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January 13th 2017
First milestone of 2017

One thing leads to the other: this week I made this 18K present for my oldest friend. A colleague saw it and immediately ordered a pair for herself. A milestone: I’ve sold my first jewel!

Next: back to school for an advanced course Rhino3D

January 13th 2017
People versus nature

This Dutch figurative artist studied philosophy and religious studies before he changed to art school. Now he explores the suffering of man versus nature leading to tensions between reality and hypocrisy. Strong stuff and still affordable: exhibition Nasty Alice Art Jakob de Jonge

January 13th 2017
First (and last) square ring

Another school project: saw till you drop. I’ve added tiny 18K balls and fresh water pearls, but the ring is square which for me just does not work, at all. But the grades were GOOD.

December 22nd 2016
Private wallpaper

A friend asked if I could paint her some wallpaper. I used a black & white photo of a plant in Henri Matisse’s studio for the final painting. The original is small, now she’s gonna have two inkjet prints of 1.75 x 5.00 meter and 1.75 x 4.05 meter facing each other, fun!

December 21st 2016
Thinking of nothing

When I asked my father during his last days what he was thinking about, he replied he was thinking of nothing.

Work in progress…

December 20th 2016
Thinking of my father

During my father’s last days I made this black tube bracelet. After the silver was blackened in Germany, the golden chains were added, which spin around, so the ‘smileys’ can look like unhappy Charlie Brown faces or they give a big smile. That’s life. Each day of my father’s last weeks, he told my mother how beautiful she was. They were still in love. My relationship with him was more complicated, and we did not manage to change that. We celebrated his life with many friends & family, chansons, laughter, and a glass of his favorite wine, Reuilly.

November 11th 2016
“The thing that bleeds through her eyes or wherever she bleeds” – President Trump

One of the things new President The Donald said about Hillary was that she doesn’t have the looks to become POTUS. So: these are the looks of the most powerful person in the world from 2016-2020: square opposed to round, hard against soft, commanding instead of listening, it’ll be a wild ride. Photo Darren Hauck

November 9th 2016
Sexy targa

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I miss my Porsche 3.2 targa (1984), and maybe this new Mazda could replace that old German racer (bit over my budget ;). There shall be a very nice 160 pk launch edition with a black roof, mirrors and rear spoiler, racier BBS wheels, alcantara trim, Recaro seats and a safety pack (limited to 500 cars). Click here to see how the electric roof works. Car Mazda MX-5 RF (targa) Price € 35.480 Available April 2017

October 27th 2016
Happy b-day to I

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I’m off, celebrating my birthday with a couple of old friends in Piticchio, Italy. We visit some wine farmers and drink too much Lailum Laila, eat fantastic fresh pastas made by a (very old) neighbour, and we always buy some fresh white truffles at a small bar, wrapped in toilet paper, love it! My favorite recipe: 1 halved garlic, 8 tbsp unsalted butter, 3 sage leaves, 2 tbsp cream, seasalt – 500 gr fresh pasta – 50-75 gr white truffles > Melt the butter along with the sage and garlic, and gently simmer for 5 minutes. Season with salt & pepper and discard the garlic and sage. Add the cream and keep warm. Cook the pasta al dente in lightly salted boiling water. Drain and toss with the butter. Serve with the shaved white truffle on top.

October 25th 2016
God is in the details* – DAE

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The last couple of years the masters at Design Academy Eindhoven start to repeat themselves, like making carpets from pieces of nature (last year: stinging-nettles; this year: pine needles), listening to the needs of old people, questioning pollution, etc. So it starts to be all about the realization. With that in mind I loved these objects so much I wanted to own them > L: Foam Fences (a suggestion of privacy) by Anton Hendrik Denys M: Regen (cheap and very beautiful water-proof garments made of cotton rope – without sewing or cutting – on a laser-cut steel mould with a layer of latex) by Wendy Andreu (click to watch video) R: Inside Out (a second life of 50 meters of a cow’s intestines, wrapped around LED tubes lights, meant for sustainable restaurants and disappearing over time) by Kathrine Barbro Bendixen

* Mies van der Rohe

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