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Nursery Wall Idea

October 6, 2015

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For our new nursery, we want it to be really fun and colourful. I’m not a big friend of wallpaper or wall decal, so naturally when my designer brother offers to paint my nursery wall, I know I can count on him to bring my vision into reality.

There are a few must-have items I want on the nursery wall:

1) A bear

2) Simple and bold background

3) Gender neutral colour

After going to my friend Pinterest for some advices, I came across a post from Emily Henderson blog. That post gave me tons of inspirations and ideas. I created a mood board for my brother to illustrate what I’m looking for. A few days later, he gives me the design and it is exactly how I would imagine it…bear_wall

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Stylish Story Books for Trendy Babies

September 30, 2015

Lullaby and Kisses SweetI want to build a massive collection of gorgeous story books with great design and illustration. It turns out to be a little bit more difficult than I thought. I find a lot of books with cute or kid-friendly pictures, but they are not exactly my taste when it comes to the style of illustration and design. After some long and hard searching, I finally find what I’m looking at TYPE on Queen Street West, Toronto. All the kids story books there are selected carefully with great stories and great design in mind. Here are some of my top picks…

1) Lullaby and Kisses Sweet

Lullaby and Kisses Sweet Cover

Beloved children’s poet and anthologizer Lee Bennett Hopkins has produced more than 100 volumes of poetry throughout his illustrious career, but Lullaby and Kisses Sweet is his first collection geared toward babies and toddlers. Featuring 30 original poems by esteemed children’s writers like Jane Yolen, Marilyn Singer, and J. Patrick Lewis, the book introduces the youngest readers to loving rhymes in a playful, accessible way.

This beautifully designed casebound board book is organized into five themes—Family, Food, “Firsts,” Playtime, and Bedtime—while cuddly, anthropomorphized animals make the poems friendly and relatable. Lullaby and Kisses Sweet fosters the love of poetry and is the perfect gift for babies, toddlers, and their poetry-loving parents. (Copied from Amazon.com)

2) TouchThinkLearn: Opposites

TouchThinkLearn: Opposites

Introducing TouchThinkLearn books, a format unlike any other. Combining scooped-out die-cuts with raised, shaped elements, each book is designed to offer the youngest learners an irresistible opportunity to explore their universe in a hands-on, multi-sensory way. Seeing the image, tracing its shape, saying its name: these modes of perception combine in a dynamic way to stimulate understanding of essential concepts. Experience green both in the beauty of a raised leaf’s surface as well as in the caterpillar that munches on the leaf’s edge. Celebrate a moon rising into the night, while simultaneously a sun sets deep into the mirroring page. Translating abstract thought into tangible knowledge, groundbreaking TouchThinkLearn books give early learning new dimension. (Copied from Amazon.com)

3) The Most Magnificent Thing

The Most Magnificent Thing

Award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Spires has created a charming picture book about an unnamed girl and her very best friend, who happens to be a dog. The girl has a wonderful idea. “She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. Easy-peasy!” But making her magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl tries and fails, repeatedly. Eventually, the girl gets really, really mad. She is so mad, in fact, that she quits. But after her dog convinces her to take a walk, she comes back to her project with renewed enthusiasm and manages to get it just right. For the early grades’ exploration of character education, this funny book offers a perfect example of the rewards of perseverance and creativity. The girl’s frustration and anger are vividly depicted in the detailed art, and the story offers good options for dealing honestly with these feelings, while at the same time reassuring children that it’s okay to make mistakes. The clever use of verbs in groups of threes is both fun and functional, offering opportunities for wonderful vocabulary enrichment. The girl doesn’t just “make” her magnificent thing — she “tinkers and hammers and measures,” she “smoothes and wrenches and fiddles,” she “twists and tweaks and fastens.” These precise action words are likely to fire up the imaginations of youngsters eager to create their own inventions and is a great tie-in to learning about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. (Copied from Amazon.com)

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Letterpress Class at KOZO Studio

February 15, 2012

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I always love letterpress print. The deboss, the imperfection and the authenticity.

A few weeks ago, I took the beginner letterpress class at the KOZO studio and I had an amazing time. Since it was a beginner class, I enjoyed the small class size of 3 which allowed the instructor, Akemi, to give us the full attention.  Akemi was really kind, funny and warm toward all her students.

My project

Initially I prepared a phase I wanted to print ‘Cleaning is just putting stuff in less obvious place’. I thought it would be a perfect quote to hang in the living room.  Unfortunately, this phase might be too ambitious for a beginner like me so I opted to something easier, a quote I used often ‘I don’t care!’.

Laying out the phase with vintage metal and wood types was challenging. It was like a puzzle, no, more like Tetris.  The goal was to fill in all the spaces with no gap between the boarder and each character types using space fillers (or furnitures).

Next we mixed the ink and secured the type on a flat bed press.  Because each of the letter types were aged differently and the frequency of usage were not the same, the amount of ink on each type was not equally spread.  Some had very solid color, but some were soft.  I actually didn’t mind it too much as I liked the imperfection.

At the end, I ran the press a few times and printed multiple copies on different color papers.  Overall, it was an extremely interesting experience. Highly recommended.  I will think about taking the advanced class in the future.

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Workshops at KOZO Studio
KOZO Studio, 257 Broadview Ave. Toronto ON M4M 2G6
http://kozostudio.blogspot.com

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Rubik’s Cube Project

November 12, 2011

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It always starts with a design.  To start this project, I know I need a design that looks good pixelated.  Any 8-bit video game character would be a good start, so I pick the Pacman Ghost.


Rubiks-Cube-DesignEverything needs colors in their life.
Color choices are very limited as I only have six colors to choose from a Rubik’s cube – blue, yellow, green, orange, red and white.

Searching for materials from Chinatown. Will need at least 20 rubric’s cube for this art project.

Feel Stupid. “Spent over an hour on solving ‘one side’ of the rubik’s cube. #ifeelstupid” – @mopiku, Twitter

Feel Smart. Learned the ins and outs of solving the Rubik’s cube now.  It’s all about algorithms and pattern.

Four days after. Glue all the cubes together and DONE!

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