Happy Birthday Dear Acadamy

29 Nov

Happy Birthday Dear Acadamy

During a trip to Antwerp I visited the exposition ‘Happy Birthday Dear Acadamie’ in the Fashion Museum ‘MOMU’. In this exposition the museum shows the best work of 50 years of the fashion academy of Antwerp (Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen). They divided the space in different area’s with work from the students, sketches and a some history about the academy.

For me the sketches in particular where very inspiring. I really enjoy watching the process that goes behind the end product and all the sketches were little pieces of art by itself.

IMG_1893Especially since almost ¬†everything is digital nowadays I miss the feeling that a ‘real’ tactical drawing can give you. It makes the product more personal and gives the maker a more human likabilty I think. I guess in times like this art and crafts like this will gain therefore more value, and that’s how it should be. I think it’s important that people can see what kind of work and effort designers put in designing a new collection and how many labour making the actual item costs. This wil make people more conscious about how fashion should be, instead of buying a cool dress for 10 euros at Primark. Because fashion is a hard business and creating beautiful pieces too, that’s the reason you pay a lot of money for it, but only than you know where it comes from and that no harm has done to little children or woman in a factory in Bangladesh for instance.

This exposition will be in MOMU till February 16th 2014.



Recycled Denim Collection by Scotch & Soda

30 Sep

Recycled Denim Collection by Scotch & Soda

I am more and more getting aware of all the waste we produce by ourselves, thanks to overconsumption, and trying to contribute myself into a more sustainable lifestyle.
That’s why I really like this RCLD Denim Knit work programme of Scotch & Soda‘s denim label Amsterdams Blauw.

Amsterdams Blauw designed a couple of “basic” knits that are perfect in its imperfection. The items are all made out of the bottom part of a jeans (the legs), this is easy to use because it doesn’t contain zippers, pockets or loops. After cutting the denim in little pieces they comb the fabric it into a fluffy substance. Eventually they separate all the different colors out of the substance and then you start at the beginning of a normal process, where you only have raw cotton.
This is the reason why this collection is almost 20% more expensive than a normal collection, but at the end you got more value for you money because you contribute into a more sustainable supply chain in the fashion industry.
All the products are not bleached or dyed what gives them all a cool and pure look and of course it’s better for the environment ūüėČ

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This project is a little step in the right direction to a more sustainable fashion industry, but I’m really happy that the bigger fashion retailers are putting thoughts into this which will inspire more people to think more about waste!


Grow Your Own Clothes

24 Sep

ORESUMODAMODA - Bio CoutureEver heard about growing your own clothes? It may sound a bit futuristic but it can be more realistic than you imagine.

A lot of designers nowadays are thinking about how they can make design more sustainable. We already have bio-cotton and some brands re-use the fabric of their old collection for new items, but BioDesign may be the a good alternative for sustainable fashion.

BioCouture, a design atelier in London, tries to find new innovative ways to use new biomaterials and use that for new consumers designs. They already made a “bioleather” jacket out of bacteria and are researching new developments in biomanufactering, so that maybe in the near future they can make helmets out of crab shells and transform carrots into skateboards. In this short TED movie you can see how that process with “bioleather” works. The biggest advantage of using this bio material is that when you don’t like your clothes anymore, you could just put it in the ground and it will disappear. There’s only one disadvantage and that’s that if it comes in contact with liquid it will start growing again and will suck all the liquid up, what will make it very heavy.

So this may not be a perfect solution for sustainable clothing yet, but it’s definitely a really interesting development. Imagine how different the whole meaning of fashion can be if you can grow your own clothes and throw it away without feeling guilty after you don’t like it anymore. Or the animals and raw materials we could save by using biomaterials?

If you’re as interested as I am in this topic, it’s probably very cool to visit the exposition about BioDesign in Rotterdam.¬†


Cool Rotterdam

19 Sep

Cool Rotterdam

During a trip to Rotterdam I was introduced for the first time with this very cool project Mini-Mall, a mall with a large variety of young creatives, cool shops and passionate entrepreneurs.¬†Mini Mall is a creative hotspot in Rotterdam, housed under the first seven arches of the former Hofplein Station. The Mini Mall consists of 2500 sq. m. of retail and catering space for all kind of creative minds. The Mini Mall is designed by¬†AFARAI and PE√ĎA architecture¬†and the developer Hofbogen BV who wanted to create something¬† in response to a lack of affordable locations in Rotterdam where fresh new initiatives can see the light of day.



What I really like about this project is that young creative entrepreneurs with a good idea get the opportunity to do something with their innovative and cool idea’s. Especially in a time where it’s very hard to start your own shop or company it is really inspiring that these people just take the risk and share their passion with others. I thinks this kind of initiatives especially work very well in times of economical crisis, we need to be more creative in order to make money and I hope that in more cities around the world these kind of projects will ‘pop-up’.



Doodling & Observing

18 Sep

Doodling Daily Items

Sometimes it’s really difficult to clean your head and look to de world around you by using all your senses. I did a couple of exercises to fully open my senses which I’m going to share with you.

The first one is making sketches of de items you use in your daily life. Everyday I live in a kind of autopilot modus, sometimes I listen to music or walk to the store without even noticing what I’m doing. By thinking about what you use on a daily base you stop this autopilot modus and really have to think about what you did that day. This exercise really helped me clean my mind and I felt really zen afterwards. My mind is always really busy and I’m always thinking about the things I still have to do and about things in the future, that it’s easy to forget what’s happening around you and think about now & here. So when you need a moment to clean your head pick up some blank paper and a pencil and start doodling!

The seconds exercise really helps you to look around you and use all your senses by doing it. The only things you need are a notebook and a pen, after that you have to sit down at a random place and just write down what you see, hear or smell what you didn’t noticed at first when you entered that spot.
I chose to sit down in the central hall at school, this is a place were you normally just walk down and never pay any attention to so I thought this could be a good challenge for me. At first I only saw the things I already saw when I came in, like a lamp, the door and the reception but when I picked up my pen and started to look a little closer to me different things got my attention. I saw a blond hair at my chair, some dirt at the chair next to me, and when I looked up I realized that the lamps were al different .. I also heard a zooming noise from a computer in one corner and smelled the wet air of the rain outside.

This made me realize that so many things happen around you without you even noticing it. Pretty weird don’t you think? I think if we always observe the things around us with all our senses that we would fully live, instead of rushing down our lives all the time.


Ultimate Web

10 Sep

The Web

Do you ever think about that time when there was no internet? Well, I was and I realized that that time (not that long ago) must have been so much more easy and difficult at the same time.

I saw this picture and I thought, this is how I feel sometimes. Off course, internet has made my life so much easier. I can’t get lost anymore, I can always keep in touch with my family on the other side of the world and I don’t have to leave my home to “see” stuff. ¬†But, I’m just trapped in this huge being online thing that it’s really difficult to step out of it sometimes. I’m connected to everything, my iPad connects with my iPod, iPhone and Mac and they are connected to Apple who knows a lot of stuff about me and when I’m doing research I use Google and Google connects information about my online behavior with other commercial companies.. At the end almost everything I do online is connected to somebody or something else and that creeps me out sometimes. And that’s the same story with this picture, all the rods are connected with each other and whether they like it or not. It helps them, but it also results in some ‘tension’.


Recycle Yourself

10 Sep

Recycle Yourself

We live in a society where everything is moving really fast. Every minute we see something new and all the decisions you have to make at one day really stresses me out sometimes. With all that noise in my head it is pretty difficult to think about the things that really matter. Like.. your own health or family or the things you really want to do because you enjoy them.

Sometimes I dream of a button inside my head which I can switch on and of. For instance a button for school, one for when I’m at work and one for when I’m at home so I can really have a time out from thinking about my school work and enjoy the company of others around me and really can listen to them. That would be nice right?

It’s a pity it doesn’t exist, that’s why I chose to post this particular picture so I can help myself to remember that I have to “Recycle Myself” sometimes. After a long day I’ll take my recycle moment and think about the things I liked and learnt that day so I can clean my head and start with some fresh air with a new chapter.

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