Yesterday I thought about being a mother and about how hard and surreal I think it is. Still. I see my boy growing up so fast and I can barely keep up. It’s still unimaginable that he’s my son, my incredible special boy. I do hope you all had a special Mothersday on which you honored the women that brought you into this life. However strange, intense, hard, loving or confusing your own relationship with your mother may be, she is still the one who held you when you cried at night. Or sat with you when you were sick. When I think about the love I received from my mother (and still do), I feel I’m blessed and I hope I can be half as good a mother as she was to me. {1. Tamara Muller / 2. Nancy Straughan}

Maryanne Moodie

It’s been a while since I wrote a blogpost. A lot has happened in my little life, I left my job after six years and because it was a job I cherished it was all very emotional. However I do think it is for the best. I wasn’t happy for a while and didn’t feel it was the place for me anymore. Sometimes life gives you lemons and then you need to make lemonade. I will try to seize this opportunity to find out my true passion and hopefully somewhere along the road I will find a job again that I love. This really is a time to weave a new life for myself. Speaking of weaving: I found these incredible tapestries made by Maryanne Moodie. She makes collections for private and commercial clients and I think her work is really beautiful. They are a bit expensive, but who knows: maybe we’ll win the lottery some day! Or I can take up weaving!

Julie Filipenko

How I wish I could draw like… Julie Filipenko. I would buy me some nice pencils and create a nice place to work and then sketch and draw all day long. We have a calm weekend ahead. I wish you a happy Eastern and hope you will have some time to join the easter egg hunt!

Georgina Santiago

These are trying times. I’m on the verge of taking a leap that is taking me away from comfort and habit. It means leaving things behind I love. At the same time I feel that it’s the right thing to do. This work by Spanish artist Georgina Santiago struck a chord. The vulnerability of her work really appeals to me. The upper image is from her graduate collection which is about the aesthetic effect of unpleasant feelings. Can beauty be found in the unpleasant? I think so. I believe that even the most trying and ugly experiences can bring us closer to beauty and truth. The other image is from her collection INHALE. Just breathe.

Covers revisited ^ David Mitchell – Cloud Atlas

One of my all-time favorite books is Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. I love that book for so many reasons, because it’s really well written but also very intricate, with many layers within the story like a matrouschka doll, but also or maybe the main reason is because, in my opinion, it’s a deeply spiritual novel. It has little to do with the weather though you might think so because of the title, well at least not in the literal sense. It has been turned into a movie with Halle Berry and Tom Hanks and although I was skeptical because I loved the book so much and because I saw no way of making these really impossible complicated stories that make up the fabric of this book into one entertaining story I do think the film is good in its own way. I made an alternative book cover for my favorite book a while back. David Mitchell went on and wrote more really good books, the man is a supernatural author. A literary hero of this day. Read this book or any book by him. You will not be disappointed.

Bernard Handick

I hope you are all enjoying your Saturday. I had a busy week and that somehow got the better of me. I’m feeling quite exhausted. The thing with a small child is that you simply never get a moment to yourself, well at least not a moment that lasts more than a small hour. I remember the days before I was  a mother, devoted to just organizing my kitchen cupboards or something. I have to confess I have no idea what’s in there now. Somehow everything seems dirty and in constant disarray and since I’m quite the control freak this weighs upon me. I have to remind myself there is a world of inspiration out there! With people like Bernard Handick who makes beautiful photographs and mixed media works. You can see more of his work here.

Kris Davidson

I bought a pink Moleskine notebook to document everything I have to remember, every little morsel of inspiration, ideas, dreams and to-do’s. It seems I have more and more things floating around in my head these days. Wearing all these different hats sometimes gets the better of me. I need to keep it all in one notebook to keep it from fluttering everywhere, starting four different blank pages in four different notebooks, I’m such a structure addict that way. So here’s to the divine order of things, the sacred geometry that defines our lives and everything around us. From seashells to sand, to water. These intricate artworks are made by Kris Davidson. Beautiful!

Photography: Sean Lynch – Infrared

I guess everything is a matter of perspective. Multiple realities existing next to each other. Once in a while you can get a glimpse of another reality and be amazed. There are lessons to be learned from this other dimension. If only we would try to see. I was struck by these infrared photo’s of Sean Lynch, aren’t they beautiful? A testimony of another reality existing and it’s fragile beauty. {All photo’s of Annapurna Himalayan Range – Sean Lynch copyright}

~ Fashion Friday // Victoria Beckham SS14 ~

When starting my blog I never could have suspected blogging so much about fashion. I mean, I knew I liked fashion, but how much I actually love it became apparent through this blog. I think I love it so much because it represents the direct union between beauty and you (or your body). It makes you part of the artwork or vision in a way no other art form can. I love musing about beautiful dresses and fabrics. I love the idea of a woman that matches with my esthetic. I can be obsessed with women and their details in their clothing, accessories and nail polish! So I’ve decided to regularly post about fashion and since the weekend usually is the time to wear something out of the ordinary I want to inspire you on Friday. This Friday, the first Fashion Friday, I want to talk about Victoria Beckham because sometimes life just deals you an unexpected one. Who knew Victoria Beckham actually was destined to become a fashion designer? I think it’s her best endeavor yet! Besides maybe baring children (she does that quite satisfactorily too). It took her some time to come into her own as a fashion […]

Visual storytelling

Some random images from Pinterest for your inspiration. I’m sorry I can’t make a collage out of them because that would be violating copyright laws. Although I promise I would do a very tasteful job… Found this incredible art director lady who makes beautiful work, her name is Caitlin van Horn. She writes that she found visual storytelling the most life-giving and the older i get the more visual sensitive I become. For me the most loveliest of unions is a written story with a beautiful image. You can think of your own story with these ones below. Happy weekend everyone! {1. gunn kristin monson / 2. tumblr   / 3. beatrice jansen}