Artist: Lyndie Dourthe

It seems somewhat ‘incroyable’ I haven’t blogged about the French Lyndie Dourthe, since I secretly want to BE her. I’m just that much of a fan. In my opinion she’s just about as beautiful a creator as they come. She creates intricate sculptures made of fabric and often places these pieces under glass in a delicate composition. It took her many years to perfect her unique technique of painting the fabric and her atelier must be a rare magical collection where dreams do come true. With recent features in MILK magazine and FLOW her work is gaining international attention. I bought a little ladybug years ago and like to think I discovered her first *wink*. { All photo’s copyright Lyndie Dourthe website }

Poetry: Mary Oliver – You do not have to be good

“You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body  love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place in the family of things.”  ― Mary Oliver {1. hannah lemholt / 2.model : lina lindholm | hair & mua jossi madsen | © hannah lemholt / honeypieLivingetc.

Painter: Ryan Pickart

I have to admit I’m slowly getting used to our home life after our holiday. My calendar is slowly filling up with all sort of fun appointments and work appointments, but I’m trying to just think ahead one week at a time. I love these paintings by Ryan Pickart. I’m still searching for the ultimate painting-above-couch.

French getaway: d’une Île

We’re back from a lovely holiday in France. We saw a lot of vide greniers (i love those) and brocante shops (love those too) and enjoyed our stay at d’une ile in Remalard with Sofie and Michel immensely. d’une île is a beautiful “hôtellerie à la campagne” run by Michel Mulder and Sofie Sleumer: a young couple from Holland. We ate a lot of croissants and Michel is the best cook ever so I also gained a couple of pounds… If you are looking for a French getaway do make sure to visit them. We can highly recommend it! It definitely made our list of secret getaways. {All photo’s by me except the one featured which is by Ben Lambers via Trendtablet}

Kindred Spirits Interview #7 Mae Engelgeer

I’m a huge fan of the work by Mae Engelgeer so I jumped at the opportunity of visiting her studio and interviewing her. If you don’t know her work, you must be living under a design rock, cause she’s been featured nationally and internationally in almost every design magazine and blog from Elle decoration, to Bloesem and she’s taking the world by storm. On top of that she really is the sweetest person. Please make sure to check out MagasinMae for your very own Mae Engelgeer piece or check for the nearest retailer. The Kindred Spirits interviews are now done in a slightly different format. I hope you like it!  Can you tell something about your background and how you ended up in textiles? I have a background in fashion. I graduated at AMFI, the Amsterdam Fashion Institute, where I specialised in Textile Design. After a while of working in fashion I was accepted at the Sandberg Institute, direction Free Design, the master course of the Rietveld Academie. Here I had the opportunity to learn more about textiles in relation to autonomous art and design and especially the area that exists in between.  Where do you find your inspiration? What has been the inspiration […]

Jewelry: Ivy & Liv

Last time I was in Amsterdam I visited the lovely shop Tenue des Nimes. And there I saw these beautiful jewelry pieces, very delicate, but fierce at the same time. I discovered they were designed by Isabella Machine, a very talented a versatile lady. These are all very unique pieces, you should definitely keep an eye out for them! At the moment the Ivy & Liv website is being constructed but you can follow Ivy & Liv on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram. And if you’re curious about Isabella: here you can read something abut her on Interior Junkie. And yes, she is beautiful too as you can see!

Magazine madness #5: LULA

I guess Lula magazine stands out as one of my favorite magazines to swoon by. It’s really a homage to girls, their tenderness and innocence and of course their beauty. It’s a pastel dream filled with beautiful photo’s. Besides that they have a keen eye for typography and their lay-out design is the best. For the latest issue Damon Heath photographed the cover story (they always make three covers to choose from), he has a particular style and eye for photographing the Lula girl so he is one of their regular photographers. I think he especially nailed the Lula aesthetic in the shoot with Hannah Holman, a beautiful American model. Here are some of them. In another post I will pay attention to the actual magazine itself, but I just had to feature these beautiful shots. {Hannah Holman photographed by Damon Heath for Lula / Chanel – Emporio Armani / Miu Miu }

Fashion: Sage & Ivy

I love the spring/summer collection 2013 by fashion brand Sage & Ivy, founded by Alexia van Engelen. The use of (different) materials and soft colors and patterns are amazing. I would love to own a few of her pieces but there are somewhat expensive. They are dreamlike don’t you think? {All photo’s via Ganbaroo PR}

Illustration: Boo Dillon

My my how time flies these days. I’m trying my best to pay attention to everything, to live more mindfully. To try to want less. A little while ago I came across these lovely illustrations by English illustrator Boo Dillon (isn’t that a winning name?). Aren’t they the best? She’s opening a shop soon!

Workshop: Heute Urlaub

It’s been a little bit quiet here, not because there is something amiss (I really like that word, reminds me a bit of Shakespeare), but because my days were filled with happy things and nice weather. Summer seems to have finally set in here and then everything feels better doesn’t it? Last Saturday I finally had the chance to visit concept store Urlaub in Utrecht and did my very first screen printing workshop by Femke from Windstilte. I went together with Rivka and Nina who are turning out to be my regular workshop buddies and I really was happy with the end result. We made a scarf (mine was grey) and had to come up with a simple form to screen print. I chose a pink circle. I wanted to do a second round to finish my ‘design’ and add another smaller circle, in a different color, but as it turned out we didn’t have time for one because well, we ate cake and chatted and shopped so time flew by. If you have a chance to visit Urlaub and the lovely Ellen please do! I recommend doing a workshop! (and am already checking out the fall program – like […]