If you’ve been to any big Dutch city in the last month you will have noticed that Mondriaan/De Stijl-art is used to decorate stations, café’s, ponds, walls and everything else you can think of. That is because De Stijl exists a 100 years! In my hometown, Leiden, twenty contemporary artists were asked to show their art inspired by De Stijl. Me and Juno went to look at their work and made some pictures for you to see.
What is the Stijl exactly? Everyone knows the famous works of Piet Mondriaan. Squares, in the primary colours, on basic white canvas, or Gerrit Rietveld’s chair. And if you are even the littlest bit interested in art, you will know they were a part of De Stijl-movement. But what was that movement all about exactly? The Dutch movement, started in the 1920’s, in Leiden, wanted a radical change in art. They found the existing art not contemporary enough and wanted it to reflect the changes in society. Art had to be as simple as possible and the colours used had tot be the primary colours; red, blue and yellow. These rules were applied not only on paintings, but also in architecture, graphic design etc.
In Leiden 20 artists show of their work, inspired by De Stijl but with a modern twist, at the Pieterschurch in Leiden. Here are some pictures I took!
Let me know what you think!
Note: I want to pick up blogging again because I really miss it. But it might be a rocky start so bear with me while I try to find an uploading schedule that works for me.
A new year for everyone is twice as much a new year for me; on the 2nd of January I was born. Not only is it now 2017, I am also alive for 19 (!) years already. Here is a little flashback of 2017/my 19th year on this earth, in Polaroid pictures! Continue Reading
Two weekends ago I had a little reunion with some people from my old art class. We decided to go see the Jean Tinguely exposition in Stedelijk Museum. In this post I’ll share my thoughts on the expo and some photos of our day.
On Monday I finally met Ishara from Tiny Heart Beats and we had the nicest day in Amsterdam. We ate cake, went vintage shopping and visited a museum with an awesome exposition. In this post I will show you some pictures I made throughout the day. Continue Reading
“Barely Legal – I want to meet my true love, for cheap casual sex”
Since the 18th of June the Banksy exposition is open for visitors in the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. Long anticipated (which art-loving person hasn’t clicked ‘interested’ in the facebook event?) and hyped up by almost every relevant news outlet, it is finally here. After stalking every one of my art class peers, I finally found someone to got with. Romy, or Ronny as I call her, was willing to accompany me to Amsterdam. And so we took the train last Wednesday to see if the expo would meet our expectations. Continue Reading
In this sketch I drew what my creative workspace looks like. It is basically a desk in my room so it is not very big. Nevertheless, it inspires me enough to pick up my markers and a fresh set of paper and make some new art. In this article I want to give you a few tips on how to make the most of your creative workspace.
Nothing is more annoying than having an idea of something you want to create (whether that’s a drawing, some DIY or something written) and not having the means to do so. The most important rule to being creative/productive is having the things you need within arms reach. I did this by having my drawing stash in a basket next to my desk. It contains paper, some inspirational little scrapbooks, paint, my markers and a lot more (In the drawing you can see what else is in there). That way, I can go and start a drawing at any time and put it away again easily. Also very important if you make a basket like mine: make sure it is open in some way. If you put your things in a closed box, you are less likely to reach for them. I am constantly reminded of my love for drawing by looking at my basket. Also a plus point; it looks quite cute when you can see all the stuff sitting in there together.
Having a view is also a must for me. I have my desk facing the window so I can look outside and get some fresh air at the same time. Even if you live in the most boring neighbourhood, looking outside can give you inspiration. It is just a lot nicer than facing a wall, in my opinion. Furthermore, you should keep the desk itself as clear as possible. I have one open box on the side of my desk where I keep some ‘to do’ things and art projects that are a work-in-progress. Again; keeping them in view reminds me that they exist, which makes me do them faster.
The number one tip I would give to all creative people out there; have a set of memo’s on your desk. And I don’t mean the sticky notes but just clear (or colorful, like mine), small sheets of paper. When I have an idea for a blog post, I write it on a note. When I have an idea for a drawing, I make a quick doodle of it on there. When I think of something I still have to do; I use a note. These notes go in my open box and I can organize them later. This way of working works best for me, especially with drawings.
These were just a few tips that will help you with being more productive in your creative workspace. Do let me know what you thought of them! Also, let me know if you like it when I illustrate my articles myself or if you prefer photos (or maybe a combination of both?).
Max (19) is into photography and film and wants to study at the HKU next year. Since I was interested in his work and motivation, I decided to ask him some questions. Here are the answers along with some very cool photos of his!