Made By Joel – in print

We first introduced you to Joel Henriques in July last year when we showed off the fabulous orange-walled cubby house that he built. Teeming with light and maximising the area available, the cubby house is pure modern fun.

The cubby was one of Henriques’ larger creations – most of his work is done on a smaller scale. In fact, I consider him the king of box construction and master of kindergarten craft. Henriques’ blog, Made by Joel, shows how scraps of paper, discarded bits of fabric and wood off-cuts can be turned into awesome things. And I do mean awesome. Henriques creative talent is in demand – he was recently asked to contribute to Art Month Sydney (he made a paper Sydney, complete with Opera House and Luna Park) and his designs appear in magazines, photo shoots and even a music video.

We can  soon look forward to lots of Henriques’ more popular projects being available in black and white. The book of the blog, Made to Play!, is set to be released in October and contains detailed instructions for thirty-five craft projects, from drawing and sewing to light woodworking. The projects are organised by theme (such as Zoo, Dress-Up, Music and Blocks) and each is simple to complete, encourages open-ended play and will stimulate little imaginations. My favourites? The Modern Dollhouse and the Alphabet Game (both shown below).

Pre-order Made to Play! now at Amazon for US$12.78 and check out the cubby we featured previously.

(via Baby Gadget)

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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