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 on a sunny shelf waiting for a voice and a hand to animate them.

Henriques designs crafts and toys for young children but these aren’t ordinary playthings. They’re stylish, simple and — here’s the best part — easy for even the most uncrafty of parents to replicate. Since becoming the father of twins four years ago,  this stay-at-home dad has quietly built an international following among grade-school teachers, artists, designers and parents looking for ways to engage little kids using stuff found around the house or the backyard.

Each month, more than 100,000  people stop by madebyjoel.com — a site where Henriques shares how-to videos, photos of his work and simple instructions for his crafts. He offers free templates of his creations, including one called Paper City, a black-and-white drawing of a skyline and figures that can be cut out and used for storytelling. Thousands  have downloaded Paper City, making it the most popular post on his blog.”

6 Responses
  1. Awesome article. Congrats! And so fun that it’s in the Oregonian. Miss that paper. :) Best of luck in all you’re working on!

  2. Sue Dolan

    Wonderful things made out of what you have “around the house” appeals to kids, parents and teacher. Thank you for sharing your templets!

  3. Isabel

    JOEL! sos resueltamente genial! me imagino que ahora estas tocando la guitarra.
    Tengo dos chiquitos de 5 y 8 años y te sigo siempre. Saludos dde Salta-Argentina-Isa

  4. Love your site and your ideas, and now I find out you have four year old twins, too! We have twin girls who are four as well. Kudos to you for being so creative in the midst of the craziness of twins! Glad you are getting some of the recognition you deserve.