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Would you like to know what a normal day looks like for me...click here...thanks Erin from the great design blog DesignforMankind for inviting me!! The illustration in the images comes from Erin's new banner and was made for her by the very talented Rebecca Horwood!

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Ruth Green

Seeing one of Ruth Green's screenprints in Arounna's journal just made me happy. Ruth Green has a Masters degree in textile printing...Ruth says, in her work she looks for a resonance of colour. She also loves subtle, natural colour contrasts, and simple elegant forms. She is interested in 1950's design and collect ceramics especially those from Scandinavia, which often inspire her paintings. These beautiful screenprints are hand produced, in limited editions of 25 and are available here and here...

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Club Geluk = Happy Club


Club Geluk (= Happy Club) is a Dutch on-line shop that offers many original products... funtional items for every day use but with but just a bit different because of materials and colors... I wanted to show you this tablecloth and duvet set made out of vintage fabrics. Marijke Voorsluijs is the founder of Club Geluk and has a brick and mortar  shop in Amsterdam... I am sure it is worth a visit next time you visit!


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Find the differences...

I think design blogging is all about giving exposure to talented artists and their products, sharing ideas, learning and just having lots of fun. Many of you are fellow bloggers and I am sure you know that finding original finds and designing a blog that is appealing to readers so they feel "at home" is hard work. I think it is great that we can share ideas and finds so we make the blogging experience as exciting as possible for our readers. As blogging is also very much a creative expression of the blogger her/himself, all blogs have a unique character and design. So why am I stating the obvious you may wonder?

{ps. I am very happy about the exposure for Kristen Doran because her fabrics and designs  are just wonderful}
Well... since a few weeks I have discovered a copy cat blog... a blog that literally copies many of the details I use for my new kids blog, details that I have carefully chosen for B:Kids and which I hope give it it's own look. Also and this is much more important to me 'the other blog' copies the exact design of my posts...should I be flattered by this... I don't think so...I spend many hours a day looking for original finds and on how to feature the images within a post...the way I present and design my finds is very much an expression of "me"... it makes me sad that somebody else just ruthlessly copies my hard work without even referencing the source of the find or even worse brings the same features and caracteristics of B:Kids to her own blog....to be honest I debated with myself for many days whether I should even mention this on my blog as it just fills me with negative feelings and that is not what Bloesem is all about... but in the end I decided to share this with you... and would love to hear your thoughts on this... does a blog have copyrights too? ... just to give you a small example...my post on B:Kids is the collage on the right and the collage on the left is the  collage that appeared a few days later on the copy cat blog...I guess we can play the game: "find the differences..."

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{image by Rene van der Hulst}
Last year I wrote about the very talented design duo Tineke Beunders and Nathan Wierink. Since then Tineke graduated Cum Laude from the design academy in Eindhoven and Nathan is graduating at this time. One of Tineke's graduating projects was 'Marbelous'. According to Tineke the world of adult furniture and the world of children's toys don't seem to belong together, but she wanted to combine anyway, therefore she created this new type of functional woodcarving, that invites you to play with...a marble track in a table. I Love this table, have you seen the little box underneath the table were you can put the marbles? This is true  craftsmanship and the children can play while you have a 'romantic' dinner!
Picknick....this tablecloth is wishing you a good dinner. Take a closer look and you can see the words 'eet smakelijk', (which is Dutch for 'enjoy your dinner') being woven into the fabric instead of printed! Looking form a distance the tablecloth reminds you of a traditional picknickcloth. Tineke and Nathan, aka Ontwerpduo, will present their work from 16th to 21st of April 2008 in Milan, during the Salone del Mobile. Their website is full of beautiful images from all their products. I love a website like this, crisp, clean and very easy to read. 

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Ferm living

I just discovered some great new kitchen tea towels from Ferm Living. The lovely Sidsel from Spagat was showing them this week. I love the patterns, so fresh and contemporary. The patterns Pine and Apple are printed on 100% pure cotton and they will brighten up any kitchen. As I understand from their blog you can buy them online as of May 2008. 

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