Small magazine – Share your Work

April 8, 2007

when-you-were-small-changed.jpg       when-you-were-small-3-changed.jpg  images from When You Were Small, by Sara O’Leary, illustrations by Julie Morstad

A friend tipped me off to Small magazine, a new online venture dedicated to supporting grass-roots creativity, independent artisans, and those who “make and find joy and fun in things small”. They recently launched their inaugural issue, and it is a lovely and inspiring glimpse of work by people who make things for children or who design on a small scale. You can find a sampling of its pages here and here, plus a recipe for the scrumptious “yo yo” (or “melting moments”) biscuits from soft toymaker extraordinaire Fiona Dalton of Hop, Skip Jump. Also new to me is Naomi Zouwer’s charming artwork. She hand draws each illustration then digitally manipulates and colors each image to give it a delightful storybook quality. The following pieces and more are available in her shop.

ladybug-otso-changed.jpg  baby-face-otso-changed.jpg

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I signed myself up for a subscription and received a lovely note from editor Olivia Pintos-Lopez complimenting some of the wonderful toymakers in our shop. She informed me that she and co-editor Christine Visneau are already planning the next quarterly issue which will appear this summer. They are on the lookout for new work to showcase, and are accepting submissions for possible inclusion in upcoming issues. “All interested fashion designers, artists, graphic designers, illustrators and photographers, furniture and toy makers are invited to submit. So for all you talented artists and crafters out there, check out their “Contribution” guidelines and consider sharing your work!

I’m really looking forward to the next issue appearing in my in-box, and seeing what turns up next. You can get your own free subscription here.

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