Thursday, 30 March 2017

over the moon

Spring and flowers, oh what a delight!

here's Django pretending to always use the path, whereas he much prefers to wander through the flower bed, having long ago created a path ánd a spot to lie in the sun in the midst of said flower bed, whilst at the same time guarding the house as he can keep an eye on the gate

technology in the kitchen: a tap with running cold, hot and boiling water! installed ourselves last weekend; and as one does when moving stuff about I checked out the cacti in the windowsill and discovered these two tiny snails, aaahhhh

 typical morning walk in typical Dutch landscape

fooling around with two sides for a small pillow, printed a small tree onto the blue silk, noticed a scrap of cotton with many moons and said to self 'what if I print the tree over the moon' and so it happened:

mother and daughter

Sunday, 19 March 2017

back & forth

 last weekend my mother, sister and I travelled north to Copenhagen for a long weekend, mainly to visit family - my mum's Danish - and celebrate a cousins-get-together, all organized by our mother, who is still a very active woman; the trip to Copenhagen has become a tradition in itself now, since this is the fourth year we went there in March (our dad and brother get to spend quality time together back at my parents' home) it is always such a jolly occasion and we get to catch up on all sorts of family gossip, as you may well imagine

 I added animals and fruits to these small pillows, they were gifts for our hosts

we stayed with my auntie M. where I recognize several pieces, love how she framed this one with the light shining through

my sister and I slept in my aunt's bed, at first we were accompanied by Fido the dog; once he realised his mistake he pottered on down stairs to lay by his mistresses's side
we did not merely visit relatives, for the benefit of our cultural education we (re)visited Charlottenborg, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts * where I spent a magical Summer back in 1987 painting huge canvases tacked onto the floor; many hours were whiled away in the small garden to the back, we, i.e. a couple of students, had a key to the back door hidden in the wall, so we were able to wander in and out all hours of the night & day 

back to 2017: in the Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition * my spirits were uplifted by this grand old lady, still going strong at age 90!
Aase Seidler Gernes (b 1927)
'her exhibition contains works that span her entire artisitc oeuvre; since the 1950's she has created colourful textile works such as tapestries, tablecloths and unique clothing, all featuring characteristic patterns and geometric compositions'

 back home once more; went for a walk with Django on Thursday, as you can see it was very sunny and warm, oh how we northeners love the sun.....I had to pull myself across the water on this foot ferry, Django stood barking as he dare not step on and it was only as I alighted on the other side he decided he just had to jump into the water and swim across as I had no intention of hauling myself back again

 we step onto very dry, bare land, enjoying the quiet spaces; we didn't meet anyone during the entire walk, sometimes it's like that in our crowded country, even on a day like this

 adding yet more beings to the small pillows, a Funny man and a Party bird, making my husband burst out laughing

well, I guess laughter is good for the soul

Monday, 6 March 2017

what are they?

my absence was noticed: been here all the time, just not posting or commenting much; this happens from time to time, especially once Spring has arrived: the sun pulls me outdoors and looking at the laptop just doesn't seem as appealing; plus I have discovered yoga, am practising 6 days a week and loving it.....I have been making the small pillows - in the evenings mainly - and have finished the large one, it's like a ship carrying cargo, or it could be a whale; I imagine children playing with these soft toys, telling each other stories......