sweet mini art exhibition…
Posted in child's play, the sydney cottage August 9th, 2014 by pia


Laly LOVES craft, and as you can imagine, I’m pretty thrilled about that. This week, she got into art & craft in a big way, so I was inspired to hold a mini art exhibition of her work in our hallway with a surprise ‘opening’ on Monday evening in time for her guest(Papa)’s arrival. By the end of the week the exhibition had grown from displaying various craft techniques she’d experimented with, to painted found objects and favourite pieces of textile.  It was such a beautiful process which I’d love to share with you. Here is how it happened…

On Monday, Laly told me she wanted to use glue and scissors, so I set up a craft table on the front porch so we could get some winter sunshine while we cut and pasted. We gathered leaves from the street pathway and I gave her washi tape (beautiful cloud washi tape from paper boat press) to stick her chosen leaves onto the walls. By the afternoon she had amassed quite a portfolio of work, which is when I got the idea for an exhibition. We put on some ‘art gallery’ music (putumayo felt appropriate), and Laly taped each artwork up herself very carefully, understanding that the tape needed to be half on the paper, half on the wall to be able to stick.

The next day, she wanted to paint, and it was high time I refilled her paint pots so she patiently waited for me to do that and then spent an hour or more painting found rocks, shells and sticks. I was in awe of what she made…



At two and half years of age. I couldn’t create such wild magic if I tried (I did try actually, but mine were pretty unimaginative). Below, she is proudly standing among her work, choosing to accessorise with her sunglasses (!)…



On four pieces of small, black paper, she painted on glue and sprinkled different coloured glitter which we decided together to call the series “stars in the night sky”.

The works below are all about texture. The one on the left with the cotton balls is her ‘feeling’ painting, and to the right, her ‘ripped paper flowers’ work (the one in the foreground is mine, I couldn’t help but try out the technique myself!)…


We added a beautiful sari curtain (given to us by our sweet friend Kaspia) at the end of the hall to give the exhibition a sense of intimacy…


…And then outside on the front door I made a sign that read “Laly’s first art exhibition. For Papa, prepare to be dazzled!”. And dazzled he was.


A great activity for a cold wintry week, even if it meant skipping the week’s cleaning chores to fit in the time to oversee and curate the exhibition. The dust balls and bits of leaves and ripped paper across the floor throughout the house just add to the ambiance of the art show, right…Well,  it was worth the mess. And in case you missed the video on Instagram I made of her painting, click here for your viewing pleasure. It’s called “I’m quite finished with that”.



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  1. Rani says

    Adorable!! Really enjoyed this! The sunglasses were a great touch!

    August 10th, 2014 | #

  2. shipbuilding says

    This is so beautiful Pia. Laly’s precious creativity is in good hands, k x

    August 10th, 2014 | #

  3. Tara Bradford says

    Oh this made me smile! Laly is very creative. It must run in the family. Oh, wait… 🙂 Really lovely and so great that you put on an art show for R. xx

    August 10th, 2014 | #

  4. leslie says

    So great – So adorable!

    August 10th, 2014 | #

  5. Teresa, foodonfifth says

    I have looked at your blog so often and own a few of your books…the last time I was in Amsterdam I was so happy to have your guide for shopping…and I just wanted to finally say how inspirational you have been to me. Looking at your work is so intriguing and that is a good thing. Best regards, Teresa Blackburn

    August 12th, 2014 | #

  6. Lisa says

    This is simply magnificent! You both make for the most creative team! I sense the is the beginning of many future projects. This is so delightful to see your petite artiste in her own expression yet inspired by her most divine Maman… Having seen your exhibitions in Uni and to see this creation now is what life is all about.. who cares about what mess it makes..hehe.. lots of love xx Lisa

    August 12th, 2014 | #

  7. Angy says

    My son turns 16 on Sunday!! (aaaargh -where did the time go?)
    As part of his present we are remodelling/renovating his room. Transitioning from teenager to young dude status has it’s crazy pitfalls…
    “Mum I don’t want to throw my Lego and Bionicle collection away but a the same time I don;t want to keep it in my room for all my mates to see” … oh to be 15 again.

    On the other hand I’m loathed to take down the art that he’s created over the last few years (this he’s fine with!) so I’m collecting it and using at as part of a book i’m making for him.

    I think the things our children create remain some of the purest most untainted art this planet will ever see. So so precious.

    Thank you for sharing and inspiring! xx

    August 13th, 2014 | #

  8. Cath says

    This is so adorable! I love her pretty colored objects. I can’t wait to see more of her wonderful art exhibitions. (;


    August 14th, 2014 | #

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  10. Maryam in Marrakesh says

    Darling! I love the painted sticks!

    September 16th, 2014 | #

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