Photography: Annie Marie Musselman

Sometimes you see a book that really makes an impression. That happened to me in Frankfurt when I saw this beautiful book with photo’s by Annie Marie Musselman by Kehrer Verlag. The book is called Finding Trust and features photo’s taken at the Sarvey Wildlife Center of different animals that were rescued by the center. They suffered a trauma of some sort and needed to literally find trust again in life. The book really shows the vulnerability of animals and their innate innocence. I think humans have a responsibility to care for them, since we are the stronger species, but unfortunately we rather take advantage of our position. There seems to be no room in our self-made environment for wildlife anymore and we see fit to expose them to horrible pain and death. Of course this is devastating and it needs to stop. There is so much we can learn by looking at nature. About innocence and unconditional love and how we are all ONE. Photographer Annie Marie Musselman started this project seven years ago and while documenting their lives she was also involved with helping the patients. In turn they helped heal her from the grief of her parents […]

Artist: Harland Miller

Harland Miller (1964) calls himself an international Lonely Guy. He is a writer and an artist and these two professions are beautifully combined in his work. I love these Penguin-cover-inspired paintings. Don’t you?

In the meantime

In the meantime I went to the Frankfurt Buchmesse and was struck with the annual October cold. I am busier than ever behind the scenes and try to enjoy time with my little son (who is getting quite cheeky sometimes). I hope you are all well and thriving!

Illustration: Olaf Hajek- Little Gurus

I’ve been a fan of Olaf Hajek’s illustrations for a long time, but now I found out he made a children’s book on yoga. I practice yoga myself (I even did a teachers course at one time, although unfortunately I did not finish it due to circumstances) so you may understand my excitement. Wouldn’t the world be a more lovely place if we all just did an adho mukha svanasana or an utthita trikonasana once in a while?  {The book is only available in German you can try to buy it here}

Shops to visit: Restored

Whenever I’m in Amsterdam I try to squeeze in as much quality shops in the (often) limited time I have. Every time I try to cover one particular area, such as the Pijp or Noord or center. I usually know exactly what stores I want to see and in most cases there even is a time plan involved. You could say I’m a little bit neurotic that way. The funny thing is I usually don’t prepare at all whenever I go and visit a foreign city. Foreign cities and their unknown treasures, the enormous quantity of must-see shops: they have a way of paralyzing me. “There is no way to see everything so I might as well just go and see what pops up.” is usually my city trip or vacation attitude. Since I had plenty of time to get to know Amsterdam (I was born and raised in Amstelveen which is kind of its suburb) I have conquered the paralysis as far as this city is concerned. I know it inside out (like my back pocket as we Dutch folk say). Last Saturday I went to Restored on the Haarlemmerdijk, a shop I wanted to see for ages (I […]

Book: talking dress

As promised here, I would like to tell you about this great book I published recently. It’s called talking dress and discusses fair fashion and lifestyle in great detail, it has loads of practical tips and DIY’s, interviews and a fair shopping guide. About a month ago we had the book launch and it really was a huge pleasure to see the end result (the book we had all worked so hard on) and to celebrate. Actress Sanne Vogel came to receive the first copy of the book and we had great music by Mees. If you would like to see photo’s of the launch please check the FB page of talking dress (and make sure to like it!). And of course I would like to recommend you buy the book (for all Dutch and Belgian readers) and / or buy the app (also available for Android)! Talking dress was written by Marieke Eyskoot with beautiful full-colour illustrations by Koosje Ruijgrok. The book design was by Bonny Smit and it was printed on FSC qualified paper with eco ink. Although it was a time consuming project, it has really been a labor of love by all of us and it has been great […]

Photography: Blossom by Hermine van Dijck

A while ago I came across the journal de jours blog of Hermine van Dijck. She is a textile designer living in Antwerp and I was intrigued by her name because Hermine is actually the name of my mother and van Dijck sounds like the name of a painter, come to think of it: isn’t it the name of a painter? So I began following her blog. I love her love for the simple things, her style is clean and arty. Blossom actually is a limited edition book with photo’s by Eefje de Coninck (another beautiful name) and with textiles by Hermine. It immediately struck a chord so I was very happy that Hermine gave her blog readers the possibility to buy a copy of the book. I do love it, It is tender and dreamy and the photo’s seem to tell a story. Those are the best photo’s. You can also purchase the book on Eefje’s site by the way.

Frankfurt Buchmesse 2012

Finally I feel well enough to write a new blogpost, after Frankfurt (or maybe at Frankfurt) I caught the flu so I was ill last week and let me tell you: it has been a long time since I coughed so much… I probably bruised my ribs. But, let’s forget about unpleasantries and focus on nice things in stead! Here are some pics from the Buchmesse, I tried to give an impression of the feel of the place (and of course of some nice books / projects).   {1. Chronicle Books stand / 2. Coffee outside / 3. Granta & Portobello Books catalogue / 4. Harper Collins stand / 5. Children’s book illustration / 6. View of the messe hallen / 7. The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design one of Phaidon’s latest releases / 8. Nice dome just outside hall 9-11 -I only discovered this corner of the Messe this year!- / 9. Girl in costume on one of the days when the Fair is open to public (German youth come to dress up like their favorite book / cartoon character).

Some things I love #2

I had a wonderful weekend. On Sunday I met some Twitter friends in real life at a Twitter meet-up (thanks for hosting Rivka!). And last Friday I was at the Dyson blogger event. I met some other bloggers, got a lot of information on the latest Dyson product and ate delicious little cakes. So for now just some things I love. Happy week everyone! {1. Andrew Holder Sun Chaser print  / 2. Bookhou bag / 3. Fine Little Day porcelain tea set via Stoer in Style / 4.Lizzy Stewart book Toska.

Camilla’s

I like the name Camilla. It reminds me somehow of summer and flowers. Maybe because it rings a little bit like cammomille. Good things come from those who are called Camilla. Just to mention one of my favorite Camilla’s is Camilla Norrback, a Danish designer who designs ecoluxury fashion.If possible I would seasonally buy the entire collection by Camilla Norrback. As it is though I try to buy some key pieces on sale… From this autumncollection these are a couple of my favourites, starting with a bow piece, since I love love love bows. The other Camilla I adore (and secretly envy on occasion for her talent, life and well general being) is the Swedish Camilla Engman. She makes illustrations and paintings and keeps a blog (well I guess if you don’t know Camilla Engman you have been living under a blog-rock). I just want to sing her praise once again (she has been featured so many times online and her work has also been featured in the nicest book ever (by the nicest publishers ever). Just a little reminder when I reincarnate: have to be born somewhere in Scandinavia and have to be named Camilla (so preferably as a girl). As […]