GUEST BLOG – BODIL JANE (4/4)

Geschreven op 18 March 2014 door Flowmagazine

Each Wednesday we feature a guest blogger on Flowmagazine.com. This month we yield the floor to Amsterdam based Bodil Jane (Bodil is her first name, Jane her second: together they are her alias), who recently graduated as an illustrator. She’s made lots of beautiful illustrations for a variety of clients. In the next four weeks she’ll share how she lives.

Hi there, Flow-blog readers,
My final guest blog for Flow already! I’d like to finish with one of my favorite subjects: the plant. To me plants are an infinite source of inspiration. I love to sketch in a botanical garden and I’ve visited many of them. The prettiest ones, to me, are the Botanisk Have in Copenhagen and the Giardini Botanici Hanbury in Ventimiglia, Italy.

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I like to use plants in my illustrations as well. During my internship at the Weidesign&more design shop in Haarlem I worked with plants a lot. I used to make pop-up plants for in the shop and I painted plates with flowers.

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I also photograph them. For instance during a bike ride in Amsterdam or simply at home. I made a window drawing of a plant at home as well.

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At Koninginnedag (Queen’s day, a very popular holiday in the Netherlands that involves a huge open air flea market) I always manage to score something plant related. Last year I found these lovely stamps and a flower press. The latter is very easy to make actually. There was a how-to in issue #04 of the wonderful plant magazine The Plant.

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You can follow my plant pictures via Instagram (@bodiljane). And of course all the other stuff that inspires me. Via Facebook you can see my work in progress.

x Bodil Jane

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THINK SMALL!

Geschreven op 17 March 2014 door Flowmagazine

Our latest hobby: watching Tiny Houses videos on YouTube. Which is how we came across this miracle. American Graham Hill worked on this mini-apartment in New York for two years. He lives in the heart of Soho, on a mere 40 m2. But he’s come up with so many clever tricks that he can live there, work, entertain guests or cook a meal for ten people. The walls can be moved, beds disappear into the wall. And most of all he decided to declutter. “Life is all about friends, sharing, contact, it’s not about stuff.” A man after our hearts.
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SATURDAY MARKET (168): GROOVY MAGNETS

Geschreven op 15 March 2014 door Flowmagazine

Lies Verheyen’s web shop featuring her personally designed magnetic wallpaper, magnets and magnetic stickers is, literally, very attractive.

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How did you come up with the idea of making magnetic wallpaper?
“As a designer I often use different kinds of materials, and experimenting plays an important role. In part that’s how I came up with the development of this magnetic wallpaper. It’s an excellent alternative for the traditional magnetic board, which you often have to screw into the wall. And for magnetic paint that ‘s not applied right sometimes, which leaves it with too little sticking power. My magnetic wallpaper does have that power because the iron particles are distributed evenly. We obviously have it in our own home and our offices and it works really well. As decoration (for kids’ drawings), as a mood board and we also have the chalk board version so you can write on it.”

Do you run the web shop yourself or does someone run it for you? After all, you also have a design agency.
“My husband, who’s a photographer, and I run the web shop together. For now we really enjoy the interaction with our customers, in part to get direct feedback and also because we still get really excited finding out where in the world people are ordering our magnetic wallpaper. And we go to fairs, where we also try to gauge the response.”

What’s your dream? Living off the magnets?
“It’s hard to say. I’d definitely miss graphic design. I think a combination of both is the best option for now. I also design for our collection, but that remains pretty limited. And building up a label like Groovy Magnets takes a lot more time than you might think, the business side of things also takes a lot of time. We launched our first line of magnetic wallpaper last October and we’ve been on a roller coaster ever since. At the moment we are mostly concerned with structuring the company. And in the meanwhile we try to carve out some time to make a second collection. Because we’ ll be launching that in six months.”

Groovymagnets.com

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SATURDAY MARKET (167): CLIXBEE DESIGN

Geschreven op 15 March 2014 door Flowmagazine

Clixby was Cäcilia’s grandmother’s last name, the one who taught her to follow her dreams. Which she does these days with her own design company and web shop.

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Where are you from and what is your work history?
“My dad’s British, my mom’s German and I’ve been living in Belgium since 1990. I started my training in illustration/design in Antwerp and I continued in Hamburg, Germany. To be able to afford that I worked at the Habitat store for a while and I discovered my love for interior design. After two lovely years in Hamburg I started working for Procter and Gamble in Brussels. It began with some administrative jobs and from there I grew into a job as an artwork planner. Unfortunately that department moved to the Czech Republic due to the crisis. So now I work as a part time window dresser at Zara Home. That way I had more time to create illustrations and that was how Clixbee Design got started.”

How did you find your own style and is it still a work in progress?
“I don’t think you ever stop developing if you’re a creative person! But I roughly use two different styles. The monotype- or monoprint-style, which I picked up while I was training in Antwerp. It’s still one of my favorite ways to express myself. It’s an imperfect, slightly ‘dirty’ style, and I add a bit of color to it to give it a lighter feel. I use this style for my brooches, earrings, greeting cards and I screen-print them onto bags and pillows. And behind the screen of my computer I can have fun with my love of patterns by making clean, graphic patterns.

What are your plans for the future?
“I’d really like to do more with my illustrations when it comes to the editorial aspect. And I’d love to expand the Clixbee Design line over several shops around the world. And my boyfriend and I will almost certainly be moving to Ireland for his work later this year. So that’ll be an exciting new chapter as well!”

www.etsy.com/nl/shop/ClixbeeDesign

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GUEST BLOG – BODIL JANE (3/4)

Geschreven op 12 March 2014 door Flowmagazine

Each Wednesday we feature a guest blogger on Flowmagazine.com. This month we yield the floor to Amsterdam based Bodil Jane (Bodil is her first name, Jane her second: together they are her alias), who recently graduated as an illustrator. She’s made lots of beautiful illustrations for a variety of clients. In the next four weeks she’ll share how she lives.

Dear Flow-blog readers,
I still work on my illustrations from home: a tiny room in Amsterdam-West. All day long it’s like having to play Tetris on my desk. I always have to tidy up in between because otherwise there’d be no room for me to work. Luckily I have big windows and a lovely balcony. In summer I open the doors and enjoy my neighbor’s favorite brand of music: André Hazes (a popular Dutch singer). My desk is like a showcase, because the top is made of glass under which I can display my collections. Perfect for me, as I collect lots of curiosities.

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Apart from all the knickknacks I also collect books. When I was a student I lived in Copenhagen for a while. There are loads of flea markets and antique shops over there. I used to buy all kinds of little books of botanical and scientific drawings. I’m still always on the lookout for this kind of books with butterflies, fish and mushrooms.

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Apart from that I also have all kinds of illustrated books of course. One of my favorite illustrators is French Blex Bolex. This book I got from a French exchange student who shared my house for a while. It’s filled with characters such as the dancer, the thief, and the klutz. These are the bachelor and the mustache wearer.

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I like to keep inspiration scrapbooks. Every flyer, packaging or image I find too pretty to throw away I paste in here. I don’t actually use them for inspiration exactly. They are more like pictures I like to look at occasionally and sometimes the bring back memories.

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Whenever I go on a holiday or a city trip I also keep a travel journal. I paste tickets and business cards in them. I keep track of all the great spots. A while back I found something that really moved me in a charity shop in Haarlem; an anonymous travel journal from a trip to Paris from 1958. I can never resist buying something like that.

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I also keep up with things that inspire me via my Instagram (@bodiljane) and via my Tumblr diary.

x Bodil Jane

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THE WAVE

Geschreven op 10 March 2014 door Flowmagazine

It’s seems like nothing, but it’s everything. One day American Tinney Davidson decided to start waving at all the students who passed by her window. And what started out as a small gesture became a big happiness thing, both for her and for the passing students. Last Valentine’s day the students decided to surprise her. Are you ready a feel-really-good-video? Check this out and enjoy!
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SATURDAY MARKET (166): SKINNY LAMINX

Geschreven op 8 March 2014 door Flowmagazine

Heather Moore is the woman behind the South African brand Skinny laMinx. She was an early adopter in the land of web shops and this resulted in an international client list. That’s why she’ll soon be selling the international edition of Flow magazine.

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Can you tell us a little about yourself?
“Originally I am from Johannesburg, but I’ve been living in Capetown for the past sixteen years. I’ve been running Skinny laMinx from here since 2007 and two years ago I also started my own shop. For about 15 years before that, I’d been finding my way, studying Drama and English and Teaching, and then working as an illustrator, textbook writer and comics scriptwriter. All of these were a lot of fun as well, but I’m glad I found what I like best, which is designing and creating patterns, and telling stories around them.”

How is life in Capetown?
“I’m completely in love with this place. The lifestyle mix of beach and mountain and city is truly wonderful, and the beauty we see on a daily basis never ceases to astonish me. On the other hand, South Africa is a developing economy, with a lot of social inequalities and a great deal of poverty. We are very grateful to have a business that is doing well, and that we are able to help other people find worthwhile employment with us.”

They say that Capetown has this creative energy, do you agree?
“I really do think there is a big new energy in Capetown. In my opinion, it is something to do with a new generation of young designers who no longer suffer from the inferiority complex that our country’s political history gave the generation before. Our young designers believe themselves to be part of a global design community, and they believe that South African design has something special to offer the world. In the last few years, especially, I’ve seen so many new, exciting, energetic businesses start up, and many of them manage to succeed and thrive. This year in particular is an exciting one for Cape Town, as we’ve been chosen as the World Design Capital for 2014.”

http://skinnylaminx.com

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GUEST BLOG – BODIL JANE (2/5)

Geschreven op 6 March 2014 door Flowmagazine

Each Wednesday we feature a guest blogger on Flowmagazine.com. This month we yield the floor to Amsterdam based Bodil Jane (Bodil is her first name, Jane her second: together they are her alias), who recently graduated as an illustrator. She’s made lots of beautiful illustrations for a variety of clients. In the next four weeks she’ll share how she lives.

Hi there, Flow-blog-readers,
How exciting, my second blog already! This week I’d like to show you a very thrilling project: my collaboration with LoveStories, the new brand of lingerie by stylist Marloes Hoedeman. My first job for LoveStories was making illustrations for the big inspiration book. I illustrated sets of underwear based on the technical drawings Marloes would send me. LoveStories is funky and fresh. I wanted to hold on to that and chose to work with water colors and ink.

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A little bit later I got to make illustrations for the entire LoveStories collection. These will be on tags attached to the different items. I made them using crayons and ink. Because there are so many different prints it was quite a big job! I drew the print and the outline separately.

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At the moment, LoveStories has a showroom on the Herengracht in Amsterdam. I have made a drawing for the window inspired by earlier sketches I’d made for the brand. It has that lacy look, with lots and lots of hearts of course.

 

In future I will be doing a lot more work for LoveStories. For instance, I’ll be designing them an illustrated card game soon. If you’d like to stay up to date, you can follow LoveStories on Instagram

(@lovestoriesintimates).

 

LoveStories aren’t the only ones I’ve done a window drawing for. Last week I made a second window drawing for eat-shop Sterk In Eten (‘Strong in food’). They also organize vegetable garden courses and kids’ parties. I wanted all of that to show in the window drawing.

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It also needed a bit of a wintery look. So I drew pumpkins, plants and parsnips. I’d done work for Sterk In Eten before, when I made a flyer featuring some of their products. These illustrations I did in water colors.

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Of course you can see all these projects on my website: Bodiljane.com. You can follow the process via Instagram (@bodiljane) and Facebook (Facebook.com/bodiljane).

x Bodil Jane

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