31 August 2011
Hooray, we finished the kids' and baby t-shirts today! We made two different
prints on t-shirts and onesies: 'Oscar the pig' (with his ties for every occasion)
and 'Vernon the gardening squirrel' (growing his own forest). They'll be in the
Etsy shop soon... keep you posted!
30 August 2011
29 August 2011
One of my friends lives in the most amazing old factory. The living area is upstairs
but there's also huge halls downstairs (great for playing tennis), corridors and other
interesting rooms, features and colors. It's such an inspiring place!
25 August 2011
24 August 2011
Screenprinting kids' tshirts was a bit harder then I thought. I have screen printed
before but this time I wanted 3 colors, which means a lot of measuring and matching.
We did the first two layers of the first print (I've got 2) today and will (hopefully)
finish both prints next week.
23 August 2011
As promised yesterday, here a picture of the first new china pieces I made with Amy.
This is only the beginning as we have about eight times this amount waiting to be
Still a few spots left at the illustration workshop I'm teaching online at
Camp Pikaland! You can subscribe HERE.
22 August 2011
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14 August 2011
The last three weeks I've been looking after a friends veggie garden that
produces a huge amount of zucchini's. Today, again, I left with 4 very large
ones (about 3 kilo each, I'm not kidding!) thinking: what to do with these?
As I sort of forced the previous ones on all my friends (which resulted into a
zucchini party) I was looking for new victimes... While cycling home I came
across this beautiful house where the owners were working in the garden.
I drove up to the fence and asked if they'd fancy a zucchini. Luckily they
did and even better, they offered to trade for apples and pears out of their
orchard! A huge apple/pear pie is in my oven, right now... YUM!
There's an interview with me on Pikaland about the 4 week workshop I'll
teach at camp pikaland in september! Read it here.
And also one on Dutch Handmade, you can find it here.
12 August 2011
10 August 2011
Amy (the intern) and me went on a roadtrip to different secondhand shops around
Utrecht and came back with a big amount of porcelain china. It will be printed
this month with brand new illustrations and hopefully I can show you a new
printed china series in september when it will be for sale in the Etsy shop!
07 August 2011
A drawing of some hollyhocks I made a few weeks ago. I'd really love to have
one of these in my little city garden next year.
Tomorrow my new intern starts! Her name is Amy and she's a third year student
at the Manchester School of Art. You can have a little peak at her work here...
04 August 2011
My new home has some pretty plain walls at the front, so today I made a little
'doorstep garden' a.k.a city garden for those of us who don't have a 'real' one.
I took away a couple rows of bricks and filled the hole with soil. It took about
two hours work and was really fun to do. The plants have to grow some more
but eventually it'll look like a little piece of paradise (I hope). I'm also growing
some edible plants there and on my balcony, which resulted in a tasty salade...
01 August 2011
Oooh...Parade... how I long for you all summer and how sad to see you go!
For those of you not familiar with this little theater festival 'De Parade', it's the
most wonderful festival touring around Holland during summer! You can visite
small theater shows (the actors sell the cards themselves and walk around to
enthuse people to come to their show), enjoy yourself in the caroussel (also for
adults, I'm not kidding this thing really makes you fly high), bake your own
poffertjes (sort of tiny dutch pancakes) or just hang out with a beer and
enjoy the scenery.