October 21st 2016
Kenzo goes wild


Brilliantly designed website for the Kenzo collection at H&M starring Ryuichi Sakamato and Iman, a.o. Design Jean-Paul Goude (scroll down to hear them talk).

October 18th 2016
Recycling the past is the step-stone to the new


Once upon a time there were these guys understanding the spirit of the age. They are back with these recycled piéces de résistance, made from their own old fabrics and designs, ripped into pieces and woven by hand, called ‘Vagabonds’ (those that belong nowhere, wandering from place to place – Dickens). Love the ‘wedding-jeans’. Couture Viktor & Rolf Autumn/Winter 2016

October 17th 2016
Hillary’s buttons


I don’t know if Clinton will be a good president, but she is intelligent and hopefully not corrupt, as some media like us to believe. Madam President not only hired Pentagram for her campaign logo, but also sells these pretty wild contemporary campaign buttons at her own website. Design Andrew Sloat (creative director at BAM) Shop

October 10th 2016
Sketching in gold


My first bracelet, recycled from a Dutch antique golden headpiece and precious corals from 1900. Red corals are basically anemone-like animals that secrete a skeleton. They are rare and still grow in some underwater caves in Sardinia. This precious piece is for my precious mother’s 80th birthday. I first drew my father’s face, melted the 18k gold into square wire and soldered 22 parts together. Since it was the first time I worked in gold, the nose melted twice and I had to change the eyes and moustache a couple of times to really let it become my father. I searched the internet and travelled far to get those perfect large corals, strung on 14k gold. Exhibited at De Pioen @ Kunst10Daagse, Bergen until Oct 23, 2016

July 1st 2016
Walking over water with Christº


Christo invited us to walk over the most beautiful lake. I just hád to see this dahlia-yellow walkway with my own eyes: so I was there :)) Christo (81) was there, on a raft during a big thunderstorm: “I don’t like anything about computers. Young people today on their flat screens, it’s all virtual; nothing is real. All our projects involve real things – real wind, real sun, real wet, real danger, real drama. This will never take place again. That’s why it’s so exciting.” I hope to get a little piece of fabric from the installation (unfortunately I did not). Location Sulzano, Italy Open until July 3, 2016 Follow Webcam (sun is shining!) Art The Floating Piers by Christo and Jeanne- Claude

June 21st 2016
Worlds within worlds within worlds


This is a kind of smart art, with many strong visual metaphors like the clashing religions on the table. This Nigerian artist combines the happy marriage with her white husband with some serious political problems; day-to-day comfy life, and brutal Nigerian dictators – very personal and very global. All these complicated figurative stories are drawn from memory, using acetone-transfers of small photographic images, acrylic, and commemorative fabric. Art Njideka Akunyili Crosby



June 8th 2016
Me smiling at you


For my first medaillon I melted some forgotten 14 karat gold earrings (eyes) and used a small left-over piece of gold chain, made a tiny toggle clasp, and got the wee rings soldered (still swiping the sweat of my forehead :)

June 8th 2016
It’s all about the power to create little treasures in life


“Working is about having fun, and doing what oneself wants to do, for no other reason than for doing it.” says this Dutch designer, who makes one piece a week only. Such a lucky strike, 50 pieces a year and that’s it; I might steal this wisdom from Philip Sajet

June 8th 2016
Gold from the cosmos, pearls from the sea


I just discovered scientists are trying to prove that gold and other precious metals ánd stones, come from meteorites, I hadn’t a clue! So gold is from space and delicate pearls come from irritated oysters. Since 2000 all her architectural transitional work bears the same title: ‘Beautiful city’. Jewelry Annelies Planteijdt

May 27th 2016
Sketching in silver


Silver ‘drawing’ made from first grade silver with a black diamond and blue sapphires. The initial drawing was made by sketching in ink without a glimpse at the paper. The sketch in silver is soldered with 15 separate pieces of silver.

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