Art and Design

Kaleidoscope Eyes

Born in Miami, Jen Stark is a contemporary artist who works in paper, wood and other organic materials. Drawing inspiration from microscopic patterns in nature, Stark bases her work on replication and infinity, creating breathtaking colour spectrums that lure you in...

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Photography

Birds of Colour

Captured by photography duo Nick and Chloé, this beautiful series of images entitled 'Birds' were created for Junior Magazine in 2012. With 80s futuristic inspired costumes and stunning paper props by Le Creative Sweatshop, child like flamingos, finches and parrots appear to leap off the pages. Working together since 2005, Nick and Chloé have created many shoots based around imaginary tales of childhood, bringing images full of colour to life on the page. Chloé says "The birds idea came out of a dream... both birds and kids await for the moment where they flap their wings and fly away."

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To see and do

Ai-Ai Gasa - Exhibition

Ai-Ai Gasa, meaning 'to share an umbrella', is a joint exhibition between two amazing artists, Cat Rabbit & The Seven Seas. So inspired by a joint trip to Tokyo in the Winter of 2012, that they came home and created an abundance of beautiful works. Made up of collaborative and individual mixed media pieces, the exhibition features embroidered pictures, alpaca dolls, installations and drawings that reflect their two week stint in an amazing city. This must-see exhibition kicks off at No-Vacancy Gallery from 6pm tonight, and runs from the 10 - 19 May.

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Toys

Build a Rainbow

Made up of a myriad of colours, Grimms Mini Magnet Game is the perfect travel toy, encouraging creativity with colour. The different shapes are made from wood that is stained with non-toxic, water-based paints, and sit on a magnet board so they can be easily re-arranged into different designs and patterns.

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To see and do

Koskela Creative Workshops

Koskela is an Australian design company, located in a converted warehouse in Rosebery, Sydney. The beautiful space is filled with incredible artwork, homewares, custom furniture, children's toys and much more. For part of the space, they have set up a room filled to the brim with colour and inspiration, which is used to hold Creative Workshops. The classes are aimed at both adults and children, and range from creating geometric collages, basket weaving and even botanical printing, where children are encouraged to print their own wall paper! We were lucky enough to head along to a Felting Workshop at Koskela, and took a few snaps as the magic happened...

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To shop

To Shop - Kid's Republic

Walking into Kid's Republic Book Store in Beijing, China, is like walking into a giant kaleidoscope of colour. With rainbow walkways flowing in all directions, and plush colour wheel carpets scattering the floors, you are delightfully surrounded in colours that pop as far as the eye can see. One of our favourite parts are the rainbow cubby holes that scatter the walls, creating little spaces for children to read in and let their imaginations run wild. Designed by architects Sako, Children's Republic provides the very best children's books and a relaxing reading environment to escape to.

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