13 posts tagged Imagination
13 posts tagged Imagination
We just learned about a wonderful new addition to the Department of Awesome Parenting. It’s a family tradition, called Dinovember, created by writer Refe Tuma and his wife. Every night in November, after their children have gone to bed, the pair set about creating a new scene involving their children’s dinosaur toys which makes it appear as though the tiny dinos came to life overnight and had all sorts of mischievous fun. They cook, paint, pretend to be knights and dragons, take other toys hostage, and play the kids’ boardgames. They’ve even teepeed the bathroom.
Tuma explains, “In the age of iPads and Netflix, we don’t want our kids to lose their sense of wonder and imagination. In a time when the answers to all the world’s questions are a web-search away, we want our kids to experience a little mystery. All it takes is some time and energy, creativity, and a few plastic dinosaurs. Childhood is fleeting, so let’s make sure it’s fun while it lasts.”
The photos you see here are just a small sampling of this delightful project. Follow each new installment of Dinovember over on Facebook.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
This awesome mural is the work of Waone, half of the Ukranian street art duo known as Interesni Kazki (previously featured here), and Seth Globepainter. The calligraphic work was done by Viktoria and Vitalina Lopukhiny. The artists collaborated to create this amazing piece at the Kyiv Mohyla Academy in Kiev, Ukraine. They titled the mural “Vita sine litteris mors est” which means “Life without literature is death.”
Stephanie Kaloi’s young son recently underwent knee surgery and was sent home with a walker and knee immobilizers. Unfortunately he hates using them because of the pain associated with first being made to use them while he was still in hospital. But something amazing happened. Following an Instagram conversation with fellow Star Wars fans, Stephanie’s friend, comic artist and illustrator Ben Dewey, transformed the little medical walker into an awesome AT-AT Walker.
"To say this is above and beyond any expectations we had is an understatement: this thing is incredible. Dude loves being able to call Darth Vader (his favorite character) for instructions, and has mastered the sound of a laser being fired. More importantly, the goal was accomplished: our son happily walked all around our living room firing lasers at us for nearly an hour without once being scared that the walker would cause him pain. He’ll need the walker for another three weeks, and having him happy to use it is a huge leap forward for his recovery.”
The Force is strong with this little boy.
Visit Offbeat Families to view more photos of the AT-AT Walker.
Val Paul Taylor is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Everett, Washington with an awesome style all his own. These pieces are two of our favourites. The first is entitled Guarding the Hen House and depicts two lucky guards who get to ride giant chickens, which makes us a little jealous. The second piece is entitled 4-Forever and we love anthropomorphized birds and trees and the Val’s own description of the scene:
“When you’re four years old life is magical and real. This painting is a tribute to my Welsh grandmother who told me stories that stretched my imagination. I hope I never grow up.”
Visit Val Paul Taylor’s website to check out more of his wonderful artwork.
If you’re looking for something uplifting and indescribably delightful then you need look no further. Photographer Michael S. Den Beste takes beautiful photos and then elevates them to joyful awesomeness by using photoshop to insert Bill Watterson’s beloved cartoon characters Calvin and Hobbes into the scenes.
We always wished we could play with Calvin and Hobbes. These wonderful images make us feel like we’ve just taken a big step towards making that wish come true and we can’t stop smiling. Visit Michael S. Den Beste’s website to view more.
[via Comics Alliance]
Photographer Christine Zona travels around San Francisco and Los Angeles photographing the awesome and incredibly exuberant participants in the world of competitive air guitar playing.
"These guys are amazing,” Zona says. “They live ‘normal’ lives but become these larger than life characters on stage just once a year. Following their air guitar careers and photographing them has become an addiction.” Zona is currently putting together a book on the series. Check a few photos out below and then be sure to head on over to her website to see more of her work.
Dreams of Flying is an awesome ongoing project begun in 2002 by German photographer Jan Von Holleben. Each imaginative photo depicts a different nostalgic childhood dream and practically radiates youthful delight.
"Jan brings the influences of his parents – a cinematographer and child therapist – to his work. His focus on the visual representation of childhood, ‘Child-History’ and concepts of ‘Playing’, come from his teacher training coursework: he combines these theories with his personal experience and childhood memories. Inspired by classic childhood books as well as modern superheroes, he has produced ‘Dreams of Flying’ since 2002 with children from his local neighbourhood in Southwest Germany – ongoing!"
Looking at these photos, it’s clear that Jan is having as much fun working on this project as the children in his photographs.
We’ve previously featured a variety of wonderful forms of book art, so we were delighted to happen upon the work of artist Kelly Campbell Berry. Kelly carefully transforms children’s books into intricate, one-of-a-kind sculptures. The books appear to have opened themselves up to each tell their own stories.
"I am truly amazed at the ability some people have to arrange words in such a way that we, the readers, can actually ‘see’ into the imagined world of the writer. We relate, feel, and become invested in the characters so deeply that we are pulled into their world for a brief moment of escape. In some cases I remember certain books with such fondness that I feel as it I experienced them. I still have a connection to Stewart Little and The Borrowers. Books, for me, come alive. That is why I have started creating book sculptures. My book sculptures are my way of showing what the words on the pages create in the imagination of the readers.
[via Laughing Squid]
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the introduction of LEGO building block toys to Japan, LEGO’s Japanese subsidiary sponsored a cross-country workshop where over 5000 people in 6 different regions collaborated to create a gigantic map of their county. Dubbed Build Up Japan, the project, which took place during March and April of this year, invited school children to assemble their own LEGO structures at each individual site, after which the blocks they created were all sent to Tokyo to become a part of one massive LEGO map of Japan.
Here’s where it gets even cooler: Rather than recreating existing landmarks, the kids were encouraged to use their LEGOs to envision what they want Japan to look like, and to create imaginary structures. An awesome total of 1.8 millions LEGO blocks were used to create a stunning new metropolis. If the looks of Build Up Japan are any indication, Japan is going to become even more amazing once these kids grow up.