Some things I love #5

All I think about is birdies and spring. So here are some things I love. { 1. Birds by Kristian Verdel / 2. Little America bird backpack Herschel via Restored / 3. Dress with bird print via Etsy / 4. Bird necklace via Bird on the Wire }

Artist: Femmy Otten

Looking back I should have gone to the Art Academy or something like that. I don’t know if I would have been any good, but I’ve always felt that if I would have been challenged in a constructive way I could have surprised myself. Sometimes I reminisce and dream of the old forgotten days when you started as an apprentice and slowly but surely learned the trade in that way. I’ve always wanted to work with my hands but at the same time I’m really typically a thinker. This is why I so much respect artists and creatives. The work by Femmy Otten (1981) is really intriguing, I like her use of colors (soft pastel) and her three dimensional work. She makes murals and installations that are reminiscent of myths and has a definite connection to the classical fresco’s. She has an impressive art resume and has been making her mark in the international art world. Wouldn’t it be lovely to have such talent and to maybe someday hang in a museum with your work? To have your art as a legacy? So it can continue to speak after you yourself have gone.  The following text can be found on the […]

Meet the Tweet revisited

When I went to Meet the Tweet last Sunday (thanks again Nina, Rivka and Ria) it was actually one of our conversation topics: why post something about something when others have posted about that something. Is there anything you can add? I thought about that conversation while I postponed writing about MTT. You see, I was a little bit shy. Because how could I add something when so many attending had written so many good posts already? But then I remembered our conclusion: you always have something to bring to the table when it’s in your tone of voice or when it’s drenched in your particular ‘style’. And I remembered what I thought was the great positive about that Sunday: it was meeting so many talented and passionate Dutch ladies. I really was blown away by how amazing some of their products were. I have this awe for anyone with the creative gene, maybe because I lack it. So here are some examples of the talent of some of my (new) favorite creative ladies. In the little booklet Nina made all the attendees have written some quotes and blogtips. If you would like to get your hands on a copy, […]

Last weekend: ShowUp

Before I got incredibly sick (it’s okay, I’m finally feeling somewhat better, although my throat is still sore and I’m out of tissues) I went to ShowUp last weekend. Here are some of the pics I made. I loved the event and will definitely try to go again next August. Everything was really well arranged too, even up to a free coffee! { 2. Kolk & Kolk agenturen / 3 + 4 ENGEL / 5. Lapin & Me / 6. Important Stuff }

Fashion: Lena Hoschek

Remember when I went to the Modefabriek? I was mostly inspired by MINT, but I did come across some brands I did not know yet. One of the stands that caught my eye in the section Refined+ was a very colorful one that seemed out of place because of its exotic and free spirited nature. The women’s clothes were all very beautiful, mostly dresses and skirts. I took a catalogue with me and was pleasantly surprised when I flipped through it back home. It had the most beautiful photo’s, of course with beautiful clothes, but the decor and feel of the campaign truly is fantastic. A lot of attention to detail went into it and as you may well know it’s all in the details. I wanted to share some of that beautiful catalogue with you, if you want to see it whole you can find it online here. The brand is Lena Hoscheck, an upmarket women fashion label from Austria. I suspect this catalogue will become a collectors-item. It’s really that great! {Because of the paper used for this catalogue – an off-white matt – any increase of ISO diminished sharpness and color. Since I’m not a professional photographer this […]

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 […]

Some things I love #4

Christmas is upon us and I keep thinking about shiny golden accessories. We already had snow this year but it was a bit early, would be nice if we had a white Christmas though. I would like a bright blue sky with a bright sun and a snowy white world. It always reminds me of skiing (which I love). Just some things I love, next post will be more Christmassy I promise! {1. Brass collar by Young Frankk // 2.  White golden cups Pinterest via Sterling Style // 3. Words via Soleadusthere on Pinterest  // 4. Boya lamp by Environment via Dering Hall //  

Designer spotlight: Hattie Newman {paperartist}

I hope you all had a fine weekend? I spent Saturday at this year’s edition of PapierHier in Amsterdam. It was the first time I attended this heaven for paper lovers. I had a great time getting to know all sorts of different paper and getting inspired by people who love paper just as much as I do. I felt like this whole world opened it’s doors to me. I just had no idea of the variety! The event was hosted by Antalis one of the leading paper company’s in Holland. One of the people who gave a lecture was Hattie Newman. This London based set designer and imagemaker works a lot with paper and can count such names as Louis Vuitton, Honda, GAP, The Times etc. among her clients. She seemed like such a sweet little thing! I just couldn’t believe she was the person behind all this beautiful work! I also made a card with a letterpress. I loved it and I would really like to do a workshop or course in letterpress techniques someday so if you have any suggestions? {1. Installation Grafik Magazine Free Range Birds / 2. Ice lollies personal project / 3. Madame Magazine […]

Some things I love #3

November already and it’s getting really chilly and dark outside. I don’t know about you, but I’m beginning to miss the sun… November gets me thinking about wooden cabins and a burning fire, warm sweaters and hot chocolate… Is it Christmas yet? {1. Eric Bompard kashmere sweater / 2. Crocheted stone via Pinterest / 3. Wouters & Hendrix feather bracelet / 4. Tree wallpaper via Houzz }

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.