Raising Free Thinkers
In her new book Lulu DK explains how her mom sparked her curiosity and creativity, always encouraging the DK kids to be original and expressive. So I asked Lulu about some of the art and activities she hopes to share with her own sons.
Is there an artist who will be introduced early on? Lulu says, "Yes! I am a huge fan of Henri Rousseau. I love the dreamy jungle life and animal stories that he creates. And of course the colors and textures that draw you into the painting."
Above, Henri Rousseau's Tropical Forest with Monkeys, 1910. Image courtesy National Gallery of Art.
Hands-on arts and crafts? "Yes, yes and yes!" she replied, "I loved finger painting -- mushy, messy colors squishing between my fingers and the paper. Thought it was the best (really not so different from what I am doing now with the collages). I am sure I will have them participate in the collages too. I am also a huge fan of using nature to create things -- windchimes or sculptures, or paper-weights -- so I will definitely bring them to the beach and gardens to start collecting."
First books? Lulu says, "I found Dr. Seuss' books to be a bit scary when I was little, but My Many Colored Days is about brightly colored animals. It is really fun and rhymes ( I am a big fan of rhyming) and the Giving Tree is also a great book. I actually love children's books and wrote one a few years ago which was never published...perhaps I will test the book's credibility on the boys and see how it passes."
Surroundings? "I have only ever been able to look at all our baby things from afar and now I can actually use them, so I am very excited." (Lulu's new line for Matouk just launched.) And she adds, "David Netto very kindly gave me as a wedding present two of his amazing cribs. I think the two boys will be starting off their lives with a bang!"
Travel? "I'm a true believer in family roots," she says, "so I want them to be aware of and close to all the places that impacted my husband and me as children: Bahamas, the Hamptons and Italy."
Luggage image via J Crew.
Top image is from Lulu, published by Ammo 2008.