Fashion Friday: Cotélac

High time to share something for Fashion Friday! When I was in France I discovered this beautiful shop with a brand called Cotélac. The fabrics were amazing, very high quality and the patterns were also stunning. It seemed like a typically French brand but with influences from Africa for instance. Sometimes they collaborate with a specific illustrator/artist like Marion Fayolle. And the best thing is they have an e-shop! These photos are from the lookbook summer//14. I just couldn’t bring myself to post photo’s from the new fall/winter collection since I want to desperately deny winter is coming…

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!

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.

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!

Illustration: Joel Pinkman

These illustrations by Joel Pinkman which I found on one of my favorite current blogs The Jealous Curator just make me smile and I thought they are very fitting since everyone around me is talking about New Year’s resolutions. I’ve decided to skip the usual resolutions for once like dieting, exercising etc. I will not drive myself crazy by listing everything I think needs changing and then after a couple of months having to conclude most of it didn’t stick. I’m intrigued by resolutions though, I’ve read once you have to incorporate a change for 27 days in a row because that’s the amount of time your brain needs to view the change as routine. I thought this is ironic since I was born on the 27th and the number 7 has always played an important part in my life. So for me more mental resolutions like just taking the days as they come, listening to my body and to its needs, trying to float through life positively and staying true to me. How about that! O, and I totally agree with Rivka’s resolutions which you can read here.  And if you will now excuse me, I’m gonna eat a cookie (or […]

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 […]

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, […]

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}

Fashion: Esprit RCA limited edition

Yesterday I was in Amsterdam to eat sushi with one of my friends when I came across the ESPRIT shop. Their window display immediately stopped me in my tracks because it was made up of really beautiful clothes and amazing illustration art. I must confess I haven’t been in an ESPRIT shop for ages, but these clothes were simply amazing. I found out they have been made in a limited edition only in a collaboration with the Royal College of Art. In the words of ESPRIT: “Graduating RCA students were asked to create a collection that broached the question of whether fashion can be truly sustainable. The collection was also to reflect the zeitgeist of the student’s generation.” Three collections were chosen, the one by Julia Mackenroth, Ryan Mercer and Rachel Hall. The playful illustration work of Andy Rementer was used to visualize the campaign. For me this collection embraces everything I think is important in fashion: wearable, timeless and creative pieces. What’s even more great is that it’s a truly sustainable eco friendly collection!  

Mixed media: Laura McKellar

Don’t you just love this mixed media portrait? I love how you can completely change the atmosphere of a photo by adding an illustration and different colours. I like the mixture of real and fantasy. Our very existence is real and phantasmagorical at the same time. We all life and breathe and walk this earth while our heads and hearts are filled with imaginary things, hopes, dreams and nightmares. My ex-boyfriend once asked me why I believed there was something more then just this life. I said I couldn’t believe our thoughts, our inner feelings, our unspoken words and everything we keep inside would just be biology. I still don’t believe that. This beautiful work is by the talented Australian Laura McKellar. I love the bird crown this sixties woman is wearing. I would love to wear a bird all day! You can buy Laura’s work online in her shop.