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collect moments

The ‘crossover collective’ is a social machine that focuses on an ancient form of communication as social activity: collective embroidery. The machine was designed by Floor Nijdeken and on show during the tradeshow ShowUp, which was held in Amsterdam at the 2nd and 3th of February.

Like this focus on transfering knowledge or ‘heritage’ by interaction. Besides the fact that a lot of knowledge is getting lost by solely learning from books and nternet, there is less passing through of knowledge and inspiration by the seniors in the trade. Our society is also changing and people hardly communicate in real social exhange anymore. A lot of spotaneity is getting lost, which to me is one of the fun parts of life. Sitting together at this machine and sharing skills, stories, knowledge, having fun and having a little part of you left in an embroidered carpet. Couldn’t agree more with his slogan ‘collect memories, not things’.

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when time stops the image…

Fotostudio De Jong is a documentary tv-program about photography. The show is presented by Wilfried de Jong, who is in this series constantly on the lookout for stories behind a photo and he gives his reflections on the images he finds. This show, which has a magazine-like format, is presented from his little photo gallery in Rotterdam. This program is such a great addition and reflection on todays society. A society which is more and more constantly captured in images and where photography has become accessible for everyone.

“Instagram makes the world a smaller place” _ The Instagramman / Eelco Roos / Croyable

Martijn van de Griendt

Anjès Geesink; ‘Vogels huilen niet’ / ‘Birds don’t cry

Just love everything about it. First, and for most, the attention for all kinds of photography: ranging from interviews with photographers about one strong picture, pure professional technical photography, young photographers at the beginning of their career, news photos, poetry, art and archives. The styling of the studio and the graphics are spot on. There will be 8 more episodes to watch. VPRO / Saturday, Nederland 2, 21.15 – 22.00 p.m.

“A good photo stops time and lets fantasy in”
_ Wilfried de Jong
Instagram picture of Wilfried by Stephan Vanfleteren

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for now

I’ll have to wait…
I’ll come down

After a hectic, fun month and a lot more exciting stuff is about to happen. The styling and photography of Lab 71 with its calming, soothing fairytale atmosphere is the eyecandy that’s perfect for today. A little peace and quiet time. It’s so nice to walk through Frieda Mellemas’ world. A world that brings her contemplations and daydreams alive into touchable, striking images.

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craft, colour and cups

Totally in love with the ceramics designed by Alissa and Nienke. The thing I love most about these cups is the soft blended color tones on which they state on their website:
‘We love crafts, colors and cups. This is coming together in a material experiment with pigment and porcelain; a research about the flowing of colors through liquid porcelain, resulting in a series of handmade and unique objects. Our cups might be messy, might be fixed, can be colorful or subtle, but are always created by the blending of the colored porcelain. The technique of pouring becomes visible in the final product and the moment of creation is frozen in the appearance of the cup. By following the colored patterns you discover the movements we made and get an insight in the process.’
It was so awesome to see this process live on show in the workshop of the VTwonen ‘Barn’ at the Woonbeurs 2013.

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soft

This years ‘Woonbeurs Pin 2013’ has been won by the TextielLab of the TextielMuseum in Tilburg. During the Woonbeurs this award is annually given to a person or organization that has an added value to the Dutch Interior world. The TextielLab presented itself last week on the Woonbeurs with a beautiful stand.

The TextielMuseum nominated Lenneke Langenhuijsen for the Young Talent Pin 2013. She was awarded for being a shining example of a designer who is willing to do in-depth research to historical sources, yarnes, techniques and contexts.

The project that was on show at the Woonbeurs is her ‘Combed Cotton‘ collection of blankets commissioned by the TextielMuseum. The industrial heritage of the famous Tilburg woolen blanket factory formed the starting point for a series of cotton blankets. Her research into the unique potential and characteristic of cotton ensured her to develop a silky cotton yarn that was ingeniously woven into blankets on looms of the TextielLab.

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today

On a wednesday’ is an attempt to collect stories. Stories give a sneak peak into someone’s life. Just by asking ‘what are you doing’ on a Wednesday. It’s such a charming simple idea. The project is created by Dave Dawson and Bekka Palmer. Striking.
via swiss-miss

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mix

Totally up my alley is the work of Verena Michels, shown at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Graduation Show. Just fell head over heals for her use of colour, the beautiful little book added to the garments and the feel of her sweater. The total concept behind this project is making it top-notch; experiment and research the way it should be. As stated on her vimeopage:

‘I always liked the poem Inventur by Guenther Eich. It describes someone collecting, naming and counting everything he has left after the war. He describes their new function, like using a pair of socks as a pillow and cardboard as a mattress. This mirrors my own concept; I gathered materials I like and tried to forget their conventional function. I experimented with wool and ended up finding a way to create a textile from wool without knitting. The technique is inspired by the way “moving blankets” are made industrially. The result is something that looks more flat than a knitted textile and has a different structure. The technique does not require special equipment. You can do it at home on your sewing machine and it is easy to learn. I always wanted to create a way of production that I can teach my friends and collaborate with them.’ Before I started my final project, I did a three month internship with Conny Groenewegen, an Amsterdam based designer known for her innovative knitwear collections. It influenced my way of looking at material. I learnt to manipulate texture and the weight of materials and I practiced creating silhouettes by following the material.’ ‘I only use wool yarn. The different qualities I use define the look of each garment. One looks and feels like a woven structure, one like a knit, and the weights vary from very light to heavy like a rug. I got the idea for this technique the moment I saw the work of German artist Rosemarie Trockel in real life. It is her work too that made me decide to keep my own technique minimal.’

Her work is on show for two more days at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy.

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little things

[Translation]

Beautiful, old, wooden grandstands
are entered through a little narrow staircase.
The trees rage right beside you.
You look upward. If they are smart
they choose downwind, after the toss.

by Nico Dijkshoorn from ‘Kleine Dingen’ (Little Things)

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to the wonder

Just a beauty this movie poster design. A very subtle fold, fading typography and gloomy colours. This graphic design has it all that
I might watch this one. Might not be a suitable film for a fun
night though.

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still

Just a beautiful handkerchief for waving and celebrating out loud or to dry your tears and give some comfort. Today I could need one for both purposes. Design by Nienke Sybrandy

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elusive

Fun! This series of urban and rural landscape pictures with ‘Momo’ hiding somewhere in the frame. Andrew Knapp – an Ontario based graphic designer – came up with this idea when he discovered his dog would hide when fetching sticks, instead of returning them. Follow Momo’s hide and seek on GoFindMomo; ‘the playful adventures of a hiding border collie’ And that typosign ‘frigidaire’ in the first picture is such a beauty.
via Colossal

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lina

Striking, intriguing beauty; this first film production ‘lina’ by Thirza Schaap. Just astounded by her mind’s eye and her soft, quirky touch in both styling and images.

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brief encounter

Extreme precise staging in magic-hour twilight are two of the key ingredients for the jaw-dropping pictures of Gregory Crewdson.
What a surprise to stumble upon the documentary by Ben Shapiro just zapping around in a lost quarter of time. The documentary is filmed over a period of then years, showing the artistic processes behind
the visual stories flowing with despair, mystery and longing of small town American life. The pictures, or better cinematic narratives, are either shot on location in desolate streets or exquisitly recreated on a soundstage from scratch. None of the meticulous preparation work degrades in anyway the fascinating intrigue of the pictures.
To me it even adds-up and the photographs are becoming more and more intriguing. Did I say jaw-dropping!
‘Untitled’ (Brief Encounter) by Gregory Crewdson from the ‘Beneath
the Roses’ series. As featured in ‘Gregory Crewdson; Brief Encounters’ a film by Ben Shapiro. Pictures via, via. watch the trailer over here.

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soft whispers

In this contemplative end-of-year mood these serene, soft pictures of the ‘Full Moon Story’ by Kim Kyoungsoo is the spot-on visualisation. Asked by Vogue Korea he realized a series of portraits that
re-actualizes the traditional Korean ‘Hanbok’. Which many Korean people are wearing during the National traditional festivities ‘Chuseok’. With these asthonising pictures with their poetic almost surreal touch to it i’m taking a breath for a few days longer. And then on to 2013, which is almost crawling in like those kittens; young, freah and playful. Can’t wait.
via the Design Ark

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gotcha!

Perfect timing of these go-ginger-go-girls. That modern-vintage,
clean touch of Emilie Vercruysse photography is just hitting all
the right buttons for me. What a plus to capture a summerglow together with a crisp winter hominess.
Picture by courtesy of Emilie Vercruysse.

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