Petit Collage was born when Lorena crafted a handmade collage on wood for a friend, and it seems that art + heart run in her family! We are so honored to introduce you to Pequeños Grandes Mundos, or Little Big Worlds, a global project started by Lorena’s brother Ivanke. For 19 months, Ivanke has traveled the world bringing free art workshops to children in rural schools, hospitals, and remote corners of the Americas, Asia, and Africa.
Little Big World’s workshops introduce art to children who might never before have painted, crafted, or been given the opportunity to express their feelings and dreams artistically. They also connect children living thousands of miles apart who, despite their differences, share quite a lot. Watch the video below to see Little Big World’s magic in action.
In an effort to reach the most vulnerable children, Ivanke and Little Big World’s next goal is to paint with kids living as refugees in Europe. Interested in helping? Click to support their project, or simply to learn more.
Ta-DA! Say hello to a very special new plaything from Petit Collage: our Wooden Rabbit Stacker Toy. This is our first toy for 6 months and up, and we’re delighted to bring you a gift for those tiniest of hands. Our stacker features polished wooden rings that can be pulled off and re-stacked on the post in any order, encouraging fine motor skill development. The bold colors and modern patterns are a celebration of Petit Collage’s signature look, and the high contrast is well-suited to your babe’s sensory needs. We gave the stacker a rounded base, so it wobbles gently back and forth (but doesn’t fall) during play. And since we know each piece will get the baby mouth taste test, our bunny is made with non-toxic, water-based varnish on sustainably harvested wood: good for little ones and good for the planet.
When we unpacked the Rabbit Stacker at our photoshoot, our young model was so enamored with her new friend that she dished out 25 kisses at least; our feelings exactly, we said! From the baby shower gift table to the nursery shelf to the playroom floor, we know this modern bunny is going to deliver big smiles, and we can’t wait to hear what you think.
Set forward into Fall on the right foot by freshening your home with a new piece of modern decor! Bring interest to a nursery corner with a twirling bamboo mobile, sweeten your little girl’s or boy’s bedroom with kid-friendly artwork from our library of unique prints on wood, and add instant color and style to the playroom with our repositionable, eco-friendly fabric wall decals. All wall decor* is 20% off now through August 30th – Happy Decorating!
Looking for children’s room decorating ideas? See how families near + far have used Petit Collage in their nurseries and kids rooms on our #PetitCollage Pinterest Board.
*excludes personalized prints
New playthings are beginning to fill our online shop and the shelves of your favorite toy stores. Here are five things to FALL for this season at Petit Collage:
More new product is just around the corner, too; play on!
We’ve admired and appreciated Martha Stewart from the start here at Petit Collage; Lorena was a featured guest on The Martha Stewart Show years ago (have a peek at the video!), and we’re honored to have our prints on wood and fabric wall decals included in the Martha Stewart American Made Collection. This spring, Lorena was invited to join the Martha Stewart Contributor Network: this portable paper dollhouse, along with other signature Lorena craft projects, is now available for your crafting pleasure on marthastewart.com. Happy DIY-ing, friends (and thank you, Martha)!
Coming soon: the first ever Petit Collage Rug Collection! We are THRILLED to announce our first collection with Jaipur Rugs. 25 designs feature signature Petit Collage colors, patterns, and characters, and will be released mid-summer. We’re already starting our shopping list for the studio…
Our friends at Mapamundi Kids have joined with Bright Lab Lights (the creation of the multi-talented Jordan of Oh Happy Day fame) for a Summer Pop-Up Shop. If you find yourself in San Francisco, stop by Mapamundi’s unique Bright Lab display, a wall of 40 colors of balls allowing you to build your very own light garland on the spot.
Twirling mobiles, a sprinkling of confetti decals, wooden Puzzle + Play animals lined up nose to tail: your creativity in styling Petit Collage in your nurseries and kids rooms continues to delight and inspire us. Keep using #petitcollage to share those pictures, and get more styling inspiration from our friends’ homes around the world on our “Spotted: Petit Collage!” Pinterest board.
Time flies when you’re having fun – which explains how a year has already flown by since we published the Petit Collage Craft Book. What a thrill to see how our book has inspired so many of you to brighten your home with a new piece of decor, add extra love to the playroom with a handmade toy, and, above all, say YES to playful creativity!
Psst…we’re celebrating the Craft Book’s birthday with some de-light-ful giveaways, so make sure you’re following along on Instagram.
Photography and book trailer by Thayer Gowdy.
It’s that time: what we’ve loved this month in kids and design.
1: Putting the “art” in “heart”: illustrators and designers work magic on the walls of a children’s hospital.
2: Does your (child’s IKEA play) kitchen need a remodel? 10 ways to make it happen.
3: You design it. They sew it. This DIY-inspired kids’ clothing company lets you do the fun part.
4: Does your little one adore Eloise? go crazy for Goodnight Moon? literally live for Little House on the Prairie? 40 ways to throw a themed birthday party inspired by your child’s favorite book.
5: Start ’em young, snail mail fans: 5 ways to introduce your toddler to letter writing.
Need more distraction? Browse more monthly collages.
There are so many things to love about children’s books, but here’s one we sometimes forget: endpapers! Just like the cover image, the chosen font, and the miniature graphic picked for the spine, endpapers add another layer of personality to books, and for children, they are another detail to be studied with delight.
We’ve gathered up a few examples of endpapers from vintage children’s books. French illustrator and author Alain Grée (above) used his endpapers to tie together the Achille et Bergamote series: each book in the series features the adventurous brother-sister duo, full of questions about the world and how things work, and each book also features the same colorful, engaging endpaper. We scanned the cover and endpaper of our edition of Les trains (1964).
Sparkle and Spin: A Book About Words (by iconic mid-century designers Ann and Paul Rand, 1957) takes a simpler but no less eye-catching approach to its endpapers, which glorify the book’s bright color palette.
In We Fly (Alfred Olschewski, 1967), a delightful vintage children’s book all about the history of flying, the endpapers are very informative for young readers: they feature a large-sized diagram of an old-fashioned airplane.
In this Golden Books My First Dictionary (1957), the endpapers are more decorative, and the design is incorporated into the name plate. We’d take a shirt made with that print!
And finally, in Rhymes for Kindly Children (1916), a beautiful book of Mother Goose rhymes, the endpapers continue the story that began on the front cover: children play on the same path that swooped across the front, leading the readers into the book.
Do you love vintage as much as us? Find more Vintage Picks here.