As I've mentioned in earlier posts, I'm assisting the owner of a local children's re-sale shop with the design of her new and expanded store, Mama Goose. It's such a surreal experience to see something in 3-D that had only been on paper before. Look forward to some sneak peeks in the next week or two. Here are some little projects I've been working on from my home studio. At a recent auction we picked up these amazing mid-century modern chairs. They were dirty and covered in peeling paint. Thanks to some help from Kelly's amazingly talented staff at Mama Goose, these chairs are about to take on a whole new life...sitting in prominent parts of the store. Over the weekend I made cushions with fabric from reprodepot and now I wish I could keep them all. Here's one visiting my living room:
I've been designing magnets for a large galvanized steel play wall that will be part of a playspace for the 5 and under set that shops at the store. I went for simple wooden letters that I sanded, oiled, and adhered strips of magnets to the back.
I got some wonderful help from Gunther, of Wild Apples. He's a master woodworker and toymaker extraordinaire! He used the Mama Goose's icon (of a hip mama with her baby in a carrier) and created a 10 inch silhouette on thick wood...cut into three pieces.
The next stage is really fun: I'm turning them into magnetic, mix-and- match, dress-up geese.
I had had this idea months ago, but didn't know how I could ever manufacture it. Thanks to Gunther, they're going to be a delight to share with all of the children that come through the store each day. I'll post more pictures when they're complete.