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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

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Into the mountains

22 Jan

outbirst moutain outbirst moutain After a few months drawing mountains I went from working mostly with patterns, where you couldn’t really see the mountain, to this. I wanted the mountains to be more present in my drawings but I still want to keep the patterns and abstract like feel.

A huge step was using the mistakes I made. I started to cut parts out which made the drawings more layered.

outburst mountain

Fabric, paint & discodip popcorn

20 Jan

outbirst sewnWho would have known that a weekend in my old town would be so lovely. For some time it was pretty stressful for me to be there and after I moved away 6 months ago I haven’t really been there much.

Last time, when we got together in my house, was so much fun that Lien and I planned to spend a whole weekend making something again!

Paint, thread, brand new markers, zippers, fabric, lemonade, 6 lychies, blueberries and raspberries and confetti popcorn were some of the ingredients that made this weekend so lovely. I am proud of this bag I made!

Staying at home on saturday too? This is what you need:

Discodip popcorn

  1. pop the popcorn
  2. melt the white chocolate (au bain marie)
  3. drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn
  4. sprinkle with discodip!
  5. done!

Patterns, yeay again!

8 Jan

outbirst sewnWhen moving to another city you need to re-design your friendships. When living in the same city you can get together quite spontaneous where now we have to find new ways. Which, I have to say is pretty special too. Lien and I spend a day together where we planned to make something… Something with fabric and stamps. Before we got started we first hit town to find some material to work with. That took hours!

Back home we both made a pouch and decorated them with stamps made from cork. Inspired I later made another one. Sewing is not my specialty yet, but I am learning! I even started lessons! So this can only get better!!

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!

Lino, yeay!

7 Jan

outburst linoCreative therapie is good for something too… Although I was not allowed to make any projects of my own, I did have the chance to try out new stuff and work without the high standards I wanted me to meet. On the left is my selfportait I made with lino. It was the first time since I was 8 or so. I had all the stuff needed at my studio for others to work with, including a printing press! So at home I started to cut some mountains. I loved working with my hands and with the press. I just need some more patience to actually continue working with this technique. Maybe tomorrow…

Patterns, yeay!

7 Jan

outburst patternsOn a night, while listening to some nice music, I started drawing patterns. I couldn’t stop for some time. I loved working on blanc postcards. For a while I experimented with that and after a while the mountains started to appear in this more and more. At first it was kind of abstract but at some point they became more visible. I added shapes of water, sun, snow and clouds. From the beginning I used tape in my drawings which I have been fascinated with since I was in art school but never worked with it much myself. So this time I needed to!

Let’s meet under the white mountains

7 Jan

outbirst moutainsThe first serious thing that I desided to start working with was the idea of moutains. Mountains mean a lot to me in different ways, but when I started I had this in mind: When I met my love, I not only fell in love with him, but also with his big white bed. I once said it felt like we were laying under huge white mountains. Now whenever my love and I spend the night  apart, we say that in our dreams we meet each other under the white mountains. These are the first mountains I made.

Ambitious

7 Jan

crochet loveAmbitious, that is me. When I started to teach myself how to crochet last year, I began with a pretty difficult stitch. This appeared to be just the one that was needed for this project.

I bought a beautiful thick wool. Not knowing that a small change like that has consequences. This makes that I can’t really follow the rows and counts of the pattern. But hé, I’ll figure it out I guess.

This will turn out to be a 2m x 2m blanket, and hopefully will be done someday this year! Be warned… It is a bigbig project!

(oh.. the one on the right, that is what it is should look like in the far future, but a little different..)

Going upside down!

7 Jan

kermisThis new-year-new-month-new-monday is pretty overwhelming to me. A new fresh start; this is going the year it will all be all right. At least that is what I hope for. To lower the pressure I desided to fill this day with things I like. One thing I like is ‘sharing’. By organizing exhibitions I have been sharing primarily the work other people. The last year I have been encouraged to make things myself. This has been a huge step, but once I started, I have to say, I never new I could work in such a free way and feel so inspired! Sharing things of my own hand is raising some pressure again, but it might be a good step. It feels really naked to show my work, but I met someone last week who inspired me to do so. Plus my friend Evelien wrote on her to do list for this year: going upside down in a rollercoaster. I told her I would love to join her, since I love that stuff! I think this is a fresh new year in which bold steps like that need to be taken to change some things around here. So here we go!