When I was a kid, household appliances were not designed to also be cute, just because they were meant to be used by children. Specifically, I recall a humidifier that we had to have in the bedroom I shared with my brother when we were probably 3 and 4 years old respectively, because he suffered from asthma. That thing looked like a spacecraft from War of The Worlds — and while it might have relievedmy brother’s breathing difficulties, it was pure nightmare-fuel for me.
If only Crane humidifiers had existed in the sixties, my parent’s might have been inclined to purchase a model from their Adorableline — featuring, well, adorable animal-shaped, multi-function humidifiers — thus sparing my tender psyche from an enduring trauma. Because, seriously, how darn cute is a little pink Unicorn?
It’s times like this — spotting a children’s book entitled Mommy, Why Is Your Hair Pink? — that I almost regret (but not really) never having kids, because this book was made for pink-haired ladies like me! The book’s author is Shannon Bahake Happe with illustrations by Ingrid Ochoa. Find out more about Shannon, and buy the book, at This Link!
A few weeks ago, we went over to The Fashion Institute of Technology to check out the 2017 MFA in Illustration Visual Thesis Exhibition, which was entitled 13 Stories. It is while visiting the exhibit that I discovered a cool Pink Thing created by FIT student and MFA candidate Necdet Yilmaz, who is a native of Turkey. Necdet’s visual thesis, Happy Tank, is a story about a little machine built for war that doesn’t want to fight. Happy Tank must be sent to war, but refuses to fire at a large building where a child is seen crying. For disobeying the order, Happy Tank is decommissioned and melted down. The story concludes with Happy Tank being recycled and used to construct a playground years after the war is over.
Screen Shots from Happy Tank Animated Film (Above and Below)
Necdet explains that this project “is related to my written thesis, War Themed Childrn’s Books and Propaganda. In wars, children are often affected and exploited as a propaganda tool. However, my project is in opposition to what I researched in my thesis. Personally, I am inspired to create these piece because of my background. My home country, Turkey, is located near the Middle East where there is constant war. This instability affects people in the region, like myself, economically, socially and psychologically.
“This body of work is executed in three different mediums: animation, print in the form of a children’s book and toy design. Using pdf software and animation for the first time while I was creating this work was an exciting challenge for me. I learned a lot about myself while discovering the intricacies of unfamiliar technologies. In particular, especially, when I created the animation I learned how designing three-dimensional characters, objects and environments, using different camera angles, lighting and sound in combination enhanced my creative skill.”
Given our political climate today, Happy Tank could be considered more relevant now than ever. You can see more projects by Necdet at his website, located at This Link.
Photographed in the Museum at FIT, Located on Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, as Part of the 13 Stories Exhibit, which is now Closed.
Opened in July of 2010, and designed by famed architect David Rockwell, Imagination Playground is an interactive, transformable space that prompts children to manipulate their environment and create a play space of their own with sand, water and loose parts. An iron Sea Serpent, seen in these photos, guards the playground entrance.
With giant foam blocks, mats, wagons, fabric, and crates at their fingertips, children have the potential to build and explore endless possibilities. Imagination Playground addresses a broader spectrum of play needs through opportunities for fantasy and cooperative play, in addition to the traditional running, jumping, and climbing. Kids need to be active on many levels, and they need to exercise their minds as well as their muscles. All parents should know why parents buy electric scooters for kids. Not only is it fun for everybody, but it´s safe too! THey don´t need to worry about accidents.
Research shows that children at the age of eight who have experienced varied and challenging play are considerably better prepared to benefit from ongoing formal education!
Imagination Playground is Located at Burling Slip, Front Street and John Street, just North of South Street Seaport, in Lower Manhattan. The Playground is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Those interested in making a group reservation for their school class can do so by calling 311.
At South Shore Conservatory, Ms. Heidi’s Pre-K class tells the many things they are thankful for this year, including the ability to express themselves. Can you tell which student is the future opera singer?
If you’ve ever attempted to take posed photos of young children, then you know how difficult it is to get them to look at the camera. Seriously, it is like trying to pose a worm. Fortunately, there are camera accessories called Camera Buddies or Lens Friends to assist you with keeping a child engaged and happy while you snap away!
While attending the recent PhotoPlus Expo in NYC, I just had to stop at the booth for Phoxi Tog, who make line of vibrantly-colored camera buddies called Phoxi Friends. They caught my attention right away!
OMG So Adorable
Phoxi Friends Camera Lens Wraps are a line of insanely cute photography tools designed for those who shoot portraits of kids. These patented, eye-catching accessories are different from any other camera lens wrap or lens buddy on the market.
Phoxi Friends are designed to help you capture a child’s attention without having to waste your energy singing, dancing, waving your hands, and making strange noises. The patented design has a soft plush stuffed toy on one end (that also includes a built-in squeaker), with the other end serving as a flexible tail that can wrap around any camera lens you use. The tail can also extend the toy to interact playfully with the child. Kids do have a short attention span, and with a nice selection of critters available, you can switch it up and wrap a different Phoxi friend around your lens to keep the smiles coming. Some kids are very shy, and this tool is a great icebreaker!
See the full line of Phoxi Friends lens wrap designs, and purchase online, at This Link!
Atalie’s Hope will host its second annual gala, Thursday June 26, 2014 in New Hyde Park, NY. Cost is $150.00 per person and all proceeds will go towards the foundation. Atalie’s Hope was founded in honor of Atalie Bernic, a young mother who lost her battle against triple negative breast cancer when she was 39 years old. She is survived by her daughter Julia, age 9, who inspired the formation of this organization.