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The perfect 4 o'clock pause, this lovely GIF by the GIF Team. Grab a cuppa, click here, stare and lose yourself. 



The Drawing Imaginarium is back!

We are proud to announce that The Drawing Imaginarium, our festival of silly fun and creativity, is BACK! 

First launched to celebrate our 10th anniversary in the Spring at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, it is now becoming a travelling festival as the next edition is held on the 8th and 9th October at Dalston Square (London). Kindly supported by Hackney Council, it is entirely FREE. Yeepee!

So what can you expect for this Autumn/Winter edition? All the following and more!

We will have a special life drawing class, made of a giant birthday by Chi He and a friendly Yeti by George Northcott.  We will welcome Arty & Owl, two adventurous puppets created by the brilliant Katie Moore. Together, you will create felt friends to accompany them in their adventures.

Mr Folded will show you how to make the world's greatest origamis and our Queen of Make Julia Staite will run a Jolly Jellyfish workshop. We will turn Dalston Square into a heavenly paper world with a paper garden, complete with flowers and bugs, a paper ice cream parlour and Anorak's Happy Paper Band will provide background music with pan pipes and maracas. 

Old favourites Pam & Tom and Arnold the ideas generator will be back as they were SUPER popular during our Spring edition. Last but NOT LEAST, the brilliant travelling bookshop How Brave is the Wren will be present with their beautiful selection of kids books and will host a specially 'Drawing Imaginarium' curated pop-up!

How Brave is the Wren travelling bookshop. 

How Brave is the Wren travelling bookshop. 

We will be releasing more news as things get built and made, so do check our social networks for more info. Twitter here. Instagram here. Facebook here

Are you coming then? We hope so. Let us know if you are by registering your interest here. See you then!

Izzy sent us a letter or two...

Our readers are the greatest. The proof? These beautiful drawings and letters that Izzy (10 years old) sent last week. Izzy, THANK YOU for making our day a SUPER HAPPY day and watch for the post as there are some goodies coming your way. 


This month, our vintage Queen, Saskia Ericson digs deep into her treasure trove of retro goodies and unearths some fun creatures: the Sea Monkeys! 

"We’ve been chatting about all things UNDER THE SEA recently, so let’s dive into the amazing world of Sea Monkeys. 
Marketed as ‘instant pets’ Sea Monkeys are actually a specially-bred species of Brine Shrimp, that can survive in a state of suspended animation until revived with water! They were advertised in comic books in the 60s and 70s. The early illustrations were by Joe Orlando, an artist for Marvel and later Vice President of DC Comics and Associate Publisher of Mad magazine. 

The ads promised you could train your Sea Monkeys to ‘do tricks like a pack of friendly trained seals’. Although they actually *were* attracted to torchlight, I remember being ever-so-slightly disappointed as mine refused to obey me.  They were fed from little sachets of nutrients. Here’s an original pack from my collection – I knew it’d come in handy one day!

As well as figurines and a video game, there was also a TV series. The Amazing Live Sea Monkeys aired in 1992, and featured a professor who accidentally enlarges three Sea Monkeys to human size. The show was produced by the Chiodo Bros, and incorporated stop motion, giant props, puppets and CGI.  

Sea Monkeys ad 1978. Via Anorak..jpg

The marketing genius who brought us Sea Monkeys, Harold von Braunhut, also invented X-ray Specs, which allowed you to ‘see through’ clothing!
The Pixies released a tribute track to Sea Monkeys in 1991 called ‘Palace of the Brine’. 
400 million Sea Monkeys were sent into space with John Glenn in 1998. Unaffected by their journey, they hatched 8 weeks later!"

by Saskia Ericson