Sunday, June 26, 2011

Flamingo dress part III - Made with of 6 yards of fabric!

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!
Read more about it here
Voor Nederlandse bezoekers hier.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Ariadne at Home

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!!

Here's the English translation:
Myrte de Zeeuw lives together with Martijn. Myrte creates pillow cases, prints, dresses and bags with birds on it.
"Whether I am a birder? No way! But that was not my intention. You won't see me on a field with binoculars, staring for hours. I am curious about birds, I am always on the lookout for information about the species that I draw. With each dress or pillow case comes a story about the bird, so you get to know him or her a little. I don't trace birds from photos or copy pictures I just come across. I have to meet them first and feel some sort of link. Usually I will make some snapshots and start sketching at home on my computer. The drawing consists of many layers, from background layers, shadows, up to the tiniest feathers and glossy effects. I always start with the eyes by the way. This way the two dimensional image starts to live and looks at me. My favorite? I couldn't say, all birds have something special. But if I had to choose, The European Blackbird. A modest bird, with a modest character, but still all over the place and very present here in The Netherlands.

Text: Selina Ikink, Make-up: Minke Boeijen, Photography: Ernie Enkelaar, Styling and production: Anne Marie van der Horst

Friday, June 10, 2011

A surprise from Mother Nature.

Some of you have requested for me to draw a Cardinal. A wonderful bird. The bright red males might steal the show of the females that are also just so lovely looking. (If you have a man looking like that others hardly see what a beautiful female you are! ) I want to draw this bird and he's on the list for a long long time. BUT, as some of you may know, I don't draw birds I have never met personally. There might be the rare occasion, when I know someone around me saw it or when the bird is very very special, but not just coz. I feel I have to get to know him and connect a special moment to it. What added some extra frustration is that I have been to places where he lives; (North Eastern USA, Canada) loads. But never saw it. Not that I am ungrateful- I always see loads of other pretty birdies. Last May we went to NYC again, and I had just gotten two more request of doing a Cardinal. We went to the Met one monday(yes) only to find out the Met is closed. So what do you do on a damp spring day? Yes, take a walk in Central Park. I saw so many friendly Robins, and I heard a new sound. I wondered into the trees and saw...... A bright red Cardinal whistling his tail off. Although I am not a bird-nerd, (or am I?) this overwhelmes me with joy.
(My camera is just a point&shoot, but I am an illustrator and not a photgrapher huh?)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

New scarf designs

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.

They are printed on a lovely cotton voile, so the colors sink through the fabric a little, and measure 140x42cm / 55x16 inch. They will be 69 USD / 52 EUR.

Monday, June 6, 2011


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