Child’s Own Studio run by Vancouver resident Wendy Tsao is a one stop shop for making a child's imagination a reality.
The studio lovingly creates soft toys based on children’s drawings that their parents send in - which are startlingly accurate and recognisable.
The project started with a simple premise: to make a recognizable comfort toy for a 4 year-old boy based on his drawing. That one toy became the tipping point as one toy became one hundred toys and the studio became a phenomenon - with so many orders that they cannot create bespoke toys fast enough!
Each toy is handcrafted and the detail, colour and materials used reproduces an eye-poppingly accurate rendition of the child's imagination.
As Wendy herself puts it:
"The child’s drawing, a wonderful expression of childhood, is the starting point of the collaborative project. Details and colour choices are reproduced as closely as possible so that the stuffed toy that arrives in the mail is immediately recognizable to the child who designed it. It’s a fun, rewarding process, and kids love seeing their drawings come alive."
All images via Childs Own.
We love this - and the entire project has revived our childhood imagination to the point that we are thinking about digging out any old pictures that the editorial team may have, and seeing if we can get them made!
What would you have made if you could?
For more info - go to the studio website here.
We are coming into Summer and for us here at Revive Towers that means a few things...happiness, beaches and long lunches in the park (with a cold bottle of Revive of course!).
But it also means new sunglasses and swimwear!
Below are our favourite picks of what you could be wearing this summer (when it arrives...) and a round up of some really classic summer looks that are worth hunting out in 2012.
Think of it as our wee take on the revival of vintage summer fashion.
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So what's your favourite?
Shot and composed completely on an I-phone 4s, One-man-band Shingo Ohno or 'Merce Death' has managed to create an original piece of work (and very novel method of directing) to help soothe his commuting blues.
Ohno came up with the concept for the music video after he became a regular commuter following the earthquake last year. He and his family moved to Hakata and he found himself flying between Fukuoka and Tokyo almost every weekend.
Not content to merely capture the sights outside of the window in a photograph - Ohno went one step further to revive his commute:
"The views and sceneries from the airplane window were always beautiful and extraordinary. I enjoyed taking pictures on Instagram on the plane. Soon after, I started to seek ways to use this unusual opportunity to be flying through the sky all the time to create something."
The video was shot over 50 flights and Ohno even built a special bracket to hold his phone steady whilst capturing the breathtaking shots of Japanese countryside and the majestic Mount Fuji.
Images via Merce Death.
We love the sheer scale of the project and Shingos dedication to going that little step further than a simple snap of a phone camera lens.
Before you try it yourself - airplane mode was switched on the whole way through the process...so please be safe...
If you have any tips on beating the commuting blues - or any other projects like this one share them with us in the comments section.
52Aces is a deck of playing cards with a difference.
The premise of 52Aces was to have a standard deck of playing cards with each card revived by an international designer or illustrator in their own signature style. The broad mix of styles would form an interesting piece of limited edition artwork or the fanciest set of playing cards money can buy. We think it's both.
Limited to 999 sets - 52Aces contains work from a global star line up of illustrators and artists including Pete Fowler, Greg “Craola” Simkins and RekaOne to name but a few.
The thing that excites us the most about this is project is that grabbing a limited piece of work from some of the artists involved is not the easiest (or most affordable) task in the world, but getting 52 individual shots of challenging, visual pleasure in one go is almost too good to miss.
All images via 52Aces
Whilst you may have a card of a similar suit or number in this pack - they certainly won't look the same!
So if you have been thinking about starting to collect art or illustration - you have a chance of bagging 52 artworks in one go! Talk about a starter kit...
Limited edition two is available here.
We are supposed to be heading into summer here in the UK - but so far there has been no sign of the sun showing itself. So, when an email popped into our inbox from Kate Sylvester we found ourselves browsing her Autumn/Winter 2012 'The Secretary' Collection and finding many pieces that will work for our UK 'summer'. Kate Sylvester's sunglasses have been making a splash over here in the UK and if you haven't heard of the label before, the iconic New Zealand designer and her conceptual collections have embodied ‘intelligence, witty irreverence, sophistication and modern femininity’ since the label was started in 1993. Take a look at the video for the collection, and we have picked out our favourite pieces from the collection below...we must have them all.
Kate SylvesterThe SecretaryAutumn Winter 2012
All images via: Kate SylvesterWe love the use of different textures and shapes, and the use of sequins means that we are in love (magpie anyone...?) - this collection does so many things right.What are your favourites?
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