If you like interactive digital art and you’re (or planning to be) in London this summer, then I would suggest you visit Barbican and it’s Digital Revolution. And take your kids with you!

IMG_6263Minimaforms: Theo and Stephen Styropolous

IMG_6287Umbrellium, Usman Haque and Nitipak ‘Dot’ Samsen

IMG_6357Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet’s Wishing Wall 

IMG_6422Les Métamorphoses de Mr. Kalia, by Cyril Diagne and Beatrice Lartigue

IMG_6353Co(de)factory by Karsten Schmidt (my husband!!!)



IMG_6504will.i.amYuri Suzuki


Chris Milk The Treachery of Sanctuary







My second bear for adults: 23cm or 9inches tall, he needs a bit of an assistance with standing up on his own, but can sit, move his little arms and legs. Baati is  fully jointed : head on double cotter pins, arms & legs on single cotter pin joints. Little bear is made form German mohair, stuffed with polyester, some plastic pallets for an extra weight and lots and lots of love! His face and body are shaded with oil paint. This boy is not meant for the kids (due to small delicate parts and oil paint used)  and would have to be an adults toy…

Baati is available here. SOLD








Mr Grey

Little bear stands at around 19cm or 7.4 inches tall, he needs assistance with standing up on his own, but can sit, move his little arms and legs. Bear is made from German mohair, filled with polyester and lots and lots of love. He’s child friendly and will make a great play companion. And that’s a promise!

Grey will come in a papier mache box along with a quilt and a pillow, woollen coat, hat + scarf, 2 shirts, vest, a pair of trousers, another cotton scarf, mask, backpack, some felt food (sandwich, croissant and an apple), tea set for one, felt journal with postal stamps, a map and needle felted friend – dog Silver…

This set includes small canvas carry bag that fits all of these little things in for an easy take a long!

Mr Grey will go to the person who offers the highest bid by 11th May, 10pm UK time (time converter here). Use the comments below for your offers. Please, make a bid only if you’re ready to commit to pay the price you’re bidding, otherwise the item will go to the nearest highest bidder.

Payment will have to be made within 12 hours after the auction is finished. The set will come carefully wrapped and sent (at no extra cost) as insured, signed for parcel.

Starting bid is £220(GBP), currency converter here. Please note, due to monitor differences, subtle variations in photo colour  may vary.

Thank you very much and best of luck!
























I sometimes can’t help but wonder: when I was growing up, we had limited choices. Our town had 2 toy shops where most of mine & my friends toys came from. I was a little ‘mama’, with a few dolls and a pram as my biggest possessions. We had far less (I’m looking at the amount of toys we’ve accumulated for our 2 kids over the years and we’re still the ‘sensible’ parents…), appreciated definitely more and most of us were quite creative to compensate the lack of the ready made toys. I would have sold my little soul for the toys kids are so spoiled with in these days. Especially those toys that provide variety of usages… Handmade, brought to life.

I looked after my dolls for quite some time, playing good ‘mama’ to my babies, moving on to making clothes for them, house, furniture.  I then hoped to keep it all for my own girls I might have. I still look back and cherish the memories, my very few toys were such a true treasure. Although none of them survived to see this day ( thanks to an unfortunate event) I’m still looking for that longevity in the toys (or anything else) I buy and make.

Having kids provides us with another opportunity to engage in the wonderful world of play. To show and teach our dear offspring to learn, grow the imagination beyond the given purpose.

My brother’s family business MIELASIELA follows the same philosophy . They create simple, yet so beautiful timeless, natural wooden figures that, with care, will live to see the next generations. Simple they are, but imagine adding some paper/cardboard homes/stables, backgrounds, drawn or sewn play mats, accessories, stories or using these figures as a stacking game – one thing leads to so much more! More fun, for sure. For the whole family!

You can find full range here.




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