woensdag 30 januari 2013

Bracelet....Start..

I am still following the Goldsmith course...
During the course I came across my weakness..

I am a person who has an idea..and want to make it as fast as I can...
With the result....
No good...and most of all..No satisfaction..

After a talk with Jeannette, I decided to take all steps to make my bracelet calm and focussed..no rush...

This morning we spoke about the design...
And the steps I had to take...

I had a piece of silver which I had to roll to get it thinner...





It was 2mm and it had to become 1.1 mm.. 
Heavy work it was..

Inbetween I had to glow the piece to get all molecules back in the same direction..




Cool it down under the tap...



At the end you could see the difference in length..
The drawing is the orginal of the piece of silver..


I am going to do something with that famous quote from Elizabeth Zimmerman in my design..Knit on...etc...



Next time..
Measuring...
Saw...
Bow...

And my mantra will be....as my Facebook friend Constance Willems wrote in a post...


A Happy Peace is a Quiet Happiness

Confucius IX

Details...

On Tuesday I had a day full of fittings in school..
Coats where the subject....
And colourblocking the theme....

Just some pictures from details...












The rest will follow after the Fashion-show in June..
On Days like this... I LOVE my Job

The Place, The Space..

Last Sunday I did visit the exhibition in the building where I used to have the studio together with Evelien.
Only that day you could see the exhibition: The Place, The Space by curator Ronald de Ceuster.
The exhibition can be seen as an Ode to the building.

There has been a previous weekend where you could see the exhibition, but at that time it was too emotional for me to go there.

So I went, and it was beautiful to see what artists who didn't had a studio in the building did with all the rooms...

In our studio Artist Ienke Kastelein placed her work named: La Piéce

When I entered our former studio there was this music playing..



2 chairs where standing in the middle of the room..



It was as we just had left the room, and leave those chairs behind..
The right one for me and the left one for Evelien..

At the other end of room where also 2 chairs wating..


In the cupboard was a blanket..

And a Book...Species of spaces



She made this work without knowing that the studio had belonged to an Artist Couple..
Kind of Magical I think...
And it was in a strange way very moving for me to be back in our former studio and to see this work..

Nex to this was more great Art work..as..


Left Space by Ria Wesseling

Spied Place by Ria Wesseling

Spiegeling by BiOp


Spatial Interpretation of Librum #3 & # 7 by Mark Kramer

The other Room by Hans van Lunteren

Eadweard's Windows by Loes ten Anscher


For me one of the Higlights...
Bleached Light by André Pielage
As mentioned in a speech by Mieke Konijn, Director of Kunstenlab... 
Art leaves last the Property.......


Next to all the art, it was nice to meet up with a lot of people I know after living in Deventer for 30 years.

maandag 28 januari 2013

30 Years Ago...


Today...
30 years ago...
We fell in Love...
I knew..... when I opened the door that he was the man I was looking for.

And, despite all the changes...
He is still my greatest Love..




The shirt that he worn that evening is still hanging in the wardrobe...
I have never thrown it away..



Time flies.....
We'll keep it calm today...
30 years....



zondag 27 januari 2013

Kntting...Sofar...

Just a little post this week about:
Knitting...

I did finish off my Cabled cowl..


And it is a JOY to wear..esspecially last week, when it was really cold in the morning going to work..
75% Soft Merino and 20% Silk and a 5% little Sparkle..Twinke DK


Next to that I did finish one of my most beautiful Items I did knit this season..

My Dots and Stripes Scarve in the most softest yarn I ever knitted with sofar..
Difficult to take a good picture of the colour..


Shilasdair yarn containing...
Cashmere, Baby Camel, Merino and Angora....
and a matching Silk yarn...all dyed with Natural Dyes...

And to make it even more luxury I added a lining from Liberty fabric to it..
I so love the range from Liberty fabrics.. Bram has some tie's I bought for him at the shop In London some years ago..


The pattern is the "Peacock Feathers" by William Morris..designed in 1880 and still a Stunning Beauty..


Handstitched it to the back..
And now the plan is to make some more scarves..

In 2 weeks time I am going to buy some more Shilasdair yarn at Colorways at the HandwerkBeurs in Zwolle..Hope to knit some more scarves...other Dots, Squares...who knows..Perhaps those colours..





Still on the needles..and will be finished hopefully this week..
My Odinn..
1 sleeve done...
Half a sleeve to go..


before making it into a Cardigan..
A soak and blocking first..
and than...
my first time Steek!!

zondag 13 januari 2013

Update....January Sofar..

Some days are difficult...some days go a little better...
I sometimes feel we are living in an inbetween period in our life. Difficult sometimes to deal with, but there is also awareness of how special life is.
Often memories turn up...

Today while I took Bram in his wheelchair to the market I suddenly saw us -29 years ago- walking there. Buying vegetables and flowers on a Saturday in spring. Everything taken home in a natural canvas bag from Marimekko. A warm day it was, and we both felt good together.
He must have looked like this picture.



I always feel good with him..very good, even now when he is ill and I push the wheelchair. We both cross borders to make the most of it.

But he is tired, his eyesight get's worse and walking is very difficult. Every day he has to pick himself up to start the day. I admire him for that, but I also understand it when he says that life is getting hard for him, and that he doesn't like to live in this way...

From the beginning I have felt that we belong together. We met on an evening for gays in a rough youth centre, and no....I didn't went home with him that evening....but we had a nice talk and I gave him my phone number.
He rang me up the next evening, and he invited me for dinner that friday and he would pick me up at my house.
I remember when I opened the door I thought..that is him, I know for sure it is him..and I fell in love in a split second..
Guess it was because of his eyes and the look he gave me.
We started living together immediately. Not always easy, but we managed by talking.
He is -what they call- the Love of my Life....almost 30 years now in 2 weeks time..

As for the rest...
Work has started last week after 2 weeks holiday...

I am still knitting...but not that much..( sometimes I am so tired that picking up the needles is too much...really)
Odinn still not ready...working on a sleeve...



Need to finish it of, because it is getting colder...Winter finally is arriving.

I did knit a cowl for our new great CleaningLady Agnes...



Since she is with us we feel  living in a brand new house. And she is funny, chatty and great to have her around. We are both very found of her..

And I am knitting another one for myself...both in beautiful Easyknits yarn..Twinkle is the name of the yarn.




Our dear friend Tiny is helping me with making curtains from fabric I bought at IKEA. 
The simple plain cotton curtains make the house looks so fresh..and intimate..



It was great to have my sewingmachine back on the table..My dear old Singer who has done so much for me over for as much as 29 years. She is an old Lady, but has never let me down.




Paul, another friend of us did some DIY in the shower. Everything which stood on the washingmachine and outside is now behind the doors of a little cabinet.


And he is making us bookshelves under the stairs..


Our house is lovely to live in, but we don't have must place for storage..but..no complaining..

So the house will look better at the end..must save a bit of money for a new couch..and for repairing of some chairs..

I am still doing the Goldsmith Course...working on a button with felt attached to it..



Hope to finish it (well I must!) the coming week, so I than can start on my BIG BRACELET PROJECT.

And I must tell you about my absolute Bargain Find yesterday..


Yesterday when visiting a charityshop close by were I live - to buy something for my new weekly blog in Dutch named "Kringloopverhaaltjes"- I found an original -almost brand new looking hardly worn- Harris Tweed jacket.



I just love Harris Tweed. The tradition of it, the colours, the roughness of the fabric, the leather buttons, the label with the Orb on it..
Always when I see that label my mind wanders back to the holiday we did spend on the Outer Hebrides. It was a year after I finished Art school and being there was fantastic. We camped, did rent a house next tot he see and went on the hunt for Harris Tweed. A beautiful and great memory.

Despite the fact that the sleeves are a little bit too short..I decided to buy it..I could not resist, even not because I hardly wear a jacket normally...



And because I met up with a friend..and because it was a sale that day..it was 2 for the price of 1...we made a deal.
She picked out a sweater..I had my jacket..we went to pay..the price was total..
€4,00..so we both payed €2,00!!! That is a REAL BARGAIN ISN'T IT??

Because it is crisis..and because I love to do a little crafting..and because the sleeves are a bit short I had a look in my stash and found a ball of Jamieson's yarn in a green which looks great to with. 




Actually..a lot of colours look great with Harris Tweed due to the fact that there are so many colours in it which come from nature. 
I will cut of a part of the sleeve and knit a 2x2 ribbing and sew it to the sleeve.. Will happen the coming week..or weeks..

Well..just a little Update sofar from the first weeks of January 2013.