Stella – Montecchio, Italy
For one of the most moving photo series of the year, titled Toy Stories, the photographer Gabriele Galimberti (spotted via Feature Shoot) traveled the world in search of children with the toys they loved. Moving from Texas to Haiti and everywhere in between, the artist spent time with his young subjects in hopes of discovering the differences and similarities between the way children of diverse backgrounds connect to ... Read More
Ever since I first saw the beautiful claymation creation Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, I yearned for a stuffed animal from the Island of Misfit Toys, that glorious realm of toys that had been rejected for flaws, big or small, in their construction. These stuffed animals were one-of-a-kind; they were inexplicably soulful, both sorrowful and enduringly hopeful.
When I stumbled upon the work of the brilliant toymaker Matlyak Tatiana, my ... Read More
Barbie’s place in adolescence and constructed femininity has baffled psychologists and feminist alike: on one hand, she’s a patient confidante onto which girls might project their hopes and aspirations. But she also espouses limited and damaging views on female roles, bodies, and sexuality. She sends conflicting messages, passively listening to you for hours while remaining inhumanly cold. As girls, we intuitively pick up that Barbie is ... Read More
As children, many of us turn to our toys to navigate our developing identities. Sometimes, our dolls serve as surrogates; we parent them the way we see our children parenting us, and we identify with them. Photography operates similarly: as teens, we might dog-ear or collect magazine images that appeal to our expanding sense of self. Since so many dolls and photographs in mainstream fashion magazines present a grossly limited definition of femininity, it ... Read More
Pink is for girls, and blue is for boys. Girls want to be pretty; boys want to be smart. We’ve heard this nonsense before, yes? Well, it seems like companies are finally catching on: 1950s gender norms and prejudicial limitations should stay in the past. The present is about empowering children to dream and play however they wish! That’s why Goldie Blox is basically the best ever. A biting response to all the toys that teach us that brushing our ... Read More