Wednesday, 17 September 2014 by Irene Hoofs
If you have not heard, we recently published the second issue of the Bloesem Gazette, this time it came along with an online version - the Bloesem e-Gazette!
Here's a sneak peek to one of our favourite articles in the latest Bloesem e-Gazette (click here to download it). Irene shares her love of ceramics with us in this article, introducing us to some of the big names in ceramics and letting us in on how she goes about collecting all the beautiful pieces we have seen both on the blogs and her instagram.
Read on: Coveting Ceramics..
// Text and pictures by Irene Hoofs
I have always been attracted to vintage ceramics. It combines all the things I like about design: prints, colours, illustrations and functionality. Not that I know much about the technique used in producing tableware, porcelain or ceramics in general. My only criteria is whether I think a particular piece is beautiful!
The variety in vintage ceramics is overwhelming, and the jargon can be confusing. I simply use the generic name ‘ceramics’ for all items made out of clay (or similar materials, if that is even possible). My own collection of vintage ceramics started out rather modest, consisting only of a few pieces I found at flea markets and garage sales on trips back to the Netherlands. But over the past few years, these humble beginnings are indeed a thing of the past and I am proud to say that I have managed to collect (or amass one might say) some great pieces.
Some of my new vintage finds from the Netherlands (including the ones shown here) are on sale in Bloesem Shop, if I can tempt you to drop by and have a look! Truth be told, collecting genuine vintage ceramics requires quite a bit of luck and persistence, in addition to a skilful eye. A collector-to-be must have a knack for patiently and relentlessly browsing through thrift stores in search of the holy (ceramic) grail. Ignoring raised eyebrows and funny looks while turning and examining every piece of ceramics, hoping to spot that cherished mark or logo!
Once you start searching for ceramics it is easy to get lost, it is a collectors’ heaven for sure.
Scandinavian and Dutch pieces are my true passion, so naturally my focus has been on designs from these regions. And the images you see in this Gazette are from my Nordic collection. Vintage ceramics are great pieces to add to your home to give the decor a personal and unique touch, creating your own personal museum. One iconic piece mixed in with some more modern pieces can make a world of difference. Use beautifully illustrated ceramics as centerpieces for your table, to give a little life and character to the space. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the world of ceramics. There are so many beautiful designs out there I just know you will have a great time looking out for the perfect ones!
.. Bloesem e-Gazette
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 by Irene Hoofs
The last week of August was dedicated to shibori dyeing with Arounna from Bookhou. Arounna and John reside in Canada but were here for a week's stay along with 5 classes - 3 shibori classes and 2 other water coloring classes.
The artistic couple took this chance to explore Singapore and do abit of painting too. We loved following their journey on Arounna's instagram account. They painted in the park and noticed all kinds of beautiful flora and fauna which we might have taken for granted.
Anyway, back to the shibori class.. it went swimmingly! With the shibori print being one of the hottest trends on the market (we've been seeing alot of it online for awhile now), it was fun seeing the students explore different techniques and coming up with different patterns. Arounna brought along some samples she had created previously for reference which really helped inspire everyone.
We also learned that the indigo dye is really powerful. Everyone left looking very contented but also looking abit dead with their blue finger tips! At least everyone had a great time!
Prepping their patterns by using marbles, rubber bands and ice cream sticks.. just some of the options.
Post-dyeing: The most satisfying part of the entire process - cutting away the rubber bands and revealing the pattern!
If you joined us for the shibori class, thank you! And we hope you had as much fun as we did. If you missed it we are sorry to hear that but we always organize different classes so you might find something else you would enjoy as well.
Image credits: Mei Kwee - our lovely operations manager.
.. If you are interested to find out more about Bloesem Class
.. Class coming up: Be Insta Good with Jelito de Leon or read our post about the class here.
Tuesday, 9 September 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Finally it's here: Volume 2 of the Bloesem Gazette! And this time we wanted to let our international readers enjoy it too, so of course we had to have a Bloesem e-Gazette. Don't think we have forgotten about our friends overseas for a second. You will be able to find a download link at the end of this post with the E-Gazette that is fully click-able with links to all the goodies we have loaded this issue with.
With a focus on sweetness, everything sweet in life, this issue of the gazette is packed with travel, food, gift ideas and much more! We hope you grab a copy on download it online and enjoy..
If you would like to grab a copy of the Bloesem Gazette, they are currently available at the following locations (and more to come.. we are still in the process of distribution):
Bloesem Studio - 59 Eng Hoon Street #01-79
In Tiong Bahru: Cycle Project Store, Flock Cafe, The Orange Thimble, Hui Aesthetics, Whisk Cafe
Along Robertson Quay: Kith Cafe, eM by the river, Toby's Estate
In Holland Village: Mu. Parlour, Daily scoop, 93 degrees celcius bean & leaf
Dempsey Hill: Jones the Grocer, House
Have a look here for the launch of our first issue of the Bloesem Gazette, which happened right as we were featured in The Straits Times Singapore. Perfect timing!
If you have a cafe/bar/restaurant/business and would like to offer your clients or customers the Bloesem Gazette too, let us know and we would be more than happy to drop off a bunch wherever you are located at (only applicable to Singapore sorry!)
Download the Bloesem e-Gazette
Friday, 9 May 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Yesterday the talented Melvin Ong stepped in to our Creative Space ... I remember meeting him a couple of years ago when Marjon and I were creating a Singapore city guide and we walked in at supermama's shop. Melvin was sitting there working on his insanely beautiful looking leather baskets which he was planning to show at the Milan furniture fair ... more known he is for the perfect paperweight made of concrete called ROK. And the newer version the paperweight Spintops from brass and bronze.
I am utterly thrilled and delighted that Melvin is the first young Singapore designer that offers his work in Bloesem's Creative Space ... yes we as of today sell the Rok and Spintops and I sincerely hope more designers will follow soon, because there is so much talent here in my new hometown.
Melvin is the founder of Desinere (the latin root of the word silence is desinere, meaning “stop”) and in his own words ... "Desinere approaches design through quiet reflection of relationships between items, people & experiences; to create authentic, honest objects that are refreshingly unexpected."
I will be visiting Melvin at his new studio in Tiong Bahru and talk to him about his future plans.... or the other designs I would love to carry in our collection :)
Curious already to read a bit more about Melvin ... click here for a nice interview with Melvin at Home and Decor or at designisti...
Tuesday, 6 May 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Class Alert: Rope Vessel Making with Gemma Patford
The things Gemma does with some rope and a bit of paint will astound you. We want to invite you to step into Gemma Patford's colorful world of handmade crafts and try your hands at creating beautiful crafts as well. Gemma, the self-professed first lady of the Macrame Bloodline, will be coming to teach 3-hour Bloesem Classes on Rope Vessel making on the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th of June. (You can find more details about class dates and times here.) Already huge fans of her rope creations through her instagram, we can't wait to host the classes!
The Melbourne-based maker is one of the artists responsible for the BIG comeback of crafts. Sharing her skills back home, this lovely lady also teaches classes along with collaborating on projects with other crafty individuals.
15 metres of cotton rope can help us store unattractive things very attractively, with a little help from Gemma Patford of course... She transforms rope into the most beautiful baskets. In this class Gemma will teach you how to create and decorate your own stylish rope clutter-catchers. We are going to learn how to sew and style your own unique rope masterpiece using paint, scrap fabric and embroidery.
If you prefer something more visual to entice you to join us the gorgeous pictures below should be plenty. They are evidence enough that 1) the woman is a crafting genius, 2) you think the baskets are amazing and what to sign up for the class with us.
This workshop is suitable for beginners and suitable for ages 16+. The price of the class covers 3 hours of learning and creating, delicious food and drinks. AND at the end of the workshop, you will wave goodbye with a rope basket made by Gemma and a sweet goodie bag so you can continue your rope creations at home!
Monday, 5 May 2014 by Irene Hoofs
So we have some news to update you about. When I say news, I mean literally news, like newspaper. Yes Bloesem has just debuted volume 1 of the Bloesem Gazette. And, we were also featured in The Straits Times Singapore on Saturday.
Last week was a little crazy, that now looking back I remember very little off, but thankfully we have the Bloesem Gazette to remind me. Early last week, Irene and Anouk were brainstorming and when these 2 creative minds come together we can only expect awesomeness. So on Tuesday, Irene told me about their idea of doing the Bloesem Gazette, but the catch was that it had to be done in 5 short days! A little crazy but still do-able we thought. Lucky for us we had a great printer on hand, ready to roll out the Bloesem Gazette for us.
So what you see is the Bloesem Gazette in all its glory. 12 pages full of Bloesem news, the scoop about the latest Bloesem classes, interviews with teachers, shop stops and reccomendations and even a gorgeous cake recipe from our dear Elodie (who taught 2 awesome food styling classes over the weekend, we'll share more about that this week. pinky promise).
As soon as Irene and I were done with the Gazette and it was off to the printers, we got a text that The Straits Times
would like to come by the Bloesem Space the next day. WHAT? Major honour and also we were still on the high of finishing the gazette. (More like a low with the lack of energy from rushing for the printing deadline, but you get what I mean.)
A sneak peek inside the Bloesem Gazette which you can get your hands on in the Bloesem Space.
We would like to extend a big thank you to The Straits Times for featuring Bloesem in the Life! Section last Saturday. It was such a beautiful feature and we really appreciate it!
.. The Straits Times