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It is election night in Australia, and exactly the time to share something hopeful. Thanks so much to Mia Holton for capturing this inside eye to the provocations and celebrations of artists working side by side with children – each informing the other, and to Brett Smith for so generously composing the soundtrack.
We are currently in the midst of catching and collating all of the contributions flying in for Issue 5 – Seed To Sky and would love yours to be in the mix. The deadline is Tuesday July 30th at midnight- in whichever time zone you are in around the world ;) Just email your work with your name, location and age (if work by a child) to firstname.lastname@example.org. See details here. To all those who have already sent submissions -thank you so much, we LOVE them and you will hear from us soon if not already! As the feel of this issue begins to emerge, the pages are planted in what is not yet born but at the same time as old as the sky. For us this precipice is the most exciting and beautiful time of creative exchange, response, questioning, and growing together toward the first sketch of the pagination. Sapling state of a new issue….Seed To Sky…
- Collaboration by Alex Falkiner and Max, age 9, Australia
- “What inspired me to make this piece of art is that I was in a park watching my sisters touch footy game when suddenly I saw a massive tree with acorns dropping from everywhere so i decided to make a piece of art . I started of with a brown square with four brown acorns then i made a green acorn circle around the square . I kept on going circle after circle and eventually it looked like this”. Gidon, age 9, Sydney, Australia
After an incredible climb, we have just finalised design on Issue 4 – INTO THE DARK.
We are now slowly adjusting to the light again after long nights and days and weeks (and months!) of decision-making, limit-pushing and last minute landings. PHEW!
INTO THE DARK has arrived as a clear marker of development and consolidation for BIG. After over two years of working together we both feel this fourth issue is the culmination of so many of the initial ideas and hopes we had for the BIG pages. We are so excited by the contributions, the artists and the growing work between us, that the anticipation of holding it in our hands feels like the first time. It takes a very long time for projects of these proportions to grow into themselves and we feel as though we are again standing at the beginning of everywhere we want to go.
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After journeying so deeply INTO THE DARK, we are excited to announce a new theme centred on emergence, seeding new ideas, and exploring environments – both real and imagined:
Issue 5 – SEED to SKY
Click here to see our call for contributions!
Our far away friends Margarita and Ilya, from the design studio Zilasaule, interviewed us for a Russian illustration and design magazine called Pointer. Incredibly exciting to see BIG stories flying literally all over the world!
‘By publishing the work of kids and artists side by side we are seeking to disrupt the context and heirachy of art to allow for a different and surprising viewing of both works. We have found that both kids and artists love this way of being presented.’ Lilly and Jo
‘There was an urgency in wanting to create an awesome magazine for kids that wasn’t attached to a commercial product or place and this inspired risk-taking. We were also buoyed by the intensity and rigour of our collaboration which made the midnight hours worth it.’ Lilly and Jo
As a child my stocking always contained reading material among the goodies to help me make it to a reasonable waking hour ;) Early start or not, we can promise side by side snuggles over stories and art inspired board games perfect for holiday play. Subscribe here by 8am (EST) on Tuesday 18th to meet the Christmas mailout (Australia)!
Our feature writer, Zali, age 12 relaxes with the BIG mag
|Senior ed, Luca, age 9, perusing the BIG pages in final production week of Game On!|
|BIG Artist print – Free in Treasure Maps (Lilly Blue and Jo Pollitt)|
|BIG Artist print – FREE in Game On! by the extraordinary Meredith Gaston|
If you subscribe to issue 2 and 3 you will receive BOTH Treasure Maps AND Game On! for christmas. If you subscribe to issue 3 and 4 you will receive Game On! for Christmas and Into The Dark in May next year. You can also purchase single issues. Each BIG mag mailed comes with a free ‘side by side’ postcard to complete and send to a loved one :) All subscribers until Feb 1st 2013 will be in the running to win a Mini and Maximus goodie bag AND see a copy donated through our one for one scheme. Of course if you miss the Christmas mail date you can always run out to one of our fabulous stockists…including most of the major art gallery’s in Australia and brilliant bookshops and storefronts.
I have my teacher, business & atelier hat on for most of my time but what I love and appreciate about Big Kids Magazine is how my Mum hat comes on, I want to play with my kids and never take that hat off!” Carly Schwerdt of Nest Studio
|Self portrait by Ruby, age 13.|
This year I started at a very big,very busy place, this place is called high school. Coming from a school with 59 students I wasn’t sure how a place with over 1000 students worked (especially ones who were so much bigger than me). There were only 5 year sixes whenI graduated primary. When I started high school I knew one person. Over thecourse of the year I have tried to find a ‘best friend’, I have made lotsof ‘just friends’ along the way. Turns out, my best friends are all still at my primary school. My best friends are both in year 5. I just really want kids everywhere to know that its ok not to have your best friend at school with you. Your best friend doesn’t have to be the same age,same look, live in the same area. Nothing! Your best friend is the person who laughs with you, smiles with you and has a great time with you. One of the most important things to me is that kids everywhere know that its ok to be friends with whoever you like, regardless what other people think.
At last, envelopes are sealed and the first batches of subscriber copies have been sent out across the world. As from today the Game On! edition of BIG Kids Magazine is also on the shelves of most of our stockists and available direct from our website. This feat is nothing short of a miracle in our mother/artist worlds and our unwavering creative collaboration continues fervently despite late night tantrums (mostly our children’s, sometimes ours!), ridiculous work loads and unexpected disruptions.
Meredith Gaston created the FREE bespoke pull out artist print, and sees the world through grateful and curious eyes. She paints whimsical worlds of colour, writes small stories and exhibits and sells her work all over the world. She lives in the Blue Mountains, Australia
Campbell Whyte is an illustrator and artist based in Perth, Australia. He is the featured artist in our ‘Grown and Growing’ interview series sharing his obsession with nintendo and comic creation alongside our senior editor game guru Luca, age 9.
Mr Spoqui is a zine created by 4 siblings living in Lisbon, Portugal. Tiago, Blanca, Milena and Amanda meet on a shared page to discover new places and people, share memories, knowledge and inspiring worlds from around the world.
Rob Kimmel and son Ben, age 9 of Wandermonster, collaborate on lunch posts where Ben completes half finished drawings and stories that his dad draws onto post it notes tucked each day into his lunch box. Massachusetts, USA
PICA (Perth Institute of Contemporary Art) is a gallery in Western Australia and location of Spark_Lab – a learning arts program designed to grow innovators of the future.
Andy J. Miller created our very cool colour page (see preview below) and is a full time illustrator based in Columbas, USA. He is the creator of the NOD project and the Indie Rock Colouring Book.
Artplay is a unique creative laboratory in Melbourne, Australia that involves children and their families in interactive projects with contemporary artists across a wide range of disciplines.
BIG creative consultant Lea Redmond has contributed to each issue of BIG Kids Magazine. She is the brilliant mind behind Leafcutter designs and the World’s Smallest Postal Service, Oakland, USA.
Marcie J Bronstein is a photographer and the creator of Fotoplay, Maine, USA. Marcie’s Fotoplay has just been signed by Chronicle Books.
Jo Pollitt and Lilly Blue are artists, collaborators and the creators of BIG things. They work responsively to bring the imaginative journey’s of the Grumpi’s and Boatbird to life in each issue.
AMAG is an architecture magazine for children created by collaborators working between Finland and Spain.
Sohan Ariel Hayes is a film-maker and artist based in Perth, Australia.
Chrissie Parrott created the corner ‘flip book’ green man especially for Game On! and is a Nationally renowned choreographer based in Perth, Australia.
Zali, age 12, is our Special Feature Writer and has contributed to all 3 editions of BIG Kids Magazine. Brisbane, Australia
Childhood 101 is an online source of information for modern parents and the brainchild of Christie Burnett who collaborated with us to create a page of ideas and alternatives to screen based play!
Jo Ebisujima is a crafter, designer and organiser based in Japan and created a very cool memory card game with her son Ebi-kun age 7. Her work is lead by the Montessori philosophy.
Emma Fishwick is an emerging artist mentored by Jo Pollitt through the National JUMP program. Based in Perth, Australia, her work crosses disciplines of dance, design, new media and writing.
Tasmanian printmaker and heart traveller Madeleine Goodwolf responded to the beautiful work of Mika, age 5 (Melbourne) in our Child Artist Response Project (CARP).
Claudie Frock, who moonlights as Peggy Pop Art at Lismore Regional Gallery, is featured SIDE BY SIDE with Sasha, age 6 from Singapore both with interpretations of Snakes and Ladders.
Lisa Cinar, is a an illustrator and writer based in Vancover, Canada responded to a work by Aimee, age 4 in Brisbane, Australia as part of our BIG CARP.
Rebecca Russell is the founder of parents in the arts (PITA) based in Melbourne and artistic collaborator with son Jude age 4.
Ruby, age 12 from New Zealand, Elsa, age 9 and Emil, age 5, from Tasmania, Mia age 6, from Sydney, and Jonah, age 11, from Halls Gap are featured and there is a further selection of kids and artists work on the ‘Game Gallery’ page.
Here is a sneak peak of the BIG pages…What do you think?!
|The BIG covers! Issue 1: First Flight, Issue 2: Treasure Maps, Issue 3: Game On!|
|Exquisite Corpse by Marcie J Bronstein in collaboration with her husband and son.|
|Zali, age 12, has been with us from our very FIRST FLIGHT as the feature writer in all 3 issues.|
|BIG and Childhood 101 on the left and and ready to be coloured NOD by Andy J. Miller on the right|
|Artwork you can actually play – Meredith Gaston creates Game on!|