Martin Schmid, Art School Teacher at Schule für Gestaltung in St.Gallen, Switzerland sent me the above image of type potato stamps he did with his students. Each student did two letters. It put a big smile on my face and yes, I am totally going to do this with Ella.
Zurich based Antonio Scarponi is currently running an Indigogo campaign trying to raise money for ELIOOO, an instruction book on how to build a hydroponic system to grow plants, herbs, or vegetables in your apartment, using IKEA components.
Hydroponics is a clean, sustainable, and efficient way to grow vegetables using water instead of soil. Hydroponics has enormous advantages compared to traditional agricultural methods. It uses only 10% of the water needed with traditional agriculture, allowing for higher production in smaller spaces.
CustomMade connects consumers looking for fine custom home furnishings and unique goods with the skilled Makers who create them. On CustomMade you can get anything you want, custom made, just the way you want it. Fantastic idea.
Check out these galleries of book cases, custom beds and tables. Obviously I am not fond of many of the ornate designs, but, it shows that anything is possible.
If you’re not familiar with Makerbot: The Replicator is like a mini factory for your desk that lets you build anything. A 3D printer and dream come true for anyone who likes to make things. To get a glimpse of what people are actually building with Makerbot, check out Thingiverse.
One of my favorite newsletters, by far, is the one by Mini Eco. This tutorial made me have major flashbacks of the countless pompoms I made as a kid in Switzerland. Red pompoms were my specialty! (Of course!) I wish Etsy would have been around back then, I could have dabbled in entrepreneurship early on!
My friend Julia brought me a multipack of these lovely Graphite Pencils from Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Each one features a quotation to fit any mood or situation and are made from laquered quality graphite. Lovely!
Blurb’s Instagram Books make me so happy. Can’t wait until my son’s It’s Hard Being Two Tumblr has enough images to make a book out of it. We live in such an exciting time. The fact, that anyone (with a computer and internet connection) can create books on the fly, is simply amazing.
DIY.org is a new project by Zach Klein that is trying to create a safe place on the web to foster kids’ creativity. As a mother of two, and creativity being a huge part of my work life, I couldn’t be more excited.
Here’s how it works: Let your kid sign up and create an account where they can safely publish what they make. They can upload videos and pictures of their projects using the DIY website or iphone/iPod Touch app. Kids’ projects are online for everone to see, and parents can add stickers to show support. Parents also have their own control panel to follow their activity and also to make sure they’re not sharing anything that should be private.
Consider it a tool that lets kids collect everything they make as they grow up. I love this idea!