Some Monday morning funnies. It's been a few years since I assembled a piece of Ikea furniture but the memory of the frustration is still fresh. When I saw these mock 'how to' manual on how to assemble a Dinosaur, Lightsaber and Time Machines- A spoof on such classic films such as Back To The Future,Jurassic Park,Star Wars, andDr Who, I couldn't help but laugh.
I love this concept. Over the course of two years British photographer James Mollison captured the images of children from around the world and the intimate space which they call their own. Where Children Sleep is a project sponsored by the Save The Children Fund and can be purchased in a beautiful photo-essay format geared towards an adult audience.
Kaya, 4, Tokyo, Japan
Douha, 10, Hebron, The West Bank
Joey, 11, Kentucky, USA
Jaime, 9, New York, USA
Alex, 9, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Dong, 9, Yunnan, China
Tzvika, 9, Beitar Illit, The West Bank
Anonymous, 9, Ivory Coast
Ahkohxet, 8, Amazonia, Brazil
Nantio, 15, Lisamis, Northern Kenya
Artist Statement: Where Children Sleep- stories of diverse children around the world, told through portraits and pictures of their bedrooms. When Fabrica asked me to come up with an idea for engaging with children's rights, I found myself thinking about my bedroom: how significant it was during my childhood, and how it reflected what I had and who I was. It occurred to me that a way to address some of the complex situations and social issues affecting children would be to look at the bedrooms of children in all kinds of different circumstances. From the start, I didn't want it just to be about 'needy children' in the developing world, but rather something more inclusive, about children from all types of situations.
Check out more photographs from this series and his other work
Many of the villages and towns we visited while traveling in Guatemala had Co-ops where woman gathered to make colorful yarns and weave them into may beautiful tapestries.
San Juan, La Laguna was a town that particularly specialized in the coloring of yarns using natural dyes. This made for beautiful muted colors and an interesting lesson in the various natural plants native to Central America which were used in the process.