Work's out, we are almost (inevitably) constantly starring at our devices working and in a rush to meet the next deadline. Sometimes we just need to read a book (feel the paper pages between our fingers!) and charge up our minds with fresh ideas, new thoughts, and different perspectives. My book list is varied and... Continue Reading →
An Exhibition Dedicated to Courage in the Face of Fear and Hate
Solidarity and equality. These are the values Hannie Schaft and the sisters Truus and Freddie Oversteegen stood up for during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. On the occasion of the recently published book 'Hannie' by the historian Peter Hammann, the Museum Haarlem curated the exhibition Vrouwen in Verzet - Hannie,... Continue Reading →
Attending the IMC 2017 (International Medieval Conference) in Leeds!
Last week I attended the IMC in Leeds. The IMC (International Medieval Congress) is the largest conference of its kind in Europe. And although this is obviously not an event everybody can attend, I wanted to write a short post on it and share my experiences. This annual conference is organised by the Institute of... Continue Reading →
Dutch Delftware – Pretty? Yes. But There’s More To It
Somehow the characteristic blue and white decorations of Dutch Delftware continues to fascinate us: whether we look at fashion, interior design, or contemporary arts & craft, the many shades of blue against a white background keep appearing in many different shapes and forms. It seems we can all agree that the colour schemes and decoration patterns... Continue Reading →
Why You Should Start an Art Journal
The idea of having yet another notebook – digital or in paper – may not sound particularly appealing to you, but starting an Art Journal has a great number of advantages and it can take your experiences with art to another level. Most of us go to places and events without really taking some time... Continue Reading →
Do We Need Art in Our Lives?
Yes and no. The answer to this question obviously depends on your very own idea of what a ''happy life'' entails. Having said that, I certainly think that art is unique in the way it can enrich our lives. Humans are cultural beings and art is an age-old phenomenon that has chronicled and shaped our... Continue Reading →