Some mothers use their infant's nap time to catch up on house chores, but this Japanese mother uses it as an outlet for her creativity. Using only things such as clothes, towels, socks and vegetables, Mami Koide turns her daughters dreams into art. A cartoonist by trade, Koide wasn't sure if her husband would find her new art style amusing.
[Mami Koise, 41-Year Old Cartoonist and Mother]:
"At the beginning, I wasn't sure whether the illustration crafted with clothes would really look like a picture, but after I sent it to my husband, I was very pleased to hear that he really got it and that it was interesting. It made him chuckle."
Koide's husband explains that when he has to work late, the photos are a nice reminder of what's important.
[Katsunori Sunami, Bar Owner and Father of Nuno]:
"When I look at these pictures during my work at night, I'm assured that she's fine, and I think that I should work hard to make this girl happy."
Three months ago, Koide published a collection of her 200 sleeping infant art photos. She was surprised when her book became a best seller on Amazon Japan just a week after it was released. Sadly, Koide says that she will soon have to retire her sleeping infant art career. Nuno is outgrowing her canvas, and with 200 photos, she says she says she thinks its enough. If you want to see more, you can join the 50 thousand fans who are enjoying more of sleeping Nuno on Koide's blog.
Just in time for Mothers Day, we went around New York City asking real people on the street to say thank you to their mothers. So many terrific responses, some unexpected, some adorable, all brought a huge smile to my face. Thanks Reggie Watts for being in the video. I would be so grateful for all of you to share this video on Facebook and tag your mom or one you know in the post. My goal is to make many moms happy! This piece was commissioned by www.thanksfa.com. Directed, Shot, Edited, and Music by: Michael Marantz | www.michaelmarantz.com Produced by: Barry Pousman | www.barry.pousman.com Consulting Editor: Frank Frumento | www.linkedin.com/pub/frank-frumento/47/3 23/59a Consulting Creative: Garrett Jones | www.hellogarrett.com Consulting Creative: Matt Dimmer | www.justcallmedimmer.com Production Help: Sahil Farooqi | www.iamsahil.tumblr.com
Anita Renfroe sums up all the things that a mother says to her children in a three-minute song called "Momisms" set to the William Tell Overture. This is the official version by Anita Renfroe. Purchase full DVD at www.AnitaRenfroe.com. Video and audio available on iTunes.
Written by John Roberts and Clay Weiner. Starring John Roberts. Directed by Clay Weiner. DP Drew DeNicola. Edited by Tripp McCarty, Jesse Reisner, Owen Plotkin. Special Love and Thanks to the Now Corporation.