Wednesday, January 30, 2013

showUP Amsterdam

Photo: Vivian Dony - Graphics Sabien Engelenburg
This is Engel's invitation for the trade fair we are going to attend in a few days. On ShowUP I'll share a stand again with my friends from Snor Publishers and Sabien from Engel will be my next door neighbour!
There are 25 great wholesale companies presenting their latest designs on ShowUP. The trade fair will be held next Sunday the 3d and Monday the 4th of February in a beautiful old industrial building alongside the water in the upcoming neighbourhood of Amsterdam Noord. We are expecting a lot of customers, collegues, bloggers and press. You are most welcome to come and visit us as well. Book a FREE ticket at ShowUP and ShowUP!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

sketches of a new fleet

Two weeks ago I planned to design something new to be launched on the Amsterdam ShowUP tradefair on the 3d of February.
I felt I had outgrown the style of my very first product, the 'little wishboats' (2008) a little, but I'm still in love with the concept, so I chose to restyle them (don't worry: the first fleet will keep on sailing!).

What a struggle it was last week finding the right feel, but yesterday I suddenly knew I was on the right track. I wanted to go deeper and wiser and still keep my customers happy...
I am scared stiff that you might think: 'She's gone nuts! Where are the nice clean graphic patterns, the fresh nordic colours, where's the white base?'
I can understand, but these ragged shibori-style prints, the simple graphic lines and the deep warm colours...this style came straight from my heart yesterday. Just like that. I can only hope my blogreaders and my customers can see, feel and appreciate it.
Thank you, heart, I can allways count on you!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

stella's people

Oops, my last post was a long time ago, before Christmas 2012... I hope you had some wonderful days together with your loved ones and I wish you all the best for 2013!

I would like you to meet some new friends: Stella's ceramic people. They are so cute and stylish! Next to that they have exactly the right colors, glazes, shapes, retro feeling and decoration.
Stella Baggott (Etsy shop) from London is a graphic designer/illustrator originally, started making ceramics only recently. All of her work is hand built, and every piece is one of a kind.
High on my wishlist for 2013...