February 8, 2014

Wooden Spoon II


Notebook




 Here is my latest hand-bound notebook made out of various types of paper including lined paper,
graph paper, washi, kami, onion skin and all sorts of coloured paper.
You can see more of my bookbinding projects here.

January 24, 2014

Wooden Spoon

 I carved this wooden spoon out of a piece of firewood from my father's 
wood pile. I plan on carving a bunch more in different shapes and sizes.

December 4, 2013

Screen Printed Pillow Cover: Shells

A new shells pattern.
These pillow covers are now all available in my online shop!

November 16, 2013

Plaster Casting: Vertebrae

I've recently been creating molds using sodium alginate 
(the same stuff they use at the dentist to make a mold of your teeth)
and making plaster casts of various objects.
Here are a bunch of casts of small animal vertebrae, freshly out of their molds.
I'm still trying to figure out an interesting way to mount them for display.

Screen Printed Pillow Cover: Leaves

A new leaf pattern

November 14, 2013

Screen Printed Pillow Cover: Crystals

Another screen printed pillow cover - this time inspired by crystals!

November 12, 2013

Screen Printed Pillow Covers: Nests and Cells

Some more screen printed pillow covers.
Both screens were made using the drawing fluid/screen filler method.
Inspired by birds' nests and cells, I wanted the designs to feel organic, 
kind of like something you might find in nature.

October 26, 2013

Screen Printed Pillow Covers

I screen printed some pieces of cotton fabric and sewed them into pillow covers. 
I used the drawing fluid/screen filler method, so these pattern are all hand drawn.
It was my first time screen printing so I'm still figuring out how to line up patterns
and get an even print, but I decided to just embrace the flaws for this project.

August 22, 2013

Popsicles III

Coconut Jasmine Green Tea - coconut water, coconut milk, jasmine green tea steeped in milk, sugar
Strawberry Blueberry Layered Pop - fresh strawberries, blueberries, greek yogurt
Roasted Marshmallow - roasted marshmallows stirred into scalded milk

July 17, 2013

Popsicles II

Sweet Avocado - one very ripe avocado, milk, sugar
Honey Blueberry - blueberries, honey, greek yogurt
Strawberry Basil - strawberries, water, finely chopper basil, a little sugar

July 11, 2013

Popsicles

It's the middle of summer, which means it's popsicle season! 
What better way to celebrate the season than by freezing fresh fruit juices (among other things)
and making them into delicious treats?

Mango Lassi - mango, greek yogurt, milk
London Fog - earl grey tea latte with scalded milk, a few drops of vanilla and honey
Watermelon - puréed watermelon with vanilla greek yogurt

Sweet Cherry - pitted cherries and greek yogurt all blended up
Lemon Mint - Juice of fresh squeezed lemons, water, sugar and chopped up peppermint
Banana Chocolate - banana, melted chocolate, plain greek yogurt whipped up in a blender

(make sure the mixture is a little sweeter than you want,
as it will taste less sweet once frozen)

May 10, 2013

Bicycle Pannier

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

Homemade Rosemary Raisin Pecan Crisps


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 9, 2013

April 2, 2013

Terrariums

Celebrating spring with some new mason jar succulent terrariums.

February 20, 2013

World Book Dictionary


This is a project I did back in 2010, but I recently took some more detailed 
photos of it that I wanted to share.
Click on each image for a more detailed view.

February 1, 2013

More Paper Plates

A couple more 3D paper plates.

Paper Plates

 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

Pencil Portraits

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

Cabinet of Curiosities

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

Gold-Dipped Feather Necklace

A small collection of gold-dipped feather necklaces.

December 31, 2012

Trip to Spain

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.