Discover Eindhoven, The Netherlands in this catalogue of creative happenings

Tricks of the creativity trade Tricks of the creativity trade
May 9th, 2011

Sitting in Myrte’s backyard, I admire the potted plants and enjoy the sun on my cheeks and the hot blush of Moroccon mint tea on my tongue. She’s served me a slice of “the best Easter stollen in the shops” (from the Lidl, you read it here – thanks for the tip Myrte!) with lashings of butter. Yum. With my senses on alert, I am ready to settle into a discussion with Myrte about the translation of her pictures onto products – namely, skirts and dresses. Maybe she can let me in on a few tricks?

Changed forever Changed forever
May 9th, 2011

I win things. A lot. You could even say I’m a winner. When I was 10 I won a bmx bike. I also came first in a piano competition that year. And second in the 100m sprint division C. Actually, that’s it, but I don’t ever want to be one of those people who say “I never win anything.” Anyway, so I was on Facebook and two tickets to Spinvis were up for grabs at the Muziekgebouw. I was supposed to leave a comment to have a chance to win. Mine was: “Well, as a struggling student of Dutch, and of music, I’ve been advised by Dutch friends that Spinvis’s music and lyrics would be a worthwhile way for me to improve in leaps and bounds in both subjects. I’d love to see them live!”

Telling tales Telling tales
May 7th, 2011

Mischa (35) and Nanning (33) Tydeman are at it again. Telling fabulous stories on behalf of four talented ladies who illustrate – Misses Danïelle van Dieten and Smits, Kim Welling and Marieke Coenen. Works by these illustrators are to be viewed for one more chance, tomorrow in Mischa’s apartment, Lichtstraat 2 in Eindhoven. The pursuit of the whimsical, poignant, charming is here in the Netherlands. And that’s thanks to the shy, modest, brilliant, curatorship of Nanning and Mischa Tydeman. I’m not making it up

Dancing on the inside and out Dancing on the inside and out
April 27th, 2011

Staff Benda Bilili’s dance music is infectious and the somewhat staid crowd in the Eindhoven Airport Zaal thawed out by the end, where around 150 people in the theatre got footloose in front of the footlights. I couldn’t squirm out of my dead-centre seats, pinned in as I was by serious types; so after dancing a while with my eyes and my heart, I started to dance in my seat. In doing so, I felt a great affinity with the group, many of whom are wheelchair bound.

Springtime in the bag Springtime in the bag
April 21st, 2011

Isn’t springtime wonderful? Don’t you wish you could just bottle it? Or even better, carry it around in (or on) your handbag? It’s soon going to be Easter and I’m fully in the swing of spring and all it inspires. Today I want to introduce you to a fresh and exciting accessories brand, Artessorio. One of its masterminds is Patray Lui, illustrator/designer whom I interviewed in 2010.

Setting up camp, to weather the storms of revolution Setting up camp, to weather the storms of revolution
April 15th, 2011

In February this year, Egypt was divided into two camps. The middle east situation was cranking up to critical proportions and the entire world started to speculate – mostly with fear and foreboding. But there is a camp that is flooded in the light of hope. That belongs to Doreen Westphal, who’s designed a lamp which she’s showing at this year’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile until 17 April in Milan, is called “Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers”. It is derived from the first weather forecast given after the ousting of Egypt’s president Hosni Mubarak.

The powerful natural force of massage The powerful natural force of massage
April 14th, 2011

When Emma Smith – artist and masseuse – opens the door this afternoon, she is wearing pale green trackpants and a turquoise velour zip jacket with puffed sleeves. Her long hair is twisted into a loose bun and her fringe is pinned away from her face. In the kitchen, where I take a cup of herbal vanilla tea, the mug itself is peppermint coloured, which pairs nicely with the veneer of the spearmint-hued cabinetry of the kitchen. I sense that nature and the forces of it are significant to Emma.

Face to face with Joan Baez Face to face with Joan Baez
April 13th, 2011

I was enjoying my sunny Saturday like everyone else when an email popped into my mailbox from a guy from Portland called Ian who needed a haircut. Seems kind of random, right? But when it turns out that he’s the lighting guy for folk legend Joan Baez and would be in town for a few days and needed a few tips, I didn’t hesitate to put together a bespoke itinerary for Ian and his crewmates. In my reply email I was also cheeky enough to venture for a ticket to tonight’s concert, and maybe even an interview with the great lady. Let’s just say Ian was pleased with his new hairdo.

Milan: a drop in the ocean Milan: a drop in the ocean
April 9th, 2011

Her name? Mariëlle Leenders. Her company? Curious Collections. What drives her? Easy. That’s “nature”. Her discipline? Good question. She’s a product and experience designer (Design Academy Eindhoven alumni), an entrepreneur, and she is also a photographer and concept designer. Mariëlle needs timelines and the discipline of an assignment – because without it, her natural state is like water. First her creative energy starts to trickle, then it rushes, gathering momentum … and finally it floods every which way until she’s unstoppable. Her dam this time, will be Milan.

It all boils down to the bare essentials: minimalism It all boils down to the bare essentials: minimalism
March 29th, 2011

Okay, I’m talkin’ music again. See, I’m very extremely wound up about minimalism this week in the Netherlands. Philip Glass is here once more, this time to open the World Minimal Music Festival (WMMF), being held the the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t Ij and Muziekgebouw Eindhoven. 11 concerts, and great discounts (like, €10 per concert or a €65 passpartout!) if you’re under 30.

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