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’.
Intruiging photo’s by Chino Otsuka. A Tokyo born photographer, living in Britain since she was 10. In her work she deals with a repeating theme; “What makes a place a home and where does a sense of belonging comes from?”. In a lot of her projects she uses self-portraits to explore the themes of belonging, identity and memory.
These pictures are a great example of this theme she is working on. By placing herself back in a picture that was taken when she was a child. I wonder how she felt when she was back at the place where these pictures were taken. Was there some disappointment or will ‘the journey back’ make the memory stronger. Clever way of using memory as a narritive element to tell her story.
I have a chance to meet,
there is so much I want to ask
and so much I want to tell”
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.
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.
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.
Wow, what a suprise that was. The‘Vlisco Unfolded’ exibition at the Dutch Design Week 2013.
Since this was finally the first time I really attendended the DDW, I did decide to join the DDWbloggerstour. So glad that Ulrike sent her invitation! Besides the fact it was organised so really well by Ulrike Jurklies, Willemijn de Wit and Jasmijn van Weenen; that it was a fun day out whith a bunch of bloggers; that they set-up a great tour with designer meets-and-greats, fun mini-rides and hidden places. I never, ever would have put Vlisco on my to see list.
And what was there not to like! The displays, the fabrics, the history of the company and their stories, the colours, a sneek-peek of their production process and their information brochure on a roll. Loved that ‘brochure’-concept. But what else to expect of a graphic designer…
Today the 27th Edition of the Cinekid Festival has started!
The premiére of this festival is the Swedish youth movie Eskil & Trinidad.
Until the 25th of oktober 74 films will be exhibited, along with 26 television premieres, 21 documentaries, 12 dramaseries and 5 infotainment programs. The festival takes place on the great athmospheric grounds of the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. In the Media Lab you’ll find 14 international mind-blowing installations, 21 unique workshops and master classes with real stars, the latest gimmicks and gadgets and 14 new apps for kids in a Mini AppLab. For further information check out their website.
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.
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.
What a great mix this combo of sports and typography. Together in this book ‘Footballtype’ designed and published by Face37 founder Rick Banks and co-authored by writer Sheridan Bird. ‘Football type is a non profit book celebrating football and typography. The book is a limited edition of 1000 with each cover hand numbered using official FAPL lettering. 100% of profits from the sale of the book will go to the UK charity Football Foundation. Football Type traces the history and development of type in football, from the hand stitched numbers used in the 1930s to custom fonts created for major clubs and sports brands today.’ And ooh, that Barca type… just love it.
As ‘Fotograaf des Vaderlands’ Ilvy Njikiktjien is for one year the face of Fotoweek and acts as the Ambassador of the Dutch photography.
‘Kijk! Mijn Familie’ is the theme of Fotoweek; for ten days an ode
to photography. Especially for Fotoweek 2013 Ilvy makes a photo series about birthday parties. She visits 100 birthdays. Special and particular ordinary parties. The fotoweek is starting today and runs until the 29th of september. Look here for all activities.
‘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.
Stumbled upon this pictures by Rasmus Keger. Adding the time-typo gives so much extra info to the picture. At least that’s for me; it gets my fantasy running. Besides his impressive portfolio his blog is an absolute gem, love it.
Before 42nd Street NYC was turned around from a obscure neighborhood into a ultra-safe tourist playground. Artist Jenny Holzer temporarily put up her one-liners on the marquess, just before the old movie theaters were torn down. Couldn’t agree more with these truisms.
Pictures by Don Shewey, via Interiorator