Babyology Exclusive – Art Eater launches today


How do you deal with your children’s art? I would like to say that I store each precious piece away carefully to be admired in the future but the fact is my kids are prolific when it comes to masterpieces and it is a daily battle to keep the art pile under control. But every so often, there is a standout – a drawing or a painting that gets pride of place on the fridge and then retired to the ‘keep’ box.

Parents who are practically full-time curators will welcome Art Eater. Art Eater is an Australian company that publishes children’s artwork as high-resolution, professionally printed images in case-bound, custom art books. We are happy to be launching their business today here on Babyology as we believe it’s a terrific concept available to us here locally.

Art Eater is the brainchild of Sara and Nathan Hodges who, with three children under the age of eight, had the problem of preserving stacks of artwork. As Nathan describes, “Here was this priceless visual record of the early lives and development of our kids, and like most parents we found we were just stuffing it into boxes and under the bed.”

Getting pieces from the front of the fridge to case-bound book is easy – choose a book package, Art Eater send you a box to fill with masterpieces and then they capture the images and upload them onto the website. From there, parents assemble the artwork online and can add comments, notes or captions. Art Eater then produces the book and sends it back with the original artwork. CDs of the images are also available.

We published a similar concept from the US on Babyology in July 2009, however the service was not available to Australian customers. Art Eater is based in Sydney and ship Australia-wide. It’s a brilliant way to preserve and showcase your children’s artwork. Prices begin at $188 for a 40 page book.

Art Eater have just launched into the marketplace today and we wish them the best of luck with their business.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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