First: kind of creepy but mostly super awesome eye ring in brass by Datter Industries.
I never wear rings but boy, this ring I would wear!
Second: everything Barbara Fonesca aka Veils & Mirrors creates.
Her work is delightfully colourful and full of fantasy and humour.
Third: Clairvoyance with Lashes necklace in bronze by All For The Mountain.
So in love but so expensive, unfortunately.
Fourth: zines on a meeting and Spaniards by a couple of funny girls who call themselves Cachete Jack.
Probably highest on my wanted zines list right now!
Last: Arc Hammered Brass and White Sea Glass Daggers necklace by Young Frankk.
So simple and effortlessly looking yet so gorgeous.
Remember that zine on film I told you about way back when? Well, it’s finally done! We’re selling it in our own, temporary shop (Beste Winkel Ooit, more info soon) but I also stocked up some to sell through the blog, on BigCartel.
Buy it HERE for just 1 euro!
Last Sunday I visited Paris and had a beautiful day there. Cause I’d already done all the tourist attractions (some multiple times) I thought I’d look for stuff I didn’t know about yet. And so I finally took a look at Hermine Van Dijck‘s Paris journal. Hermine is a textile designer who makes some truly wondrous stuff and is now residing in Paris for her internship.
And so I discovered about 104, an arts centre of sorts in the 19th district of Paris. As you can tell from the outside photo, it is one huge enormous building and houses lots of different spaces. I don’t think we got to see even half of it, that’s how gigantic it is.
104 houses a bookstore, secondhandstore, café, restaurant, practice spaces, modern museum and more. It’s aimed at everyone and, unlike a lot of similar initiatives, it actually attracts all sorts of people.
The atmosphere is cosy, grand and no-nonsense. And you can actually get a pretty cheap, decent meal at the café. And all of that in Paris! Who’d have thunk it? Not me, in all honesty. A truly unique space (even just for the architecture), I felt, and most definitely worth a visit.
Last three photos by Jean-Louis Zimmerman
And I’m back. Or, not quite. I have no clue in what direction to head with this blog, all I know is that it will be a lot less music orientated. Or well, not as focused on new music as it used to be. New, hype, buzz, all that shit wears me out. And less words, too.
Instead you’re getting the most wonderful art by Dutch collective Park Pardon.
Their work on show at Grafixx (organised by lovely Mayken, a.o.) this weekend not only made me really enthusiastic, it also genuinely made me laugh. I love their creatures and the surprise element in their work.
All photos by Park Pardon
The absolutely stunning jewellery by Pichulik.
Never have I been so in love with any necklace as I am with these.
Little pieces of art really.
This awesome zine by Pauline, given to me after the La Sera show two weeks ago.
It’s most definitely my favourite zine in terms of design. Real DIY in the most pretty way.
Pauline writes about music and more in French, request your copy by emailing email@example.com.
All of Ben Lewis‘ collages.
These are a few of my favourites from his most recent ones.
My favourite kind of art is the one that contains humour so I dig this, a lot.
Thanks to the awesome Miss Moss for linking me to the first and third – credit where credit’s due.
Early February Subbacultcha! had interviews for an intern and Kasper-Jan got me involved. The first person to be interviewed was Ruud, whom I’d seen before at a club years ago. I didn’t think much of him back then but the minute he walked in, we started talking and immediately hit it off. A week later he was chosen as the intern and I’ve been seeing Ruud at least once a week since and if I don’t, I miss him lots. He’s the greatest guy, basically.
His internship’s just about ended and we’re all pretty sad but tonight is gonna be special cause Ruud will be doing a performance at his solo exhibition Dreams Cum True at the old library here in Ghent. The exhibition is a compilation of his best work with some new stuff thrown in. Some if it’s pretty extreme and that’s exactly his trademark.
But most of all, just like me, he likes shine and glitter.
(Let Me Be Your Fantasy, 2011)
I genuinely believe Ruud‘s a talented guy and will be going places. He graduates this year and I can’t wait to see more from him in the future. And I’m super excited about tonight!
Take a look at some more:
(Take My Breath Away, 2010)
I love you, Ruud!
Ceramics are a beautiful and meticulous craft and so, upon seeing Nadia’s work, you can tell how much energy goes into it. Nadia‘s the woman behind Atelier Gilet and among her work you’ll mostly find colourful, understated brooches. Though she does a range of cute, little figures too, it’s her architectural work that draws me in most and that I feel is truly unique.
From geometric shapes to actual abstracht buildings: her work has a certain glow to it. I don’t quite know how to explain but her subtle use of pastel colours and minimalist lines know the way to my heart and have an almost magical touch.
Find all of of that and more at her Etsy shop.
Also, what makes her stand out is the care that goes into the wrapping and packaging. Absolutely beautiful.
Thanks to the ever awesome Marisa Meltzer (check out her books on the riot grrrl movement and Sassy Magazine!) and her Tumblr, I found out about Hanging Rock Comics. Though it’s surprising I didn’t know about 17 year old Taylor-Ruth‘s work before as it’s been popping up just about everywhere.
Most of these comics very much reflect Taylor-Ruth’s age and the emotions that go with it and though I’m past that stage, I thoroughly enjoy them. She has a very specific outlook on life and is also very, very funny. It’s clear that her work is to be taken with a pinch of salt – yet there’s always some raw emotion at the core of it.
What more can I say? Take a look for yourself.
I’ve been careful mentioning this project to anyone but I think the time’s come for me to reveal it to you all.
Ever since finding out about zine culture I’ve wanted to make zines myself. I never thought I could do it though, until we started We Promised. And though I love doing that, it already feels a little too professional/serious for me to have fun with. Which is fine, but I recently started thinking of doing something of my own. And so I came up with the idea of doing a zine about film because I love the medium. But how to make that interesting… I thought of all the people I know that I think are so talented and whose work I admire and how it’d be great if they could participate.
And so I thought of those people creating a representation of their favourite film. From a sketch over a collage to a photo: it’s all in there! I’d tell a little bit about them and they then also had to reveal what was their favourite and why. I named the whole thing Drawing The Pictures (get the pun? Yeah I love puns).
I was super lucky that everyone I got in touch with was enthusiastic from the start, though not everyone could participate due to time constraints and/or being busy with other projects.
I don’t wanna give all participants away yet but let me just tell you that I’m extremely happy and enthusiastic about all of them. To name a few though: Chad VanGaalen, Nick Helderman, Yelena Bryksenkova, Danica van de Velde and lots more.
As a taster I thought I’d show you what my friend Anika came up with.
Anyhow, I haven’t gotten everything together just yet but it won’t be long. I’m not planning on uploading the zine anywhere online as I want it to be strictly physical but if you want a copy, please get in touch around the time. I’d like to send them all around the world!
Last week I went to the opening of Boîte aux Lettres at the completely wonderful Bar Leon. Boîte aux Lettres is all about the lost art of letter writing and package sending. Not that it’s a lost art in my world, I still send lots of post to friends all over the world. So of course, I had to be there! The whole idea was to gather there and write letters to friends whilst admiring the post inspired art adorning the walls.
My favourites were Mayken, Hermine and Gilles but I loved what everyone had done! I also loved the overall friendly, concentrated atmosphere there and the stuff the organisers were selling – especially what Chris and Annelies had come up with.
Here are a couple of images so you can get an idea:
(part of Mayken’s creation)
All in all, I had a lovely time (also largely due to Nel who accompanied me) and am glad I finally got to see Bar Leon. It’s well worth the visit, such a great place! And I hope that, with this project, people will start appreciating real post again. It’s in my top 5 favourite things in the world.
Photos by Our Strange Nature and Hermine