Monday, August 24, 2009

New Pendants!!!

For a while I have been looking for better pendants trays than the ones I had to fill with glaze. I have found them right now and I am in love with them. After some trial and error I have found a way to keep them as pretty as possible without too much glue.
The old ones are a little more fragile. Not a problem really in daily use, but still. The glass cover is a magnifying glass that makes the illustration pop out. I love that! I have them available with all my birds and if I haven't listed them in my shop yet, I will make them for you especially.
Een tijdje al ben ik op zoek naar nieuwe hangertjes dan de hangertjes die ik met glazuur moet vullen, die ik al had. Gelukkig heb ik ze nu gevonden en ik ben er helemaal weg van. Na wat gehannes en geprobeer heb ik een methode gevonden om ze zo mooi als het kan te houden, zonder al te veel lijm. De oude hangertjes zijn iets teerder. Geen probleem op zich, maar toch wilde ik iets stevigers.
De glazen cover is een vergrootglas dat ervoor zorgt dat de illustratie naar je toe komt. Geweldig vind ik dat. Ik ga ze maken met al mijn vogels en als je favoriet nog niet in mijn etsy shop staat, dan wil ik 'm speciaal op bestelling voor je maken.




Friday, August 21, 2009

My own font


Using already existing fonts never made me completely satisfied. Not because I didn't like it, but because it wasn't my design. It was always bugging me that I didn't make it by myself. But I am not a font designer, I have ideas on the subject and I know what I am looking for, but I can't write the program, the file. I have no idea how it works in a computer. I never learned to program a .ttf file. I am a bird nerd, not a computer nerd.

Thankfully there are other clever people who came up with this website and after paying a few dollars you get your .ttf file from your font design. So you design each letter, and they put it in computer language.

So today, after some days designing each letter, I made my own font that will be used for the name of the bird on my ornithology plate series. I feel better about this. It makes it more special. because of this I will only use it for my special high end giclee prints.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Birds in fashion!

As some of you might know I am actually a fashion designer. I was trained a fashion designer and I still work as an independant and freelance designer. Strange perhaps, to label yourself as something these days because people switch between professions and change their destiny all the time. A good thing too. I once read that Barbara Hulanicki, the founder of fashion label Biba, said that once you could design one thing, you can design anything. It gives me hope I wil be asked to design a car by Mercedes or something one day. One with a big chicken on it :)

But I digress. I would like to unite my fashion design and my bird illustrations in one collection of styles or fabrics. I love fashion and hate fashion, the clothes are great but the scene can be cruel and earth swallowing. However, everythime I step away from it, it calls me again. I have been playing around with the throught that feathers would make a great attire for us human beings. Real feathers are usually not obtained in an animal friendly way, and I want to use my style of feathers. I have designed some Tees with my birds and fabrics that have the feathers of my birds on them, and some dresses made with printed fabrics and feature my birds larger than life. I'd love to know what people think of it!



MirthQuake Newsletter August 09


After a short stay in the French Alps and assisting my boyfriend cycle the Marmotte I kinda feel like summer is over. You can feel autumn approaching already. Once you get over the fact that spring is a long time ago and get adjusted to the idea of having cosy dinners by the fireplace and not to forget a new autumn warderobe, it isn't so bad.

- Fabrics and fashion
I was trained a fashion designer and I still work as an independant and freelance designer. I love fashion and hate fashion, the clothes are great but the scene can be cruel and earth swallowing. However, everythime I step away from it, it calls me again. I have been playing around with the throught that feathers would make a great attire for us human beings. Real feathers are usually not obtained in an animal friendly way, and I want to use my style of feathers. I have designed some fabrics that have the feathers of my birds on them, and some dresses made with printed fabrics and feature my birds larger than life. You can see them on my blog. If anyone is interested I intend to make them.

- The Little Owl
My newest work the Little Owl is being printed as we speak. It is a baby little owl actually. He still has down on his head. but his wings look more and more like the wings of an adult. Little Owls are moody looking little beauties. I think owls are the strangest birds. They look and behave a bit like cats the yellow eyes, the hunt for mice- except the flying part ; ). This one has a lot to learn to become like the wise owl that once assisted the goddess Athene.
- My first stockist; Amsterdam.
In the heart of Amsterdam there is a lovely shop that used to be called Egg Mercantile, but that has changed its name in The Otherist. It is in the heart of Amsterdam, on the Leliegracht.

- Blog update
If you are close to the Belgian-Dutch border around Achel and still have time before autumn is here I would love to recommend a visit to a place where you can pick blueberries by yourself and be surrounded by the beautiful land of 'The Bever'. The place truely is beautiful and if you are close to Achel you should go there a.s.a.p. it is a peaceful place in the middle of a national park. There are no pesticides used and the place is crammed with birds and insects enjoying the silence. If you pick the berries yourself you also save a lot of money, they practically cost nothing.

-I am currently working on...
..Getting ready for the Carftparking Fair in Maastricht! You're welcome to come and meet me and my birds there!


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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The French Alps!

What a great week it was in the French Alps. We hiked and watched some birds. I am freshly inspired not only by the birds but also Martijn's accomplishment of cycling the Marmotte. According to wikipedia one of the toughest one day cyclosportive events. 174km of cycling, 5180 meters of climbing.
Alpine Chough. He looks so tough but makes the sweetest chirring sounds.


Up on 2200 meters we saw crossbills and several finches.
On the roughest rocks you find the most delicate flowers.
2000 Sheep make sure the field stays suitable for skiing.

Icecold water in a lake up the mountain. A great escape when in the valley it is hot.

Lovely flowers and little paths to walk through the mountains!
After reaching the Col du Glandon, the Col Du Télégraphe, there was the Col du Galibier, and after that the Alpe D'Huez. Martijn did all of them in one day and completed La Marmotte in a very respectable time!
Of course not without my help. I waited for him on top of the mountains to fill up water and food. Just like in the Tour de France :).
Tough man!! As a trophee I bought a mug with a marmot on it!
Worth the effort huh?!

Blueberry heaven is a place on earth


Yesterday I went to Blueberry heaven. Not on a hill as some might say, but close to the Dutch border in Achel, Belgium.

Last Monday a lady at the grocery store saw me looking at the blueberries, wondering if I should buy them. She said there was a place just over the Belgian border where you could get buckets of the blue gold for a fraction of the retail price and organic too! Tempted by the excitement of this secret place, just over the border, I asked her how to get there, and looked around me if anyone was watching.
“If you drive from Valkenswaard to Achel, you take the Maastrichterweg. Then just over the border when you ‘ve entered Achel, but still before the city’s centre you can take a left at a sign saying ‘Domein De Bever’. Then you keep driving until you see a sign on your left and there’s a little restaurant on your right. Park there. It is a beautiful place with birds and berries. You'll love it.”
I took it all in, also lead by an artist’s budget and my ideals to get organic fruit. Blueberries aren’t very cheap. The next day boyfriend and I followed her advice.


We walked into a field with numerous rows of blueberry plants, and only a handful of people who were gathering the berries. We brought a bucket and intended to get about 2kgs of the berries. Soon we were addicted to picking them and finding out where the best ones were. The place truely is beautiful and if you are close to Achel you should go there a.s.a.p. it is a peaceful place in the middle of a national park. There are no pesticides used and the place is crammed with birds and insects enjoying the silence. I saw a huge flock of swallows and 2 big birds of prey. Frogs were jumping in the water as you walked by a little pond. It was a perfect day. And the 2kgs....became 3kgs. And now I have a lot of blueberry pies and muffins to bake!


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