Thursday, February 26, 2015

bloesem foodstyling in NL


As one of their first teachers in Singapore last year, I am so happy to announce that Bloesem Class is spreading her wings and coming to the Netherlands! Couldn't be more proud of Irene and her team: in one year they have built not only a stylish little design store in Singapore, there's also Bloesem Class, with it's own studio and professional teachers from all over the planet. Every time Irene announces a class I think: I wish I lived in Singapore!
The foodstyling class called 'Instafood - foodstyling and mobile photography' will be hosted by Bloesem team member Zara S., together with Trisha Toh a well-known instagrammer. They will teach you how to artfully style your food and take Instagram shots that will make your followers drool all over. The classes will be held in Amsterdam in March. For more information and to sign up, look here.

Signing up is giving yourself a very very nice gift. A Bloesem Class is so well taken care of: An inspiring stylish location, the best tools from great teachers and during the class there's always the finest catering...

Sunday, February 15, 2015

NEW: rite (de passage) - sailing lightboats


WAITED FOR 10 YEARS
These were the boats I wished I could have designed ten years ago, when I could have used them so wonderfully to commemorate a dear friend...

Somehow I couldn't design an unsinkable ship with a lighted cabin on it's deck, back then, a ship that was easy to fold from flat paper to 3 dimensional. The first try outs came out as ugly square bowls (out of which we dutch tend to eat our french fries...the so called 'patatbak'), or they looked like lovely elegant boats but they sank within a minute.

This winter I somehow conquered the small technical problems and here they are!

MOVING IN 2 WAYS
It really is an enchanting spectacle: tiny, illuminated boats finding their way across the dark water. When I was testing them, I was moved by their cuteness, it kind of looks like there's a soul in there behind the lighted windows!

MOMENTS TO CELEBRATE
If you buy these boats, you buy an experience, a silent or happy and certainly beautiful moment to share with others.

You can use them (a couple of times) for your pond or pool at garden parties or weddings. You can also set them free on a river or on the sea, they will take your wishes and thoughts away in the flow.

Write your wish/text along the railing and then fold the boat in just a few minutes. Because they are initially flat, these boats make an ideal gift to send in the post.

ENVIRONMENT
And should you not be able to fish them out of the water after use: my boats are fully degradable in nature within 6 months. In comparison: normal balloons take 20 years to do the same! I do advise the use of beeswax tea-light candles, without aluminium cups. 

YOUR LIGHTBOAT MOMENT?
Oh and please if you buy them and use them for an occasion: I would be so thankful with a couple of photo's of your lightboat moment!

You can find salespoints HERE


Friday, February 6, 2015

FREE downloadable wild flower wreath poster

Dust off your calligraphy set or hop over to Dafont to find yourself a nice scriptfont and switch on the printer: here's my free downloadable Valentine's contribution for this year! 

Hope you like my wild flower-wreath on A4 paper. You can (hand)write or print a message for your loved one in the middle. For the most 'crafty-looking' result use thick off-white paper. 

You can download the poster HERE.

Have fun, good luck and  Happy Valentine's day!

ps. the poster is for personal use only... :-)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

live add - changing trade fairs


ShowUP was, again, very nice. Everyone was happy with the light and airy location and with the number of exhibitors!
I hardly left my stand, so here's 2 photo's of mine (above) and of my neighbours Ompak, for whom I designed a new collection as well.

Doing business on trade fairs has been changing a little over the years. And I must say: somehow it's for the better. Have we been writing orders anonymously all day some years ago, nowadays trade fairs are more a kind of 'live add' with personal attention to the customers. It's much more about connecting and exchanging: telling the story behind your products, listen to the customers needs, getting to know each other. Customers are more cautious with their purchases (and I must say, so am I), and that is completely ok!
Both my new floating lightboats and my tea towels were welcomed (and ordered, yes!) with great enthusiasm! It makes me feel grateful...

Sunday, January 25, 2015

ShowUP spring issue

The biggest stress for a designer/wholesaler is getting the final samples or the production at the trade shows in time twice a year. My experience is that either parcels arrive super last minute on the build-up day (when you are lucky), or the production process gets stuck somehow and you have nothing at all to show. But I never give up hope and I keep on planning semi-unrealistic launches. This dreamer is unteachable in that regard.

New products that will be there for sure are: new Sailing Lightboats (see test ship above left) and my first series of Tea Towels (yay, finally!). The tea towel  final samples are here, the production bulk will arrive within 10 days from now. 
Would love to meet you at ShowUP  next week! So if you are a professional in the field, hop over to their website and subscribe for a free ticket.

Friday, December 19, 2014

my christmas on pinterest

One of my favorite relaxing activities in the scarce spare time I have in winter: filling my Christmas board on Pinterest. I throw pictures out of my last year's board and search Pinterest for new inspiring images that match my christmas mood for this year. 

And of course this collage is a dream, it's the feeling BEHIND all the Christmas fuzz. This board is not about the planning stress when you invited 10 people for dinner, not about busy food stores, it forgets the fact that that one very important ingredient for your christmas recipe is sold out everywhere and it doesn't show the pile of greasy pots & pans afterwards... 
Yes, this is the winter wonderland of my intention and my wish for you: have a warm, light, playful, and relaxed Christmas (good is good enough).

All of the above pictures can be tracked down via my Pinterest Christmas board.