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This years ‘Woonbeurs Pin 2013’ has been won by the TextielLab of the TextielMuseum in Tilburg. During the Woonbeurs this award is annually given to a person or organization that has an added value to the Dutch Interior world. The TextielLab presented itself last week on the Woonbeurs with a beautiful stand.

The TextielMuseum nominated Lenneke Langenhuijsen for the Young Talent Pin 2013. She was awarded for being a shining example of a designer who is willing to do in-depth research to historical sources, yarnes, techniques and contexts.

The project that was on show at the Woonbeurs is her ‘Combed Cotton‘ collection of blankets commissioned by the TextielMuseum. The industrial heritage of the famous Tilburg woolen blanket factory formed the starting point for a series of cotton blankets. Her research into the unique potential and characteristic of cotton ensured her to develop a silky cotton yarn that was ingeniously woven into blankets on looms of the TextielLab.

numbers

What a great mix this combo of sports and typography. Together in this book ‘Footballtype’ designed and published by Face37 founder Rick Banks and co-authored by writer Sheridan Bird. ‘Football type is a non profit book celebrating football and typography. The book is a limited edition of 1000 with each cover hand numbered using official FAPL lettering. 100% of profits from the sale of the book will go to the UK charity Football Foundation. Football Type traces the history and development of type in football, from the hand stitched numbers used in the 1930s to custom fonts created for major clubs and sports brands today.’ And ooh, that Barca type… just love it.

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birthdays

As ‘Fotograaf des Vaderlands’ Ilvy Njikiktjien is for one year the face of Fotoweek and acts as the Ambassador of the Dutch photography. ‘Kijk! Mijn Familie’ is the theme of Fotoweek; for ten days an ode to photography. Especially for Fotoweek 2013 Ilvy makes a photo series about birthday parties. She visits 100 birthdays. Special and particular ordinary parties. The fotoweek is starting today and runs until the 29th of september. Look here for all activities.

today

On a wednesday’ is an attempt to collect stories. Stories give a sneak peak into someone’s life. Just by asking ‘what are you doing’ on a Wednesday. It’s such a charming simple idea. The project is created by Dave Dawson and Bekka Palmer. Striking.

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truisms

Hi, welcome in my space, my world. Thought this poem suits this first step really well. A diary of a journey along my work; my thinking; my heroes – with their inspiration and wisdom; found footage – from the web and my memory box; some musings and a lot of joie de vivre. Have fun here!

opposite

I’m so anxious about how this project will end; ‘40 days of dating’ by Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman. As an experiment the two good friends, with opposite relationship problems, dated for 40 days.

“It’s been said that it takes 40 days to change a bad habit.
In an attempt to explore and hopefully overcome their fears and inadequacies, Tim and Jessica will go through the motions of a relationship for the next 40 days: the commitment, time, companionship, joys and frustrations. Can they help each other, or will they fall into their same habits? Will they damage their friendship? What if they fall in love?”

They have set up a set of six rules in order to focus on each other and on the project.
1 _ they will see each other every day for forty days
2 _ they will go on at least 3 dates a week
3 _ they will see a couples therapist once a week
4 _ they will go on a weekend trip together
5 _ they will document everything
6 _ they will not see, date or have sex with anyone else

And of course the typographic illustrations they’ve made are fun, but what else is there to expect of two great designers.
Be sure to follow it. Just . love . it.

distinction

‘True identity is something known in one heart
and recognized within another’

Struck by the work of Donna Verheijden at the Masterclass Exhibition of the Sandberg Institute, which had its opening last friday in Amsterdam. Her distinguished style with words, music and images makes an impressive view on today’s world.

mix

Totally up my alley is the work of Verena Michels, shown at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Graduation Show. Just fell head over heals for her use of colour, the beautiful little book added to the garments and the feel of her sweater. The total concept behind this project is making it top-notch; experiment and research the way it should be. As stated on her vimeopage:

‘I always liked the poem Inventur by Guenther Eich. It describes someone collecting, naming and counting everything he has left after the war. He describes their new function, like using a pair of socks as a pillow and cardboard as a mattress.

This mirrors my own concept; I gathered materials I like and tried to forget their conventional function. I experimented with wool and ended up finding a way to create a textile from wool without knitting. The technique is inspired by the way “moving blankets” are made industrially. The result is something that looks more flat than a knitted textile and has a different structure. The technique does not require special equipment. You can do it at home on your sewing machine and it is easy to learn. I always wanted to create a way of production that I can teach my friends and collaborate with them.’

Before I started my final project, I did a three month internship with Conny Groenewegen, an Amsterdam based designer known for her innovative knitwear collections. It influenced my way of looking at material. I learnt to manipulate texture and the weight of materials and I practiced creating silhouettes by following the material.’ ‘I only use wool yarn. The different qualities I use define the look of each garment. One looks and feels like a woven structure, one like a knit, and the weights vary from very light to heavy like a rug.

I got the idea for this technique the moment I saw the work of German artist Rosemarie Trockel in real life. It is her work too that made me decide to keep my own technique minimal.’

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