Portland Monthly Magazine

My favorite home-town magazine, Portland Monthly, was very kind to do a review of Made to Play in their November issue. You can read a pdf of the article below if you’d like. Thanks Portland Monthly!     Click on the image below to read the article in PDF.  

Article in Martha Stewart Living Magazine

I’m excited and grateful to post that Martha Stewart Living Magazine did a small piece on Made to Play in their October issue. I just got my copy yesterday, and they’re starting to hit the newsstands already. I also did a guest post on the Martha Stewart website, if you’d like to check it out! Thanks to everyone at Martha Stewart!

Interviewed by momfilter

I had the great pleasure of doing a fun interview with Yolanda Edwards at momfilter, a unique and well done blog by the founding editors of Cookie magazine.  Momfilter features great ideas under headings such as food, gifts we love, at home, travel and style. Click here to read the interview.

Naif Magazine | Spain

Thank you Naif Magazine for the Made by Joel feature! I just received the spring/summer issue in the mail, and the entire magazine beautiful –  filled with amazing ideas, and designs for kids. You can read the Made by Joel article below, if you’d like. Gracias revista Naif por vuestro artículo sobre Made by Joel! Acaba de llegarme al …

Oregonian Article on Made By Joel

Thank you to The Oregonian newspaper here in Portland, OR USA for the nice write-up on my work and my blog! Photo credit: Brent Wojahn/The Oregonian “It’s hard not to touch things in Joel Henriques’ studio. The tiny wire chaise lounge in a simple dollhouse. The colorful bird cutouts floating from the ceiling. The wood and cloth puppets …

Mother’s Day Craft – Standing Paper Flowers

Here is a project I did for Junior Magazine, and I thought it would make a fun craft or gift for Mother’s Day. They are standing paper flowers. The idea was inspired by a paper ornament from Ann Wiseman’s book, Making Things (One of my favorite kids craft books.) The paper pedal circles slide on and off without the need for glue or tape, …

Box Pull Toys in Nido Magazine

Nido Magazine featured my box pull toys in their March issue. I just received my copy in the mail yesterday. I love the lead photo they got of the toys! So great. Even though I can’t read German, I love looking through this stylish magazine. Lots of great design. Thanks Nido!

Design*Sponge Sneak Peek!

Design*Sponge just posted a photo-journal of our house in their “Sneak Peek” series. Head over to check it out if you’d like!

Now Available – Made to Play!

My book is now available. I’m really excited!  ”Made to Play” has 35 craft and toy projects, using wood, fabric, and paper, that promote imaginative and creative play. Here are just a few links for ordering. It’s available world-wide, so if your country is not listed below, you may search the ISBN# 159030912X, or ask your local …

My Book Cover!

I’m very excited to show you the cover of my book that will be published by Shambhala Publications / Trumpeter Books next fall (2011). I’ll let you all know when it’s available for pre-order. I’ve seen some of the layout for inside the book, too. The design team at Trumpeter Books did an amazing job! “Made to Play” …

Craft for LMNOP Magazine – Handmade Activity Albums

LMNOP Magazine just released their new 2010 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide issue. For my column this time, I made some little photo albums to display the kid’s favorite activity. I think the books will be a nice keepsake and they also gave the kids a nice sense of pride. If you’d like to make one there are directions and more photos in the …

Cardboard Marionette for Kireei Magazine

I’ve been a fan of the Kireei blog from Spain for a long time, so when they invited me to make a craft for the first issue of their new online magazine I was very excited. The magazine is beautiful even if you don’t read Spanish. It’s free, and you can check it out here if you’d like. (I recommend clicking the fullscreen button …

Design Festival in Poland

Made by Joel toys are currently on display in a fun design exhibition in Krakow, Poland. It’s part of the Design Attack Festival and will run through the month of November. The exhibition is about socially engaged design, aesthetic education of children and 3R rules (reduce, reuse, recycle) in design. A very gracious person, Anna, set the whole …

Cardboard Velcro Dolls for Harper’s Bazaar

Harper’s Bazaar Magazine asked me if I could make a craft for their bi-annual Bazaar Junior supplement in Singapore. Cool! I just got it in the mail. The magazine is beautiful and filled with amazing things for kids. I wish they sold it in the US. If you don’t live in Singapore you can still make the craft though! I used cardboard and velcro …

Play! Design for Kids Calendar

I was asked to take part in the 2011 Play! Design for Kids calendar.  My copy just arrived from Hamburg yesterday!  It is a project initiated by EIGA and it’s filled with amazing contemporary children’s design – on the theme of play.  I’ve looked through it a dozen times already.  So many cool and inspiring ideas.  If you …

Italian Vanity Fair

It was a surprise to me when a very kind reader from Italy told me that Italian Vanity Fair did a small feature on Made by Joel in their September issue.  And she even mailed me a copy!  I’m on the “Style Tecno” page as an alternative entertainment to video games and television.  For those of you that don’t read Italian, it …

New Craft for LMNOP Magazine – Box Pull Toys

My first craft column appeared in the new issue of LMNOP magazine today.  Pull toys have been making a come-back in our house, so I decided to make some box pull toys that slide across the floor.  They turned out to be really fun and very easy to make.  There are full instructions in the LMNOP issue, and their layout and photos look awesome too. …

Junior Magazine

I’m excited that Junior Magazine from the UK included me in their August issue!  It arrived in the mail today.  I wasn’t sure what photos they were going to use and it turned out looking great.  Also, I had a thrill to notice that just a few pages away is a great article on Paul Smith and his new kids clothing line.  I’m a huge …