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
Thursday, 24 April 2014 by Irene Hoofs
We all need some renovation once in a while I had mine when opening the Bloesem Space and typepad did last week ... they were attacked by a hacker which caused both my blogs and many others in the world to be down for almost a week ... all they could do was put some serious kit on their server walls!! And it worked ... we are all live and on our feet again.
We get lots of questions about the displays and furniture in the Bloesem Creative Space. So here's a little about them. There was alot of doing-it-myself, especially for the shelving in the studio. I spotted this bag of small wooden sticks in the art store one fine day and thought they would create an amazing display and create some kind of dimension to otherwise boring planks of wood. A bottle of wood glue, a plank of wood and a few bags of wooden dowels later.. tah dah! We have our one of a kind shelves and wooden displays we use throughout the Bloesem space.
Don't these trays from Fine Little Day look wonderful on them!
Another DIY project (and now product, which you can find on Bloesem.co) are the leather straps together with our trusty wooden dowels (aka. wooden rods). They have come in very handy both for display as well as storage. Other than hanging items, we have used them to secure mats so that they don't all fall down and create a big mess.
Our display tables are held up by our favorite master and master trestles we have mentioned here.
And our shelves are none other than the well-known ikea ekby shelves. We love the clean look they give and also how they some what match our trestles.
Vintage copper from the Netherlands that I used to collect when in Amsterdam. Ideal for props in photo-shoots ... if you want to see more pop by our space in Tiong Bahru! It would be lovely to meet you ~ Irene xoxo
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 by Irene Hoofs
So this little package with the most delicious chocolate is on it's way to the TimeOut Singapore head office - why? - because they gave us some really nice press coverage in their latest issue. I'm of course thrilled and as a long time reader of 'TimeOut Anywhere' and understanding I think the kind of content they are after I feel it as a huge compliment they like our space too!
To be honest ever since we moved into our space in Tiong Bahru we have been getting so many nice responses from people just visiting and obviously also for the press.
So thank you Singapore for welcoming the Bloesem Creative Space so warmly to your city!
I couldn't think of a better way to thank Benita Lee, the author of our little press coverage then giving here some delicious and gorgeous looking chocolate, homemade in the Netherlands.
Van der Burgh Chocolaad was founded in july 2011 by Joyce and Richard van der Burgh as a result of an extensive search for handmade chocolatebars. They are convinced that chocolate must be created from only Fairtrade cacaobeans, but also that, for reaching the ultimate taste of chocolate, the process of making great chocolate has to be done in small quantities ... and I belive that too and that's is why we are happy to say Bloesem is stocking these gorgeous bars in our space ... come over and get one before my husband eats them all!
ps. of course it was the packaging that made us want to try these bars!! ans we can tell you the inside is just as perfect :)
.. TimeOut Singapore
.. Van der Burgh Chocolaad
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Our second class since we launched Bloesem Class, let's recap Decorate Like a Pro with Jurianne Matter from The Netherlands! Jurianne is the paper jedi behind all the lovely paper flowers and ornaments that brighten up our studio. But this time instead of paper, she was teaching us the art of interior styling and home decoration.
Each student was asked to bring their favorite interior accessory to class. We loved all the different items we saw during the class. It really told us alot about each student and was also the key item that guided them while they learned how to construct their own moodboard. With her years of experience, Jurianne was able to guide everyone and read each moodboard to understand each individual. She helped her students sieve through the mountains of inspiration they found in all the magazines provided.
* We interrupt this post for an #OOTD: The beautiful Jurianne wears a dress by COS and necklace by Bloesem. *
Jurianne showed the class some moodboards and they had to guess the type of person that moodboard would fit. A great way to get an idea of what a moodboard should look like, and what kind of important details you most definitely should include in one so that it can be considered a good moodboard.
An important thing Jurianne said was that if you can read a moodboard properly then it is a well made moodboard. The point of a moodboard is about being able capture the essence of a space or a person (whatever you are making a moodboard for) using key visuals.
The final activity of the class, as seen in the images above, was a practice of interior styling. Students got up and were asked to place, shift or remove an item in the setting Jurianne had prepared. It was a fun little exercise that allowed the students to practised the skills they had just learnt from Jurianne. There is no right and wrong in this exercise and Jurianne helped with suggestions.
We haven't included any photos of the catering but we defintely fed our students some super yum lunch and treats by Make my day Zoet. You can have a look at the post we did about Maybelle's calligraphy class for an idea of the delicious goodness we enjoyed.
.. Bloesem Class
- PS. we just uploaded a new Bloesem Class : Learn how to screen print with Lisette Scheers -