Kid Made Modern

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Do-it-yourselfers ages five and up can go retro with enough projects by legendary designer Todd Oldham to fill entire rooms. Taking inspiration from mid-century designers and artists such as Charles and Ray Eames, Marimekko, Alexander Girard, and Dorothy Draper, Oldham revisits modernism in the new millennium. Bold, vibrant, and kid-friendly, these projects provide days of fun for burgeoning modernists.

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Overview

Do-it-yourselfers ages five and up can go retro with enough projects by legendary designer Todd Oldham to fill entire rooms. Taking inspiration from mid-century designers and artists such as Charles and Ray Eames, Marimekko, Alexander Girard, and Dorothy Draper, Oldham revisits modernism in the new millennium. Bold, vibrant, and kid-friendly, these projects provide days of fun for burgeoning modernists.

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"It's too cold outside. There's nothing on TV. You've read all your books. Sigh. You're out of things to do! Lucky for you the book 'Kid Made Modern' by Todd Oldham is cock-full of 52 easy-to-do crafts." —Girl's Life Magazine

"Diving into the easy kids crafts in Todd Oldham's 'Kid Made Modern' is like having your own personal modern art teacher. Projects range from easy to difficult—from making over your sneakers with surprising shoe lace colors to sewing a log-shaped felt pillow. Unlike art projects, which immediately scream 'kid-made,' Oldham's popsicle stick-free crafts will delight both kids and their design-savvy parents." —Babble.com

"This activity book from renowned designer Oldham uses the work of Mid-Century modern visual artists—including Isamu Noguchi, Alexander Calder, and Charles and Ray Eames—as springboards for 52 hands-on creative projects. Brief tutorials introduce skills and techniques, paired with full-color photos of kids and the various processes. Some are simple, like Alexander Girard-inspired dolls made from wooden spoons and Luis Barragán-style cardboard houses, while others are more challenging (making a felt laptop case with a monster face requires machine stitching). But, regardless of ability, there's much here to capture the eye of ambitious, crafty readers." —Publisher's Weekly

Publishers Weekly
This activity book from renowned designer Oldham uses the work of Mid-Century modern visual artists—including Isamu Noguchi, Alexander Calder, and Charles and Ray Eames—as springboards for 52 hands-on creative projects. Brief tutorials introduce skills and techniques, paired with full-color photos of kids and the various processes. Some are simple, like Alexander Girard–inspired dolls made from wooden spoons and Luis Barragán-style cardboard houses, while others are more challenging (making a felt laptop case with a monster face requires machine stitching). But, regardless of ability, there's much here to capture the eye of ambitious, crafty readers. Ages 8–up. (Nov.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2–7—There are fresh ideas aplenty in this beautifully designed craft book, ranging from a fort-construction set based on Ray and Charles Eames's House of Cards, to crushed-foil beads inspired by Anni Albers's jewelry. Readers will learn to make a Calderesque mobile and printed textiles inspired by Marimekko patterns. Most youngsters would probably benefit from more examples of work by the designers cited, who are introduced in spreads featuring rather terrible rhymes ("Isamu Noguchi, who hails from Japan/also made rice paper lamps on a scale that was grand."). Interstitial pages introducing various types of art supplies and techniques, while labeled "All about…," seem superfluous. However, the projects themselves are appealing, their processes clearly documented, and, except in a few cases, the results pictured are not so perfect as to create unrealistic expectations. There are projects here simple enough for primary grades, while others that require the use of a sewing machine are more suitable for older children. Most materials are inexpensive and/or easily obtainable, but some are more specialized (e.g., a blank natural wood skateboard deck). Extremely good back matter includes lists of museums to visit; artist Web sites to explore; arts and crafts stores; blogs; and a reading list of craft books, art books, and those devoted to design philosophy. Inspiring and appealing, for art aficionados or dedicated crafters.—Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934429884
  • Publisher: AMMO Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 51,999
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Distinguished as an innovator of accessible design, Todd Oldham is the founder of Todd Oldham Studio, a full-service design firm. Originally a New York fashion designer and host on MTV's "House of Style," Todd's career has evolved to include all areas of design, from interior design, film, and photography to furniture, graphic art, and product design. Todd is also the author of several books, including "Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life," "Wayne White," "Kid Made Modern," "Hand Made Modern," and "Joan Jett." 

 

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