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Printing press in da house

23 Jan

printingpressWe have had this printing press for my work since a few years. My love has been using it quite a bit. We used it for a project on Into The Great Wide Open in 2011. And I had a few Artists in Residence that worked with it. For now, it found its place in our livingroom.

purfina 1957Yesterday I had an idea for a print and just got to it! This is the Purfina Gasstation in Arnhem from 1957. The architect is Sybold van Ravesteyn (more info in dutch here). It is still there, without the type. It is going to be a 3 layered print. And I want to make a series of it. There is an old gasstation like this in Den Bosch as well! I do need some patience though. But this is good, something that might take a week or more for it to be done. Waiting a day for it to dry so the next layer can be added. Not to mention finding the right colors and mixing them by hand. Then making sure the layers are printed right, with the right amount of ink and pressure from the press. I really need to get used to the time and work that this all takes compared to designing on the computer. But to be away from that thing, not being able to correct mistakes and just work with your hands and even the injuries that come with that, do me good!

testprint lino


Sunshine in my kitchen

13 Jan


pinterest Food IdeasI haven’t been using my kitchen much the past year. But I have been collecting recipes on my pinterest. Spending time in the kitchen really got me through some tough times. Not the eating so much, but the making and sharing of baked goods is something I really enjoy doing. After being vegan for 12 years, I am trying to find a new way to deal with food. This has been a struggle for me.Knowing all the reasons why I should not eat some food haunts me often. But feeling free while eating and not being the only one that is vegan makes that I have been letting go of some of the strict rules that I have been living with. I do still want to be consious about my food, but those rules of being vegan made it way safer for me to make decisions concerning what to eat. Staying vegan has been a real hard for me now I don’t have any people around me that are vegan too because to me eating is about sharing and connecting to others. But when I stopped being vegan I also stopped baking and cooking.

But when I saw Sarah Britton from the food blog My New Roots talk at the TEDxAmsterdamWomen I really got excited again. Her positive way of approaching food really inspireed me to get back in touch with food.

The sun was shining in the kitchen, it looked so lovely. I took care of the dishes, which was all of a sudden not such a struggle to get through. I grabbed my Recipe Journal and decided to start with something quick and good. My 5 min. vegan pancakes!

5 min pancakes

Here is what you do:

1. Set out the ingredients
2. Set pan to medium heat
3. Combine dry ingredients
4. Add soy milk and vegetable oil to mixture
5. Mix until smooth
6. Spoon one pancake worth of mix in pan (I usually fit 3 pancakes at once)
7. Flip carefully when bubbles appear in middle
8. Enjoy!

Like a match

7 Jan

Like a matchIn the meanwhile… I have moved to live with my love in his city, a new city to me! I love his, now our, house and I love the city! I will be sharing some pics of my new house and city later!

This collage I made inspired by us moving!

The simple life

20 Jan

The simple life is a changed mind grown out into a changed life. – Diana Lorence

Last week I was online following a trail of campervans and caravans and it brought me to this story that has been in my mind ever since. I saw this image of the cutest little house and was surprised to see how tiny it really was. But while watching the interview where Diana Lorence tells about her live of luxury in their 15 square feet home with no electricity I felt a deep longing for such a place.

The home looked so peaceful and in touch with true life and nature. No distractions of modern life makes life timeless. Thinking about it while watching, it sort of freaked me out thinking about all the things that you would have to let go off. I love to hear how Diana’s search for emptiness changed into the search of completeness. Silence, that might be the one thing that would be so amazing but oh-so frightening…

Kirsten Dirksen, who films stories on simple living & sustainability for *faircompanies like this one, uses the quote:

Perfection is received, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to take away. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

This I found so inspiring, that it got stuck in my head. I even read a little into who Antoine de Saint-Exupery was. Turns out he is the writer of the book ‘The Little Prince’ and a pilot who disappeared without a trace during a flight in 1944.

I have been thinking a lot about this. What would I be willing to get rid of and how far would you be willing and able to go?

In the Innermost house, the books are their link to the world, I love that because that is how I look at my book collection. It was a way to bring home the great artworks made on the other side of the world. I guess, when you have to bring that down to the most important books, what would I want them to tell me? A good thing to think about.

Diana Lorence writes: “To simplify does not mean to step down or accept less, it means to begin again. If there is a secret to designing for the simple life, it is to begin at the beginning, begin with the seed. To begin from the outside and work your way in will never end in real simplicity, it can only end in the death of the living tree.”

And: “I only know that we cannot live without design in our modern world, that no profession stands so near to daily life as that of the designer, and that to design for true simplicity means somehow to plant a seed at the heart of a life and encourage it to grow.” 

As a designer that needs to begin again, this story and these words hit home…

Jingle bells

24 Dec

20111224-184647.jpgHappy with the vintage decoration that belonged to my grandma. My mom gave them for Christmas!

Did you know: “Jingle Bells” is one of the best-known and commonly sung winter songs in the world. It was written by James Lord Pierpont (1822–1893) and published under the title “One Horse Open Sleigh” in the autumn of 1857. Even though it is commonly thought of as a Christmas song, it was actually written and sung for Thanksgiving.


23 Dec

I haven’t had a christmas tree in years, but I really like these. I was wondering who had ever thought of decorating a tree which became such a global tradition… It can be traced back to at least as far as 15th century! I was reading a little about christmas trees on wiki. It is a bit of a long story, so if you like you can find the history on christmas trees there. I really love all the ideas for contemporary christmas ‘trees’. Maybe next year! These trees are from Wood & Wool Stool and you can find more here.

‘Each year, 33 to 36 million Christmas trees are produced in America, and 50 to 60 million are produced in Europe.’ So maybe this is not such a crazy idea ; )

home lovin’

22 Dec

While waiting for my love to come home after being away for a few days, I came across this… It is very important to me who I share my home with. The biggest thing I had to deal with lately is making my home something good to share with me… Most of all I had been sharing my home with my work, which got to the point I moved out for a month to be able to calm down a bit. Before I was able to get back home, the house complete house was put upside down. Now it is slowly growing to my save place again and I can start to share it again. I love to see how not only me, but also my love, friends, family and animals are feeling relaxed in this sweet place I can call home again.

Tad Carpenter is an illustrator worth checking out! You can find an interview here and peek in his well styled home here. Lots of gorgeous stuff they have! If only we lived in the States…

Extreme home makeover

13 Dec

The last two weeks I have been working on my extreme home makeover. The danger of making your work based on all-that-you-love is that a. you invest too much energy and b. silently work takes over your complete life.. So to bring some peace in my house I needed to turn the whole place upside down…

After moving 2/3 of my stuff to the studio my livingroom finally felt light again!

Stuff I luv:
1. new curtains, pillows & fake flowers from Ikea.
2. ‘Little Wanderer’ & ‘Pup Cup’ by Yoshitomo Nara.
3. tea cups & cute bowls
4. new old cabinet
5. the wooden bird toy
6. grandma’s cat
7. cute little books
8. Teddytroop by Buffmonster (1 of 400)
9. ‘Fatima’ by Sam Flores
10. candles!