Onverwacht afscheid.6 juni 2017
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In the spotlight!15 april 2015
Here's a nice bit of reading by Ryan O'Conner :) About the beauty of useless stuff.and other things N-joy!
Happy New Year!1 januari 2015
To all who own a little piece off my life and everyone else who might in the future...
Have a great, creative, loving and beautifully coloured 2015!
ZAZEN19 juni 2014
The frame, stil being in a summery mood from TAGGED, is inspired by nature. The outside frame I already had so folded some wire flowers and leaves which were just screaming for used, washed, unravelled, dyed bits of teabags.
As I go as it comes on this one, the wire bit was done, the leaves and flowers stuck already in there so total covering was going to be difficult and not wanted... Used the outsides of the bags to cover half or most of the petals and am rather happy with that.There's a bit of string still attached somewhere but no tags this time.
Then, what to do with the middle? Something peaceful. Had a rummage through the lost and found and came up with this little buddha figurine.
Once upon a time this was an inhabitant of our bathroom, seen and heard things no one has, stuck firmly, or not as it turned out, with it's suctioncup against the tile to quietly hold up my toothbrush when one day it fell and both it's legs broke of. Unable to hold up the toothbrush any longer it disappeared somewhere. Here, to be exactly :) Perfect! I love to be outdoors, bare feet in the gras, meditate. A sanctuary. Sitting. Zazen.
The suctioncup came in handy as I wanted it to elevate, float a bit (like in the bathroom) in it's eggshaped space where the words from the world are fading... (more teabagpapers).
Last on the list, the hanging thing, what will it be? My last work had to be shipped without it's stick unfortunatly as the country has some strict rules in place. A replacement shouldn't be to hard to find in that case but this one might be a bit trickier?
The Honey Locust tree produces huge interesting looking pods. I've picked some up a long time ago and one has this beautiful curl... And that was basicly that! As I was tying it on, I noticed you could unfold bits of the black paper rope, mini pods?, and used it a bit like a vine ;) Lastly, all the paperwork is treated with a matt transparent varnish from Lascaux. Hope you like. Click here to go to: http://www.day4art.nl/kunstwerk/144651009_ZAZEN.html#.U6MWFBa6xNM
TAGGED5 mei 2014
WireWorks: TAGGED (by Mr.Nelson)
It took a bit longer this time for this one to fly out but here it is. Another very fragile (as butterflies go) little WireWork.
TAGGED (by Mr Nelson) it really should be Lord Nelson but I liked Mister better, named after one of our favorite (green) tea's at the moment and as we drink, we're left with all those used bags 'n tags. These together with the coffee filters gave me the idea of this Nelson's butterfly.
The basic frame I already had, made a while back so most of the work went into the bending and shaping and covering of the butterfly itself, made out of 12 pieces in total. Definitly not good for fingers.
Bits of burlap, fruitnets, the (in many other WireWorks used 'prop') net curtains and ofcourse the teabag papers with tags and some coffee filters I got of a friend who still makes his coffee the old fashioned way:) No plastic or metal little cups just plain old paper filters. Luckily for me he was out of the unbleached version and had used his back-up stash of accidentally bought white ones. Much better for painting colours. I noticed that when you (when still a bit moist) rip them they give you a nice frayed edge. Only on one odly shaped side unfortunaly, but they looked quite feathery so in they went.
TAGGED is slightly bent and the two topwings stick out about 2,5 cm, something that is invisible on the picture. With the branch that would make the whole work stick out about 4 cm.
Definitly one of the more fragile works in this series, hope you enjoy :)
SECRETS7 april 2014
I found this (zwerfie) on the Snoekjesgracht in Amsterdam and it looked odd. Was it a grater? No. Wat was it? No one knew but to me it looked like a little window. In my mind I saw the many little lovely windows I have visited in the world, in palaces, churches, ruins, places like that. To me they scream secrets and present lots of questions and pondering. (I like that word!) What is going on behind it? What happend there? They always look lovely to me, standing on the outside...
The window is helped by used bits of cardboard, teabagpapers, some old 'secretive' :) letters, a little story in Arabic, symbolic for some whispery stuff I imagine going on. An old bit of lace flowers, a paint mixing stick and a little book I made. I'm not sure yet why there had to be a book only know it had to be so...:) It's coming from the inside, the book of secrets, the book of souls..? Pondering.
Lots going on in this one! Click here: http://www.day4art.nl/kunstwerk/136651754_SECRETS.html#.U0KG98a6xNM
SWAN29 maart 2014
Miss SWAN has arrived and all is going well so far...Can't really explain how this one happened but it did and I'm quite happy with her.
About two years ago my neighbours let go of a white plastic bag that ended up in a big tree. It's still there and has taken on many different shapes and probably will do so for a lot longer. This could have very well been the foundation for this work...
When I was doing a bit of bending one day she just appeared... A lonely pearl fitted perfectly.
The broken crappy plastic bag came dancing toward me in the street one day and I took it home, probably to throw away, which I appearently forgot. It didn't need anything doing to it, I cleaned it and just folded it in and out and through the frame and attached it to get a nice 3D effect.
The whole thing reminds me of ballet, the fragility, tutu's... Swan lake, to which my dad took me to see for the first time when I was a little girl.
Some sort of a backdrop seemed necessary, odd bits of paper, lace, teabagpaper with string and tag this time. Adding a bit of sparkle here and there and inevitably she's draging some debris along with her. Some seashells, bits of glass, my message in a (perfume test) bottle and a piece of mirror... I just had a look:)
LETS DANCE20 maart 2014
WireWorks: LET"S DANCE
Number 3 is here! Something to do with skins, layering and love so Let's Dance :)
Something I haven't mentioned before is that most of these WireWorks are also great in front of windows some even like free-hanging since they are more or less transparent.
The main player is a former filmprop, netcurtains. The main star now. A bit of this was also used in TOGETHER. It had such a lovely dancing couple on it I couldn't resist. Combined with an old wooden keychain heart plus key from some foreign beachhut, maybe Sumatra, not sure what happened to the lock... This all led to the red stiched heart around the dancers, the pain and pleasure. Protective layers are stripped away to reveal the dancing scene. Dance me to the end of love...
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TOGETHER14 maart 2014
Second one is out! :) Things are coming together quite well :).
This time copperwire, stripped old electric wire, was added in the carrier, bits of broken carglass glass, nice 'n shiny :) and I came across a handfull of sample-pieces of fabric which also found there way in there. A tiny bit of (a former filmprop) net-curtain which will show more of itself in a later piece. Some used and dried teabagpapers, a stick, some rope and they're all happy together.
The title came wen it was finished. I thought, all different bits of fabric 'n stuff all supporting/holding up he same thing... if we, people, could do this for humanity? All together. Celebrate the difference, we're all made of the same stuff :)
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TIME8 maart 2014
Just uploaded the first of the WireWorks.TIME. One always has to be first. It couldn't wait as time flies.
From my 'treasure' box came a old fishingnet, from Thailand an old Baby G wristband, 2 wings found outside, tin rusty circle, broken bits carglass windows, metal circle bit from doorlock, fake clockface, broken ceramic bits from Mexico and some Chinese good luck coins.
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