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In our seventh issue, we explore the idea of folding in all its physical and emotional forms.
Children are born folded, then they spend their lives unfolding into and out of our arms. From this folding and unfolding, we find so much inspiration.
In this issue of ours, the first issue of the new year, come see the elephants! And a sensitive plant, origami poetry, the Japanese art of folding and dyeing fabric, how to tell fortunes and make puns of things, and how to be a tulip in the spring.
The target audience for each magazine is children ages 4–8, or children who are being read to and/or are just learning to read—but because children are never far from their siblings and caregivers, we created a magazine that can be enjoyed by all ages, from 1 to 100.
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Issue Seven Contributors
Meredith Ackroydis a poet who lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia. She loves to read books that are full of magic, make pottery, garden, and spend time in nature with her husband and daughter.
Michael Cinais a world-renowned, award-winning art director, typographer, and visual artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He owns an amazing design agency, Cina & Associates. Cina is also an accomplished abstract painter whose work has been exhibited all over the world.
Juna Hume Clarkis a sixth grader at Washtenaw International Middle Academy who loves to draw, read, and write. After years of protesting (with petitions, signs, and by writing, illustrating, and distributing a neighborhood newspaper full of love and imagination), she is happy that courts recently ruled wolf hunting in Michigan unconstitutional.
Frida Clementsis an illustrator who works out of her home studio in Seattle. She loves to go on hikes with her family and her pet corgi. She recently published Have a Little Punwith Chronicle Books.
Andy Curlowelives in Cleveland and was raised by a wildly independent and creative mother. Andy and his sister were encouraged to wander the woods and paint teepees made from old bed sheets.
Sofi Dubis a Ukrainian illustrator and designer. She like traveling, meeting new people, and drawing. Right this second Sofi is probably dreaming about world travel.
David Gregal Jr.lives in Washington, DC. At the end of the day, he loves reading books with his wife and two kids before bedtime.
Christine Humeis a writer and professor, who lives with her partner, Jeff Clark, a book designer and activist, their cat, Akira, and daughter, Juna, in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Abbigail Knowlton Israelsenis an artist who lives in the forest of Indiana. Abbi likes to look for fossils, mushrooms, and geodes with her three children.
Petya Kazantsevalives in Sofia, Bulgaria. Her passion is drawing and creating. She loves to travel and dream of everything beautiful, but mostly she finds her magic when being around friends. Petya adores life, and she has promised herself that she will turn all the impossible into the possible.
Lida Larinalives in Russia. Every day, Lida walks her best friend — her black dog named Babai. After their walk, Lida draws the sleeping Babai.
Elly MacKayworks from the attic of her old Victorian house in Owen Sound, Canada, where she lives with her husband and children. She creates unique images through using layers of paper, light, and photography. Some of her pictures books: If You Hold a Seed, Butterfly Park,andShadow Chasers.
Courtney Mandrykis one of the makers of this magazine. She folds a lot of laundry. So does her husband. Their two children, two dogs, and two cats lie on the laundry as they fold it. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia and Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Erik Mattijssenlives and works in the very heart of old Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. There, in a small garden, he grows the most beautiful flowers that find a place in his drawings! He loves color, but his favorite is mint-green.
Dinara Mirtalipovais an Uzbek girl and a self-taught illustrator. With wide-eyed curiosity, she feels forever swallowed in the world of folktales and ethnic music.
Amy Sackstederis an artist and educator in Ypsilanti, Michigan. She is also a mom, a plant lover, a cat petter, and a nature walker. She had a lot of fun making this drawing for you.
Matthew Shlianis an artist and designer living in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His client list includes Apple, Sesame Street, and the Queen of Jordan.
Christine Hartzler Woodruffis one of the makers of this magazine. She lives in Seattle with two chaos engines, ages two and six, and a grown-up plasma physicist.