Saturday, September 14, 2019
Thursday, September 12, 2019
With the purchase of two new sunglasses this season, my 'mini sunglasses suitcase' was completely packed and they didn't fit in anymore.
A vintage rotatable spectacle rack would be a good solution for the expanding collection, so I went looking for it, yet without result.
Then suddenly I realized that we still have a vintage postcard rack in the attic, I found 3 of them in a bulky waste container years ago.
The frames fit exactly into the 'landscape postcard' side of the rack. I love these creative solutions, re-using what you already have.
13 sunglasses, it may seem like a lot, however collected over the years. A new one every year, sometimes two ;-) and prescription sunglasses have been added.
Summer ain't over yet!
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Rotterdam - Kunsthal - Tuesday 10th of September
The impressive retrospective exhibition I’m Your Mirror, featuring the work of the famous Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos (1971). In an activist and feminist way, and with a profound respect for Portuguese culture and traditions, she gives reality her own personal twist. Vasconcelos is known for her sharp sense of proportions, masterly use of colour and unusual choice of materials, like household appliances, wall tiles, textiles, medicines, urinals, pans and plastic cutlery.
I’m Your Mirror is an exhibition with a large number of sculptures and installations, such as Lilicoptère (a gold-plated helicopter decorated with Swarovski crystals and pink ostrich feathers) and A Noiva (The Bride - a six-metre high chandelier made of 14,000 tampons.) In her work, Vasconcelos is searching for different identities – including those of modern-day women – and the discord that can be found within them. She is inspired by the traditional crafts of her native country. The result is a seductive, funny, exuberant and sometimes absurdist exhibition in which nothing is ever as it seems.
The exhibition is organised by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, in collaboration with the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art Porto and Kunsthal Rotterdam.
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Publication HAPPY HANDMADE LIVING
HHL is an inspiring new Dutch magazine, about interior, creative inspiration, patterns, DIY projects, fashion and travel. Now available in stores.
Recently I was interviewed by chief editor Lisanne Multem from Happy Handmade Living for a publication on my atelier, blog, interior, work, travel workshops & more. You can read the interview in the first issue of Happy Handmade Living.
Lisanne sent me two copies, one to keep and one to give away.
Would you like to win this first issue of the seasonal Happy Handmade Living magazine?
Please leave your comment on my Instagram account @woodwoolstool and I will pick a winner of this give away on Monday September 9th!
And anyone can participate, however the magazine is a Dutch edition.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Philotimo (φιλότιμο) is a Greek noun translating to 'love of honor'.
However, philotimo is almost impossible to translate sufficiently as it describes a complex array of virtues. Philotimo is considered to be the highest of all Greek virtues, the standards for family and social living. The core concept is that of respect and walking in right paths. In its simplest form, the term means 'doing good', actions that ensure that a man's behavior be exemplary and demonstrate his personality and the manner in which he was raised. Philotimo to a Greek is essentially a way of life.
We found the expression on the typical blue & white Greek paper tablecloth of beach restaurant Kaliva, an authentic and picturesque greek restaurant, where we had lunch almost every day.
The friendly waiter who served us every day was a paragon of philotimo. During our last lunch at the beach yesterday he was setting the table for a big group for the evening. When I suggested, to arrange a small table bouquet, he returned with a big smile on his face, scissors and a vase. I simply snipped bougainvillea and pandorea jasminoides from the porch, herbs from the garden and some branches along the beach.
A gesture to express our gratitude and appreciation for his service and kindness.
Meanwhile we are back home to realize all good things come to an end...
Our laid back (beach) vacation was wonderful and we savored every moment of the greek cabin life on the island of Rhodes.