Holland's largest women's magazine Libelle has published my black bird pillow in this week's issue!
Friday, November 18, 2011
Holland's largest women's magazine Libelle has published my black bird pillow in this week's issue!
Friday, November 11, 2011
All you need is some ribbon or thread, 2 screw eyes, 2 small wooden sticks, and a sewing machine!
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
In The Netherlands there is practically no baby born and welcomed into a new home without a wooden Stork or other type of announcement, sign or figure in the front yard.
People have been looking for creative alternatives. We've seen the Disney look-a-likes, and now we see the more showy inflatable babies you can rent and place in the front yard. Personally I like the tradition of the stork. But I have never seen an actual realistic looking stork anywhere. Of course I see why. Not everyone can draw one on a wooden panel and paint it. You usually see abstract versions of the stork. I think the stork can be stylish too!
I would like to make one everyone can use! I asked my sister-in-law who is expecting her first child in December if she and her husband had plans to make a sign.
If grandpa was already in the shed painting and sawing a sign that would be wonderful and I would leave it at that. I have seen gardens stuffed with signs of all of Disney's characters and it didn't look swell I can tell you that. You can see the creative wars of family members making the biggest & bestest. "But," my sister-in-law continued, "we don't have a front yard, so I don't know where to place it anyway." Ahah! I'd like to solve that problem too.
I first thought I was going to make some sort of window sticker. But then challenges arose on how to print such a large white bird and I saw limitations to cut the sticker smoothly.Hmmm. Then the charm of making something yourself by your family members or by the future dad came back to mind. That is lovely.
So it had to become a DIY kit. My love for textiles combined with this idea lead to me making the stork into a banner you can hang in front of your window. I love the idea of the mom-to-be or grandma-to-be sewing this banner, and making it with some basic materials. You can hang it in front of the window when the baby is just born or even outside. You will be able to write the name on the banner or sew it on the banner with felt letters or something.
I am thinking about an alternative that is more suitable for grandfathers perhaps, or just people with front yards. I want to have a stork image you can paste on a piece of wood and place in your front yard. Or you can secure it on the wall. It has to be big, but classy, and new!
So now I had to draw the bird! I first drew a sketch; I know, this always looks a bit daft.
I've redesigned & rearranged my blog a little bit in preparation of the big name change that will come about in not too long a time.
Because of several different reasons I got a little detached from my first name MirthQuake. I used it way back in 2005 when I hadn't drawn a single bird and I only made clothes. It grew with me but I think right now it doesn't cover what I am about. My illustrations and my story are personal, and my name wasn't personal anymore- I thought. So what would be more personal than using my own name for my label? The name in the Netherlands wasn't as common when I was born as it is now. But now it is usually spelled differently. So it is very personal for me.
Soon my new website http://www.LoveMyrte.com will be up and running in English and in Dutch. It will feature ways to follow me, buy my home decor items as well as my clothes and handbags.
How to pronounce my name? It is not like Myrtle- I am sorry that would be too easy. The Y is like the i in 'mitt'. and the TE is like a sigh. Put a feather on the table and try to move it my saying TE to it. Then you have it. The R is another story. It is a french R. But I will accept alternatives as it is pretty difficult. My Last name. Duh, but without Homer Simpson's surprised twist to it. And then the difficult part ZEEUW. It looks harder than it is: Zayw. Forget the U. That's it; Mirtteh Duh Zayw. You got it!
Ik heb mijn blog vernieuwd en een beetje herschikt in afwachting van van de grote naamsverandering die in niet al te lange tijd definitief zal zijn. Vanwegeverschillende redenen raakte ik een beetje los van de naam MirthQuake. Ik gebruikte 'm al in 2005, toen ik nog geen enkele vogel had getekend en ik alleen kleding maakte. MirthQuake groeide met mij, maar ik denk nu dat het steeds minder van toepassing is op wat ik nu maak. Mijn werk en mijn verhaal zijn persoonlijk, en mijn naam voelde niet persoonlijk. Dus wat is er meer persoonlijk dan het gebruik van mijn eigen naam voor mijn label? Nu worden er Myrthe's geboren ipv Myrte, en dat maakt Myrte nog meer van mij.
Binnenkort is mijn nieuwe website http://www.LoveMyrte.com klaar, in het Engels en in het Nederlands. Je vindt er nieuws en kunt er dan mijn items kopen zoals mijn kussens, handtassen en kleding.
Monday, October 31, 2011
The throw pillows & cases are also for sale through my own website and by special order via my stockists.
And of course I have written a story about the cedar waxwings. It is printed on the cover for you to enjoy
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Dutch version see below
The Dutch Design Week is upon us and I already heard there's a lot of attention for it, calling Eindhoven; the Milan of the Netherlands. I am very pleased so many people like, bloggers, editors and designlovers come to my hometown. I would like to share where my products can be found in this week from 22nd - 30th of October.
Firstly Gallery Tydeman, a very charming initiative by brother and sister Tydeman. They empty their home to fill it again with the work of designers they've found throughout the Netherlands. They have asked me to design a duvet cover for the bedroom.
Lastly my work is part of the Etsy mini exhibit about their platform and story telling. It can be see in het Klokgebouw / Strijp S. Etsy is an online platform for creatives and I run my international webshop there. More information click here.
I would love to invite you to one of these events (or all three!). See you there!
Allereerst Galerie Tydeman, het meest charmante initiatief: Broer en zus Tydeman maken hun huis in het centrum van Eindhoven helemaal leeg en richten het opnieuw in met de mooiste designmeubelen en designitems. Bij hen zal mijn allereerste dekbed te zien zijn temidden van allerlei prachtigs van andere ontwerpers.
Als je een bezoek brengt aan de Witte Dame of de Design Academy ben je er al vlakbij. Op 5 minuten lopen vind je de galerie. Voor openingstijden en route kijk hier.
Het tweede event waar mijn werk te zien is, is de presentatie "Openhartig" van de Temporary Concept Store. Deze winkel verkoopt mijn kussens en jurkjes en nodigt de ontwerpers van het werk in de winkel uit een lezing te geven over de achtergrond van het werk. Ik zal zondag 23 oktober om 16.00u wat gaan vertellen over wat mij drijft en welke technieken ik gebruik. Deze winkel bevindt zich ook vlakbij de Witte Dame en Design Academy.
Voor meer informatie over de andere ontwerpers en de locatie, kijk hier.
Daarnaast maakt een van mijn kussens ook deel uit van de selectie artikelen die door Etsy.com in het Klokgebouw worden gepresenteerd. Etsy is een online platform voor creatieven en ik heb er mijn internationale webshop ondergebracht. Etsy heeft altijd leuke initiatieven waar je je creatieve talent kunt ontwikkelen. Tijdens de DDW onganiseren ze een workshop Storytelling. Meer informatie kijk hier.
Graag wil ik u uitnodigen om een van deze evenementen te bezoeken. Ik kom u graag tegen. Kijk hier voor de andere evenementen. Laat u verrassen door een van de vele interessante evenementen die worden georganiseerd!
Monday, October 17, 2011
Lucky, that's what I am to be featured in these big magazines and newspaper. Now even a National Newspaper. I was briefly interviewed on my work and mainly on Etsy and what it meant for my business. I told the journalist all about my customers, why birds(always a question that comes up somehow) and what Etsy did for me. Along with three other sellers and EtsyNL's spokesperson Marta Pakovska I could share!
Friday, September 23, 2011
I have been very lucky to get so much attention for my work lately. Some lovely people at our regional news paper Eindhovens Dagblad with 111.000 readers decided to give me an interview of more than half a page! I absolutely love it. Next to that our city's magazine "Frits" also featured my pillows on their page with shopping tips.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
And of course I have written a story about the cedar waxwings: The Cedar Waxwing is a beautiful bird. I met him when I was staring at a waterfall in Canada. Suddenly he was sitting on a branch next to me. They hear the sound of water and it draws them to it. I am sure he is enjoying the look of the water gushing into the river just as much as I am. They look pretty tough with that mask and the mohawk. But they are very social birds, living in large groups. They are able to pass berries over to each other and feed each other. Next to that they enjoy the fine things in life. They like their berries and are not very picky when it comes to quality. Sometimes they raid a tree with berries that are already fermenting. The berries make them drunk. For a while they just tumble over the ground and flap their wings with no effect. Until they are sobered up and then it is on to the next meal.
Now I have to wait for the fabric. It will be a two persons cover in luxurious 100% organic cotton in sateen weave. The decorative pillows will be available seperately in my webshops soon! If you are interested in the cover, you can preorder it. Orders will be made in November. If you would like to receive a sample of the fabric let me know as well! mirthquake at gmail dot com
These new things will be released under a new name: Above you see my new logo. I value a personal approach to my customers and that made it a natural thing to sign my products with my own name.
Monday, August 1, 2011
This is the male of the Cardinals. A beautiful bird that I saw in Central Park NYC. I missed it time and time again, but now a different sound lured me off the path and in the green treetops I saw this little fellow. And I was happy. After that I serached no more. That must be the female's frustration, if your man looks that hot, who will look at you. Thankfully cardinal males are the sweetest husbands around; they cherish their female by giving them yummy goodies!
Monday, July 11, 2011
And then the design:
Lots of pockets and zippers and smooth sturdy leather! Your life will fit in it, along with a laptop, ipad, iphone or lots of make-up and scraps!
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Here and here you could read about my plans to make a Flamingo dress (not to be mistaken with flamenco dress:-) ) As you can see it is finally done. It is made of 6 yards of fabric and makes an impact!
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Happy happy joy joy! As you could read here. I had a photoshoot for Ariadne at Home Magazine. One of The Netherlands' largest home decor magazines. And today it got published!!
Friday, June 10, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
What was I thinking? It was in my face but I never saw it. I wear scarves all the time! So today I made two designs of my two most recent illustrations.
Monday, June 6, 2011
I am pretty proud of this dress. While drafting the perfect pattern I decided to keep one for myself and I have gone out it in already.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Here's my newsletter of May!
Did you already see some young birds in your backyard or parks? Yesterday I missed the blue titmice leaving the nest. This means we will never know how many were in the box, and a bet is without a winner. It sure sounded crowded. One of my new illustrations is made for this lovely time; the young black bird.
But I have been a busy bee, I can show you some more:
The scary house crow, similar to the jackdaw, but a bit larger and scarier. I already have fabric with these birds on a grey watercolor background that I hope to finish this week or the next.
The feathers! A mini collection of a dove, hawk and blue jay's feathers.
All these prints will be made into pillow cases this week! And I also have fabric for a Steller's jay pillow and a yellow rumped warbler pillow! Of course all prints and items are available in my ArtFire shop too.
Interview! I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Jane Hardjono of The Dossier again! She made a clip of my work before, but was interested in my dresses now. She made some photos of my studio and we talked about my clothing and illustrations. You can read it here!!
About my clothing. Feedback on my dress!! Feeback always makes me happy. Working alone it is great to hear what people have to say. I got the sweetest message from Sidsel in Denmark on her new MirthQuake dress: "The dress arrived today. It fits well and it is very beautiful. I've never seen anything like it. I love the print. The dress is definitiely one of my favorites...." HAPPY!
I have some cotton lawn with the crested tits that is waiting to be transformed into a blouse. It will be added to the collection soon!
The winner of the Giveaway in April is Belle from Oss. She sent me a message that she's happy with it! Since I had my 200th sale in my Etsy shop I am organizing another Giveaway, connected to a survey. Two winners will receive a pillow case!! More information will follow!
I have some cotton lawn with the crested tits that is waiting to be transformed into a blouse. I have made a muslin of fabric that I had left. some adjustments were needed, but I can quickly finish and list this blouse. I hope this week!