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Friday Favourites

Paper airplanes, sticker book collections, colouring books – we came over all nostalgic this week, reading stories that reminded us of our childhood.

Harry Smith was many things – visual artist, experimental filmmaker, bohemian, mystic, anthropologist – but he was also a collector. Smith’s amazing collection of paper airplanes has been immortalised in a book, Paper Airplanes: The Collections of Harry Smith: Catalogue Raisonné, Volume I, and Fubiz has published a selection – here are a few of our favourites:

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See more of these on Fubiz.

Also on the theme of childhood collections, we loved reading Luella Lane’s interview with it’s Nice That on rediscovering her childhood sticker collection, and reigniting her passion for it.

Luella Lane stickers by Tristan Cluett

Photo by Tristan Cluett from It’s Nice That.

Colouring in is probably the most universal of childhood pastimes (and recent publishing trends show that it can be an excellent way for us grown ups to de-stress, too), and now Disney has reimagined the humble colouring book. Using augmented reality technology, with the help of a tablet or smartphone, colouring in characters can be brought to life. The video below shows the technology in action, and it also goes into detail about how it all works, if you’re interested in that kind of thing:

Get lost in time

From one relaxing story to another, Jade shared the Awaglass with us – a new kind of hourglass that’s filled with bubbles instead of sand. As it says on Spoon & Tamago, “You’ll get lost in this piece’s simple, poetic beauty.”

Word of Mouth

From Hannah this week: “Need something to listen to on the morning commute? Michael Rosen & Dr Laura Wright look into how brand names are invented for Radio 4’s Word of Mouth – a great series that explores the world of words and how we use them.” Thanks Hannah! Listen to the series here. (please note that listeners outside of the UK may not be able to stream the show)

Made You Look

Two weeks ago we ended our Friday Favourites with a film recommendation, and this week we’re doing the same – perhaps it will become a regular feature? Screening in the UK now and available online next month, Made You Look is a documentary about the UK’s DIY graphic arts scene, and features the likes of Will Hudson from It’s Nice That, illustrator Pete Fowler, Print Club London, and FF favourite Kate Moross. Here comes the trailer and you can find out more (including worldwide screening dates and locations) on the official website.

by Anna Stanford

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