Happy weekend friends! Today I thought I’d start a new series sharing my favorite independent art shops with you. It is so important to support independent artists, and these four women are making such beautiful work that I would love to use in my classroom or share with the kiddos in my life!
Kristina makes the most charming, lifelike polymer clay fruits and vegetables for imaginary play. My students would adore these! I love her story too: “On my maternity leave I became fond of modeling from polymer clay and I finally found my true self. At first I made mini fruit and vegetables for educational games with my daughters and then I simply wanted to make the kids of friends and family happy. My friend’s son liked to plant potatoes and carrots into kinetic sand and my niece likes to play with toy figures in an imaginary shop.”
Lauren makes magical felt garlands and wall hangings - wouldn’t these stars make the loveliest backdrop for teaching? Here is part of her story: “When my daughter came along, I was determined to create a beautiful nursery full of magic and fun so set to work creating plush softies and garlands to adorn her room with. She loved them! and so I decided to share them with others.” I adore this panda bunting!
I think I have food on my mind today! Claire Louise has some of the most beautiful felt food I’ve ever seen. I especially love the sushi set, the rainbow chard, and the colorful fruit. She also makes lovely felt garlands and wreaths! From her story: “I love creating fun, functional yet visually appealing play food and toys. My felt food range is a great learning tool. Teaching kids of all ages about different foods, cultures, cuisines, shapes, sizes, colours and even textures. Most importantly they are encouraging pretend and imagination play.”
Joanna makes intricate quiet/busy books, toys, and dolls. I can’t get over the detail on her work! I would love to use this weather sensory board in my classroom. And look at the beautiful dress up outfits on those dolls! Joanna has a fascinating story: “Since I was little I like art (my family can confirm). For many years I've been going to the art classes. I have done a lot of modeling clay figurines, I was paining, drawing, I sewed the dresses for dolls (I decorated them with glitter). Once I made an advent calendar for my sister, which had the Christmas lights attached. I tried to go to art school, it didn't work. Today I know that one of the reasons why it didn't work is that I didn't believe in myself. I finished geography with teaching specialization. Later I worked with kids of different ages and I was doing a classes that they were aimed to teach and entertain. I liked it very much, but I wanted to do something about my artistic passion. My husband and I decided it was time to change. At one meeting with my college friend, appeared the idea of the quiet books. She told me they were starting to form. When I was coming home by the bus, I started looking for information about it. From that moment , I knew I want to do it. I want to sew the quiet books that will help the development manual skills of children and imagination, which is so important.”