjær (b. 1985) has an education as illustrator from Design School Kolding. She has studied traditional illustration and printing techniques at the Academy of Art and Design in Bratislava, and she has been living and working in Berlin. She currently lives at the countryside at the island of Funen together with her boyfriend and their two daughters, Frida 3 years and Dagmar 5 months old. She does commissions for magazines and companies, but she also sells her work via her web shop and selected retailers.
what 3 words would you pick to describe your artwork? Storytelling, wildlife, moods tell us about your background and what it took you to become an artist? I grew up in the countryside in Western Jutland. I had a nice childhood, playing in the fields and building hideouts together with the other children around my home, there was a variety of animals around. Life was good. Elementary school was a challenge, I was different from my classmates, I had other interests and our home did not follow the norm. To me it felt like we were living another life than the others around. When I think back on it, I am happy that our home was the way it was, but as a child I naturally desired to fit in with the rest of the children. After graduating high school I went on to study at Design School Kolding. I never had a doubt that this was where I wanted to be, I had been practicing drawing all my life and therefore qualified for the studies. It was amazing to be working every day on my favourite passion. Till then I had been the only illustrator around, so it was also daunting suddenly to work next to so many others with a similar talent. Finally there was a place where I felt normal. As part of my education I went abroad to study traditional illustration and printing techniques at the Academy of Art and Design in Bratislava. This semester means more to me than my time at Design School Kolding, because of the hands-on experience with historical techniques and the fact that there were teachers in Bratislava mastering the craftsmanship that was often replaced with a theoretical approach at Design School Kolding. In my experience it has been valuable working with techniques that require time, some of the illustrations made in Bratislava took me several weeks
of intensive labour to finish, and this was a novel experience for me. All in all that semester has been vital for my development as an illustrator. I went to live and work in Berlin after graduating at DSKD. The Berlin based illustrator Tina Berning had room for me in her studio and she taught me how to work as a commercial illustrator. My time at Tina Berning was very educational in relation to dealing with commercial clients and making a living as an illustrator, this was a great relief for me as I had always been told that it would be impossible to make a living of illustrations alone. In Berlin I had my first daughter, Frida, and shortly after she turned 1, we decided to move back to Denmark. My boyfriend and I are both close with our families, so naturally we wanted them to be part of Fridaâ€™s life as well. Since we moved back to Denmark I have been working as a freelance illustrator, doing jobs for various magazines, illustrating books, selling copies of original artwork and sometimes the originals too. It takes time to establish a solid base and I have been teaching art and illustration at boarding schools and art schools along the way. Now I feel confident that I will have enough work to make a living as an illustrator. were you also creative as a child? As a child I was always creative. In particular I remember a drawing of a chariot I did in kindergarten, I used double perspective to make the chariot seem wider in the far end; advanced drawing for a child of that age. I was lacking a sense of reality and often started projects that were impossible for me to finish on my own, some failed of course but others were completed thanks to my very supportive parents. Sewing, knitting, painting, photography, and of course drawing were some of my interests and still are.
why do you do what you do? Because I love it and this is who I am, drawing is a natural part of my life. Also I like to see people reflect and respond emotionally, especially children now that I have a chance looking at them as they read my book Cirkus Svimmel. YOUR ART tell us about a project you are working on right now? I currently have maternity leave as I had my second girl Dagmar in May, she is my main focus of attention for now and probably will be for some time to come. All the same it is impossible not to be drawing illustrations, so at the moment I am working on a series of illustrations for an exhibition in January and I have a book in mind for later. New ideas pop up daily, there is a string of pearls waiting to be brought to life. how do you work? I tell stories and emotions that are impossible for me to express in any other way. Quite often I have an image, a story or an emotion in mind that I feel an urge to express, an illustration takes shape relatively straightforward when I set pen to paper. These ideas frequently come to me as I am doing manual labour or in moments of solitude. I start drawing as soon as possible, and it feels like I am drawing the illustration from the inside out, in a way being IN the drawing. If I try forcing the process it becomes tedious, it is better at that point to do the dishes. When given a specific task I first of all turn my mind around how to make it as if it came from within me, this is crucial for the illustration to be good, in my opinion. describe your studio? In February this year we moved into our current home. Here I have a nice open space to share with my boyfriend as a studio and workshop. Until recently I did not use this space much, as I have enjoyed a wonderful summer and autumn mostly outdo-
or, now the weather is getting cold and the sun sets early, and I am looking forward to spend more time here in my studio. I have to admit, I am a master at making a mess when I work – my desk is a chaotic heap of paper bits, occasionally glued together with spilled paint, photos, coffee mugs, pencils, brushes and whatever I used for my latest illustration. what is important for you in your creative processes? I need to be focused and have a clear direction in my work. Time to get immersed into the process without interference or observers; I am in a sensitive mood when working like this, so distractions easily steal my attention, which is why I am usually very private when it comes to the creative process. what direction are you heading towards artistically at the moment? In the larger perspective I would like to work on projects with a longer time frame, but as for now I do not have a clear path, I prefer to let my work take me wherever it leads. you just published your first illustrated children’s book – how was it to work with an entire book, and are you planning to do more children’s books in the future? It has been a lifelong goal to illustrate books. When working on a book I have the possibility to tell a coherent story in depths with multiple facets in comparison to illustrating a single moment of a story. Cirkus Svimmel has been in the making for quite some time, so it is a real treat to sit down and read the finished book with the children. I find it an exciting challenge to achieve the right balance in the illustrations throughout the book, it has been a very good process and I am sure I will enjoy doing it again.
INSPIRATION where do you look for inspiration? Inspiration comes easily, I have a feeling that I take in a lot of visual impressions. Recently I took a walk up the road where I grew up in the countryside, and there I saw the same wild flowers growing in the same places as when I was a child. This of cause sparked memories and stirred emotions that inspired me. The surrounding landscape, as well as my home, has an enormous influence on my creativity. This is why it is very important for me to work on creating a beautiful home in and around the house. It is very beautiful where we live now, we did not need to do a lot to make an inspiring home of it, and the countryside here is lovely. what takes your breath away? Passionate and skilled artists. Excellent craftsmanship. The odour in a traditional printer’s workshop. Looking into the forest on a quiet morning as I enjoy a cup of good coffee. Right now, the rainy heavy scent of autumn. My girls. who do you admire artistically, and why? Oh, there are a lot of talented people that make me feel humble. Louise Bourgeois is one of them; I especially find her textile art pieces puzzling. Hieronymus Bosch for his abnormalities and abominations, Marc Chagall’s drawings are particularly nice in Brenendike Likht by his wife Bella Chagall, last but not least Frida Kahlo for sharing her life in visual storytelling. favourite magazines, favourite blogs, favourite websites – any special place you look for inspiration…? At some level I am of course unconsciously inspired by the images I find interesting
when browsing the web, but for me the inspiration to do a drawing comes from within and as I mentioned earlier, often when doing manual labour or in moments of solitude, away from the keyboard. FAMILY LIFE how do you balance work, creativity and family life? My family is my first priority. I do not want Frida to stay in kindergarten too long, because I feel it is important that she has a lot of time with us here at home. Dagmar is still home all day and I spend a lot of time caring for her of course, but she is an easy child and does not mind sitting next to me once in a while when I am working. Every day I try to take time to be focused on each of my girls individually, my boyfriend and my work. If I manage, and that is not always the case, to spend enough time with each and every one and still have time to work, I go to bed happy. When family life works, I can work, that is how I prioritize. are your kids important for you in your work and in your artistic processes? My children mostly contribute indirectly, shaping my view on the world and partially defining me as a person. After having Frida I had difficulties drawing for some time. I felt as if I was redefined as a person, because my life had changed so radically. I could not manage just to pick up where I left, so I had to redefine myself as an artist as well. This was a frustrating and very demanding process, but I am happy that it worked out and I feel more confident with my work since then. At the moment it is impossible to work when Frida is around, just because she wants to contribute to my drawings, it is sweet but not really helpful, yet. Dagmar is still content with looking at me drawing.
do you find time to have creative moments with your own kids - and what do you make with them? In my opinion, we are being creative most of the time. When I work on illustrations it is all about telling a story, it is the same with Frida’s games, she has an amazing imagination that inspires to further play. Sometimes we are drawing or painting together, yesterday we made a bunch of lollipops with play dough. It is rare that I make a conscious decision to be creative with her, it occurs as a natural part of our life, in the same way as I imagine music or sports does for others. you live at the countryside in an old house with your family – tell us a bit about your considerations about living at the countryside, what it means to your family life and your artistic work…? I grew up in the countryside and have been longing to move back out ever since I had Frida. It is in my opinion a nice frame for a childhood – we have nice trolls in the forest, gnomes in the attic, a stream where she can get wet, and plenty of natural hideouts. I myself love getting dirt under my nails, and I love the fact that I have the opportunity to shape my own surroundings; it just feels like the right place to be. We also have a fantastic kindergarten nearby where the children can climb trees, play in mud and run around in a dandelion field; here they are cared for by a handful of lovely adults. The kindergarten was an important factor when we were looking for a new home last winter, I need to be sure that my children are happy and well cared for if am to work.
FUTURE what do you dream of? I dream of having my own forest, with a lake, a boat and a house. Around the house I would like a garden filled with vegetables and beautiful flowers, children playing in the garden. There is still time for me to achieve this, and is it not nearly what I have already? do you have any goals artistically? To fill a bookshelf with different books I have illustrated. THE SNOW QUEEN what does h.c. andersen’s tale the snow queen mean to you? I am reminded of some illustrations by Sven Otto S. in a book I had as a child. I really loved this book and I still shiver when I think of one illustration where the girl is standing, bare feet in the snow, looking up at a huge black crow. what is your favourite tale? do you read tales with your kids – and do you have any recommendations? I love stories and children’s books, and I have many favourites. Frida can sit for hours and read alone or with one of us, so it has become an integrated part of our daily life. I would recommend books with illustrations by Tove Jansson like The Dangerous Journey, and we also love Picture Book by Hannah Höch. Another book with beautiful illustrations is Børnene i Kautokeino [“The Children in Kautokeino”] by Bodil Hagbrink. As a child my favourite illustrator was Ilon Wikland, in particular her illustrations for Lotta’s Bike, written by Astrid Lindgren.
Part 3 ”I’ll put on my red shoes,” said she, one morning; ”Kay has never seen them, and then I’ll go down to the river and ask there.”
THE FLOWER GARDEN AND THE WOMEN WHO KNEW MAGIC photographer: MONIKA ELENA
crown & tutu: Frou Frou - tights: American Apparel - shoes: Cloture
dress: Caramel Baby & Child - shoes: Vintage
peacoat: Frou Frou - shoes: Startrite
shirt: Wolf and Rita
shoes left: Swedish Hasbeens - shoes right: Bungaard
dress: Soor Plum
FOOD CRUSH feat. SIGNE BAY @signebay Signe Bay is a photographer, stylist and recipe developer, a teacher, mother and collector. Some of the focal points of Signeâ€™s life are food and aesthetics. She loves to explore beautiful produce and invent new recipes, she loves to style and photograph it all, and cooking for gatherings with friends and family is one of her greatest pleasures. Signeâ€™s aesthetic sense is consistent in her work. She is drawn to all things beautiful and being in the kitchen the whole day, creating beautiful food and cakes and styling and photographing them to the sounds of jazz tones is pure therapy for her. She is blogging on Instagram and her website with portfolio will soon launch.
”I have created this amazing cake for this issue of ’Enfants Terribles’. A winter cake I can just imagine set up on a old wooden table in a snowy landscape in a frigid, but clear winter air. A layer cake with fluffy chocolate sponge, cranberry-white chocolate filling and a delicious butter-white chocolate frosting on top. The warm and intense flavours of the cake will warm any body up – even the Snow Queen’s. And it is excellent to accompany the cake with a cup of warm tea or hot chocolate” SPONGE 6 eggs - 110 g granulated sugar - 100 g all purpose flour 1,5 teaspoon baking powder - 100 g dark chocolate (min 70 %) Preheat oven to 175 C. Line a round spring form cake tin with parchment paper in the bottom and grease the sides of the pan with butter. This will give you the nicest and most straight sides of the sponge. Divide the eggs into whites and yolks into two mixing bowls. Add sugar into the bowl with the yolks and beat with a mixer at high speed until white and fluffy. Melt the chocolate gently in a bowl over a pan and cool down. Then beat the whites until stiff. Now add the melted and cooled chocolate into the yolk/sugar. Sift the flour and baking powder into the egg yolk/sugar and mix gently, but thoroughly with a tree spoon or spatula. Then gently add the whites, folding the mixture very carefully so it keeps its fluffiness. Pour the batter into the pan and bake in the middle of the oven for 40-45 minutes until a wooden pick inserted in centre comes out clean. Be careful it doesn’t bake too long otherwise it becomes dry. Try to avoid opening the oven the first 30 minutes. Take out the cake and let it cool down before taking it out of the tin. FILLING 175 gr dried cranberries - 500 ml cream - 1 tablespoon icing sugar 225 gr white chocolate - 3 tablespoons whipping cream (take some of the 500 ml) To prepare the filling, chop the dried cranberries in a small blender. Melt the white chocolate over a water bath at low heat while adding 3 tablespoons of whipping cream. When half the chocolate is melted, take the pan off the heat and stir slowly until the rest of the chocolate is melted. Leave to cool until the chocolate has room temperature. Then whip the cream to stiff. Add the icing sugar and mix. Finally add the melted chocolate and chopped cranberries into the cream. Mix gently and put the filling into the fridge for about 30-45 minutes to harden a little. FROSTING 150 g icing sugar - 75 g white chocolate - 50 g soft butter - 125 g cream cheese Beat the butter with icing sugar in a mixer until creamy. Melt the chocolate over a water bath at low heat and let cool down. Add the cream cheese into the butter/icing sugar and mix. Finally add the melted and cooled chocolate and mix gently with a tree spoon or spatula. Put the frosting in the fridge for 30-60 minutes. Now gently slice the sponge cake into three pieces. Put the bottom slice onto a serving dish and put the upper part of the spring form around the slice to keep the cake in shape while you add the filling between the layers. Then add filling, then another slice of sponge, then filling and finally the last slice if sponge. Put the cake in the fridge for 30 minutes.
THE SNOW QUEEN’S CRANBERRY LAYER CAKE
”The day after having eaten the Snow Queen’s Rich Layer Cake you might want something a bit lighter. So what is more appropriate than making a batch of Glutenfree Winter Waffles and enjoying them in front of the fireplace, reading stories and sipping to a cup of hot chocolate? They are so easy to make, and kids would love to both make the waffles and then decorate them with ice flowers. I usually make waffles with buckwheat flour, which is gluten-free as buckwheat is indeed a seed (and a good one, full of magnesium, rich in fiber and with a low glycemic index), but you can also use e.g. almond flour.”
4-6 WAFFLES 130 g buckwheat flour (or almond flour) - 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoo cardamom - 1 dash of salt - 2 eggs - 1,5 – 2 dl milk (or almond milk) 1 tablespoon agave syrup or honey - coconut oil - icing sugar (or Sukrin icing sugar) Mix the buckwheat flour, baking powder, cardamom and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl mix the eggs with the milk (start out with 1,5 dl and add more later). Add the flour-mixture into the egg/milk-mixture and add the syrup. Stir thoroughly until the batter is uniform and has the right consistency, not too firm, texture. Eventually add a bit more milk. Grease your waffle iron, which is on medium heat, with a brush with some coconut oil. Now add some batter to it and bake. For each waffle, add some more coconut oil and brush on the bottom and top part of the waffle iron. While baking, keep the done waffles warm under a cloth. Finally, just before serving, put a stencil on the waffle and sprinkle intensively with icing sugar or Sukrin icing sugar, if you prefer. Serve with homemade nutella, jam or fruits and a cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream or marshmallows and enjoy!
GLUTENFREE WINTER WAFFLES
INSTAGRAM CRUSH @HVIRFL I am a bonfire built as a signal on an arid piece of land.
INSTAGRAM CRUSH LILLI STORM @hvirfl www.hvirfl.com (coming early 2015) Instagram is an immense 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 we’re playing with and this time we fell completely in love with the astounding, stirring visual world of Lilli Storm aka @hvirfl. Lilli is not only a fabulous imagemaker but she also has a magic touch when it comes to words, so this time our Instagram Crush is enhanced by Lilli’s quietly amazing Haiku poems.
ABOUT LILLI Lilli Storm. Freelance, photographer and writer. Hardangervidda National Park, Norway. Married to Håvard, mother to Odin (21) and Edda (6), Border Collie mother to Edmund (7). I don’t know exactly how I ended up here, doing what I do. The answer may lie hidden in the word ’hvirfl’ itself; an old word meaning ’to whirl’ and in the poetry I write. According to my husband I’m determined, idealistic and compassionate.
LILLI ON THE TOPIC OF INSTAGRAM My Visual Universe on Instagram is one of Presence, Closeness and Gratitude. Through my captures I try to tell the story of our everyday life, I suppose. I use my pictures to put emphasis on the importance of being aware of one’s environment, kindness towards fellow beings and the knowledge that there are no socalled litte things in life. Life itself is always grand. I opened my first Instagram account September 2012. Within the following year, it had accumulated an absurd amount of followers, and I decided to close it down. I like to keep things close and real. I first started using Instagram to prove to my son how ridiculous I thought it was; all thouse square photos with ugly filters. Needless to say, I was wrong.
What I like about Instagram is that is allows us all to, for whatever brief moment, be present in someone else’s life. What I don’t like is the probably the same as in life; the hollowness. 3 instagram profiles that inspire lilli at the moment? @bommali @laporterouge @maria.kuleshova What is Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale the Snowqueen about according to you? Although it’s the classic struggle between good and evil, it most often makes me think of Hans Christian Andersen’s unanswered love for Jenny Lind, who inspired the tale’s ice-hearted Snow Queen.
I once outlived the solitude of a summer, not a lonely hour.
Dawn, and a brief thought on how centuries of light has fallen just here.
I have three lives that will split any wood open and smell of fire grass.
Wasnâ€™t there something I should have told you, something to carry you across the wetlands. Instead my words came at random, just fragments of bread for hungry birds.
Some people are like huts out of sight they sit alone and listen to the rain until we have forgotten they were ever here.
All these years I carried you, across the open plains. No given path, but stone upon stone through cotton grass land.
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Part 4 â€?The Prince was only like him about the neck; but he was young and handsome. And out of the white lily leaves the Princess peeped, too, and asked what was the matter. Then little Gerda cried, and told her her whole history, and all that the Ravens had done for her.â€?
THE PRINCE AND THE PRINCESS
Photos: Laura Kallasvee Styling: Kirsi Altj천e Hair & Make-up: Lembe Lemmiksoo Models: Marie Sandra, Andreas
head piece: Designer Brit Samoson - sweater & jeans: Diesel
body: Bershka head piece: designer Brit Samoson - jacket: vintage Zara
dollie dress: Supertrash
jumper: S.Oliver - accessories: Monton
jacket: Marit Ilison - accessories: Anu Samar端端tel
dress: French Connection
He got it as a Christmas gift and was very, very happy with it. I was insanely proud. My Aunt Greta taught me to knit. She used to babysit me when I was very young and we could just sit for hours, knitting or playing with buttons. what’s your favorite type of diy? Drawing and stitching.
CRAFT CRUSH feat. SABINE LEMIRE @sabinelemire www.lemire.dk www.facebook.com/sabine.lemire Sabine Lemire (40) Danish author of numerous DIY and family creativity books. Sabine lives in Copenhagen with her four children: Philip 16, Florian 11, Manon 9 and Inès 7. Sabine went to the Danish Design School and is educated within clothing design. She worked for some years within the creative part of the fashion industry, but found out that it was more of the story behind the design that was exciting to her. The pictures and the stories where what really fascinated her. So she began writing books for children and their adults with the purpos of inspiring for creative good times.
when did you discover you had a talent for this? I never really thought about it, but I guess I’ve always been attracted to something involving using my hands. When I was a child and went to kindergarten and school I would always be in the workshop. It was what worked best for me . The best part about crafting is that you never get bored and I always have a thousand projects, that I wish I had all the time in the world for. The worst thing about crafting is that it feels terrible when you can not live up to your own ideas. You have something in mind that can just really never, ever come true. what’s most important to remember when being creative and playing with diy’s? Not to take it all too seriously. I think I work best when I have more things going on at once. If I focus 100 % on making the wildest idea then I just get too focused on my performance. Where as if I sit and think about something else at the same time my creations get this sort of easiness and randomness that I like.
3 words att encapsule your essence in your diys? Concentration, Crafts and Informality.
what story are you telling through your diy`s? All very different ones I think, but generally with a passion for teaching how to express yourself in a creative language .
where you a creative soul as a child? Yes, very much so! One memory that really got me into this was when I made a snake with cubs for my brother when I was a kid.
what does the story of the snow queen fairytale mean to you? To me it’s a delicate and fine tale of friendship and coming of age.
SABINE ON DIY & CRAFTING
Photos: Sabine Lamire
CHRYSTALS OF ICE
You need: Cake Paper, Sewing thread,Scissors. Fold the paper as you where making a papercut chrystal. Cut little notches in the edges of the paper and fold it back out. Tie the crystals to the sewing thread and turn your windows into the frozen arches of the palace.
You need: 6 - sided pegboard, transparent Hama beads. Make different star patterns on the bead board in several sizes. Iron pegboards lightly on both sides, so they melt into sturdy shape that will be able to hang. Use them for decoration in the windows or on tree.
You need:Cake Paper, Sewing thread, Watercolors. Paint the papers in different colors. Leave to dry and fold them in half using glue to hold the string between the papers.
LITTLE LABEL CRUSH HARD WORK & ALL PLAY The Little Label Crush is something that’s very important to us. When we started doing this magazine a year ago, one of the things we knew we wanted to do, was to help put focus on the little labels, who work so very hard at giving us unique and playful styles and they make such great accomplishments with all their efforts, but it can be a tough business to be up against some of the bigger brands. We wish to encourage and applaud those who dare and so we give you: The Little Label Crush feature, this time with Cabbages and Kings NY and My Little Dress Up. If you have suggestions on little labels we should feature, please send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org att: Little Label
Cabbages and Kings NY by Alexandra Gizela
www.cabbagesandkingsny.com @cabbagesandkingsny FB: Cabbages & Kings NY www.pinterest.com/cabbageskingsny
THE WOMAN BEHIND CABBAGES AND KINGS NY Alexandra Gizela. Born and raised in NYC. 2 Children; Jameson 17 months old & Luella 4 years old and a Shih tzu dog named Tula. CREATING YOUR OWN LABEL After the birth of my first child I simply could not find what I was looking for. I wanted warm and fashionable layer-able accessories/clothing. I decided to stop searching and design it myself. I focused on a Fall/Winter collection at first, but with much interest and demand we decided to grow and do a Spring/Summer collection as well.
CHILDREN’S WEAR Making children’s clothing is important to me obviously because I have 2 children of my own. But aside from that, I love doing what I do because I can generally be more creative and open to colors and patterns. Children can get away with practically anything, that is something so special and needs to be coveted more. THE NEW COLLECTION Our newest Fall/Winter collection has a nice mix of classic and bold. The color usage was taken from my daughters love of Miro paintings. The palettes are very much inspired by Joan Miro in a color splash sort of way, particularly seen in the multi colored pom pom items. The silhouette of the
snoods were inspired by a Nordic vintage snood that my grandmother had given me as a child. BEING SMALL IN A BIG WORLD I very much like the exclusivity of being a small label. It is nice to have things that not everyone has or knows about. It keeps it special and unique. There is much gratification in having repeat customers and growing from people genuinely liking your product/word of mouth. Cons, but not really a con is that people have to wear many hats. Being a little label means that our company size is small and help is not always in abundance. But that is what makes the business so interesting- learning all facets of the business/industry At the same time it is quite hard not being able to really focus on one thing. WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS I would like to continue growing organically - never compromising on the quality or core fundamentals. It is important to me to stay fair trade and support artisans around the world and to keep their traditions and hand-work alive.
MY LITTLE DRESS UP Design by Sarah van Maare & Laura Canté
@mylittledressup www.mylittledressup.com www.facebook.com/mylittledressup www.pinterest.com/mylittledressup THE WOMEN BEHIND MY LITTLE DRESS UP Sarah van Maare (30) and Laura Canté (33). Sarah and her partner Thijs are almost four months pregnant with their first baby and live in a beautiful apartment in the cosy South of Amsterdam. Laura and her partner Andrew live in an apartment in the funky Old-West of Amsterdam. They also hope to produce some tiny My Little Dress Up models in the future, but for now they are enjoying the beginning of their love story together. THE STORY OF HOW IT CAME TO BE Eight years ago we met on a birthday party of a mutual friend. We had such good laughs together that we swapped phone-numbers and short after that we became good friends. While studying we both ended up working at the same high-end women’s wear boutique and we found out that we made excellent business partners too! After graduating, we attended a birthday party of the daughter of a friend of Sarah. The daughter’s name is Lola and it was her 4th birthday.
We thought it would be fun to make this little favorite of us, her very own birthday dress. And at the birthday party the reactions were so overwhelming, that we decided to make a small line with high fashion styles for children. We got into a car and drove to Paris where we presented our first collection at Playtime Paris, the highend children’s trade show. This is how we introduced My Little Dress Up to the world and how the success of our little label started: a dream came true! ON MAKING CHILDREN’S WEAR What’s so special about My Little Dress Up is that we create styles that are high fashion and made by a couture atelier in the most luxurious natural fabrics. These styles are perfect to be worn at a wedding or an amazing birthday celebration, we love the fact that parents and little kids pick our styles to mark such a special occasion. Makes us feel blessed! The coolest thing about owning a little label like My Little Dress Up is that we get to experience every little aspect of this beautiful journey! It’s amazing to see the response we get from people that buy our collection on our webshop or at our selected retailers. To receive an email from a mother in NYC telling us that her daughter won’t take her Rose Skirt off anymore since she got to wear it at a wedding, just makes all the incredible hard work worth it! MEMORIES OF WINTER The My Little Dress Up AW14 collection does not only radiate high wattage glamour, it brings back your most wonderful winter memories. Those blushing cheeks from a snow ride down hill, big dinners at your loving family’s table, the air filled with the scent of cinnamon or your little one’s school Christmas play!
THE COLOURS Style comes in chique with girls in Emerald coloured blouses and romantic Snow White coloured lace tops, all combined with metallic silks in Misty Silver and Star Gold. They will swing around in dreamy voluminous dresses and will look dainty in skirts and shorts with My Little Dress Up’s classic waist-cinching cuts. The colour palette spells enchantment with elegant Dark Violet, Emerald, Misty Silver & Star Gold and is très on trend with the arrival of fashion’s favorite new hue Pink: in pretty Rose, modern chic Magenta, Berry and Blush. STUNNING STYLE STATEMENTS The boys will dazzle the girls with their bold velvet suits in rich Emerald or will be cutting a Rock N Roll edge in a midnight blue coloured tuxedo. A classic crisp white shirt accents a retro look with a modern edge, or think beyond and opt for a daring black shirt for perfect modern elegance. SPIRIT OF THE 60s We love the free-spirited mood of Fashion Icons and the Music and Art scene of the late 60ties. The attitude against the elegance… Playing the music of that time and looking into art- and photos books we find the nicest inspiration. The silhouettes of that period are simply amazing! WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS We don’t think the magazine contains enough pages to tell you about our ambitions;-) To expand our line with a teenage line, baby line and to add more brands to our webshop are just a couple of ideas that keep us awake at night. But to enjoy life, love and friends&family, is also one of them.
Part 5 ”She shall play with me,” said the little robber child. ”She shall give me her muff, and her pretty frock; she shall sleep in my bed!” And then she gave her mother another bite, so that she jumped, and ran round with the pain; and the Robbers laughed, and said, ”Look, how she is dancing with the little one!””
THE LITTLE ROBBER GIRL PHOTOGRAPHER: EMMA DONNELLY
check dress: Pierrot le Lune
headdress : Animalesque - gold skirt: Le Carrousel - tights: Collegien
pink floral blouse: Le Carrousel - fake fur gilet: Hucklebones
fake fur jacket: Hucklebones - blue socks: Collegien
duchess satin top + duchess satin short: Hucklebones
red cape: Hucklebones
BOOK CRUSH SHAUN TAN recommendations for you by julie arndrup
the capturing world of shaun tan How can something be both dark and gloomy yet still uplift your spirit and fill you with hope? I don ́t know, but I think it is a fact, and maybe the reason people like art at all? Music, some paintings and definately a lot of books and fairytales have this quality. One of my personal favorites is Shaun Tan, the australian artist, writer and filmmaker who for me stands out as one of the best in the world. His work has won prestigious awards, some of the finest being an Academy Award for ”The Lost Thing”, an animated film from 2011, and the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award from the Swedish Arts Council, which is one of the biggest prizes in children ́s litterature.
tales from outer suburbia I first noticed his work several years ago, when I saw the book ”Tales from Outer Suburbia” at a bookfair. It captivated me with its detailed and strange illustrations. It was both disturbing and worrying to me – this was not your ordinary childrens book! Wouldn’t this scare children, I thought. Since then, I have realised that it ́s good for children with a little strange story and something to moderately scare them once in a while. It makes them think and feel and it helps them become holesome people. I have since then bought the book and often read it aloud to my children. The youngest, who is 6, doesn ́t understand everything at all, but she really enjoys the illustrations and love to talk about them and make up her own stories about all the little funny and weird details. The eldest, who is 11, understands much more, and loves to get all philosophic and to wonder about the content.
the poetics of the strange suburbia This is what makes Tans books something that appeals to all of us. As an adult, I simply just love them, for the artwork and for the poetic stories. And also for the things the stories do to my kids. I love to watch them think. ”Tales from Outer Suburbia” contains 15 short stories, some are fully illustrated and some less. They all take place in a strange suburbia, that sort of reminds you of your own childhood but then again is nothing like it. Some of the stories seem almost science fiction like and others are like something a child would play, an imaginary story or a private place of imagination. Like if you spend your days up in a treehut and imagined all the rest.
rules of summer Another one of my favorites is his latest one, ”Rules of Summer”, also takes place in this land of childhood. This is a fully illustrated picturebook about what one boy learned from the summer. There are a lot of rules, when you have two brothers spending the long, lonely days outside in a land of makebelieve and anyone with a sibling or a close best friend will know what this feels like. You can go from best friends to enemies and back to saving eachother quite fast.
so familiar yet so strange Both these titles make me think ”I grew up like this” or ”I know exactly what this feels like” because we have all been children and we have all lived in this imaginary place. And then at the same time, it is all so strange and nothing like reality. It makes me want to be a child again, or at least celebrate childhood more and make my girls run free in a field, with nothing but spare time and their own imaginations. It certainly is a place of wonder. This feeling finds me when reading any of Shaun Tans books. They have this darkness in them which makes them perfect for autumn, like it is the last day of summer, possibly ever, and I need to keep on playing even after it gets dark. They make me feel anxious aswell as hopefull. It ́s all very strange, but I like it so much which is why I warmly recommend Shaun Tan’s books.
NEVER STOP PLAYING feat. KIMOTHY OLSEN @kimothyolsen www.pinterest.com/kimothyolsen Dear Readers, You know we are huge fans of a playful approach to life in general and so we had to introduce you to this inspiring human being. Meet Kim André Olsen aka @kimothyolsen. With every issue we honour playful people who inspire us to play more. Kim is one of those very rare grown ups, who never stopped playing. Kim is 28 years old. He was born on an island in Northern Norway, playing under the northern lights and the midnight sun. At 18 he moved to Australia, playing by the beach and in the rain forests. He then moved to Oslo when he was 22, where he worked with children and Special Education. Earlier this year he moved to Stockholm to peruse new adventures. Every address he’s had has acted as his own personal playground. And ever since he was 10 years old he’s carried his favorite toy, a camera.
EVERYDAY IS PLAYDAY A day in the playful life of Kimothy starts with coffee, following more coffee. The best of days consists of sunshine and walking around town; photography and reading; friends, baking and cooking. â€?Playing inspires creativity in me, it makes me smile and relax. The day gets that little extra when one plays and time can both stop as well as fly by. I play mainly with photography, which has
endless opportunities. I also write, paint and cook, I pick flowers and I cannot walk past a flat stone without skipping it on the water. I play whenever the opportunity present itself and inspiration strikes.â€?
PLAY INSPIRES CREATIVUTY ”I play because I enjoy it and because it’s such a great outlet for creativity. The way I see things, is that one should always strive to smile and to be happy, and playing inspires just that.” For the most part I play at home, where the dining table acts as base. I also love to be outside and often find myself drawn to the shoreline.
TRANSFORMING PLAYFULNESS INTO PICTURES ”My inspiration comes from art and literature as well as from my everyday life. My photography reflect my moods and thoughts, whether I am happy or sad, energetic or tired. I like to find beauty and humor in familiar things, and turn them slightly away from their familiar setting; sometimes subtle, sometimes absurd.”
SELF PORTRAITS ”I take a lot of self portraits where I can incorporate things like flowers and fruits. I also like to take still lifes, where I like to romanticize the familiar. I like to use the natural soft light Scandinavia has, that suddenly can go gloomy and dramatic. Lately I’ve been drawn to mobile photography, with its easy and accessible way to work. I use a self timer app and the Instagram app.”
What’s your best advice for people who want to play more, but can’t seem to get started? ”Just do it. Do something you loved doing as a kid, climb a tree, draw a hopscotch, fly a kite or make a snowman. Playing can mean so much, and as long as you’re smiling you’re doing the right thing.”
NEVER STOP PLAYING According to you why should grownups never stop playing? ”It doesn’t matter with what or how you play it’s important because it can calm a stressful day. It reminds us how to relax and to reconnect with our self, our children and our surroundings. And not to take things so seriously. The best thing about playing is how fun it is, the worst is that the word ’childish’ has become somewhat of a negative word.”
Ambitions and dreams for the future Kim’s ambitions for the future involve working with storytelling, both visually and with writing. And to keep inspiring people to play more.
easy poncho for children by lisbeth kjær hammer
The Ice Palace is a cold and hard place to enter. To protect Gerda from the Queen’s cold breath, I created this little this cozy little poncho, which would be like a warm hug, protecting her from all evil, on her quest to save Kay.
This poncho is for a child in the age of 3-5 years.
TO WEAR AT THE QUEEN’S ICE PALACE
YOU NEED: Yarn: 100 % wool for needles size 8 Yarn weight: 300 g Needles: Size 8 straight needles, Double pointed needles size 8 Size of the poncho: 40 x 100 cm before folding
PATTERN: Consists of 3 blocks – 2 with ’holes’ and 1 (in the middle) with crosses
FRINGES: Wind yarn around a 12 cm piece of cardboard Cut 56 strands for fringe. Attach 28 groups of 2 strands across the edge of the poncho
Row 1 (=the right side): knit all stitches Row 2, 4, 6, 8 . . . etc. (=the wrong side): knit 6, purl 6, knit 6, purl 8, knit 6, purl 6, knit 6 Row 3 knit 6, Block 1 with holes: Over the next 6 stitches: yarn over, knit 2 together, knit 2, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit 6, Block with cross: knit 8, knit 6, Block 2 with holes: yarn over, knit 2 together, knit 2, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit 6 Row 5 You start making the crosses over the 8 stitches in the middle use one of the doublepointed needles Cross 2 stitches to the right. (cable over 4 stitches) Slip 2 stitches pwise onto a cable needle, let cable needle hang in back of work as you knit the next 2 stiches; then knit stitches off of cable needle. Cross 2 stitches to the left. (cable over 4 stitches) Slip 2 stitches p-wise onto a cable needle, let cable needle hang in front of work as you knit the next 2 stiches; then knit stitches off of cable needle. Repeat this on every 6 row
PONCHO DIRECTIONS: With size 8 needles, cast on 44 stitches Row 1 – 6: knit all stitches Now the pattern begins (look below) When the work measures about 98 cm, knit another 6 rows. Bind off. FINISHING: Weave in yarn ends Block the work if necessary Lay the poncho on a flat surface, wrong side up and fold it Sew from the edge and up to the fold leaving open 20 cm (for the collar) COLLAR: With doublepointed needles pick up 48 stitches All rows: *knit 1, purl 1* repeat Work until the ribbing is 12 cm Bind off Weave in yarn ends
ILLUSTRATION feat. PERNILLE E WWW.PERNILLEW.DK - @P_E_R_N_I_L_L_E__E
Part 6 ””I can give her no more power than what she has already. ”Don’t you see how great it is? Don’t you see how men and animals are forced to serve her; how well she gets through the world barefooted? She must not hear of her power from us; that power lies in her heart, because she is a sweet and innocent child! If she cannot get to the Snow Queen by herself, and rid little Kay of the glass, we cannot help her.”
photographer: CÉLINE HALLAS
THE LAPP WOMAN AND THE F
paper cuts: INGER MARIE HAHN MØLLER
jacket: Marit Ilison // gloves: Molo
bow: KNAST by KRUTTER // knitwear & skirt: Bobo Choses // tights: Collegien // wellies: Bundgaard
hat: Typicallyred // blouse & skirt: My little Dressup // tights: Collegien // boots: Bundgaard
short jumper: Little Creative Factory // dress: Mabo Kids // tights: Bobo Choses
dress: Motoreta // tights: Collegien
hat-scarf: Little Creative Factory // shirt: KNAST by KRUTTER // dress: Mabo Kids
jacket, jeans & gloves: Molo // shirt: KNAST by KRUTTER // shoes: Rugged Gear
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MY COPENHAGEN CRUSH by Caroline Hoeck @carohoeck My name is Caroline Hoeck, I am 22 years old and I live in Copenhagen with my awesome boyfriend, Ervin. I study Cultural Encounters at Roskilde University and work as a barista in a coffee shop in Vesterbro. I love the beauty there is to everyday life and I often try to catch it on a photo with my phone. I’ve only lived in Copenhagen for a little more than a year, but I have already fallen madly in love with this city. And so, what do I like the most about Denmark’s capital? After thinking and thinking and trying to come up with a specific thing that was the absolutely best, it struck me -
something as simple as living here is actually what I like the most. Therefore, my “must sees” and “must dos” in this City Crush guide are based on what I enjoy to do in my everyday life here in Copenhagen. When you’ve seen the Little Mermaid, been to Tivoli and seen where the Queen lives, it’s time to explore and enjoy the city as a Copenhagener!
1. biking around town First up is getting around town, and in Copenhagen most of us ride our bikes to get from A to B. So when in Copenhagen, I would highly recommend that you try biking around like a true Copenhagener. You will quickly discover that this is the fastest and easiest way to get around. The city really embraces bike life and therefore the bike lanes are good and often the
bikers have their own traffic light at the crossroads, which makes it less hassardous then riding a bike in other large European cities.
social though. Enjoying the coffee in your own company is very popular as well, and a lot of people come to sit and work at the coffee shops (most places have Wi-Fi).
Myself, coming from the countryside, biking around in the city was an amazing experience for me the first couple of times. Now my feelings have calmed down a bit, but I still enjoy cruising around wind in my face and knowing that nothing is more than a bike ride away.
I warmly recommend The Coffee Collective, which has three shops in Copenhagens and top-notch baristas. Another recommendation goes to Original Coffee, who won the title ‘best coffee in town’ this year with their shop in Østerbro – definitely worth a visit. Lastly, I recommend the place where I’m lucky to work. It’s called Risteriet, which means ‘The Roastery’ and we have two shops in town. We roast all our coffee ourselves and we do not sell coffee that is roasted more than six days ago. That kind of fresh coffee is definitely an experience!
2. coffee, coffee, coffee When you have experienced the city from the bike saddle, you can take a coffee break. It is very common for Copenhageners to meet over a cup of coffee and I am no exception. The number of times I’ve been gossiping with girlfriends, been on dates or meet with family or old friends over coffee are countless. Coffee is not just
3. park hopping Another brilliant way to see this town is to grab that warm coffee to go and take it with you on a walk. I love the many parks and gardens we have in Copenhagen. My three favorite places are: The Botanical Garden, Frederiksberg Have and Assistens Kirkegård. The Botanical Garden is in the middle of the city and has so many different plants, flowers and trees, and no matter the season, it feels magical to walk around in the huge garden. Saturday morning I usually take a run in Frederiksberg Have before I go open the coffee shop. At that time I almost have the whole place to myself whereas in the afternoon it is full of people enjoying walking around. It is next to the zoo and in one place in the garden, you can actually stand face to face with the elephants, if they are out!
Assistens Kirkegård is a huge graveyard in Nørrebro. And as weird as it may sound, a lot of people hang out in this place. You can have a picnic here or just walk around on the small paths and read the names on the gravestones. A lot of famous persons are buried here, including our talented H.C. Andersen, and it has a magical feeling to it, when you walk around the beautiful graves of these great personalities 4. city of towers, with a view I never get tried of seeing the city from above, and when the tower at Christiansborg opened its doors to the public this summer, I was trilled to take a look at the city from a different perspective. Nothing beats my all time favorite tower, though. Rundetårn (The Round Tower) is an experience from the bottom to the top. There is no elevator and (almost) no stairs since the
whole tower is designed as a long spiral ramp, which you have ascend in order to get to the top. Amazing! The bigbrother of them all must be the golden snailspired tower at Vor Frelser Church in Christianshavn. If you’re not affraid of heights then this is a must do when you visit Copenhagen.
5. time to eat Just a few hundred meters from the busy Nørreport Station is Torvehallerne, which is an inside food market. Here you can get all kinds of delicious cakes, heavenly tasting chocolate, crispy salads, freshly baked bread, great coffee (Coffee Collective has a stand here) and much more. I especially love the stand called Grød, with means porridge, and all they literally serve is porridge! Does that sound boring? Probably – but I promise you it is delicious!
The menu changes throughout the day: morning porridge, lunch porridge, dinner porridge and dessert porridge! Give it a go! Another must-try is the local and very authentic place called Nordisk Brødhus (Nordic Bread house). In the morning and throughout the day it is a bakery also serving soft-boiled eggs and yogurt with homemade granola, and in the evening it turns into a restaurant with candlelight, wine and food right out of the fire. I hope that the way I enjoy Copenhagen, has inspired you, and I hope to see you here one day. All the best.
WONDERFUL WINTER WEAR ILLUSTRATION feat. CHRISTEN NOELLE
WWW.CHRISTENNOELLE.COM - @ CHRISTENNOELLE.COM
These wonderful paper dolls were created especially for The Snow Queen issue of Enfants Terribles Magazine. We put together the outfits for Kay and Gerda and the talented illustrator Christen Noelle worked som winter magic around them. Print, Cut and Play! Download them here.
Part 7 ”Kay, sweet little Kay! Have I then found you at last?” But he sat quite still, benumbed and cold. Then little Gerda shed burning tears; and they fell on his bosom, they penetrated to his heart, they thawed the lumps of ice, and consumed the splinters of the looking-glass; he looked at her, and she sang the hymn: ”The rose in the valley is blooming so sweet, And angels descend there the children to greet.””
WHAT HAPPEND AT THE SNOW QUEEN’S PALACE AND WHAT HAPPENED AFTERWARDS PHOTGRAPHER: SØS ULDALL-EKMAN
Coat: Hilda Henri // Scarf: vintage // Shirt: Duchess and Lion // Skirt: Annaliv // Legwarmers, Cabbages and Kings NY // Shoes: Bundgaard
Beanie, Babaa Knitwear // Shirt, Jacket & Bowtie: Annaliv // Trousers: Knast by Krutter // Shoes: Bundgaard
Knitted Jumper: Babaa knitwear // Knitted Cardigan: Pierrot La Lune // Bodystocking & Skirt: Knast by Krutter // Pantyose: Molo // Wellies: Bundgaard
Beanie & Legwarmers: Cabbages and Kings NY // Scarf: Vintage // Knitted Jumper: Babaa knitwear // Trousers: Knast by Krutter // Shoes: Bundgaard
Butterfly: Knast by Krutter // Shirt: Annaliv // Trousers: Minabulle // Wellies: Bundgaard
Cloak & Dress: Milk and Biscuits // Shirt: H&M // Pantyhose: Molo // Shoes: H&M // Knitted bag: by Ellas great grandmother
There sat the two grown-up persons; grown-up, and yet children; children at least in heart; and it was summer-time; summer, glorious summer!
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NOVEMBER 2014 issue #8
Published on Nov 18, 2014
Enfants Terribles Magazine #7 The Snow Queen issue. We challenged our photographers to pick one of the seven stories that the original fairy...