Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NEW - doing the dishes

Yay, I am so happy: since last week I can say I have a Collection (capital C ;-) of 4 tea towels! Since my new tea towel designs Rosary Vine and Pear are now available too!
The fun thing is: producing these last two tea towels costed me hardly any energy.

Designing/producing the first 2 called Spore and LookUP was the hardest part: it took us almost a year of sampling before I had the right kind of  fabric, before the loop and the labels were correct and placed at the right corner, the cardboard sleeve printed on the right paper with the right colour...

Since the towel was ok now I only had to design 2 different new prints, nothing else. What a luxury!

The print on the Rosary Vine tea towel is based on a simple hanging plant in my studio. I had been looking for inspiration for days, while there it was, right beside me on the cabinet! I also found my inspiration for Pear close to home, in my fruit bowl: nearby, simple, and what a beautiful shape! 
My tea towels carry the GOTS organic logo and the Fairtrade label! These arent just any old pictograms. The entire chain from the seed to the stitching done in the factory meets the strict organic and fair-trade requirements. 
If you are interested to buy one (or two, or the complete collection, hihi) you can find a stockist near you (worldwide) here. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

a 'small life' on instagram

Looking at the pictures of my Instagram feed it strikes me that I lead a 'small life', in the sense that it fits in the palm of my hand. A great deal of my life takes place in my village, in my home, in the nature behind my house early in the morning. There are days (like once a week) that I feel the urge for people, noise, food for the eye (shops, museums). So I arrange some 'official meetings' in my old hometown Amsterdam (only 20 min. from here) with enough breaks in between to walk around, do a little shopping or visit an exhibition. This way I keep my small life balanced!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

mountains in a bottle

Forget Dior and Chanel: here are the new 'Noses'!
The 15 hikers and backpackers of Juniper Ridge make real fragrances. They go camping in the wilderness, crawl around in mountain meadows, they smell the wet earth beneath fir trees, and they distill colognes and perfumes from real plants, bark, moss, and mushrooms. A hundred years ago, all perfumes were made this way. Today Juniper Ridge is the only company that handles every step of the process themselves, from beginning to end.

I was at one of my favorite shops in Amsterdam the other day, a tiny shop called HearHear and the owner told me she was so happy that she managed to get the Juniper Ridge collection to Amsterdam. 
I am a sucker for good natural fragrances and when I opened the bottles I was swept of my feet. Gone were my vague memories of French artificial flowery perfumes (which I already didn't use for 10 years or so). The Juniper Ridge fragrances are honest, deep, earthy and somehow you can smell the soul of the mountains. 
I LOVE this brand! 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

botanical collection for ompak

Valerie Delsman took photo's of my new Botanical Collection for Ompak gift wrap company! The lovely lady carrying the pile of presents (in the freezing cold on her Saturday morning) is Valeries always supporting sister Claire.

When and how did I design it?
It was again a feast to design together with Ompak. Owner Dorothé and I don't need so many words anymore, we understand each other quite easily! 
The only thing that was a bit frustrating was that the designing had to take place in winter, which for me is the busiest time of the year. There was always a full inbox, a full head, a full to-do-list and lots of orders to process! The best way for me to design is complete focus, an empty agenda for a couple of days (or weeks) and an empty mind. For next time I will have to hire someone for the daily concerns!

What is behind the designs?
The graphic line pattern called Glass House is an ode to the Crystal Palace (a huge 'glass house') that stood in Hyde Park, London and was destroyed in 1936.

The black and white Fern print is actually inspired by fern plants, but the fun thing is that on the last trade fair a lot of people told me: Oh, Jurianne, I love your Feather print the best! Feathers, Ferns, it's ok with me, as long as you like it ;-)

I designed new gift tags as well: The set is called Fields of Joy, Dorothé named it after the song by Lenny Kravitz. It contains 10 precut butterflies and 10 precut flowers. If you fold the leaves towards each other the flowers get a 3d shape. Same with the butterfly wings, squeeze them towards each other and it will look as if the butterfly will fly away. You can use Fields of Joy for decorating your gifts, to make a Spring garland, or to stick to your walls...

There's still one item to come: Butterfly Bags. Small white paper gift bags with a large black/white striped butterfly on it. Can't wait to have them, I think they are going to be so cute!

And some winter-designs, like Wallpaper and Blackboard Berries have been given a nice new spring colour. They fit beautifully in the Botanical theme now...

Where to buy?
Are you a retailer in need for a large roll of nice botanical wrapping paper or for a pile of gift tags to use for wrapping Spring gifts in your shop? Or would you like to sell sets of Fields of Joy and smaller rolls of wrapping paper in your shop to consumers?  Please contact Ompak, they are a wholesaler and they will be happy to help all retailers!

Are you a consumer in NL looking for one or two gift tag sets or a few small wrapping paper rolls? Vlinders in je buik sells most of the collection!

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

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!

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!

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.

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. 

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... :-)