Getting kids moving these days can be difficult, especially with the lure of their iThis and iThat which keep their butts firmly planted on the sofa. So when I first saw the Mover Kit from Technology Will Save Us, I was elated, finally a fun and clever way to kids programming their very own wearable tech to hopefully result in some exercise and movement!
Tiger stores are both the best thing, and the worst thing to happen to me. Best thing, as they are amazing for sourcing little somethings for going home presents (what did we EVER do before??) or stocking fillers or even cheap bribe gifts to encourage my kids to behave in some way. The worst as my kids don’t stop nagging at me to take them in-store to send their pocket-money that my husband always forgets to give them – but that’s a whole other story!
So they have now given us all one more great reason to visit. They have collaborated with the brilliant Japanese artist, Misaki Kawai – well known for her contemporary and humorous pieces that adorn the walls of New York galleries including MoMA – to bring real art home to the people for practically pennies!
From 29th April, visitors to Tiger stores will be met with a collection of quirky and colourful everyday items under the banner of “Play with Misaki Kawai”. Kawai, is known for her honest, unfiltered approach to art. She works with painting, music, sculpture and installations in materials such as fabric, fur, paper, wood and yarn.
Her works are humorous, sincere and playful, and her collaboration with Tiger is an extension of her art. The collection is designed to capture the imagination of both kids and adults.
For several years now, Tiger has been working on projects that give more people access to art. In 2015 Tiger published Yoko Ono’s art book “Conceptual Photography”. It was sold in all Tiger stores and by the Museum of Modern Art at the MoMA Store in New York and Tokyo.
This collaboration is part of a bigger project, which will see Tiger work with more artists going forwards, including Turner prize-nominee, David Shrigley later in 2016.
So I say get your pert little butts down to a Tiger store near you and stock up, for your home, for going home presents and of course – for bribes, AKA your sanity.
One of my party tricks is that I can juggle. That’s not to say that we can’t all juggle. I mean – what is our day to day life made up of? Juggling. But my real life juggling of balls, oranges, my kids’ heads – whatever – always wins me MAJOR hero worship from my audience.