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World Skin Colors by Reineke Otten

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Today I start with Reineke Otten and her amazing World Skin Colors carves. The silk scarves are printed digatilly with not just a nice looking patteren. Reineke has studied and interperated data for the last couple of years and litterly spend 4 months working with excel sheets resulting in these patterns.

For a designer working in the field of visual sociology Reineke's goal is to to reveal society’s patterns and orders — and occasionally, to generate beauty by recording and assembling images and information. Each scarve shows a graphic for a particular country ... 200 in total. 

"imagine people as color pixels. Flying over the world, you would look down and see . . . what? Our planet is an unstable composition of complexions: through migration, intermarriage, cosmetics, war, trains, planes, and automobiles, the ‘view from above’ of the earth’s skin tones is in a continuous state of evolution."

One day this beautiful looking one-of-a-kind lady came to Reineke to the tuttobene booths at NYIGF and expressed her awe and love for Reinke's scarves ... you can probably imagine who much fun we all had and of course were intrigued by this colorful person. 

Turn demographic data into a visual language and then into fashion... World Skin Colors

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..World Skin Colors


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New York

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{nope that is not me in the picture but jewlery designer Zelda from the Netherlands}

Let me start with some personal words about my trip to NY last August. The last time I was there was in August 2001 when we were getting ready to move back to Amsterdam.... yes, about a month or so before 9/11...in a way I felt lucky that I had experienced NY at its best...or had I...? Truly incredible how this city has rebounded after going through such a traumatic episode...NY remains one of the most fascinating places that I know...

Living in NY has changed my life ... it gave me confidence and I started believing in myself.

It all started when I got this idea to develop my own stationery line. After 1 year of learning the basic Adobe illutrator skills and with the help of an illustrator my first collection was born and was sold via some great department stores. But even more importantly, I finally knew then what I wanted to do in life...so I have a lot to thank NY for... my business blossomed and organically grew to the launch of Bloesem in 2006.........................................[READ MORE]

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{cards from my own greeting cards collection back in 2002}

Back to NY ... and knowing how important this city has been for me ... a little heartbroken my husband and I left the city, always telling each other that one day we will come back ... almost 10 years later I finally dared to go back. In an impulsive response to one of Jurianne's tweets I replied .. 'shall I join you?' I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for me to go back to the city I've held so dear in my heart all these years.

It was Jurianne’s first time in the Big Apple. Unfortunately, we arrived in one of the not so nice neighborhoods somewhere in Brooklyn. Driving through Brooklyn it all looked so nice but we kept on driving and suddenly the whole atmosphere on the street started to change, when we arrived at the B&B that we booked on-line...I decided not to step out of the car and asked the cab driver what to do ... he only nodded his head ... (recall the movie Coming to America... I am sure Jurianne must have felt this way on her first visit to NY...)... so we headed back to the nicer parts of Brooklyn and found ourselves a room at a wonderful boutique hotel... super friendly personnel...so we decided to spend the night (we could not stay the entire week...) and perhaps look for something closer to the convention center the next day... 

After sending out an "emergency" email to blog friends and old friends, Joanna Goddard from A cup of Jo was the first to respond and offered her home to us while she was away for the weekend. Thank you so much Joanna for being so generous... and we received several other offers...it made me realize once more why I love this city and its people (and blogging...) so much...very welcoming and always ready to help...we ended up staying in an apartment of friends (who I met when they were living in KL...) at the upper east side for the entire week ... Thank you Hickey family, we cannot beging to tell you how grateful we are...you are the best!

After our little adventure in Brooklyn it was time to focus on the New York Gift Fair... after all that was why we came to NY in the first place. But not before Jurinanne and I visited the High Line. In one word: FANTASTIC! Also fun to see how the meatpacking district has changed enormously over the years. I remember only Pastis being there when it had just opened...

Eating genuine raw food in one of the many great restaurants you find in the city was a fantastic experience and changed my perspective on raw food completely...admittedly, I started out as a bit of a raw food sceptic.... but I am a convert now and even downloaded some raw food recipes since I came back to KL and felt how different you feel after eating this fresh and healthy food... 

Back to the NYGF...my plan was to meet people and discover new designs. And I think I managed these objectives reasonably well...:) 

Meeting people was easy given the fact that we came with Tuttobene, meaning 16 Dutch designers sharing one booth together ... too many interesting people to introduce to you in one single post so I will be sharing my new friends and their work in the following two weeks with you...

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During the following week I will introduce you to some of the wonderful people and designers I met at the NYIGF. 

..Tuttobene booth designed by Jan Habraken

 

 

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What was I doing in New York...

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already two weeks ago :) ... but I joined my friend Jurianne Matter on her first adventures in the Big Apple. She was  exhibiting her collection at the New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF). Jurianne is a paper designer from the Netherlands who decided to try her luck in the USA ... and she succeeded, she had so many wonderful responses to her paper designs, from MoMa to small boutiques throughout the country. Jurianne's latest design are these beautiful paper circles ... perfect for any kind of decoration.....                              [READ MORE]

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..Jurianne Matter 

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Dutch design at New York International Gift Fair

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{WorldSkinColor scarves by Reineke Otten}

This coming weekend I will be joining my friend Jurianne Matter and Tuttobene across the Atlantic to New York. From 19. - 22. August Jurianne will be showing her products at the NY Gift Fair (Booth 3762 ) together with 15 other very talented Dutch designers and three design labels from NL. (ps. if you are looking for me you can probably find me too at the booth number 3762)

Tuttobene is a platform for Design based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. They organize design exhibitions around the world and their aim is to connect young creative talents with the industry, marketing organisations and/or retail partners. All the links to the participating Dutch designers can be found here

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{image above: Handmade jewelry by the boyscouts}

I will use this week to try and meet people I have met via Bloesem throughout the years but also to meet new people, see what is happening in the world of design in NY and hopefully get new ideas and inspiration for my own future with Bloesem ~irene

{image below: Guidelines and dish of desire by Frederik Roije}

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.. Come and visit us at the NYIGF  Accent on Design, Booth 3762 ..

..Tuttobene

..Jurianne Matter 

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DaWanda Designmarkt Amsterdam

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{above: journal by froschkind and necklace by gudbling}

This weekend I am trying to visit the first Dutch handmade market in Amsterdam organised by DaWanda to celebrate the opening of their Dutch website. The market is at Meininger hotel and more then 100 designers will exhibit their work in the different rooms of the hotel.  

What are your plans for the weekend? Perhaps we can meet each other on Sunday otherwise I hope to see you back next week ~ irene xoxo

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In the images above t-shirt and teatowel by detailF, paper products by froschkind and a chrochet lamp by Made by Mo

..Dawanda

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We are going to New York

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{images above are from my friend's wonderful Travel blog Go Marjo}

Yes finally after almost 10 years I am going to visit New York again. No not today or tomorrow but in August. Today I am flying to my own hometown Amsterdam first, spending time with my family and friends. Then two weeks vacation in Spain, back to Amsterdam and on 17th of August I will fly to NY.

I truly hope I can meet many of you dear readers, bloggers or old friends.

But I am not going alone no... I will be joining my friend and paper designer Jurianne Matter. She will be showcasing her gorgeous paper products at the NY gift Fair 2012... below a little sneak peek...

Where are we staying, we don't know yet. But you can HELP ... if you know anyone who lives in NY and wants to swap apartments with me for one week then please let me know. I can offer a great apartment in the canal area of Amsterdam. pls email me if have any tips or ideas.

~ Happy 4th of July ~

Jurianne
 

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All the beautful images are from a recent interview Jurianne had in Dutch magazine 101 woon ideeën and for their newest blog column called ‘Be Creative’. 

 

..Jurianne Matter 

..Go Marjo

 

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