Studio Visit: Jen Spectacular

The San Francisco-based artist creates stories from remodifying dolls and dollhouses

Forget Barbie and her Pepto-Bismol pink Dreamhouse, Jen Furman (better known as Jen Spectacular) creates stories by making and modifying dollhouses. Growing up in Romeo, MI (about an hour north of Detroit) she hung out with The Muppets, spent countless hours playing Zork, and fell in love with Star Wars. Later, Spectacular worked in Detroit as an advertising illustrator for 15 years, and after a …

Off the Wall

Bizarre sculpture abounds at NADA's first NYC art fair

In our second look at NADA’s first annual art fair in New York City, we take a step back from the white gallery wall and focus on some of the more colorful, sculptural showings. Materials like hair, blood, crystals, broccoli and fake fur had us and everyone else gawking. Here, a selection of three-dimensional standouts. Among the 60 galleries occupying the four floors of NADA …

Child’s Own Studio

Kid-commissioned customized toys

Be it a bunny or a bear, there’s often at least one special toy that a child clings to for security, without which their world—and their parents’—might swiftly crumble. Creative mom Wendy Tsao sets out to strengthen that relationship with Child’s Own Studio, which she founded to make custom stuffed plushie toys based on kids’ drawings. “When my son started kindergarten, his school asked for …