Please Touch The Art | A Brooklyn Art Installation

We had the best weekend celebrating our newly minted five-year-old, with positively glorious weather and non-stop adventuring.  After a bunch of rounds on Jane’s Carousel in Dumbo Brooklyn, we couldn’t wait to check out Danish contemporary artist Jeppe Hein’s newest exhibit, Please Touch The Art.

Hein currently has three interactive installations on display throughout Brooklyn Bridge Park – and the sprinkler-constructed Appearing Rooms is sure to be a summer favorite.

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Appearing Rooms is a systematically changing installation with walls of water that create rooms which appear and disappear. Visitors may move from space to space as the jets of water rise and fallvia Public Art Fund

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Everyone had a blast as the water in the “rooms” shot up and down! We were even lucky enough to catch a rainbow.  Check out this exhibit in Brooklyn Bridge Park until April 2016.

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Yayoi Kusama’s Obliteration Room at David Zwirner Gallery

If you’re searching for a unique experience with kids this rainy weekend, look no further than The Obliteration Room, an amazing part of the “Give Me Love” installation by artist Yayoi Kusama.  What looks like an ordinary yellow house inside David Zwirner’s Chelsea gallery is far from that on the inside.

The Obliteration Room began as a completely monochrome whitewashed interior, from the walls to the furniture, to the kitchen gadgets and objects.  Upon entry, visitors are handed a sheet of brightly colored round stickers to stick anywhere inside the house.

Resulting in magnificent explosions of polka-dotted color.

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And freedom for children (and adults) to affix stickers wherever their heart pleases.

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Follow the #obliterationroom progression on social media.

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FYI: Goo Gone works pretty well if the kids try this at home.

Visit The Obliteration room at David Zwirner, 519 & 525 West 19th Street, New York, through June 13th, 2015.

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Family Art

I’m always searching for ways to cure the collective crank-factor.  Especially when polar-vortex induced cabin fever sets in.  When the kids were babies, water-play worked wonders as did anything involving an epic mess.

Thankfully, we always have art on our side.  Over the past few years, I’ve seen the kids express things through art before even having the means to articulate their feelings.  There’s nothing quite like watching little ones immersed in smearing cool finger paint, or proudly describe their latest creation.  The children have a pretty amazing example in their father too.

Instead of setting the kids up with supplies, we’ve been stretching a roll of paper across the floor to make something that we all contribute to.

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Family art night has worked wonders on all of our spirits.

Art absolutely = peace for everyone

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Unicorns & Pom-Poms || A Homemade Dress

One of the things that I’ll certainly remember about Lucia’s fifth year of life is her love of drawing.  Most days typically begin and end with art – and this past year was filled with mountains of unicorn and pony creations.

More masterpieces that I know what to do with…

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Her creativity inspired me to whip up a homemade unicorn themed dress.  I was on the hunt for the perfect fabric for quite some time and fell in love with this print by Pond Ripple on Spoonflower.  The pattern is a hacked up version of Mary Abreu’s Classic Peasant Top pattern from her book Little Girls Big Style.  I love the simple look of dress-tunics on Lucia and began sewing them for her a few years ago.  I decided to add our signature Pom-Pom trim because Pom-Poms make everything a bit more fun!

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Although unicorns are now often replaced with girl-ninja sketches (how cool is that?!) – Lucia enjoyed wearing this little dress on our recent vacation to Florida.

I think It’s perfect for spring and ponying around!

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The Artistic Evolution

I love watching the early childhood artistic process unfold.  Especially when the scribble scrabbles turn into circles and lines, and the first identifiable faces are consciously formed.

A big event happened last week when Adrian (now 29 months) presented me with this:

“Go away scary Monster”
“Man with hair”
“Oscar the Grouch”

Our bambinos are exposed to so much art – in our home, in this city and with a father capable of creating things like this in a matter of hours.  I often find myself wondering how these early artistic experiences will shape my children, and love when they show me glimpses of the lenses in which they view their world.

I’m looking forward to seeing more of Adrian’s art and tucking these masterpieces into the forever box.

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Lunch Box Love Notes

For as long as I can remember, my mother tucked hand written notes into my school lunches.  Her stick figure people with heart shaped heads and childlike flowers reminded me of her affection.  As I grew older, she continued this labor of love, and her simple notes began to carry powerful messages of encouragement.  On some days (during the horrific middle/high school era of female pettiness) my mother’s special lunch notes served as the glue that single-handedly held me together.

I started tucking little love notes into Lucia’s lunch box this summer when she enjoyed two full weeks of summer camp.  She arrived to me daily upon dismissal with her humongous backpack strapped to her tiny frame, and a love note clutched in hand.   “Mama look!” she often said, “look what I got in my lunch box today!”.  She so appreciated her little notes.  She told me that she was going to save them forever.

I have been working on filling a little jar to dip into on school mornings.  A jar comprised of messages wrapped up in mama love for my soon to be Kindergartner.  A jar that I am currently filling with color, hope, and sparkles – reflecting the joy that she is.

Mermaid and Mushroom drawn by Dada.  Obviously.
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