Old Fruit

Marble peach

Semi precious peach by Nevine Mahmoud

Link to more work on Trendland.

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Glow Forever

I just heard the sad news of Al Jarreau, he died yesterday, at the age of 76.

His music is a chapter in my life. So sad.

But! He was here and he did inspire audiences and music pupils all over the world. He was a busy soul, always had stuff to do, places to sing, music to write. He stayed ever so humble – winning seven! Grammy Awards – and was proud to perform for the Obama’s at the International Jazz Day Concert last April.

Jarreau is now officially a jazz legend… watch his inspiring life story here:

 

His version of Your Song from the album GLOW is forever connected to my mother’s memory. Beautiful.

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Sunday t-shirt | Beard

 

Sunday t-shirt

Androgynous Sunday t-shirt

I wrote a PS to the post Beards 2013 today, related to Schorem. The barbers from Rotterdam are going for world dominance. Read the next chapter in the history of the beard here.

But enough about men, here’s the female side:

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from urban dictionary

Talking about red carpet, the Oscars are in the cards, for

La La Land
Marc Platt, Jordan Horowitz, Fred Berger
Arrival
Shawn Levy, David Linde, Aaron Ryder, …
Lion
Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Angie Fielder
Hell or High Water
Julie Yorn, Carla Hacken
Hidden Figures
Pharrell Williams, Theodore Melfi, Peter Chernin, …
Moonlight
Dede Gardner, Adele Romanski, Jeremy Kleiner
Hacksaw Ridge
Bill Mechanic, David Permut
Manchester by the Sea
Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward, …
Fences
Denzel Washington, Scott Rudin, Todd Black
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Magnificent 2 | An American in Paris

 

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Monday morning tune

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Magnificent televison

 

I saw Elbow perform this song tonight on the Graham Norton Show, and it was magnificent. I don’t know about this video, but in the setting of the show it was brilliant. After the utterly funny observations of Harriet Harman, member of the British Parliament, it felt so right. Optimism and humor, british television at its best.

Here’s a clip of the show with her anecdote of The Thing With Women And Age.

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Anna Karenina now

Story

Book covers

On the left from Creative Review one from a series of reissues of Russian classics, and on the right my design for the cover of a personal book. An idea that popped up when I saw the Tolstoy cover.

Read more about the campaign for Vintage Classics’ Russians series of reissues here

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The series covers, designed by the in-house team at Vintage, who reissue the Russian classics. 

Most of the textiles used in the cover designs come from the collection of Susan Meller, author and founder of The Design Library in New York.

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Boys or girls

boys or girls

                                     Until recently boys in the Dutch village of Marken were dressed like the girls when wearing traditional clothing.

Preparing for a photo shoot with the theme Duch Masters I saw a documentary on tv about the Dutch village of Marken, which used to be an island. It told the story of a small community losing its traditions after connecting with the main land by a tongue of land. A curious fact learned was the tradition to dress boys, up to the age of 8, as girls.

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Leap Of Reason

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Leap of reason by Matt Lambert. On auction at Catawiki

The day after. When feeling a bit lost I love to go online and browse for soothing images. I recently discovered Catawiki so I had a look at my new best friend’s offerings. Due to the omnipresence of the news, I soon ended up at the auction of  international street art & urban art.

Leap of Reason by Matt Lambert. Soothing yes and no. Yes because it tells me I am not the only one feeling this and no, because there’s a great deal of uncertainty in this image and my son has similar swim trunks…

There was a lot of analysis of yesterday’s happenings. A lot of opinions and protest signs. Interesting to see how they put their gut on a board.

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Hate does not make us great – women’s march today

 

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Minister Of Style

(English below)

Ik heb gehuild. Nadat Trump me verdoofd had met zijn speech, liep president Obama naar een mega helicopter, die achter het Witte Huis klaar stond. Als bij een dienstuitgang. Langzaam beklom hij de trap van de bog standard helicopter, zoals de Engelse commentator het noemde, nu hij niet meer de president was, en de heli daardoor niet meer de kwalificatie One kreeg toegevoegd. De Air Force One is namelijk pas de Air Force One als de president aan boord is.

Obama draaide zich nog een keer om en zwaaide met een bedrukt gezicht. En hij verdween in de donkere entree van het anonieme vliegtuig.

Het was voorbij.

Toen kwamen de tranen.

 

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The last sighting of Obama

 

I cried. After I was numbed by Trump’s speech, president Obama walked towards a mega helicopter, waiting in the back of the White House. At the service outlet. He slowly mounted the stairs of what was called a bog standard helicopter by the English commentator, ‘since Obama is no longer president, and therefor the heli did no longer qualify the rating One’.

Because Air Force One becomes Air Force One when the president gets on.

Obama turned around once more and waved, with a dejected face. He then disappeared in the dark entry of the anonymous plane.

It was over.

Then the tears came.

PS | He’s off to Palm Springs?

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