Happy Holidays!

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With the christmas tree decorated, James' first birthday gift bought (he'll be 1 year old on christmas day!) and a promising dinner menu... I'm taking a little brake. See you after the holidays and merry christmas to you all!

The card in the left picture is a photo by Danique van Kesteren, send to me by Imke who just launched a very inspiring slow life blog. Keep an eye on theaucitron.nl ...

The Merry Lino Print Giveaway Winner!

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Hurray! Mus, if you send me an e-mail with your address, I'll send the linocut print giveaway to you right away!

Thanks for joining!

Christmas Design Shopping at the NDSM in Amsterdam

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Have you seen the pretty designs by Jeroen van Leur I posted a few days ago? Well, for those of you who live nearby, upcoming thursday there's a great christmas shopping evening event at the NSDM studio in Amsterdam, where Jeroen and other fab designers will sell their products with special christmas discounts!

For more info see the KOOPAVOND facebook page.

A very merry linocut print giveaway


At the last minute I've made a lino print of this merry reindeer for the holiday wishes I'll be sending out this year. Technically it's not a lino print by the way... I've used a sort of rubbery block instead of lino, much softer and easier to cut! You must make it as easy and fun as possible right?

I'm having them printed digitally on greeting cards and fingers crossed they will be delivered on time to send out to clients, family and friends!

Would you like to win the original print? Leave a merry message below and I'll pick a random winner tuesday 16th.

this giveaway is already given away, you cannot enter anymore.

Jeroen van Leur

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As an addition to my own work (like I'm not busy enough already... ;-) I'm now also assisting product designer Jeroen van Leur. I'm mainly helping him with marketing and the everyday things that come with running a creative business: bookkeeping, talking to clients, advice and selling products.
Which is easy because Jeroen makes the most wonderful inspiring products. It's great to see how a creative from another discipline works and how products are developed (there are some amazing woodworking tools in the studio and cute little miniature furniture models).

In the pictures above a few of the products that are available in Jeroen's webshop. My absolute favorite is the clever Woodstock Wardrobe, a clothes rack that is assembled into a tent poles inspired frame that elegantly leans against your wall.

For more of his work (like candle B-light, a perfect holiday gift), see jeroenvanleur.nl or the webshop.

A modest wishlist for the holidays

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As I'm getting older I notice I have less and less to wish for for the holidays and my birthday in January. (Except for functional stuff like printers and a laptop...). Maybe I'm just satisfied with my life or maybe so much of  my wishes were fulfilled over the years that there's not much left? Or, and this is most likely, I'm a bit done with owning things, it's just taking space and time.

But, I still do have a few small things on my list (ok and maybe a few more than just the 6 items above, but let's start with those):

1. the beautiful 'wants brooche' by Geertje Aalders
2. these fabulous leggings by Simkasol
3. 'Allemaal Mensen', book by Blexbolex
4. this cute handknitted cardigan for James by Sophie Orchera Knitware
5. a fine gold (wedding? M?) ring by maryjohn
6. organic sencha tea by Simon Levelt, works wonders on cold days ;-)

Illustration course: illustrative poetry

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The last few weeks my students of the illustration and digital course (analoge en digitale illustratie cursus) have been focussing on beeldrijm (I'm not sure how to translate this but it is something like 'image poetry', does anyone know the correct word for this in english?).
The assignment was to make a A5 size illustration on the topic 'the staycation: the vacation feel without leaving home'. Quite a tricky assignment (beeldrijm is a specific chapter in illustration) and therefor I'm even more proud of what they made!

The illustrations are made by Anne, Elise, Karin, Pascale, Mieke, Willy, Anna and Maruga.

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