Party Hard

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“Party hard” is what Miss Planet Fur wished us innocent creative souls at the start of 2013.

Boy, were we in for a surprise.


Intergalactic powers, she has.


Last week I was invited to no less then five openings and one lecture in two days time!

I slept through was too busy to visit the lecture (soooo sorry, Mr Van Gaasbeek…) and made it to three of the five openings.


First up:

Elle Aime!

Big wow factor. Big standard set for my own shop-in-the-making.
Elle Aime is dedicated to the crafty types among us.
The shop is filled with all kinds of craft materials as well as finished products (so much nice stuff…!).
Make sure you go there asap and do enter one of the workshops. You will have a great time for sure.


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Second stop:


MamaMarketing is THE Dutch platform for women that are starting their own webshop, although I can recommend it to anyone starting out as entrepeneur.
Their website is the place to go for advice on a number of subjects, including branding, SEO, etc.
The party I was invited to actually was a launchparty where the Mamamarketeers launched a productline, ranging from worksheets to workshops.
I can’t wait for their app to come out (soon!) which will also include a Quote Coach (love that)!
(you can read all about MamaMarketing in their mini magazine)


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Third up:

Fred & Guus!

Fred & Guus sell art by young designers (including yours truly) and also offer a stage for the most amazing vintage finds.
In a short timespan they have managed to make an important mark in the Utrecht art scene.
Their taste for art is impeccable.
As is their taste for great parties!
(Which they promise to throw once every month!)


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You can’t visit a party without gifts, don’t you agree?

So I decided to give everyone a Dutch Dwelling of their own city.

This meant designing two more Dutch houses: Rotterdam and Den Haag (also known als ‘s-Gravenhage).

They will be added to my Etsy shop shortly, for all of you Rotterdam and Den Haag lovers out there.

Tell me when you feel like your city has been left out and I will try to make some time to include it!


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Are you as curious as I am about the missed lecture by Mr Van Gaasbeek?

Watch Utrecht’s Creative Mornings channel at Vimeo. Very soon his video will be uploaded!

Exhibition: Fred & Guus Pop Up Gallery has opened!

Last week me and my new BF Kim Welling had great fun at the opening of Fred & Guus‘s Pop Up Gallery.

I already sold a piece but happened to end up with some cute little PasToe sidetables (Fred & Guus are also selling the loveliest second hand designer items)… how did that happen?!

So much for earning a living ;).

To all of you: Go! And buy! (of course this could translate as: please support young artists…)

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The not-so-perfect-people series (with the amazing Miss Guus herself in the foreground)

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Erotic illustrations by Juliëtte Verberk

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Very cool photography (bummed about that backlight…sorry!) by Choi Wong

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Bird Fight by Daniëlle Frenken

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Beautiful lines by Sanne Rietvelt

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Live drawing by Jip Piet Hilhorst

(in the back Tim Schoonhoven)

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Robocop (who is this wonderful-mysterious-if-you-will-Robocop-matching guy?!)

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Mr Rockstar blending in there just perfectly…


Exhibition: Fred & Guus Pop Up Gallery coming up!

My favourite art business in Utrecht is opening up shop!


Fred&Guus is dedicated to exhibiting and selling art from Utrecht. Especially/ also making way for the artist with a psychiatric background. As someone who has worked in psychiatry for almost a decade of course this speaks to me very loudly!


They’ve asked me to join in on their shop adventure, selling my graphical prints: the not-so-perfect-people prints and Mr Robot in their “Pop Up Gallery” (“pop” = Dutch for doll, hence the cool flyer ;)).


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fred en guus pop up gallery not so perfect people nerds and robot


For updates on their agenda, check: