Joel Henriques

One of our favorite blogs these days is Made by Joel, the toy and craft projects that artist Joel Henriques makes for his kids. He manages to make A LOT out of ‘nothing’: dollhouses out of Cheerios boxes, puppets from paper clips and cardboard, cities from paper. The thing that we love is how Joel’s creations affect our thinking. We find ourselves mentally applying his ideas and his spare, modernist sensibility to our grown-up lives, looking at ordinary stuff as art materials, and solutions. We want his paper dollhouse furniture made life-size……and wonder if the principle of slotted wood he uses in his toy animals could be used to make furniture, or a room screen..

Joel Henriques

….if we could use a sgraffito process – scratching a design in in a heavy layer of beeswax crayon color – on a wall…

Joel Henriques

…how we might apply the wonderful colors in his slotted building disks,

or even the disk themselves…

Joel Henriques

Joel makes sure to explain HOW to make his marvelous inventions – often including templates and drawings, like this plan for a backyard playhouse

Joel Henriques

…dig that door:

Joel Henriques

…we find ourselves learning about how things work, like how to useĀ his favorite tools:

Joel Henriques

And we start thinking “yeah, we can do that”, imagining our big ideas…

One thought on “kid’s toy craft as home design inspiration

  1. What a great link to a very cool website! My two boys are all ready to make Cheerios box guitars and dollhouses —

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