Tilda Swinton – Cloakroom – Protest against Fast Fashion

Li Edelkoort has said it and Tilda Swinton is saying it: we must re-invent fashion and the fashion industry. We have become obsessed with collections and the ongoing thrill (and stress) of fashion weeks, media frenzy and fashion statements. We are no longer ‘connected’ to the process of garment making, design & production: fast fashion has become as fast as a McDonalds burger. We do not buy from need but from an insatiable hunger to BE fashionable, on the trend and hip in an ongoing rollercoaster of following the latest greatest. To live in a garment, to really inhabit it, has become rare; we wear our garments occasionally, they gather dust in our closets. In the case of some Hollywood celebrities these closets have become a shrine of sorts where the vintage Valentino or Gucci bag is adored, but never worn or taken out. We have become estranged from our clothes and their origin and we need to reconnect. Tilda Swinton who is always keen to raise awareness and ask questions through art, said she realized the importance of garment longevity after going through her late mother’s wardrobe. She told magazine i-D that “Clothes outlive us very, very often. You […]

Motherhood

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}

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.

Illustration: Hsiao Ron Cheng

Life is busy with the usual stuff and days are flowing by. I’m looking forward to warmer days and summer. We will go to France again and I’m even secretly planning our vacation next year to America maybe! Little V. is three now and talks about everything. The other day he said: “I want to be BIG like Goofy.” *love* These paintings by Hsiao Ron Cheng (Taiwan, 1986) are really beautiful. I love her work. You can buy one of her prints here. Have a nice week everyone!

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?

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.

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 […]

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}

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.