Busy Squirrel

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These days have been  NUTS! I haven’t had time to do my Lilla Rogers bootcamp homework at all… so hope to catch up on that somewhere later in time. BUT, I’m really happy with the illustrations I did for Jamie magazine. More will be on my site soon, but check out the Italian edition that’s in store right now! Right now I’m on the look out for another, affordable and lovely studio, because our studio will close the beginning of august. Our studio is planning on closing down, and I have to look out to: working from home or working from another place. The biggest challenge will be: where to leave all my stuff! Everything has been piling up in the last few years, and it has to slim down big time. But there’s all these things that I think that might come in handy one day. And I have a really nice desk… which won’t fit in our home and is not welcome in a lot of pre-fab studio’s. Wonder where and when things will land again.

 

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Speaking about squirrels. This one is for sale at my Society6 shop!

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Handsome Jack’s (part II)!

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Here’s a little update about my stockist and neighborhood coffee hang-out; the crispy fresh ‘Handsome Jack’s’. It’s now open to all public, and got some really nice reviews already:

“Handsome Jack’s promises to get more and more delightful as time passes.” Says Awesome Amsterdam

“The stranger the name, the better the coffee, seems to be the rule for Amsterdam’s latest crop of specialty coffee shops.” says Eat Amsterdam

Time to find out for yourself, also because some of my giclée and gocco prints will be for sale there as well as some postcards. YAY!!So be sure to check out if Handsome Jack’s does “get more delightful as time passes”…

Handsome Jack’s
Schinkelkade 30, Amsterdam

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Stir it up!

The March assignment of  the Lilla Rogers Bootcamp was to make a pattern inspired
by Jelly pudding. I immediately loved to draw the jello with all its gem-like glow, and
round forms. At the same time, the idea grow to use this pattern to combine two styles
I could divide my work in. The more elaborate drawings and paintings, and the more
simple, iconic, fun drawings. I was curious how this combination would work.
And since Lilla is inspiring everyone two design for real products, I made the design
suitable for an apron, and kitchen glove! Both can be find on Envelop, where they are
for sale.

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Sneak peek @ Handsome Jack’s

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This weekend café and shop ‘Handsome Jack’s’ opened it’s doors for neighbours and friends to take
a sneak peek! Still lot’s of space to be filled with nice goodies, but: what a warm welcome : ) Lovely
flowers on the tables, really nice little cakes, a very light and happy atmosphere.

And YAY!! Handsome Jack’s will be selling some of my stuff toooo! First of all: 6 different greeting
cards with the herbs I did earlier for Margriet More.

I made the owners Charin Singh & Hannah Kooreman a little stoneware good luck bear to wish
them a wonderful start!

https://www.facebook.com/HandsomeJacksAmsterdam?ref=ts&fref=ts
http://www.valezki.com/69297/1180724/gallery/11-good-herbs

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Stoneware blue flower vase

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Half a year ago I asked my mum, if I could make her a little something in my ceramics course.
Yes please! A big vase please, with blue flowers and butterflies.
It turned out to be a huge project. I decorated the big coil built vase with bleu slip and shellack.
It was my first experience with schellack. Not so easy to paint with as I hoped (it’s a sort of
drippy stuff, and the brush becomes stiff quite quickly. Evenso I kind of like the stubborn,
childish result. After washing the blue parts away, it had to dry before going into the oven.
Finnally it got a transparent glossy glaze! The whole project was really zen. Wax on, wax of,
hoping that the vase wouldn’t break in the oven. Trying not attaching to much to it. I was so
happy when it came out of the oven, and turned out alright!
This weekend we brought it to my mum, with some flowers nice flowers in it. She was delighted.
And I feel very happy that ‘the thing’ witch was under construction for so long, is now part of
her daily life.

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Bootcamp with Lilla Rogers

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This month I started out with the Lilla Rogers Bootcamp! For half a year Lilla Rogers, who is one of
the world’s top agents will give me and the other students assignments to create our own products.
Having these assignments really pushes me to make the stuff I wanted to make for ages. I think it’s
because there are deadlines involved! As Lilla put’s it, with her wonderful sense of kind and
encouraging humor: ‘The deadline is your friend.’

I just finished my first phone cover design. Since starting out with something new, I made this
acorn print: ‘Every oak tree started out as an acorn.’ And, YES! it’s for sale! So if you just might
need a new phone cover, here you go:

http://society6.com/ValescavanWaveren/Every-oak-tree-started-out-as-an-acorn_Print#1=45

http://www.lillarogers.com/school

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My dad and me

My dad and me

On the 20th of April 2012 my dad past away. His sickness and death made me indescribably
sad. I had lost my best pal in the world, and could not imagine how to live without him.
My son, who was at that time half a year old, as well as my husband and my work forced me
to carry on and stay positive.

But sadness and anger found their way. There were times when I saw fathers with their daughters,
and I felt so jealous and angry. A side of me that wasn’t pretty at all.
For that I hated myself, and felt disgusted with my outlook to the world.

Now time has past, I’m glad and thankful that feelings and thoughts have changed.
Having some of my dad’s nice stuff in our house, going through pictures and notes, I have found
many ways in which I still can be in touch with my dad.

I’m thankful that the anger has past. When I now see a father with his daughter I can be sincerely
happy for them, I know how it felt, and can enjoy the richness of memories we share together.

I feel inspired and happy to be able to create many new good memories together with my son,
who is now 2,5 years old. This is the way of life.

One of the best things I did last year was making a drawing of some of the stuff I got from my dad.
It forced me to take time to grief. To feel sad in between working and caring for my little family.
There it was that for the first time I discovered that some kind of dialogue still was possible
between me and him.

I’m very proud and happy that the drawing was featured in the beautiful Work/Life 3 UPPERCASE
directory of illustration, and yesterday it got mentioned at Illustration Served, curated by Behance.

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