my dear friend Alexandra is an architect and these are her business cards, cool yes! you can build with them; I love her own house: it's what we call 'pot deksel' = wooden-horizontally-overlapping-planks and on the inside the walls are loam, which is another word for clay and seems a very appropriate material for this part of the world now that I come to think of it; the roof is covered with plants. There's lots more to tell, but I'll leave it for now. Her whole design ethic is based on eco-friendly building and living and the results are beautiful as well as environmentally sound, please check out her site if you're interested here the black house is hers, it's very near to us walking, distance in fact.
|a bird house converted into a wasps' nest; I'm not overly fond of them, but as my husband says: as long as they don't bother us, we won't bother them|
|the local bumble bees took up residence here, as did the woodworms|
|bird house with ecological roofing|
heavy cast iron beauty
|of course I had to start pressing, an old lino with my name and address, mentioning opening hours of the studio....|
|and here a bit of fabric used as a blotter, but this is where the printing is heading: fabric prints!!|
|above: an old tree-of-life lino print on a piece of home dyed cotton/linen|
|here's the print on paper, the ink was far too runny so the whites have become coloured as well; it's not a particularly good design really, as I find it very hard to get my head around the black-and-white thinking, where to carve out and where not to. But now that I have a proper press I could devote time to learning more about designing correctly. For amazing prints check out Amanda's work at Mangle Prints|
|detail of print on cloth, here at least the whites are white|
|toad hall; this has been modified since I last posted it here: another dear friend W. who supplied the 17th century bricks (known as 'Utrechtse platte') admired the structure but suggested I use a glass plate on top, which he swiftly cut and presented to me; as the glass plate was larger than the original stone square on top, I had to place the bricks more apart and whilst 'restyling' a tiny toad popped out from between two bricks and waited patiently until all was put back in place and he could relax again, hence the name.|
|a different toad altogether: one I caught on camera this morning whilst collecting walnuts with T.|
|acorn shells soaking; I found these yesterday late afternoon, as it is a lot of work I'm not sure how often I'll be doing this; we'll just have to wait and see if the results: the edible flour and the dye are worth the while really......|
I found an acorn flour recipe here a guy called Hank is up to all sorts, very interesting food wise.