Integrating an appreciation of art and design into a child’s world through quality toys and furniture has always been at the heart of Guidecraft’s mission. Recognizing a way to celebrate fine artists and further that endeavor, Guidecraft has teamed up with several artists for their “Artist Collaboration Series”. In this series, each artist used a Kitchen Helper as the medium for their art and shared their process from initial concept to finished piece. Brian Coleman, Tanya Aguiñiga, and Sarah Walsh all added their own personal flair to their Kitchen Helpers, and preserved the functionality of the Kitchen Helper for their children to use.
A practicing artist since 2003, Brian Coleman alternates between fluid and structured gestures—revealing how he makes sense of the world as he moves through it. Painting according to his moods and always to music Coleman harnesses the heightened creativity of turbulent days to allow his pure emotion to guide his gestural works, while calmer, more focused moments call upon his foundations in graphic design. Coleman draws from a vast library of compositional reference points to produce these precise, magnified and tightly controlled studies that weave a common thread throughout his entire oeuvre. “I move back and forth between the two styles, that’s how my mind works,” the artist elaborates.
Check out his artwork here.
Tanya Aguiñiga (b. 1978) is a Los Angeles based artist/designer/craftsperson who was raised in Tijuana, Mexico. She holds an MFA in furniture design from Rhode Island School of Design and a BA from San Diego State University. In her formative years she created various collaborative installations with the Border Arts Workshop, an artists’ group that engages the languages of activism and community-based public art. Her current work uses craft as a performative medium to generate dialogues about identity, culture and gender while creating community. This approach has helped Museums and non-profits in the United States and Mexico diversify their audiences by connecting marginalized communities through collaboration. Tanya is the founder and director of AMBOS (Art Made Between Opposite Sides), an artist intervention group documenting and engaging US/Mexico border regions to promote the idea of a universal community.
Check out her artwork here.
When she was little Sarah was obsessed with animals. So much so that she wanted to be one. Her mom knew this and sewed her an assortment of costumes she could wear all year round. Sarah was also obsessed with drawing and from a very small age knew or at least hoped in her heart she would be an artist someday. She received her BFA in graphic design from St. Rose in Albany, NY where she grew up. Her teachers opened her eyes to the world of mid-century design and typography. This combined with her love for vintage children’s book illustration would become the foundation for which she would bravely move forth into the exciting art world. She’s worked on coloring books for all ages, children’s board books, activity books, toy product, home decor, apparel and greeting cards. She currently lives in Kansas City with her fellow illustrator husband Colin Walsh, their son, a scrappy pup and chubby cat.
Check out her artwork here.