Discover Eindhoven, The Netherlands in this catalogue of creative happenings

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.

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.

October 22nd, 2010

Today I had the immense privilege to sit with a motley band of design, literature, and fashion gurus for 8 hours asserting why they found certain ideas beautiful/functional/inventive/poetic – or not. While there was no blood shed, there were votes re-cast and minds changed … and then some! Come to the glass paned Greenhouse at the Stadhuisplein in Eindhoven and see the entries for yourself starting tomorrow. Entry is €3 and doors open at 11am. You can also vote for the People’s Choice (public award).

Don’t say goodbye to summer yet Don’t say goodbye to summer yet
September 8th, 2010

Puff, puff, puff, puff. I’ve just resurfaced from Paris, ready-to-wear fashion parade in Paris. It’s all prints, lame and big shoulders. But then it’s organic materials, natural flowing lines. Or maybe bright party girl watch me ride a circus horse in the big ring look. So much information, so little time. Now the question is, how much of all this will translate into accessible looks to be found at your local H&M or in the streets of Eindhoven? I might ask a few experts in the coming weeks. Watch the video for next season’s colours, silhouettes and patterns. Buy some red lipstick. And grow your hair. Long hair is back.

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.

Ellie’s getting a new wardrobe Ellie’s getting a new wardrobe
June 6th, 2010

Ellie’s Kledingkast, clothes swap party.
Head on down to Broet, on the Strijp-S terrain this Sunday, 13 June.
Doors open at 2pm and the fashion parade kicks off at 4pm.
Tix €10 at the door.

A stall fit for a queen A stall fit for a queen
April 30th, 2010

A tradition of Queen’s Day is the Vrij Markt, or Free Market, which means any man, woman or child can set up a market stall and sell a load of crap. Sometimes nice stuff gets sold. I have spent the last 4 years marvelling at the amount of useless bibs and bobs that people sell; I’ve heard urban legends of €500 margins in a single day. Well, my takings were considerably more humble, but we did have prime position, right in the middle of town and out of the wind and rain. Pencil next Queen’s Day in your diaries: corner Keizersgracht and Kleineberg, Eindhoven on 30 April 2011. I’ll be there with even more wares to peddle, that’s for sure.