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fifteen words

I am poetry lover.
Been that as long as I can remember
Small bits of texts from songs,
that’s how it started.
I guess.
Words put beautifully together
In a different rhythm.
Making you think,
wandering
or wonder.
Like these 5 sentences.

Swim in the sea
Go on roadtrips
Count the stars
Find true love
Be Free

A few years ago I had an exhibition
Quite cool, I know.
And uncommon territory.
So I said yes.
These 5 sentences where my starting point.
The artworks became very introverted pieces.
Maybe even a bit dark.
I called it Courage.
Totally reflecting my personal story at that time.

I locked the artworks away.
Accesible,
but hidden.
These 5 sentences,
however,
are always around.

Do you know that feeling when something
you’ve kept for a long time can
suddenly
be like new again.
Like seeing it again for the first time.

These 5 sentences,
these 15 words,
did that to me today.

The words suddenly had no darkness around them.
No longer an introverted journey.
But words that feel like summer,
colourfull,
a trip to new places.
Words of brave new stories.

collect moments

The ‘crossover collective’ is a social machine that focuses on an ancient form of communication as social activity: collective embroidery. The machine was designed by Floor Nijdeken and on show during the tradeshow ShowUp, which was held in Amsterdam at the 2nd and 3th of February.

Like this focus on transfering knowledge or ‘heritage’ by interaction. Besides the fact that a lot of knowledge is getting lost by solely learning from books and nternet, there is less passing through of knowledge and inspiration by the seniors in the trade. Our society is also changing and people hardly communicate in real social exhange anymore. A lot of spotaneity is getting lost, which to me is one of the fun parts of life. Sitting together at this machine and sharing skills, stories, knowledge, having fun and having a little part of you left in an embroidered carpet. Couldn’t agree more with his slogan ‘collect memories, not things’.

memories

Intruiging photo’s by Chino Otsuka. A Tokyo born photographer, living in Britain since she was 10. In her work she deals with a repeating theme; “What makes a place a home and where does a sense of belonging comes from?”. In a lot of her projects she uses self-portraits to explore the themes of belonging, identity and memory.

These pictures are a great example of this theme she is working on. By placing herself back in a picture that was taken when she was a child. I wonder how she felt when she was back at the place where these pictures were taken. Was there some disappointment or will ‘the journey back’ make the memory stronger. Clever way of using memory as a narritive element to tell her story.

“If,
again
I have a chance to meet,
there is so much I want to ask
and so much I want to tell”

Imagine Finding Me / Chino Otsuka

when time stops the image…

Fotostudio De Jong is a documentary tv-program about photography. The show is presented by Wilfried de Jong, who is in this series constantly on the lookout for stories behind a photo and he gives his reflections on the images he finds. This show, which has a magazine-like format, is presented from his little photo gallery in Rotterdam. This program is such a great addition and reflection on todays society. A society which is more and more constantly captured in images and where photography has become accessible for everyone.

‘Instagram makes the world a smaller place’ _ The Instagramman / Eelco Roos / Croyable

Just love everything about it. First, and for most, the attention for all kinds of photography: ranging from interviews with photographers about one strong picture, pure professional technical photography, young photographers at the beginning of their career, news photos, poetry, art and archives. The styling of the studio and the graphics are spot on. There will be 8 more episodes to watch. VPRO / Saturday, Nederland 2, 21.15 – 22.00 p.m.

“A good photo stops time and lets fantasy in”
_ Wilfried de Jong

Instagram picture of Wilfried by Stephan Vanfleteren

for now

I’ll have to wait…
I’ll come down

After a hectic, fun month and a lot more exciting stuff is about to happen. The styling and photography of Lab 71 with its calming, soothing fairytale atmosphere is the eyecandy that’s perfect for today. A little peace and quiet time. It’s so nice to walk through Frieda Mellemas’ world. A world that brings her contemplations and daydreams alive into touchable, striking images.

showstopper

Wow, what a suprise that was. The‘Vlisco Unfolded’ exibition at the Dutch Design Week 2013. Finally I really attended for the first time the DDW. I was able to join the DDWbloggerstour. So glad that Ulrike sent her invitation! Besides the fact it was organised so really well by Ulrike Jurklies, Willemijn de Wit and Jasmijn van Weenen; that it was a fun day out whith a bunch of bloggers; that they set-up a great tour with designer meets-and-greats, fun mini-rides and hidden places.

I never, ever would have put Vlisco on my to see list. And what was there not to like! The displays, the fabrics, the history of the company and their stories, the colours, a sneek-peek of their production process and their information brochure on a roll. Loved that ‘brochure’-concept. But what else to expect of a graphic designer…

the lion is back

Today the 27th Edition of the Cinekid Festival has started!
The premiére of this festival is the Swedish youth movie Eskil & Trinidad.

Until the 25th of oktober 74 films will be exhibited, along with 26 television premieres, 21 documentaries, 12 dramaseries and 5 infotainment programs. The festival takes place on the great athmospheric grounds of the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. In the Media Lab you’ll find 14 international mind-blowing installations, 21 unique workshops and master classes with real stars, the latest gimmicks and gadgets and 14 new apps for kids in a Mini AppLab. For further information check out their website.

craft, colour and cups

Love the ceramics designed by Alissa and Nienke. The thing I like most about these cups is the soft blended color tones on which they state on their website:

‘We love crafts, colors and cups. This is coming together in a material experiment with pigment and porcelain; a research about the flowing of colors through liquid porcelain, resulting in a series of handmade and unique objects. Our cups might be messy, might be fixed, can be colorful or subtle, but are always created by the blending of the colored porcelain. The technique of pouring becomes visible in the final product and the moment of creation is frozen in the appearance of the cup. By following the colored patterns you discover the movements we made and get an insight in the process.’

It was so awesome to see this process live on show in the workshop of the VTwonen ‘Barn’ at the Woonbeurs 2013.

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