Cyanotype masterclasses

Would you like to experience the magic of blueprint making? This summer I’ll be hosting cyanotype masterclasses at the Dutch Textielmuseum. We’ll be experimenting with building a good composition with (dried) plants and flowers. Of course you can also use other things as a silhouette, and work in a more abstract way if you like. Visiting the exhibition Simply Scandinavian you might feel inspired and do as Scandinavian designers do: play with light, nature, abstraction and simplicity. After experimenting with the technique on both paper and various sorts of textile, you’ll be applying your design on a beautiful silk scarf.  Come join me, it’s fun!

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Flora castle porcelain

Beautiful porcelain & flowers: they make my heart beat faster. So if I can combine these two in one project: that’s perfect! For the new brand Flora Castle I was asked to design watercolour flowers for their various ceramic products. It has become a lovely mix of hand painted wild flowers and hand painted geometric motifs. Some designs feature a whole field of flowers, some just one big flower. And just like with a real field bouquet you can pick any kind of flower you like: they all go well together. Flora Castle has been created by the Dutch brand Bunzlau Castle, one of my clients. It offers a wide range of plates, bowls, teapots and kitchen textiles like tea towels, napkins and table runners. All is made (with a lot of love) in Portugal.

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photoshoot

Today I’ve been putting some of my cyanotype and other sun prints out on the wall for a special photoshoot. More about that later this month. Of course I had to wear a matching Prussian blue dress (I wish I had designed it myself).

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The merry month of May

If you have a garden, or visit one regularly, you know that this is the month in which your garden changes the most. I start my days with a little inspection of my garden: to welcome newly grown flowers, check if there are any slugs eating my newly grown plants and smell the blossoming trees. I’ve been painting the blossom of cherry and peach trees. My first with acrylic paint, by the way. Here’s what I’ve been up to last month.

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November flowers

Now that we’ll see less and less flowers in nature let’s put them on our bicycle bags. My magnolia print for Basil is featured on many bags, bicycle bells and saddle covers and soon available over here. Not only in poppy red, but also in stylish grey with pastels, blackberry and teal blue. Read more about my work in my november newsletter.

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