Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Sewing time

May I introduce you to my sewing machine. It's a Singer and it belonged to my grandmother. I haven't used it that often yet but I am getting into it and I'm excited to start on some new pieces. Last week I made a pillowcase from a piece of fabric which I brought back from Sydney (where I lived for 6 months). It was super simple and a good way to start sewing again. I love the print and it's a nice memory of the great time I had in Sydney.  

I remembered that I once made a drawing of my sewing machine and I thought why not show it to you as well :).

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Favorite DIY's

Here some of my favorite 'Do It Yourself' projects that I found lately. Can't wait to recreate one!
(click on the image to find the tutorial)

Friday, February 24, 2012

A day at the museum

Tuesday my friend and I visited the museum  MMKA in Arnhem. Mainly to see the the exhibition 'Six Yards Guaranteed Dutch Design' (which you can see in this blogpost) but we also looked at other exhibitions and and made some fun random pictures that I'd like to show you.

 I know, I need to go to the hairdresser..

capturing movement, just like on the photograph

freakishly real looking mannequin

thinking it was an interactive light  pole, it was not.. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Prints, prints, prints

Yesterday I visited the exhibition 'Six Yards Guaranteed Dutch Design' at the MMKA in Arnhem. This exhibition is a tribute to the Dutch Wax textiles from the company Vlisco, based in Helmond. Since 1846 Vlisco sold their textiles to West African markets and became part of the African culture. The prints are known worldwide and were featured in fashion shows in Paris and galleries in London. Not many people know that these beautiful 'African' prints are actually produced and designed in this little Dutch city called Helmond. 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

random loves

Shiharu Shiota
Drawings, pen on paper - Susie Macmurray
Nadeem Darbey
Fabric tower - Atelier Manferdini
Nava Lubelski
Shiharu Shiota

Friday, February 17, 2012

Igor + Andre

http://igorandandre.blogspot.com/, a blog that I found years ago and with which I completely fell in love. This blog is full of amazing drawings and paintings made by Danny Roberts. He originally studied Fashion design but eventually found his passion in fashion illustration, which is what he does nowadays. I love his style and the colors he uses. Occasionally he films himself while drawing/painting which is amazing to see.
Here are some of my favorite drawings.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A glass bowl 3D printed with sand. Say what..?!

Look at this, it's amazing!
Markus Kaiser, a designer from London, explored the possibilities of desert's two element, sun and sand.
In a world where energy production and raw material shortage are becoming a problem, using these materials, from which there is plenty, could be an option.
With the heat from the sun and the silica from the sand Markus made a 3D printer!
In the video you can see Markus at work in the Sahara desert.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Checkered circle scarf

Whenever the winter kicks in and knitted scarfs, sweaters and gloves are everywhere, I get the urge to start knitting again. And so I did, right after I went from 30 degrees to 0 when I returned from Australia. I made a circle scarf for my friend Josha with a pattern of blocks and used the bamboo knitting pins which I bought in Sydney.
I must say I'm starting to get addicted, a new scarf is already in progess ;)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Shoe love

Whether it is to wear or just to look at, I'm totally loving these shoes.

1. Andreia Chaves
2. Sam Edelman
3. United Nude Web Hi
4. Walter Steiger

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Awesome finds // pop-up

Loving this interactive pop-up book in which with basic sensors a whole new experience is created. I would love to buy this for my future child one day.


Friday, February 10, 2012

Ice ice baby

It is definitely winter here in the Netherlands. Temperatures during the day are below 0 and even reached -23 degrees at night two weeks ago. Since I have windows with single glass you can imagine it gets pretty cold in my room. A week ago, when the temperature dropped to -15 at night, this is what I woke up to; my complete window covered with a layer of ice, on the inside! Besides the insanity of this occurance, it actually looked pretty cool and it was the perfect moment to take out my SLR camera, which I already have for a while but I never fully used it. From now on I will and you can expect some more photo's soon.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Necklace design

Today I want to share with you one of my own designs. This necklace, made out of the tips of cotton swabs sewn together, is inspired by the pattern of coral and the roadmap of the Antillian island Curacao. I love this kind of design where precision is required, interesting materials are worked with and a lot of detailing is involved.

Curacao is the island where my mother lives and which I visited several times. On the beaches many of these pertrified corals can be found and I love the pattern and texture of them. On the right you see the capital of  Curacao, Willemstad, from above. The white lines are roads and the red dot represents the house of my mom. This all resulted in the design of this necklace, a piece that represents beauty as well as personal value for me.

Monday, February 6, 2012


Almost 3 weeks ago I arrived back home after the most amazing adventure I ever had; living in Sydney, Australia for 6 months. An exchange program of my study made it possible for me to study at the University of Technology in Sydney, and so I did. After studying I travelled around Australia and saw some amazing views. The camera that I brought was pretty old and didn't make the best quality pictures but the one thing I love about this camera is its panoramic function and I used it a lot during my travels. Here a collection of my favorite pictures.
(click on the picture to enlarge)