Wednesday, November 25, 2015

leap & launch

I am back on the blog! Designing, doing business (trade fairs) and taking pics for Instagram was totally absorbing me in the past 5 months. I am so sorry for 'not being there' for such a long time...

LEAP: I am taking a huge leap here - from summer to winter - there's so many new things to share!


I never had a consumer shop, I saw myself as a designer/wholesaler in the first place. But in this last year I saw I was the last of the Mohicans: all of my fellow designers and wholesale colleagues had already started their own webshops. Finally I can say 'yes' to private customers that would like to buy one or two designs from me personally...

And there are lots of new designs! 

CERAMICS:  Maybe you can remember what a long and complicated road I had to travel to get my ceramic cups called Ode (see below) produced. 

The cups are now temporarily being produced in Holland (great to have short lines and good quality) but because of the high costs, there is no decent margin in it for me. I am busy finding manufacturers in Portugal. In the meantime my wonderful Dutch try out production is selling like crazy!

Somehow I felt like designing a softer and more mature version of the Sing angels (which were recently reprinted). The new ones called Himli angels have soft pastels, greyish colours and small patterns.

And last but not least I designed 2 new XL angels. A dusk blue one and a white one, both with graphic black prints. Of course the first XL angels from 2013 are still there (be it limited), so now there's an angel for every style and taste!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

1001 little lights - magazine and fair

1001 Lichtjes is a Dutch portal and webshop for contemporary, stylish and authentic products and services related to comfort, farewell, mourning and remembering.

Owner Liesbeth Steur was one of the first persons I told about the new Rite de Passage lightboats when I launched them. Because it was Liesbeth who contacted me years ago with a request for it, and back then I told her sailing lightboats were definately in my planning, just didn't know when...

1001 Lichtjes has it's own fabulous E-zine, and I am sorry dear readers: it's in Dutch, like the website. So for the Dutch readers: somewhere at the end there's an interview with me about my personal reasons to design the boats.

And....there will be a 1001 Lichtjes Fair on Sunday the 7th of June. It will be held in an historic industrial/religious location (it once was a church ánd a metal factory!): the Metaalkathedraal in Utrecht.

Amongst the fair participants there is for example Miranda van Dijk, who designs these wonderful textile photo flowers and leaves, see photo below. And of course you can see my Rite lightboats floating and my Weave lanterns shining (and everything is for sale!).

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

another reality

When I looked at my Photography Pinterest board today it struck me that I have a preference for poetic shadows and reflections and for people portrayed in an undefined way (without faces).

I use this board as a counterpart for the photo's of the harsh reality I find in the daily newspaper. My board may look dreamy but is not a dream; these photo's just depict another world, another reality... Thanks dear photographers for making it visible!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NEW - doing the dishes

Yay, I am so happy: since last week I can say I have a Collection (capital C ;-) of 4 tea towels! Since my new tea towel designs Rosary Vine and Pear are now available too!
The fun thing is: producing these last two tea towels costed me hardly any energy.

Designing/producing the first 2 called Spore and LookUP was the hardest part: it took us almost a year of sampling before I had the right kind of  fabric, before the loop and the labels were correct and placed at the right corner, the cardboard sleeve printed on the right paper with the right colour...

Since the towel was ok now I only had to design 2 different new prints, nothing else. What a luxury!

The print on the Rosary Vine tea towel is based on a simple hanging plant in my studio. I had been looking for inspiration for days, while there it was, right beside me on the cabinet! I also found my inspiration for Pear close to home, in my fruit bowl: nearby, simple, and what a beautiful shape! 
My tea towels carry the GOTS organic logo and the Fairtrade label! These arent just any old pictograms. The entire chain from the seed to the stitching done in the factory meets the strict organic and fair-trade requirements. 
If you are interested to buy one (or two, or the complete collection, hihi) you can find a stockist near you (worldwide) here. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

a 'small life' on instagram

Looking at the pictures of my Instagram feed it strikes me that I lead a 'small life', in the sense that it fits in the palm of my hand. A great deal of my life takes place in my village, in my home, in the nature behind my house early in the morning. There are days (like once a week) that I feel the urge for people, noise, food for the eye (shops, museums). So I arrange some 'official meetings' in my old hometown Amsterdam (only 20 min. from here) with enough breaks in between to walk around, do a little shopping or visit an exhibition. This way I keep my small life balanced!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

mountains in a bottle

Forget Dior and Chanel: here are the new 'Noses'!
The 15 hikers and backpackers of Juniper Ridge make real fragrances. They go camping in the wilderness, crawl around in mountain meadows, they smell the wet earth beneath fir trees, and they distill colognes and perfumes from real plants, bark, moss, and mushrooms. A hundred years ago, all perfumes were made this way. Today Juniper Ridge is the only company that handles every step of the process themselves, from beginning to end.

I was at one of my favorite shops in Amsterdam the other day, a tiny shop called HearHear and the owner told me she was so happy that she managed to get the Juniper Ridge collection to Amsterdam. 
I am a sucker for good natural fragrances and when I opened the bottles I was swept of my feet. Gone were my vague memories of French artificial flowery perfumes (which I already didn't use for 10 years or so). The Juniper Ridge fragrances are honest, deep, earthy and somehow you can smell the soul of the mountains. 
I LOVE this brand! 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

botanical collection for ompak

Valerie Delsman took photo's of my new Botanical Collection for Ompak gift wrap company! The lovely lady carrying the pile of presents (in the freezing cold on her Saturday morning) is Valeries always supporting sister Claire.

When and how did I design it?
It was again a feast to design together with Ompak. Owner Dorothé and I don't need so many words anymore, we understand each other quite easily! 
The only thing that was a bit frustrating was that the designing had to take place in winter, which for me is the busiest time of the year. There was always a full inbox, a full head, a full to-do-list and lots of orders to process! The best way for me to design is complete focus, an empty agenda for a couple of days (or weeks) and an empty mind. For next time I will have to hire someone for the daily concerns!

What is behind the designs?
The graphic line pattern called Glass House is an ode to the Crystal Palace (a huge 'glass house') that stood in Hyde Park, London and was destroyed in 1936.

The black and white Fern print is actually inspired by fern plants, but the fun thing is that on the last trade fair a lot of people told me: Oh, Jurianne, I love your Feather print the best! Feathers, Ferns, it's ok with me, as long as you like it ;-)

I designed new gift tags as well: The set is called Fields of Joy, Dorothé named it after the song by Lenny Kravitz. It contains 10 precut butterflies and 10 precut flowers. If you fold the leaves towards each other the flowers get a 3d shape. Same with the butterfly wings, squeeze them towards each other and it will look as if the butterfly will fly away. You can use Fields of Joy for decorating your gifts, to make a Spring garland, or to stick to your walls...

There's still one item to come: Butterfly Bags. Small white paper gift bags with a large black/white striped butterfly on it. Can't wait to have them, I think they are going to be so cute!

And some winter-designs, like Wallpaper and Blackboard Berries have been given a nice new spring colour. They fit beautifully in the Botanical theme now...

Where to buy?
Are you a retailer in need for a large roll of nice botanical wrapping paper or for a pile of gift tags to use for wrapping Spring gifts in your shop? Or would you like to sell sets of Fields of Joy and smaller rolls of wrapping paper in your shop to consumers?  Please contact Ompak, they are a wholesaler and they will be happy to help all retailers!

Are you a consumer in NL looking for one or two gift tag sets or a few small wrapping paper rolls? Vlinders in je buik sells most of the collection!