Monday, August 18, 2014

NEW STUFF - 4 stories from behind the scenes


The story of the NEW Lanterns
Two months ago one of my dear customers made me very happy and bought my complete stock of Classic Lanterns, which was 1700 sets! Within a couple of days I had to decide whether I should go for a reprint of these lanterns (that were designed in 2009), or give this article a complete restyling.

I chose for Lanterns 2.0 and called them Weave lanterns. I used designs found in woven materials and macramé. After all, textiles are my second love!

It was so much fun experimenting with folding shapes. That's what makes each individual design in this set look different. In the package is a clear and simple instruction on how to fold the pre creased folds, but if you do it differently - fold it IN instead of OUT, for example - the outcome is always great!
One pack contains 7 lanterns. Rrp (in the Netherlands) per pack € 10,50 Weave will be available within a week, so it will pop up in the (online) shops very soon! 



The story of the NEW ceramics

Most people know that I have been dreaming for years of designing my own ceramics. In some strange way, it always seemed a bridge too far. Not the designing part, but finding someone to translate my designs into a producible article and finding a way to produce larger amounts.

On the very first ShowUP fair, 1.5 years ago now, a woman walked into my stand and asked me: Jurianne, have you ever thought of designing ceramics for your company? Maybe I can help you with the product development! I remember that I was moved: this woman, that randomly entered my paper-design stand, was heaven sent!

Mieke Montagne is now my product developer. She is a real crafts woman with a good commercial sense. She experimented with different clays, molds, glazes and dozens of colours for me and I'm sure I must have made her insane at some moments. 
The next step was accomplishing the bulk production abroad. To be honest: up untill now this part has been so very disappointing. At this moment I am still waiting (after 3,5 months) for good samples that can be presented at the trade fairs I will be attending (starting next week!). It gives me headaches and sleepless nights...

As soon as I have the cups in my warehouse I'll come back here and tell a little about the designs and prices.
 
 
The story of the NEW tea towels
During the development of the tea towels I discovered how the conventional cotton industry actually works, and to be honest: I was shocked. If you watch this video called The Conventional Trap
(9 minutes) you'll know what I mean. This dirty business was not something I wanted to be a part of! 
Luckily, I met Hein Voss, who is the owner of H3P Motives. He is a textiles professional who has his heart in the right place, and is the winner of the 2013 Max Havelaar Innovation Award.

Hein knows everything there is to know about his production line, from the organic farmers in the cooperatives to the workers in the factory. He often visits India and oversees all the links in his production chain. For Hein, organic and fair-trade arent just brainless marketing tools; they are important requirements to his trade. This is a vision that I share.

I discovered that the production of my tea towels is also a long, long road, allthough we have short lines in this fair trade business. I received a lot of samples on which the prints were fantastic, the stitchwork great, the labelling ok, but the fabric itself...
You know: I want my tea towels to become YOUR FAVORITE ones, not only because of the nice prints, but also because they have just the right textile quality for drying dishes. Not too thick, not too thin, with a rather high density weave and with the right absorption. 
I know, I am so demanding, but I can not sell anything that is not 100%  approved by me.

Fortunately I have Hein Voss on my side. With his energy, his precision and his communication skills we will get there in the end. But not on ShowUP next week and probably not on Maison & Objet in Paris.

The minute I have the tea towels in my warehouse I'll come back to you to present them officially here!


The story of NEW styling talent Valerie

Valerie is my friend and she could be my daughter. I know her since she was 13. A sparkling and humourous personality with a super sense for style! She is a student at Artemis Styling Academy in Amsterdam, the same school I attended in prehistoric times ;-). Valerie took the pictures of my new products and I am so very happy with the result! 
She exactly caught the right feel: simple and poetic. 

You will hear and see more of her in the future, I promise!






Sunday, August 3, 2014

a flash of spain

Our vacations were over before we knew it! First week in beautiful Cadaquès both our sons got sick for 5 days. We even had to drive to hospital in Figueres for our eldest son (16) because the local doctor thought he had a pneumonia. X-ray fortunately didn't show anything though.The second and last week the men felt better and we gave it another try: we visited Barcelona and some friends in their dreamhouse hacienda (see 3rd row, it was so lovely), we went to the market and to the beach, we caught up with some old friends from Amsterdam and then it was over, we had to drive home!
A flash of Spain.
We will be back, Spain is worth a longer visit...

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Maison & Objet Paris and ShowUP Amsterdam

This is my sketch of one of the 3 walls I am going to fill on trade fair Maison & Objet in Paris. Finally I will have my very own stand in Paris!

I am a spoilt woman: I had my friends of &K Amsterdam representing my work in their huge and stylish stand twice a year. But we noticed that my work feels at it's best in it's own habitat, in a small Jurianne-world. Besides I think the designer herself should be there to tell her story. So here I come! 

I will be in the home accessories section, Hall 6 (don't know the stand number yet, will tell you later), from Friday the 5th up untill Tuesday the 9th of September.

Oh, and not to forget: I'll be presenting all of my new stuff at the ShowUP event in Amsterdam of course. My absolute favorite trade fair ShowUP is groing bigger and bigger, an event not to be missed! The entrance if free. It will be held in the Westergasfabriek on Sunday the 24th and Monday 25th of August.

Would love to meet you (again)!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

hermines hands

In some weeks my new paper product will be ready. Allthough this product is non woven the name will be 'Weave'.  When you see it, you'll know what I mean. I am always so inspired by textile designers, thought I should do something with it...

One of the textile artists I admire is the young Belgian Hermine van Dijck. There's a kind of softness in her work, and I can see and feel the patience and dedication she must have designing it.

And by the way, her styling and photography are awesome too! All photo's by Hermine van Dijck.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Out of the woods by Rozemarijn


These two lovely tea towels are designed by my 'extern intern' Rozemarijn Groenewold. Her designs are very narrative, nordic and poetic, but still she has a rather sturdy graphic style. I really love her work!

On exploring the target group, creating a moodboard and the actual design of the tea towels Rozemarijn only spend a short time: she has a very accurate way of designing.

And now she is looking for a company that would like to buy her designs in order to produce and sell them. Rozemarijn is an art school student so she is not able to pre-finance the production herself. Of course: if I would have had the financial resources I would have bought this little collection, but as you porbably know I have my own tea towels (and ceramics) to finance this year!  

I believe in Rozemarijn. 
I believe in her tea towels. And that's why I ask your help!

Does anyone of you know a possible next step for her?  

For example: Do you have contacts in the home textile world, do you know brands that might be interested? Maybe you know the product developper of Marimekko or Ferm Living, or maybe your ARE the product developper of Marimekko or Ferm (even better!)...

Please leave Rozemarijn a note via the email adress on her tea towel blog or leave a comment here on my blog. She (well...we!) would be so grateful for any good ideas!

Thanks!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

north of spain

photo's above from trekearth and mikestravelguide
Your tips and comments on my cry for vacation ideas were so helpful! Thanks a lot!

I actually managed to find a vacation that suits our wishes and that of our sons! The north of Spain is going to 'build the bridge' between the generations ;-). At least that is what we hope for!

Cadaqués - the small white town where Salvador Dali was born - should have it all.
We will be staying there for one week, the next we will travel a little more south to Tamariu, less picturesque but still great I think and only 100 km away from Barcelona.
I am so looking forward to it, can't wait...

ps: So nice that in those 2 weeks last years summer foster parents from our cat Gijs will stay in our house again this time.

pps: It's a hell of a job organising a vacation, you definately need a holiday after it!


Thursday, May 29, 2014

blog identity crisis


Dear blog readers,
I am in a blog identity crisis. Here, I said it!

I started my blog 5 years ago with only one wish and one purpose: sharing beautiful, important, and/or personal things with you. I have never intended to become a professional blogger, I had to do the blogging on the side, since I already work 50 - 60 hours a week designing and doing business. Of course I noticed along the way that a lot of blog visitors eventually landed on my work-website as well and sometimes that even generated business.

During the past 5 years however, my online world has changed dramatically. I started using Twitter for sharing my thoughts, Pinterest for sharing images and Instagram (see above) to share photo's from my daily life. Especially INSTAGRAM has become important to me: I take photo's from my work in progress, the food I eat, my ancestors, flowers that Peter buys for me, my interior, new stuff I bought... 

The necessity of blogging started fading away over the years, the 'sharing-part' had been gradually taken over by the other media, which I noticed to be rather time consuming.

- Is there a future for blogs like mine?
- What would be the role my blog could play next to the other media?
- How can I keep it doable (time!) next to Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest?

Secretly my dream would be working with Storehouse (new iPad-only medium for telling stories in words and images) and make features with  deeper comtemplations and interviews, accompagnied by gorgeous photo's. Since my priority and my focus are on designing, doing business and providing for my family, I would have to investigate first how quick and easy working with Storehouse would be.

Feels good to get this off my chest, to share (!!) it with you...

Whether you are in the same situation or not: I would love to hear your opinion about this!

X Jurianne