This is a little moving paper toy. I thought it could be a nice (free!) Christmas gift to make maybe if any of you have some time to spare time over the holidays, and it would be a nice thing to do with kids. It’s much less complicated than it looks. Although its not exactly 2-4 year old friendly to make, I think it would be a fun thing to do together.
I met toymaker and designer Sato Hisao two years ago at the London Art Book Fair and was blown away by his inventive animated paper characters. The paper toys themselves are very thoughtful and beautifully made and the instructions are completely wordless. I always wanted to collaborate with him in some way, so i thought it would be good to make some downloadables. This is the first one. I think this is the sort of thing I think i would have been totally crazy about when i was around seven or eight. Hope you enjoy it!
PS. If you have good pictures (preferably vine/gifs) of the finished working toy please email/tweet them to me and i will post here. I didnt get a chance to make the final one yet.
DOWNLOAD ALL AS A ZIPPED FILE HERE
I got sent this amazing workshop idea via twitter from the CollageCollage workshop and bookstore in Vancouver. Looks like a really inspiring place… so much beautiful art on the walls and activities…
Take a look at their site
The Dutch version of A Bit Lost (Mama Kwijt) was made into a school theatre production for special needs children. The actors (parents and a grandparent) have used gestures to re-enforce the narrative for the children. The school’s speech therapist plays the little owl. Thanks to Lenie for mailing me about this! WOW! Its a real honour to see the story being used in this way.
for more about the wonderful events for A Bit Lost in Holland take a look here
A Bit Lost (Un Peu Perdu) has just won the Prix P’tits Mômes in Geneva! As part of the prize i was invited to come to Geneva and to give a presentation to children at the Pomenade des Bastions. There were really lovely events organised by the city of Geneva for very young children and it was a huge honour to have been part of it.Everything there was just beautifully put together, the poster for the festival was designed by one of my favourite picture book artists Madelena Matosa (Planeta Tangerina), a stunning exhibition for children at the main city library by Haydé and there were events including beautiful readings by all the nominated books by professional performers. even the programme is beautiful, take a look here
The 4 other nominated books are here, one of the other books, Cours! was from the same publisher as mine, Borim press in Korea. In fact my book was very lucky to have got onto the shortlist, it only made it because another publisher had to drop out but then the final four were were voted on by the children in a little ballot box all the libraries, so its a special honour to have received it from the children themselves.
There is an article about the prize here
Thank you to everyone who showed me around Geneva for the 2 days especially to Olivia, Damien and Davide. An amazing two days. Merci!
The owl rugs and owl toys are now available from the Design Museum!!
buy them online here…
I was just sent these great worksheets by my lovely spanish publishers
. Please feel free to print out and use. The animals are all on A4 but the forest scene can be printed at any size.
To download them all as a zipped file click HERE