Inspirational book: ‘Good Food’ by Laurianne Ruhé

Nothing gets me more excited than people that work from the heart. It doesn’t matter what kind of work they do. If you work from the heart and dedicate your work to helping people and help raise our collective consciousness you are a hero to me. You can do that in small or big ways, that really doesn’t matter. If everyone works from the heart the world would be a better place! When I read Laurianne Ruhé’s new book Good Food I immediately felt that tingle of excitement. She is a leading example of working from the heart because she listened when her body told her she couldn’t maintain her unhealthy lifestyle. She went looking for ways to get better and searched for ways to educate herself on food and consciousness. In other words: she began exploring the old phrases “Let food be thy medicine.” and ” You are what you eat”. She changed her profession and became an orthomoleculair food expert. She now helps clients with food issues to enhance their food patterns in order to stay healthy or to become healthy. She does this by working with five ‘essentials‘: consciousness, find your poison, detox waste dump, good food […]

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.

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).