May 10, 2013
I decided that after five years of biking awkwardly through the city with various bags
across my shoulders, it was time to get a bike pannier.
So I took a trip to Mountain Equipment Co op.
But, while their bags are all high quality and functional, they were really nothing special aesthetically.
The idea of owning an ugly bag was bothering me so I decided to make one myself
out of black industrial felt, cotton canvas lining, brass buckle and leather straps.
April 30, 2013
You know those ridiculously delicious, but ridiculously expensive Raincoast Crisps?
I found a recipe for them over at Dinner with Julie.
I'm not much of a recipe follower, which makes this one great.
It's basically two cups of flour, two cups of buttermilk, salt, baking soda,
and then two and a half cups of seeds, nuts and dried fruit (and a bit of sugar and/or honey).
Which means you can modify the recipe to make any sort of flavour crisps you like.
For these I used pecans, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds,
raisins, dried cranberries and rosemary.
For the future, I'm thinking olives, garlic and thyme or perhaps figs, almonds and cinnamon?
April 18, 2013
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February 20, 2013
February 1, 2013
Being half Dutch, I have a certain nostalgia for Delftware.
The blue and white ceramics - typically featuring windmills - remind me
of eating caramel-filled stroopwafels and gingery speculaas
during sleepovers at my Oma's house.
I made these 3D paper plates for my kitchen by printing out photos of plates,
cutting out the first layer with an X-acto blade, and then gluing
the two layers together with a bit of cardboard in between.
January 29, 2013
I recently moved, and while sorting through my things I found these
sketches that I did back in 2003-04.
I used to give these as birthday presents to friends.
I remember having a lot of fun doing these - I wasn't so much fascinated with celebrities
as with being able to capture the essence of recognizable faces.
These were all done with 8B + HB Staedtler pencils, and sometimes Sharpie
for filling in the black sections.
January 27, 2013
As you've probably noticed, I have an obsession with all things miniature.
There is something magical about small versions of
things that brings back the wonder of childhood.
I found this letterpress drawer at an antique store, mounted it to the wall
and filled it with little souvenirs from my travels, gifts from friends,
some of my own sculptures and a few toys that I used to play with as a child.
January 7, 2013
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December 31, 2012
This is a book I put together with some photos from my trip to Spain last summer.
I traveled through Catalonia, the north-eastern part of Spain, visiting a bunch of cities and towns including
Barcelona, Sitges, Girona, Tarragona, Montserrat, Cadaqués and Cap de Creus.