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There’s something about Myrte There’s something about Myrte
November 2nd, 2010

Myrte de Zeeuw is actually an established fashion designer at a large international company based in the Netherlands, but like everyone, she needs to escape the hectic pace of her professional life: she finds solace in her little bird subjects. The idea to start drawing them came to her while on a business trip in New York (as you do). A Northern Flicker crossed her path. Entranced by this encounter, it triggered her to tell his story. This is the story of Myrte’s sweet love affair with birds.


Dampeners that will lift your spirits Dampeners that will lift your spirits
October 25th, 2010

Fieldz is a new brand from Den Bosch (as we like to call it locally) – in full it’s ‘s-Hertogenbosch. I spoke to its founder, Marjan Veltkamp, who told me about her happy accident at finding a new way of uplifting and also calming people while keeping noise levels down. Her customers to date have been schools, physiotherapy clinics, offices and private clients. She also says she is astonished at how her idea has found a solid foothold already and threatens to burst completely out of control, and the future of her business is very promising. You can meet Marjan or see her acoustic work at Dutch Design Week in the Machinekamer on Strijp-S, in Eindhoven until 31 October.


Meeting ingenuity at Dutch Design Week Meeting ingenuity at Dutch Design Week
October 24th, 2010

I was running late, as usual, when I made it into the Oiva Toikka art and design exhibition currently on in the Ketelhuis at Strijp-S. I was actually looking for Oiva himself. I couldn’t spot the eighty-year-old professor amongst the hoards, and so – although despondent, I exalted in the beautiful works (even though he has been known to say it’s work bordering on bad taste, I certainly disagree!) on display to celebrate 50 years as a designer with Ittala. But then I saw a fellow journalist, Anniina Koivu (Abitare) with an entourage of Czech, Finnish and Dutch ladies. Oiva was chatting away somewhere in amongst his attentive crowd, so I latched on and this is the result. Enjoy – I certainly did.


Flux-s photo documentary Part II Flux-s photo documentary Part II
September 12th, 2010

Some more stuff that filled The Dossier files these last 3 days: check out the second part of the Flux-s photo documentary.


“The future is black” “The future is black”
June 30th, 2010

When people are passionate, you can’t help but feel passionate for them, or try to see what it is they are passionate about. Today I went to see a Baltan Laboratories presentation by three such passionate guest speakers. Director of Baltan Laboratories, Angela Plohman, opened by explaining the nature of the organisation: a 2 year pilot program of an art and media lab whose activities include residences and workshops, exploring what the lab of the future might be. Today’s session would be on “copylefting” and the results of the EMF Orchestra workshop which was run earlier today by Wendy Van Wynsberghe and Peter Westenberg from Constant in Brussels. But first we listened to how Julien Ottavi, from APO33 in Nantes, listens to the world around us, and about his electromagnetic spectrum research.


Siphoning identity – Sue Williamson Siphoning identity – Sue Williamson
June 18th, 2010

I had the esteemed honour of meeting South African artist and writer, Sue Williamson at an MU lecture this evening. The purpose of her talk was to give context to the current exhibition at MU, … For Those Who Live in It – ‘it’ being possibly “a globalised metropolis”, “a cutting edge art scene” or “a context existing in dynamic tension with the effects of politics, economics, culture and history,” according to the exhibition notes. What does it mean to be young/black/white/gay/straight/an artist today, in South Africa? What does it mean for South Africans or for anyone else who wants to know? An intimate group of 30 very engaged audience members drank in the images and stories that Sue proffered.


I am not an illustrator I am not an illustrator
June 17th, 2010

“If I look back, the drawings have become more detailed. Not focused on the dog anymore, but on his surroundings. The only things you can alter are if his eye is pointing up or down, or moving his tail. If you want to give a message about what you’re drawing, it comes from the environment. So he’s actually been getting smaller and smaller as I’ve gone on.” Patray Lui, not an illustrator.