Deconstructing Greta Thunberg – a cry for help

Dear Readers, You know I cannot remain silent on topics that touch my analytical brain and try to de-calibrate my sensitivity for ethics and common sense, especially those that turn masses hysterical and make the front pages (yes, I know, an article on Brexit is long overdue, but I will wait for October 31st to … Continue reading Deconstructing Greta Thunberg – a cry for help

Ikea’s new 2019 catalogue stereotypes single mothers

Dear readers, Last week I received a brand new IKEA catalogue in the mail while I was at my other home in Germany. I don't remember ever signing up for it, so it must be macro-marketing and aggressive oldskool mailbox spamming - at least in Germany. As w&v confirms that 25 million homes will now … Continue reading Ikea’s new 2019 catalogue stereotypes single mothers

Detox from consumerism after the holiday season

Happy 2015! I hope you enjoyed wonderful holidays and had a fantastic New Year's celebration! In many countries, gift-giving is part of how the holidays are celebrated and although it can be a beautiful experience, it often borders on the good old habit of consumerism. My family agreed to be more creative, cosume less and … Continue reading Detox from consumerism after the holiday season

Junko Watanabe’s interactive textile designs reaching disabled children

Today, I would like to repost this report which recently appeared on NHK World (Japan) about Junko Watanabe and her cloth books. Not to be confused with the famous fashion designer Junya Watanabe, Junka has been using textile design in a way which reaches the youngest members of our society. Children with disabilities or difficulties … Continue reading Junko Watanabe’s interactive textile designs reaching disabled children

Barbie without make up – a nice healthy image, for a change

My frenemie Barbie! I've written about her negative influence on children in my MA dissertation and ever since then I enjoy seeing artists who take a different look at this fake monster. Here is a Mexican graphic designer called   who has created a mock up of a makeup-less Barbie to prove “nobody is perfect.” Eddi … Continue reading Barbie without make up – a nice healthy image, for a change

Crochet toys – less plastic in your child’s room

Ok - this is a bit of a weird one, but I am in love with this artistic piece of crochet work! On the left you see a conventional stacking toy for small children made from plastic and on the right - yes! - the crochet version! I absolutely love the detailing and creativity which … Continue reading Crochet toys – less plastic in your child’s room