SATURDAY MARKET (192): DE BOKTOR EN ZIJN BAASJE

Geschreven op 13 September 2014 door Flowmagazine

(‘the long horn beetle and its owner’)

Arjan and Marieke refer to their beloved laser cutter as the ‘long horn beetle’. The thing ‘eats’ its way through wood to provide the web shop with beautiful pieces of art.
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Who are behind the ‘long horn beetle’?
“That would be us, Arjan (34) and Marieke (36). We are married and we have a three-year-old daughter called Lena, she is the sunshine of our life. Our tomcat Tor completes our little family. We live in the middle of picturesque Elburg. Arjan has a technical background, he works full time as a mechanic of ships’ engines. I trained as a teacher of visual arts, but I work as a healthcare activity supervisor.”

How did you come up with this idea?
“Arjan is always messing around with computers and technical stuff. At some point we started talking about a 3-D printer. I really got into it as well and I kept coming in with new ideas for products we would be able to make with it and which we’d be able to sell in a web shop. However, the results from the 3-D printer just weren’t exact enough for what I had in mind. We found out that if you use a laser cutter it would do what I wanted. It’s a big step to invest in one of these things. But the ‘long horn beetle seed’ had been planted, so there was no getting away from it! In the end it all happened really quickly. Last January we bought the machine and we immediately started experimenting.”

What kind of stuff do you make?
“working with the ‘long horn beetle’ is rather addictive… I have started to view the world through ‘long horn beetle eyes’. Sometimes we just go along with a hype, sometimes we come up with something unique. We are rather proud of our ‘personalized clothes hangers’. Because those show our strong side: a unique, professional product with a personal touch for a reasonable price. So far we keep amazing ourselves. One moment something is just an idea on your computer screen and the next you’re holding a wooden piece of art!”

Deboktorenzijnbaasje.nl

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GUEST BLOG – KIM WELLING (3/4)

Geschreven op 10 September 2014 door Flowmagazine

Once upon a time Kim Welling used to work as a fashion designer, but she soon found out that she enjoyed making prints so much more. She went to Art School to study illustration and nowadays she works as a freelance illustrator from her home in Ilpendam, a small village above Amsterdam. Apart from ‘flat’ work Kim also makes lots of 3D illustrations, such as panorama boxes, check out Kimwelling.blogspot.com for more of her work.

 On creativity
Apart from my work as a freelance illustrator I also give illustration courses (near to the UCK in Utrecht and online via www.kimslittlemonsters.etsy.com). One of the questions I often get is ‘How do you come up with your ideas, what do you do when you get stuck?’

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Well, first of all, I wish I could build a little filing cabinet inside my head as an infinite source of ideas.  Despite doing this work for a while now I sometimes need to work pretty hard to come up with a concept and ideas don’t simply pop up immediately. Luckily you can train creativity, which makes it easier to come up with new ideas and makes them more substantial as well. To help my students get going I often tell them this:

1. Write down everything that pops into your head. Make sure to always carry around a small notebook, because after a long day at work you might forget that one idea you came up with on the bus.

2. Start your own (image) archive. Collect pretty images, interesting articles or fun quotes. Pinterest is a great place to do this, but a cardboard box with cutouts will do nicely as well.

3. Keep a book of experiments. You don’t need to make anything pretty in this book, it’s just for experimenting with different types of materials, shapes, colors, etc.. It really helps if you carve out set times to work on your book, for instance an hour, twice a week.

4. Try doing things a little different from normal. For instance: if you’re right handed, try using your left hand for drawing for a bit.

5. Be patient, sometimes things take time and practice.

6. Focus on a specific detail for a while. Such as: pay attention to all things blue today. Or: look for things with legs.

7. Start in your immediate surroundings or experience. Your passions, fascinations or even frustrations (lots of my ideas start there) are a great source of creativity.

8. Don’t get too stuck on a pretty final product, focus on what you’re doing right now. When you’re reading a story, you don’t start at the final page, do you? You need the pages in between to enjoy the whole story and to appreciate that final page. The creative process works in exactly the same way.

9. Don’t compare yourself to other people. You have your own signature and that signature has its own charm. Remember: you see your work every day. To you it may seem ordinary or even dull, but to somebody else it can be ever so refreshing.

10. Creativity is hard work, but make sure you have loads of fun along the way!

Next week will be my final post as a guest blogger!

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GETAWAYS – HOLIDAY HOTSPOTS (73)

Geschreven op 9 September 2014 door Flowmagazine

Every week we feature a fun getaway on our blog. Selected by and approved of Flow. A hotel, campsite, B&B or some other great place to spend a night away, or a weekend, or a bit longer. Always special, always in the Netherlands or Belgium (or slightly further afield now and again).

Keetjes (‘shacks’) Leuketrijne in Oldetrijne (Friesland)

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What’s so great about this place?
Leuketrijne is a small oasis of peace and quiet tucked away in a beautiful part of Friesland and it’s the ideal place to forget about your day to day life. Your host Will will do just about anything to make her guests feel welcome. At the back of the farmhouse she shares with Karel are two refurbished shacks, perfectly suited to a lovely night of sleep. Both of these have their own private terraces with lovely views of the Frisian country side. In the farm shed, less than ten meters away, there’s a kitchenette, a toilet and a bathroom. As a guest you have loads of privacy and you can do whatever you want. For instance read a book in a hammock or light the barbecue at night.

What’s for breakfast?
Will delivers your breakfast to the shack in a box. This box contains warm rolls, crackers, cheese, tomato and cucumber, homemade jam and other sweet toppings. Frisian sugar bread (a local delicacy) or raisin bread, a bowl of yoghurt, fresh fruit, orange juice and coffee or tea.

Our tip
Take a nice ride along the Rottige Meente, a Dutch nature resort with very diverse plant and animal life. Or take a boat out on the Weerribben (a national park) with an electric boat.

Great food
If you want to have a bite in the area, we recommend Paviljoen Driewegsluis (‘the Threeway sluice pavilion’, Driewegsluis.nl) It’s right on the water. Another great option is the Dikke Tût cafe (Dikketut.nl) as it’s very cozy and the food is lovely.

Good to know
In the month of August there are open air opera performances by the  Nijetrijne Opera and they are well worth a visit. All the pieces are funny and in Dutch. They take place in Nijetrijne in the Rottige Meente nature resort and they always end with a nice summery meal.

For the first night, the price for a shack for two is € 65,- per night, including breakfast. Every consecutive night is € 55,- per night, including breakfast.

Leuketrijne.nl

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SATURDAY MARKET (191) : FRANJE DESIGN

Geschreven op 6 September 2014 door Flowmagazine

Next to her assignments for Art School, Vera Bertens used to enjoy making ‘just pretty stuff’ in her spare time. Nowadays that’s what she does for a living and it’s keeping her pretty busy.

180814_Saturday_Market_FRANJE DESIGNCan you tell us a little about yourself?
“I’m 27, born and raised in Brabant and currently living in Tilburg. I’m a great admirer of American culture, vintage and llamas. Due to the crisis my contract as a graphic designer didn’t get renewed, so I decided to go to Art School ‘for something to do’. Looking back on it, it’s probaly the best decision I’ve ever made: during my studies I set up my own brand and I learned how to work independently.”

What’s the most amazing thing that happened to you running your web shop?
“Llamas (and alpacas) feature heavily in my work. Through my Etsy shop I received a notice from a lady who runs an alpaca ranch in the US, in Washington state, where she receives terminally ill children. She offers these kids a carefree day on the ranch, surrounded by alpacas. She wanted to buy some llama products to decorate her ranch. As an idealist I often feel I don’t contribute enough to society; I’m not a doctor, nor a scientist nor a politician. The fact that my work can cheer up a child with a dark future ahead means a lot to me.”

And what do you like best about illustrating?
“The fact that I can visualize everything that’s inside my head. I have a rather child-like brain and this allows me to imagine or see stuff other people might not. As an illustrator I am able to turn those things into images and to share my vision of the world that way.”

Etsy.com/shop/franjedesign

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GUEST BLOG – KIM WELLING (2/4)

Geschreven op 3 September 2014 door Flowmagazine

Once upon a time Kim Welling used to work as a fashion designer, but she soon found out that she enjoyed making prints so much more. She went to Art School to study illustration and nowadays she works as a freelance illustrator from her home in Ilpendam, a small village above Amsterdam. Apart from ‘flat’ work Kim also makes lots of 3D illustrations, such as panorama boxes, check out Kimwelling.blogspot.com for more of her work.

Today I will give you a little sneak peek into my work process: how do I come up with an illustration? Often people think that I’ll just immediately come up with a marvelous idea or that I simply cough up a complete illustration, but there’s a whole process first…

A few weeks ago I got a new assignment for a few illustrations to go with a text in OneWorld (a magazine by development organization NCDO) with the title ‘Nooit meer werken’ (‘never work again’).

First of all I’ll receive a briefing. This contains all the information about the size the illustrations need to be, where they will go inside the article, the deadline and the fee. Usually they’ll also add the text of the article, but in this case that hadn’t been finished yet so I only had the intro and some tips from the author to go on, which made it quite difficult!

I’m not much of a sketcher, and usually when I send a first draft it’s quite an advanced illustration already. That’s exactly what happened in this case: I had an illustration idea about a robot (the intro was all about how machines and robots will be taking over people’s work in the future).

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Unfortunately, it turned out that there was already a robot picture scheduled for the next page, so another robot would be a bit of overkill. The client was also looking for the more human, positive side to never having to work again. For instance: what could you do if you never had to work again, because everything has been taken over by machines?

Okay, time to start over. I was a bit stuck at this point, so I called on my good friend/ fellow illustrator Sue Doeksen for help. We did a bit of brainstorming together. I didn’t want to do another complete design if I ran the risk that I’d be wasting my time because it wasn’t what they were looking for, so I did some (very basic) sketches with three ideas for my client to choose from.

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Luckily they really liked my ‘adventurer’ and ‘transformation’ idea immediately, so I got to work. Did I mention it had to be finished within the week? When I’m making an illustration I first look for images of ‘elements’.

This time I was googling for images of typical ICT things, people in the positions I wanted to draw and ‘spare time’ items. I used these to make a lot of small drawings of all these elements, then I scanned them to edit them further on the computer.

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And this is the result!

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Apart from a large illustration of 1 page, the client also wanted half an illustration further along in the article. A small illustration and a small logo with illustrated text.

For the small illustration and the logo I was able to reuse some of the elements I’d drawn before, so that was easy. The half illustration became a whole new one, but I was able to use the idea of the adventurer. So I made new drawings, then scanned them, but I could also use elements from the other illustration.

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So after a week of hard work the assignment was finished, my client was happy and I had myself a couple of nice new images for my portfolio.

Next week I’ll tell you a little more about how I come up with my ideas.

 

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GETAWAYS – HOLIDAY HOTSPOTS (72)

Geschreven op 1 September 2014 door Flowmagazine

Every week we feature a fun getaway on our blog. Selected and approved by Flow. Hotel, campsite, B&B or some other great place to spend a night away, or a weekend, or a bit longer. Always special, always in the Netherlands or Belgium (or slightly further afield now and again).

This week: Bed & Breakfast Basalt aan See in Stavoren (Friesland)

Lekkerweg_beeld_72_Bed & Breakfast Basalt aan See in Stavoren (Friesland)What’s so great about this place?
Owner Renske has stylishly decorated her B&B to look like a little beach cabin, with lovely old scrap wood, finds from the sea and crockery from her own work shop. There’s a lovely deckchair to lounge in and when you open your window you can hear the waves. And through the trees you can see the sail boats on the IJsselmeer.

What’s for breakfast?
You can make a reservation with or without breakfast. The room has its own kitchen and the supermarket is within walking distance. Breakfast at Renske’s consists of yoghurt and seasonal fruit (some of it from her own garden), tomato, cucumber, different kinds of rolls and toppings.

Our tip
Having a lovely stroll along the sea wall and the old harbor, watching the ships at the new lock and lounging on a terrace afterwards. Or have a dip into the Ijsselmeer. There are lots of old villages around, such as Hindeloopen and Workum (must see: the Jopie Huisman Museum, Huisman was a Frisian painter).

Good food
The Scottish whisky restaurant De Koebrug (‘the cow bridge’, http://dekoebrug.nl/): wonderfully pure food, with a glass of whisky for dessert.

Nice to know
Stavoren is kind of where Friesland has its ‘land’s end’. A spit of land surrounded by water. This is why it has such wonderful northern lights.

Price per room for 2 people: € 79 including breakfast and € 64 without.

www.benbbasaltaansee.nl

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SATURDAY MARKET (190) : PIPAPIEP

Geschreven op 30 August 2014 door Flowmagazine

Like little sculptures, every little detail of which is equally important, that’s how Esty Gertzman approaches making her jewelry.

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Can you tell us a little about yourself?
“Originally I’m from Israel and I currently live in Amsterdam with my husband and my son. I came to Amsterdam to attend the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Art School in Amsterdam) and I graduated as a sculptor. Then I got to work as a visual artist. Currently I’m mainly making pieces of jewelry, which to me are little sculptures. Other than that, our house is filled with furniture and stuff from the fifties and sixties, and lots of knickknacks as well. I read a lot, I like to go to the movies and exhibitions.”

When and why did you start Pipapiep?
“About six years ago I started making felted figurines, monsters and strange creatures. Via internet I found out that there’s a whole movement around old fashioned techniques such as knitting, crocheting and felting. A lot of them offered their work up for sale via Etsy so I decided to open my own little shop as well. The name is a creation of my son’s, it’s the combination of the names of his two hamsters, Pipa and Piep.”

Do you meet any special people running a web shop?
“An elderly gentleman bought one of my crocheted necklace and he told me he felt men should be allowed to wear that kind of stuff as well. I couldn’t agree more, I feel everybody should wear whatever they like and not let themselves be dictated to by fashion or convention. And one of my little monsters played a part in a commercial for Albert Heijn (big Dutch supermarket chain). That was a wonderful experience – also because my creation was on TV.”

Pipapiep.etsy.com

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GUEST BLOG – KIM WELLING (1/4)

Geschreven op 27 August 2014 door Flowmagazine

Once upon a time Kim Welling used to work as a fashion designer, but she soon found out that she enjoyed making prints so much more. She went to Art School to study illustration and nowadays she works as a freelance illustrator from her home in Ilpendam, a small village above Amsterdam. Apart from ‘flat’ work Kim also makes lots of 3D illustrations, such as panorama boxes, check out Kimwelling.blogspot.com for more of her work.

Hi everybody,

I am so honored and chuffed to be the one to write the guest blog this month! Quite exciting as well, because I’m not sure I have anything interesting to say… Well, I hope I do and I’m going do my best.

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I’ve been brooding on my first post… What can I write that will describe who I am and what I do, how can I give you a look into my illustration work and my life? I decided a good way would be by showing you a selection of my sketch pads, drawings, thoughts and collages.

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Ever since I went to Art School (2004) I’ve been keeping these sketch pads, and (luckily!) I’ve kept them all. Some years I was sketching more actively than others, and I’ve been through several different creative phases (collage, text, collecting things and thoughts). Over the years it’s turned into a real collection. I usually don’t share a lot of these on my own blog, but I thought this would be a great time to take a take a leaf from one of my (sketch) books…

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The great thing about a sketch pad is that you get to capture moments in whatever way you want. Which is totally different from a picture, even though it’s also a good rendition of something. To a drawing, you can add those things that, to you, define the atmosphere, the mood or an idea. And all this without it having to lead to anything, wonderful!

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Because I do a lot of work on assignment, it’s such a relief to be able to do something that doesn’t have to be ‘good’, simply an expression of something I want to make right at that moment, just for me. I can really feel the urge to draw something without any performance pressure (yep, even after seven years as a freelancer I still suffer from that) or because I need to express my feelings or simply because I want to mess around with paint a bit.

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Next week I’ll tell you a little more about how I work!

Kim Welling

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