Now’s The Time To Explore

STEP ONE | It’s from your desk, make it comfortable and inspiring | Photo stock image from recent newsletter from Shutterstock

Leading influencer and global trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort was questioned on the influences of the Corona crisis on national tv last night. I watched it this morning after breakfast – staying in.

She has been happy for the first time since long, she confesses. Despite the crisis, or better because of. Now she feels (we all are) at a well deserved rest, seasick from the adventurous thriller life had become. (my words)

She thinks this a great opportunity for creativity to flourish and re-investigate values.

Get your Keri Smith out 🙂

A book I would like to practice. How to be an explorer of the world. Put it down if you lack imagination. Keri Smith

 

Put it down if you lack imagination. Keri Smith

or get it here

PS 07042020 | On Amazon you can browse the book, and I like this: a note inside the book, on where the ideas come from. (picture below)

What are the origins, where did they spark, who’s the mother? Credits. Smith did the editing so to speak.

To a creative the ownership of an idea, and getting the credits for it, is an acknowledgement of their artistry. Of their being. When their talent and craftsmanship shows great originality, it could be a ticket to the top league. Where they belong.

(Depending, of course, on who’s judging.)

 

Keri Smith on the credits of the ideas in the book

 

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Timely Indoor Fashion | PS – MASK 19

Visionary design for timely optical onesie, by Rene Gruau.

I love the work of René Gruau, the late French fashion illustrator.

Studying his work is pure escapism.

 

PS | It reminds me of the disturbing news of less victims of domestic violence now calling in for help. The help lines are suddenly less busy. They worry the  callers – mostly female – are now held prisoner at home by their warder.

Collateral damage of the Corona pandemic and the decree to stay indoors.

In several European countries victims of domestic violence can now call out for help by using a codeword at the pharmacy. Pharmacies are suitable outposts because of their private nature. The codeword is MASK 19.

When asked for a Mask 19 the employee knows what to do and will ask for an address to send it to. The police will take it from there.

read the article by CNN here

 

Code word MASK 19, but keep it a secret – Rene Gruau Wilson Tichelaar

 

 

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The World In Macro & Zoom

MACRO | The earth seen through the Hubble telscope by NASA | Screenshot 2020-04-05 om 00.45.04

 

 

An image from NASA, showing the earth though the Hubble telescope. We are all in this spot.

On the dashboard behind this WordPress stage this casual announcement of a non-event caught my eye.

The cancellations have reached the outskirts grinding the world to a halt.

 

 

 

ZOOM | The cancellation of an event for WordPress users looking for answers | Screenshot 2020-04-05 om 00.43.37

 

 

 

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SPES ALTER VITAE

SPEC ALTER VITAE – The porch to the Saint Olof’s Chapel in Amsterdam

Yesterday, on my walk through the deserted city, I passed this porch.

SPES ALTER VITAE

HOPE OF ANOTHER LIFE

I browsed my archive and made a selection.

 

Anja’s Boetiek | COrona Times – IMAGES WILSON TICHELAAR

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Who Would Have Thought

I saw an item on the news about the situation in New York City. Now the epicenter of the Corona pandemic in the West. Deserted cityscape and about to shut down and black out, likely to result in a human disaster. I visited recently and there was no sign this was coming, was there? I browsed through my photos.

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Today I went out into the heart of town, the old streets around the Dam Square. Normally packed with tourists, now not a soul in sight. A cold wind was blowing and it felt eery. We met very few people: A group of food couriers outside McDonalds, a souvenir shop owner on his doorstep, a lady on a bike, a car, a motorcycle, a family group of 4, an English speaking couple and a boy opening up a delivery truck in front of The Bulldog. About sixteen people in a two hours walk. Amsterdam on the weekend.

 

A song came to mind.

2020 – In the song ‘2020’ by George Benson it goes “… if I knew back then what I know now…”.  People throwing out their shoes in 2019 didn’t see it coming…. or did they?

 

2020 – In the song ‘2020’ by George Benson it goes “..if I knew back then what I know now”. It came to mind. People throwing out their shoes in 2019 didn’t see it coming. Or did they, knowing no need for them, staying in?

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Looking Into The Future

Detail form the portrait I am trying to paint of my father. After a picture taken on the day he married my mum. A man of few words. © Wilson Tichelaar

I started to paint, tried to improve the portrait of my father.

Dad’s look. Before I was born.

Looking into the future

 

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Will Corona Become A Popular (Middle) Name?

 

This song came to mind.

And it made me think.

There is speculation about a possible baby boom in 9 months.

New York City is now declared the new epicenter of the Corona pandemic in the West.

Everybody must stay indoors.

Tumbleweed on 5th Avenue.

Will Corona become a popular (middle) name? More popular then NYC?

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From My Desktop | Art Basel

The Corona Times | Art Basel March 2020

Images taken from the online booths at Art Basel. The show is cancelled because of te Corona pandemic. Contemporary for everybody.

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Building My Land Rover Defender

Now at Selfridges: LEGO-technic-land-rover-defender-42110 Guilty Pleasure and So Now

In a former life I’ve had serious conversations with my young son why driving a Defender for us wasn’t such a good idea. Regardless the looks and the power. (We live on a canal in Amsterdam.)

Now a new LEGO model is on sale at Selfridge – their newsletter informs me.

150 euro ($160) for a model of our future safety vehicle – but without the windows (!) –a commodity formerly known as a car.

We can build it while staying in.

 

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Outside Inside

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With a bit of extra time indoors, I started organizing my archive and came across these two images. It’s where I live.

Inside in Amsterdam | The bannister on the 4th floor at home- ©wilsontichelaar

Outside in Amsterdam | The view along our canal looking west- ©wilsontichelaar

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