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OER Ceramics workshop by Kirstie van Noort & Lotte de Raadt

Last month I joined one of the OER Ceramics workshops hosted by Kirstie van Noort & Lotte de Raadt at NulZes, Eindhoven. It’s a workshop where you learn how to make and color your own porcelain tableware. As a digital creative I was looking for other ways to create instead from behind a screen. Wether it’s with my computer, laptop, phone or camera, there’s always a screen involved. Something that can be quite tiresome if it’s your day to day job. So I started to look for physical inspiring activities, and when I found out about the OER workshops I got super excited right away. I’ve always been interested in ceramics. I love the minimal designs of it, the pure materials and the craftwork that’s involved. So yes, I was really curious to find out how it’s made and the story behind it.

What’s it about

So the workshop is part of their OER project, where Kirstie & Lotte harvested iron ore from different wetlands across Europe. “The project started in 2016 in a small village called Vessem, The Netherlands. Vessem is one of the many groundwater protections areas under the control of Brabant Water. A vulnerable area where the region’s tap water is sourced. The water is extracted from sources of dozens of meters deep, and is about 50 to 200 years old. Most of the oxygen in the water is already disappeared, and metals like manganese and iron are dissolved. In order to make our water from the tap drinkable, it undergoes an extensive process of filtration. One of the residues of this filtration is oxidized iron, in Dutch called “Oer”. This is a solid residual and can be characterized by its deep red colour.”

The workshop is divided into two parts. First you start with a short introduction. Then you will learn how to use a plaster mould and pour your own porcelain cups, bowls and plates. The porcelain clay is pre-made and ready to use, coloured with OER pigments. These pigments forms the base to create 2 cups, 2 bowls and 2 plates. After pouring the clay in the moulds, they’re ready to get in the kiln.

The second part is all about glazing & colouring the other 2 cups, 2 bowls and 2 plates, made from white biscuit fired porcelain. During this part you can get as creative as you want. You’re free to choose your own colors Kirstie & Lotte already developed for you, and mix them up. They will explain some of their simple color techniques like dipping, spray painting or masking. You get time to make some sketches first, but for the real confidents ones you can start right away. Kirstie told me some people already made experimental collages or pinterest boards to use as their inspiration, so yes, just do whatever you like and what feels good!

After the workshop Kirstie & Lotte will carefully glaze and fire the items, ready for shipping or you can pick them up at the studio after a few days.

The experience

It was really inspiring to spend the day in their studio, and to hear all the stories behind the OER project from Kirstie (Lotte was abroad for a project of hers). I did not only learn some basic knowledge on how to make and color porcelain, but overall I realised there’s much more than only the product itself. The research part of each collection (Kirstie’s graduation project for her Cornwall collection took 5 years of research!), the way how Kirstie and Lotte collect their materials from the rarest corners in the world, how they manage to turn residual products into something new and beautiful, and how they master the techniques and even develop their own recipes. If you count all of this together, and realise how many hours it takes to create a collection… or even one piece. Wow! Never would’ve thought that. It’s an unique craftsmanship that deserves all of your respect. Next time I sip coffee from my handmade cup, it will remind me of all the hard work, love and passion that have been put in. It will never be an ordinary cup of coffee anymore. And that’s how it should be right. To be more conscious and aware of the products you are using day-to-day.

Curious?

Find a visual recap I made down below to get an impression of the workshop, including the end results… Kirstie also showed me her workspace / studio upstairs, which is a place she shares with a few other creatives. So expect a short studio sneak peek at the end as well.

Got curious? I would definitely recommend everyone to participate, even if you’re not that skilled at all (like me haha). Just get out of your comfort zone, try something different and step in the world of ceramics. Or, you could gift this experience to someone else as a Christmas treat instead of the usual presents. Great idea right?

The next courses will be held in February and March and there are only a few places left. For more info and to participate visit here. Oh, and don’t forget to follow Kirstie on her adventures, the next one will be in Japan…

Get in touch:
Kirstie van Noort
Lotte de Raadt
Oer Project

The process.

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The studio.

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The results.

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Exposition: Ann Veronica Janssens at De Pont

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I went to visit one of my fave museums in my country: De Pont in Tilburg. The exposition from Ann Veronica Janssens just had opened but I already heard good stories about it. A perfect excuse to visit this inspiring modern art place again.

The work of Ann Veronica Janssens is all about light, color and space. She creates true magic with her sculptures and installations, making the invisible visible. I love how her work interacts with her audience, so you even become part of the artwork yourself.

For me, the highlight of the exposition is Ann’s ‘white cube’ experience. It’s a cube filled with mist, which you can enter and explore. Okay, what’s so special about it you must think. It’s the way Ann uses the presence of different lights, which makes you disorientate completely. It was a real challenge to find the walls of the cube, and I even started to think if I was all alone in there (there are only 5 people allowed at the same time). Confession: I asked my boyfriend to hold my hand, as I was scared to get lost. It’s only a small cube, but once you step inside you enter a whole different world. Ann knows how to test your senses and pushes you to find out what you really see.

You can visit the exposition of Ann Veronica Janssens until the 31st of March, alongside other very cool exhibitions including works from Anne & Patrick Poirier and Michaël de Kok.

PS: sorry for the low quality pictures, we weren’t allowed to take our camera’s inside, only our phones.

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Fall silhouettes

This Fall look revolves around this white bag I got gifted from the super sweet bag designer Yvette van Eijndhoven. You might’ve seen I visited her studio earlier this week, to see where she works and creates. Yvette started as an interior designer, but took a slightly different direction a few years ago to start make bags. Her collection holds leather bags that are recognisable by their clean cut and simple silhouettes. Durable designs for the long term run, true essentials you can say. Lately she’s experimenting with other fabrics as well, like transparant PVC, mesh, wool and canvas bags like mine. But still manages to maintain the minimalistic silhouettes she’s known for. Oh, and all handmade.

I felt really inspired when I left her atelier in the Gruyterfabriek. I didn’t only took the white canvas bag with me back home, it was filled with her personal stories. I just love it when I get to meet likeminded creatives, sharing the same visions and love for clean aesthetics. It reminds me to appreciate personal contact more, instead of keeping it digital. (most of my collabs are). So hopefully more meet ups like these will follow in the near future.

For now you can see me wearing the bag in three different ways down below. You can hold it like a clutch, fold the edges inside or just go for the classic shopper look. All three of them are super practical, depending on how much stuff you need to carry of course. Interested in becoming an owner of Yvette’s bags as well? Just pop to her instagram page @yvettevaneijndhoven and slide into her DM. Or wait a bit, she will launch her webshop very soon…

Wearing | Jacket: Weekday | Skirt: Uniqlo | Sneakers: New Balance | Bag: Yvette van Eijndhoven | Jewelry: The Boyscouts & Effra

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Fuck Black Friday

FUCK BLACK FRIDAY. Yes you read that right. The day everyone’s hitting the stores to find the best deals out there. But true costs are: we pay a very high price in the end. A destroyed planet caused by endless consumerism. What if I tell you there IS actually a good black friday deal? For one week, starting on Black Friday, Ullac are raising their prices by 10%. They will double that 10% and give it ALL to War Child. While you’re fighting over a new pair of shoes, this organisation helps children in areas with serious conflicts. They keep ‘m safe, give them education and eventually equip them with skills for the future. Give them all the support they need: love. So head over to Ullac and be excellent to each other. Long live love.

Oh, and if you like my Fuck Black Friday tee, read this carefully: all profits of this limited tee are going to War Child UK. So you’re not buying a sweater, you’re spreading love. But you are also getting a dead nice sweater-T. ;)

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Walking on cloud nine with adidas’ POD S3.1

I’m really excited to share my latest project in collaboration with adidas Eindhoven. They hooked me up with their latest adidas Pod S3.1 sneakers, in my fave colorway: white, more white and a little bit of black. I paired them up with a flowy slip dress, worn with an oversized white shirt (which I found at the plus size section at H&M sssttt). The belt I’ve made on my own. Really simple, clean and sophisticated with lots of movement involved. Exactly how I like it. Look at the results down below, included a few shots together with Mike de Wolff (adidas), shot by Remy de Boysere.

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Look 1: adidas Originals: sneakers | H&M: slipdress & shirt | The Boyscouts: all jewelry | Weekday: sunglasses |
Look 2: adidas Originals: sneakers | Mosch Copenhagen: denim trousers | H&M: denim jacket (men’s) | The Boyscouts: all jewelry | Weekday: sunglasses |

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Orange affair

Wait what. Orange? Color? Neon poppings?? Eh yes, I’m wearing color. I’m actually having an affair with Mr. bright orange… But hey, may I for once :D I paired it up with Weekday’s latest Limited Edition Denim collection. The ecru tones are the perfect fit for Mr. bright orange, don’t ya think? Well… kinda like this love story <3

Wearing: Weekday Limited Edition Denim Row ecru jeans | Weekday Limited Edition Vermont T-shirt | Vintage sunglasses | The Boyscouts jewellery | Action strap (yes it’s that strap you normally use for your car or something. oops) |

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Un-Cluttered x Hutspot

So a few weeks ago, Hutspot asked me to do a short but fun shoot together. Hutspot is a combination of fashion, design and local art, aiming to offer a platform for young creatives. They have 5 stores now, including my hometown Eindhoven. Working with the local creative scene is something they love to do; for instance my boyfriend sold some of his art works over there. So yes, I was a fan already. (Also this is a subtile advice to visit their stores if you’re around, obviously).

Anyway, the plan was to make it entirely ‘un-cluttered’, from styling and location to of course, my clean easthetics. Normally I’m the worst control freak (my boy knows XD), but I saw it as an opportunity to once let go of everything and trust the Hutspot-team in this one. Glad I did, because I love what we’ve created together. You can find the looks down below – including items from the Hutspot collection, Samsøe & Samsøe, Selected Femme and Frisur – together with some iPhone shots I made of the location.

Credits:
Photography: Nolwenn le Flanchec
Concept & Styling: Daniël Heijl, Lilian Heinis (Hutspot)

Wearing | All clothing and accessories are available at Hutspot | Nike: Air Max 98 sneakers (my own) | Weekday: sunglasses (my own)

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Berlin Fashion Week diary

Last week Berlin Fashion Week took place from 3-5 July. When I saw the invitations coming in, there was no doubt. This time I would go and visit. And this time I brought one of my besties with me, Chiyen Lam. Chiyen is a friend I know through Instagram long long time ago. We – my boyfriend and I – published her work back in the days through our online magazine THRLD, and the contact still remained. If you watch my Stories, I’m pretty sure you saw her face pop up ;) So funny how E-friends (you know, people you know from the internets), can turn into one of your closest friends.

Meet Chiyen Lam

So who is this girl? She def deserves a proper introduction if you don’t know her already. Chiyen is a Fashion Design graduate at the Willem de Kooning Academie Rotterdam. During her study she lived and worked for half a year in London while doing an internship at fashion label House of Sunny. She returned, graduated and she’s now a busy lady trying to make a career out of fashion and styling. She worked with brands like Moe Oslo, Fraenck, The Boyscouts, Daily Paper, Genuine Fake and many more. Besides that, she’s really passionated about everything Martin Margiela. So Martin, if you read this: watch this girl haha!

AirBnB

Anyway, we booked our tickets and stay very last minute. Honestly, best decision ever. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow right. We stayed at this super pretty AirBnB located in Friedrichshain, hosted by the very charming Jude. He’s from Nigeria, lived in London and moved to Berlin 8 years ago. He is the best host I’ve ever met, and has a great taste for interior design. So if you’re looking for a nice place to stay, please visit his apartment!

Schedule

Our schedule was pretty relaxed: a side-event with Danish brand Minimum and streetwear mag Highsnobiety for their SS19 collection presentation on July the 4th. And watching the runway show from Ivanman on July 5th. Really sorry I can’t show pictures of the Ivanman show, as the lightning on the catwalk was really bad to take pictures with. But you can watch a proper recap down here. Too bad we didn’t make it to see more shows, as we had to travel back for work. #life. Hopefully next season we can catch up on it.

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Chiyen and I are both Berlin professionals, we both visit Berlin every year or so. So we could skip all the touristy parts in our spare time, and decided to mainly enjoy the food (omg Korean BBQ at Warschauerstrasse!), nature at Schlachtensee (it was 30 degrees people), watch the WK competition at Yaam (a city beach with Caribbean vibes), and do a bit of shopping (Hi Voo Store, Muji & Wood Wood).

Architecture & Moe Oslo

Last but not least: the beautiful architecture of the Marie Elisabeth Lüders House. The place we took shots of our Moe Oslo outfits as a sweet memory. Moe Oslo is Scandinavian brand offering contemporary pieces with a strong focus on high quality, and clean cuts. The label is now based in Amsterdam and I got to meet the super sweet owner Henriette Moe Winses before we left to Berlin. I was seriously in love with everything she makes, and wished I could just throw everything into my suitcase. But Chiyen and I eventually choose our outfits, which you can check out down below for a closer look.

Enough talking, catch a recap of our stay by scrolling through. And Berlin, thank you for having us. Auf wiedersehen und bis schnell!

Wearing: Chiyen | Moe Oslo shirt | H&M trousers & earrings | The Boyscouts necklace | Mango bag | Converse shoes |
Me | Moe Oslo top, trousers and belt | The boyscouts x Ceizer necklace | & Other Stories earrings | Raf Simons x adidas sneakers

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Out of office

Sometimes you just want to escape your daily workspace to find a new focus elsewhere. And sometimes the solution is so easy: a concrete office, the best clean desk there is. No clutter, no dishes waiting for you, no dog screaming for attention. Only concrete floors and walls you can talk to. Sounds perfect to me. *Out of office

Wearing & using: Berdine The Minimal XL & The Sleeve | Apple Macbook 13″ | Moss Copenhagen denim trousers | Nike Air Max 98 runners |

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Voorlinden Bakery Case pop-up | Wayne Thiebaud expo opening

Two weeks ago I was invited to attend Wayne Thiebaud’s exposition opening at Museum Voorlinden. Next to figures and landscapes, the American artist is especially famed for his super-tasty paintings of cakes, ice-cream and hotdogs. Iconic for the American culture. Voorlinden explained to us they are the first European museum hosting a full exhibition with Thiebaud’s works and it was about time to introduce it to their audience, and I get why. Thibaud’s blobs of syrupy paint makes you almost drool, as the dry paint almost looks like real cake icing. So don’t come with an empty stomach, there’s a great chance you want to lick off the paintings ;).

When we arrived early in the morning, they welcomed us in the museum garden at their Bakery Case pop-up. In this way the museum actually brought Thiebaud’s paintings to life. It was not only very tempting for the hungry belly, but just as much a lust for the eye. We sat down in the sun, got some super delicious homemade cake and cappuccino served, while sitting in a super aesthetically designed bakery. The chairs we sat on, the colourful tableware and lightning with bright and pastel colors, all referred to Thibauds unique colorscheme. The Bakery concept is so well thought and perfectly executed, I was so blown away. All credits go to Voorlinden who initiated it, and of course the creative designers they collaborated with who made it all happen (Just Haasnoot – Weltevree – De Intuïtiefabriek – Valerie Objects).

See a recap of this unique experience down below, and make sure to visit while it lasts! The Wayne Thiebaud exposition and the Bakery Case pop-up will be there until September 16th.

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