Space Week!

Every October, World Space Week celebrates mankind’s greatest achievements in space. This year, the focus is on the exploration of Mars.

In recognition of World Space Week, here are some space-themed reads, activities and goodies:

Comic Strip History of Space
Comic Strip History of Space

The Comic Strip History of Space– read a review here

Aspiring Asronauts Dress by Sewing Circus
Aspiring Asronauts Dress by Sewing Circus

Aspiring Astronauts Space Dress by Sewing Circus. Sewing Circus make clothes that encourage an interest in STEM subjects regardless of gender. As well as the space dress, check out the dinosaur skirts and space trousers.

Make a Consellation Viewer
Make a Consellation Viewer

Make your own constellation viewer– a DIY by Glasgow Science Centre. The Science Centre‘s a great day out if you’re in Glasgow. If not, try this DIY at home.

Space Octopus Card by Ketchup on Everything
Space Octopus Card by Ketchup on Everything

Inspired by vintage 50s and 60s flashcards, here’s the first octopus in space: Space Octopus Card by Ketchup on Everything.

Doodle on the Moon by Mr Printables
Doodle on the Moon by Mr Printables

Doodle on the Moon . Printable activity by Mr Printables. Draw on a giant moon for your wall, or a smaller one for doodles.

Space Shuttle Cushion
Space Shuttle Cushion

Space Shuttle Cushion by MyWifeYourWife. For space shuttle fans of all ages.

Lotta Magazine the Space Issue
Lotta Magazine the Space Issue

Australia’s Lotta Magazine produced a space issue with lots of activity ideas, from baking alien cupcakes to making your own space station. Buy the magazine or check out the activity templates.

And some reading material for the older/ big kids amongst you…

The Amateur Astronomers Journal by Neil Slorance
The Amateur Astronomers Journal by Neil Slorance

The Amateur Astronomer’s Journal by Neil Slorance. Neil’s story about a girl who escapes the stresses of everyday life by stargazing was nominated for several SICBA awards. Read a review here.

On Comely Issue 17
On Comely Issue 17

Read an interview with NASA’s spacesuit designer and find out how to cook your own rocket fuel in Oh Comely, issue 17

Lion by Poosac

Kim is the illustrator and maker behind all the wonderful Poosac creatures.

Kim has created a design for Mimi and Will based on her ‘Freckles the Lion‘ toy.

Lion by Poosac for Mimi and Will
Lion by Poosac

The design is taken from an original illustration by Kim, and is screenprinted on a yellow shirt.

Lion by Poosac for Mimi and Will
Lion by Poosac

Design Proofs

Mimi and Will September 2013 T Shirt Design Proofs
Mimi and Will September 2013 T Shirt Design Proofs

Here’s the seven t-shirts in our launch collection. We have had a few enquiries from shops about stocking our t-shirts. If you’re a shop and are interested, please do get in touch!

At the Children’s Wood Bake Off

Yesterday, we were at the Children’s Wood Bake Off at North Kelvin Meadow. We had a great day. We were showing our sample shirts and explaining all about Mimi and Will and the designers we’re working with. The weather was gorgeous, if a bit windy (thanks to everyone who periodically helped us retrieve flying colouring-in sheets), we met some lovely people, got some good feedback on our shirts and had some cake.

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Because it was a bake-off, we brought along some cakes with t-shirt designs on them, and we had a little colouring in station for children to design their own shirts, or colour in our designs.

Read more about the Children’s Wood, or follow them on Facebook for more pictures from the Bake Off and details of future events.

Julia Smith

 

We were at the Children’s Wood today, and had a fantastic time (and the weather was amazing).

Anyone there would have had a sneak preview of the seventh shirt in our collection, by Julia Smith.

Puffer by Julia Smith

Julia’s a ceramicist based near Inverness. She produces ceramics in earthenware clay using traditional techniques and digital decals of her own illustrations. We’re really excited about adding Julia to our list of designers we’re collaborating with; one of our goals when we started Mimi and Will was to work with a range of designers across different disciplines. Julia’s puffer image appears on her ceramics, but we thought it was crying out to be on a t-shirt!

Julia Smith for Mimi and Will

Lucy Farfort at the Fab Little Shop

One of our collaborating designers, Lucy Farfort, has recently started selling through The Fab Little Shop. You can buy some of her prints and cards there, inlcuding this print, which I love,  Light the Way.

Light the Way by Lucy Farfort
Light the Way by Lucy Farfort

If you’ve not checked out The Fab Little Shop before, they’re an online store selling children’s products. They’ve got a nice selection of Halloween things in at the minute, check out these cosy looking pumpkin slippers by Winnibriggs House!

Emma Henderson

Emma Henderson is the designer- illustrator behind Showpony.  She produces screenprinted textiles and products ranging from printed chevron bags to her ‘hot dogs‘:  wheat warmers printed with images of dogs (and the occasional cat). Her work is stocked all over the world, in a number of small independent boutiques as well as larger stores like Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and Paperchase.

Emma also designs more complex, colourful patterns which are available through society6.

Emma’s designed ‘I Love Puddles’ for Mimi and Will.  It’s printed in shades of blue on grey marl.

I Love Puddles by Emma Henderson for Mimi and Will
I Love Puddles by Emma Henderson
Puddles T Shirt for Mimi and Will by Emma Henderson
Puddles by Emma Henderson