Art Night with Todd Oldham
Last night we celebrated Todd Oldham's new line of art supplies coming to Target this May. The collection is called Kid Made Modern (the craft book is available here.) Everything in the collection is beautifully made, high quality, and inspiring. I wish I took more pictures of my favorites: The comic book kit, the wooden blocks, the watercolors (so many colors!). Instead, I was busy chasing Owen and Oscar away from the snack bar. For most of the evening the boys had a chocolate cookie in one hand and paint brush in the other. Life couldn't have been better for them.
About Todd: He's so genuine and kind. I remember watching him years ago on the TV show Top Design. He seemed so thoughtful with all the contestants, treating them as friends. He was exactly the same way in person. He asked really good questions and my kids adored him. At the end of the night, he took my goody bag and started stuffing it with more art supplies. While it might look like the conversation they are having with Todd to the left is about something deep like art philosophy, it was actually going something more like this:
Oscar: Your face is red!
Todd: It is? Oh, it's because I'm a little hot in this sweater.
Ella: How could you be hot on such a cold day?
Unbeknownst to me, actress/comedian/writer Amy Sedaris was also there. I atleast should have recognized her from Elf, but I didn't. Instead, I did talk to her about one of the kids at the party who was perfectly covered in paint. I asked her, "Oh wow, who's that kid's mom?" And she said, "Oh that's my kid!" And I believed her! I said something ridiculous like, "Really? He's so awesome!" haha She probably thought I was such an idiot. Oh well. She was so nice and I couldn't get my eyes off of her despite not knowing why. Then I overheard someone say, "Isn't that Amy Sedaris?" oh yeah . . . it is . . .
Below are pictures of the kids playing and creating and also some of the art supplies I took home. One of the best things about the Kid Made Modern art supplies their packaging. Everything is tastefully done with modern colors and shapes and minimal graphics. I asked Todd about that. He told me that as a kid he remembers studying everything about his art supplies. The colors, the packaging, it was all important and interesting to him. He wanted to create beautiful art supplies for kids to enjoy! I think he did just that. Look for the Kid Made Modern collection this May at Target.
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