29 November 2011
I decided to subscribe to the Back to basic course by Jamie Shelman to get my
inspiration going again. It started yesterday and I can tell you...it's so nice to
get assignments from someone else (instead of comming up with my own stuff),
very refreshing! We're exploring geometric shapes...
28 November 2011
This weekend was the opening of the Kunst Doet Goed exhibition and shop
I participated in. It was so crowded that we had to wait for others to leave
before we could go in. I ran into the talented dutch children's book illustrator
Sanne te Loo, who was just buying one of my plates!
24 November 2011
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18 November 2011
The first group of illustration students finished their lino prints! The assigment was
to make a design on two randomly put together words, a thing or animal and an action.
For example: 'blooming shoe' or ' expanding cabinet'.
17 November 2011
Oh dear, I feel a bit guilty for neglecting you guys. I haven't been posting to much
lately have I? But this is why:
I've been working so hard the last, well frankly two years, that I feel a bit run down
in creativity (the etsy shop and making all those products has been a bit overwelming
too, delicate flower that I am ;-). I'm struggling with finding my 'spark' again and
figuring out which way to go. In this part of my carrier (oh my, I've got one) where
things are up and running fine, I feel the need to step back and reflect on my path.
I'd like to go back to 'really' illustrating instead of producing. To do this I need to make
some space and time. Last week I went on a yoga weekend at the seaside which was
lovely but confronted me with a horrible neck ache, which ironically made me even
fysically feel stuck, haha! Interesting how the body reflects mental obstructions...
Anyway, I'm thinking about going on a little trip, maybe to do some more yoga or
something like an artist in residenceship. Because I'm also teaching (which I love!) it's
a bit hard to find the time for a week or two off, but I'll do my very best to find it,
probably somewhere in januari. I also plan on doing a little course or workshop to get
my creativity going without me having to let the motivation come out of myself all the
time, but just go with assignments from someone else (in this case, I'm thinking about
an online course from Jamie Shelman, who's also a teacher at Camp Pikaland).
Sound like a good plan? In the mean time I will be posting on the blog again, as I did
miss doing that on a daily basis and the contact with you guys that comes with it!
Of course the shop will stay open, especially now that the holidays are coming up.
Fortunately, I had some help from a very good friend who, with his crafty skills,
assisted me in making ICPB's, thanks Chris!.
Wow, this has become a long story... Thanks for listing to/ reading my mind bubbles
and sticking with me!
14 November 2011
11 November 2011
Did you know that Hans Christian Andersen made absolutely beautiful papercuts
(as I discovered when reading uppercase magazine)?
The story goes that he would tell a tale and meanwhile cut a paper figure to unfold
at the end. I wish I could go back in time to be in his audience... You can find more
examples of his papercuts here.
07 November 2011
The new Christmas cards came in last friday! They're available in my shop as a
package of 6 (3 of each design).
After many requests I also decided to make the 'Proud teapot' print into a greeting
card (including envelope), you can find it here.
06 November 2011
How nice to have this little break! So much time to do things I always wanted to do
and to find inspiring new things:
+ cake I made for a friend who turned 30
+ I discovered Henrietta Swift's work, love! (found the stickers at gutenappetit)
01 November 2011
After all the exhibition parties and product making, we need a little time out. So if I'm
not posting as much the next few weeks as I usually do, you know why... me and Seb
are reloading our creativity!
A few more things:
+ the shop is still open, no worries!
+ The first newsletter will be out by the end of this week! So if you haven't subscribed
(in the menu bar on the right) yet, this is the time!
+ I like this for some low key creativity