Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things
My triplets turned nine this weekend. Lightly curated supplies from IKEA supported some simple and satisfying design projects. In the curtain department, I found two bird fabrics, designed by Sissi Edholm and Lisa Ullenius. Mounted on small canvases using Modpodge, the large open drawings graciously accepted acrylic paints from small and unskilled hands.
Some of the canvases already bore paint from rainy days of yore — a great way to recycle this costly art supply. The underpainting shows through the thin fabric, adding a layer of memory to the birds’ bright habitat.
For another project, the kids drew their portraits in black and white and then created backgrounds using strips from IKEA patterns. Placed in square white frames ($2 each), the simple drawings look all grown up, without losing their preteen sweetness.
— Julia Lupton · 2009-03-17