30 March 2011
As I sell more and more in my shop and elsewhere (hurray and thanks to
you all!), I need to get (re)organized. So... I got myself some file boxes,
frames, more boxes and a pen case. I must admit to be a bit geeky and quite
un-artists-like about organizing: I love organizing (and believe to be quite
good at it) I could do this for days as a project in its own!
Psst: I also like book keeping, but don't tell as this is not very sexy or cool, just slightly weird ;)
summer with the plan in mind to start making this DIY pinhole camera and
shoot some pictures but, I can't get myself to open it cause the package looks
so nice om my wall!
29 March 2011
28 March 2011
25 March 2011
24 March 2011
Lately I noticed that a lot of my work is shown by others on tumblr, websites and
blogs. I love it when people appreciate my work like that (it's a big compliment,
so thanks!) but unfortunately not everyone keeps the online etiquette in mind.
I found this poster on The Yellow Umbrella today and I'm so happy this topic got
some attention. Pia Jane Bijkerk and Erin Loechner made it to point out the
importance of crediting artists on your blog. I'm so happy with this!
Design*sponge and Chelsea Fuss wrote a good item about this topic too.
And as far as my own work goes: of course you can feature it, I'd love that! (this means that you can
show it, not use it or copy it...) But please please please include my name and link back to me.
I'm making a living with this stuff so this is very important to me. Thank you!
23 March 2011
22 March 2011
21 March 2011
18 March 2011
My students are making 3 dimensional illustrations to a poem by Bart van der Lee.
First they made the seperate elements of the illustration. Next step is to place the
elements in a box and build the scene. This is a nice way to learn how to build an
illustration and will help when making 2D work later.
I'll show you photos of the result next week!
17 March 2011
As we all feel for the people of Japan and hold our breaths for a potential nuclear
disaster, Pikalands Amy decided to get active and made a poster for fundraising.
Nice work Amy!
The lovely Anna Denise from the Yellow Umbrella featured an interview with me on
her blog, you can read it here.
Since The Instant Comfort Pocket boxes seem wildly popular, I added new ones
to my shop (and even more will be added tomorrow)!
16 March 2011
This toy car has a little story...
Last august I made two 3D illustration boxes / displays for the Woonbeurs (home decor
fair) in Amsterdam, one with an urban landscape and one with a country landscape.
At the last day of the fair, someone placed a little car on the road in the urban
landscape box. I have no idea who put it there but love it when people interact and
communicate with my design! The car is on the desk at my studio now and sometimes
I wonder... who was this mystery person?
14 March 2011
12 March 2011
This is my all time favorite shop in Amsterdam, Vlieger. They sell so many sorts of
paper, cardboard, art supplies and just everything else you can think of to do with
paper! The staff is really helpfull and has an almost supernatural expertise. It's like a
candy store, I can spend hours there without even noticing time has gone by!
11 March 2011
10 March 2011
09 March 2011
- A new feature! Because I'm just curious, and I assume most of you are, I like to know the ins and outs
about other artists I admire. So, this will be the first of a new series on this blog: 'Five questions to....' -
The things we are
is Joost Stokhof, an Illustrator from the Netherlands. I love his work and the
developments in it over time (I've known Joost for a while). He has a very personal
drawing style and most of his work has an almost poetic feel.
Do you have a work routine and if so, what is it?
Well, since october I'm working on a daily collage project called 'the daily things'.
I make a collage out of the newspaper everyday and I always start my day with that,
it's good to be able to start working without thinking too much what you will be
making, that get's me started. As far as other work or assigments I try to just go
with it. I stopped making sketches a long time a go, so most of the time I have a
vague idea of what I want to do and just start from there. for me it's the most
exciting way to work, not knowing what you are working towards.
How do you keep yourself going and motivated and what to do if you get stuck?
I always have 500 plans I want to do after I finish the thing I am working on at that
moment, so in a way I'm always in a rush to start with something new. I guess only 2
out of the 500 plans do get excecuted, but I think that is my drive to keep on going,
I have so much stuff I want to do still, so there's no time to waste. Getting stuck is a
bad thing though, it happens from time to time but I really found comfort in the
thought that when something goes wrong one day, it will be alright the next. Just
try not to force it too much, atleast that's the way for me to solve it. I work well
under pressure, so when I'm really close to a deadline because I got stuck for a few
days, that's when things will turn out well.
What is your biggest fear?
Not being able to create the things I love anymore. I really realise that I am very
lucky to be able to do that on a day to day basis, I think I would go nuts if I can't do
What would be your dream assignment?
Something like :'we have this big space for you to fill with your work, you can live
there for a month or two and work on it and ofcourse you can make a nice book
out of it. Preferably somewhere in Sweden or Norway.
Do you have a 'best tip' for getting your work out there?
Harass people with your work. It's always such a pain in the ass to do, but I guess
it's the only way. And ofcourse, always be critical towards your work. The happier
I am with work, the easier it is to show it to people.
For more work of The things we are, have a look here.
07 March 2011
05 March 2011
I'm making a crochet forest for an upcomming group expo at Gallery Tydeman where
I'll be showing my printed porcelain. I like how the illustrations, printed on the
porcelain 'come to life' as 3D crochet.
I recently discovered this webshop (also a 'real store' in Tilburg, the Netherlands) and
they will sell my postcards and porcelain soon, keep you posted!
02 March 2011
01 March 2011
Here in the Netherlands, as some of you might know, the covernment decided on
mayor cuts in the art budget. Of course, this resulted in big protests by artists and
art lovers but it doesn't seem to help.
One of the first 'victims' is this amazing art magazine Oog (Eye). It was published
by The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and triomphed in it's accesability for people
both in and outside the art world. This edition (about animals in the arts) was the
last, I feel a bit lost...