Smart art for the nursery

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Artist Tiffany Ard has a special brand of humour. In her bio she describes herself growing up as a little girl who loved crayons and flowcharts. Perhaps I worked with engineers for too many years, but the art work of this self-confessed science nerd just cracks me up.

With kids in her life, Ard turned her considerable talents to creating art and nursery pieces for people who would rather see a brightly coloured canvas of a microscope hanging on their baby’s nursery wall than that of pastel, fluffy animals.

Perfect for your little genius-in-the-making are prints featuring scientific laws, prime number counting posters and ABC flash cards that are as far from ‘A is for apple, B is for ball…’ as you can get – instead, try ‘A is for atom, B is for binary code…’

The illustrations accompanying Newton’s law of motion and the inverse-square law are exquisite. Gentle water colours of an elephant pushing a rock and a girl taking a moonlit dip in the sea are beautiful, educational and funny.

Anything can get the geeky treatment, including the perfect baby journal for new parents. Alongside baby’s first words and favourite foods, there are places to record your baby’s favourite programming languages and early experiments with gravity. The journal also features Ard’s illustrations.

So, next time someone in your mothers group is bleating about how advanced their child is, put them to test with Ard’s flash cards – they’re sure to sort them out!

Tiffany Ard ships internationally. The prime number counting poster is US$22, ABC Flash Cards are US$20, the ‘laws’ prints are US$15 and the baby journal is US$40.

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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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