Monday, May 11, 2015
I am packing knitting needles made from branches of pruned fruit trees handmade by my loving father, crochet hooks I made from different kinds of wood, needles I made from hawthorns, beautiful woolen yarn hand carded and hand spun by my loving mother. So a real family business :-)
And maybe even more exciting, the Hortus Botanicus Leiden let me use some of their pruning wood of trees from this unique garden. I transformed them into beautiful handmade limited edition crochet hooks and buttons. All these items and more will be for sale from wednesday to saturday (13-16 may) in the botanical gardens of Leiden and afterwards the items will of course be available online through my etsy shop.
Hope to see you at the Hortus Botanicus in Leiden for a nice and serene walk through the gardens and of course a glance at my handmade items! Check out here how you can get to the botanical gardens.
Monday, February 16, 2015
The oldest botanical garden of the Netherlands is located in Leiden (Hortus botanicus Leiden) and is celebrating it's founding 425 years ago (you are reading it correctly!). -check out their site here- My attention was drawn to their notification that one of their trees had to be cut down. As you all know botanical gardens always have unique specimens of all kinds of trees and plants.
Against all expectations they wrote back that they loved my work and told me they where going to participate in a textile craft festival. They continued that my work would be an amazing asset to the selected artists invited to exhibit and sell items in their gardens during these textile art days in may.
The day came, and there I was.. feeling like Alice in wonderland walking in awe through these amazing gardens and glass houses filled with the most unique and beautiful plants and trees in.
At the end of the day I was invited in to have a cup of tea in the library (filled with plant oriented books and archives).
Sunday, February 15, 2015
|traveling through Leiden|
|my cozy desk for the day|
|the location itself was inspiring already|
go check them out because they do a lot more interesting things!
These 'waarmaakdagen' are organized all over the Netherlands, check out waarmaakdag.nl for more info!
You can imagine I left that day with a smile that wouldn't go away :-)
Saturday, February 7, 2015
After working like crazy on a very succesful christmas storm, I decided to take some time to renew the technical side of my etsy shop. And because everything was sold out (so happy about that!) I am collecting wood in nature and carving away to finish new hawthorn needles and crochethooks! I also found the time to develop some new lovely products I am sure you will all love. Can't wait to show all the new items, I'll keep you all posted!