Art has always had a big impact in my life. As a lover of all things beautiful, I want to make sure that my kids grow up willing and able to appreciate art, particularly classical art and good design. For me, one of the saddest things is seeing people whine about museum visits. Continue reading “Art Appreciation: Van Gogh and my Twins”
Girls’ empowerment, to be fair, has been part of the Disney princess marketing message. Ever since The Little Mermaid came out in 1989, Disney has been customising fairy tales to make them palatable to modern sensibilities — injecting some level of spunk or work ethic into one-dimensional characters, tweaking story lines so princesses could play at least some role in their own saving. But I have felt these efforts to be faulty given how the tie-in consumer products have turned out. Segregated toy aisles — Cars vs. Dolls, Lego Star Wars vs. Lego Friends, pink vs. blue, delicate toys vs. masculine toys — and the messages they send to both boys and girls about ambition, interests, and career possibilities. Their purpose is to primp, pose, and drum up a global appetite for bling.
My twins love art…..it’s a form of expression for them. I had a eye on this ‘Giant Desk Tidy’ by Hamley’s for a long time, but thought the cost of 3599/- was too steep. So when Hamley’s announced their 50% sale this year, I had to buy it for the girls.