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Pins in the picture: nordic christmas

pins in the picture: nordic christmas

The Netherlands, where I live, doesn't belong to the nordic related countries. For some reason the art and culture does feel very familiar to me, to most Dutch people.

Since the first shop of the Swedish Ikea settled in the Netherlands, it's style has been popular by most of us here in Holland. Actually the first shop was based in the village I grew up and it was located next to my father's business. I call this my lucky coincidence.

I love the clean, modern and lightness look of the nordic prints and colors. To me it is always fresh and stylish. 

Enough reason to share with you my Pinterest finds in nordic Christmas images. Enjoy the colors, the patterns, the freshness of this style. Especially now we all long for the warmth of the holiday season. 

They are all collected on my Pinterest board: inspiration | nordic christmas

Enjoy!

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nordic |ˈnôrdik|

adjective | of or relating to Scandinavia, Finland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands.

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Pins in the picture: My style

Every artist has it's own style. It is always interesting to look up your style in someone else's work. On my pinterest board 'inspiration | my style', you can scroll through my finds

Enjoy!

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style |stīl|

noun | a manner of doing something

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inspiration | my style

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Circling around my sketchbook

Workshop, courses?

If there is something new to learn in the creative process, I am in.

And so I did an online workshop on developing sketchbooks. And this workshop definitely changed my mind on this subject.

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Six inch square

First surprise was the size of the recommended sketchbook. 15 cm or 6 inch square!

For some reason I have a weakness for squares, so the square sized paper had my heart already. No questions for me at this point.

But working on a small size of paper surprised me with wonder. The given explanation for this was simple. Working on ideas on a large size of paper is a time consuming action. For as the opposite is true. The smaller pieces saves you time and withhold you from repeating yourself too long, if this isn't necessary. Simple isn't it?

Another eye-opener.

During the course we created a theme based sketch-book. One of the challenges of the Sketchbook workshop was to keep make the circle the red thread through your pages.

Every instruction we received was based on creating circles. Drawing, painting, sketching, pealing, searching, writing. The main theme was: circles.

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Personal library

Creating one book circling around one theme, creates documents, you can rely on for future use. If there are more ideas than pages of your sketchbook, create another one.

With time, you build up a nice personal library full of original ideas.

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Letting go!

The last thing I like to share with you is this. One of the goals was, to let things go. For me that mended, don't think on your design work, just doing. Let the ideas flow out of your brush, pen, fingers and so on. Just let go!

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This was such a freeing quality to my sketchbook work, I can be totally addicted to this way of working through the creative process. And next to that, the original ideas as outcome as natural follow up.

Being original

If you really let you self go, you come up with other things as you usually do. And that makes quite a difference, don't you think?

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Let me ask you something

Of course practicing is the key to success. Now I have a document on circles, I am planning to start sketchbooks on other themes as well.

  • If you could choose a theme for a sketchbook, what would you choose?
    A shape or a motif, a color or a technic, a season or a trend?
  • What is fascinating you?

Our industry is all about creativity. So maybe you wouldn't create a sketchbook yourself, but would like to flip through the pages of a theme-based book of ideas.

  • What would be your choice?

If you like to share your thoughts on this with me, please feel free to write down some of your ideas, in the comments below.

I begin with an idea and than it becomes something else.

Pablo Picasso quote

Sharing ideas, creates new ideas and keeps flowing the process.

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sketchbook |ˈske ch ˌboŏk|

noun | a pad or book of drawing paper for sketching on.

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I did my sketchbook workshop organized and lectured by Dionne Swift. If you want to go more in-depth in upon your sketching process, I can sure recommend this online course to you, . You can find more information here.

Developing Sketchbooks Online by Dionne Swift
Developing Sketchbooks Online by Dionne Swift

As an inspiration board I created a pin-board on inspirational circles. In the 'pins in the picture' series, I highlighted this board here.

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Pins in the picture: circles

Lately I did a workshop on sketchbooks. During this workshop, I created a sketchbook themed on circles. And so is the pinboard 'inspration | circles' connected to this particular sketchbook.

Enjoy!

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circle |ˈsərkəl|

noun | a round plane figure whose boundary consists of points equidistant from a fixed point

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inspiration | circles

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Pins in the picture

Pins in the picture? 

Yes!
In fact that's what we do: putting pins in pictures. To hold them into place. Into one place. Into our place.

Why should we do that?
Because out of all the given information on one subject, we are interested in, we want to have an overview on what we find the top of the bill, the icing on the cake, the number ones.

To be clear, pins are not the actual inspiration sources. In my opinion they are rather a reflection of where they stand for. A bookmark and redirection.

Twenty-first century designer's tool.
So once I was immersed into the world of surface (pattern) design, Pinterest became more interesting to me. In fact, I think it is THE internet tool for designers who are actually, collectors of ideas, inspirational themes, items, topics, and other bits & pieces.
Visual bookmarks in the virtual world gathered together in a stylish, elegant, smooth and smart way. What else do we want as designer?

A joint winner.
When you should walk along my boards, 9 out of 10, you will stumble upon the label inspirational.
And that is what my pins all have in common, they inspire me to create!

They make me impatient to take it as a starting point for a fresh design and make it my own. Mingling it with my own ideas, finds and fingerprints. 

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in the picture

inform, fill in, explain the situation/ circumstances to, bring up to date, update, brief, keep posted, clue in, bring up to speed.

Pins in the picture? 

Yes!
Our pins in the spotlight. This post is an introductory to a new reoccurring blog theme. Where, in each post, I will highlight a pin-board, which might be interesting to you.

Give me the pleasure and let me introduce our pins to you, our boards, our Pinterest boards. The reflection of our style, our interests and inspiration sources.

In this introductory post, I'll show you a sneak peek of my recently pinned pins.
At the bottom a Pinterest button, which will lead you directly to the displayed pin-board.

If you are interested to stay up to date on our pins? Follow us at Pinterest as well. Thank you!

Next time we will focus on one particular pin-board.

Enjoy!

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Preparing is the key

Creating a pattern collection for newborns and toddlers was a new challenge for me. I always  loved sewing for my kids when they were still young. Such a joy to search for the perfect matching fabrics in color palette, pattern and texture.

Before diving into the design process, I like to do some research.

The questions are:

  • For who will I design the collection?
  • What are the circumstances?
  • Where does he or she buy their shoppings now?
  • What trends are a good fit?
  • What inspires my customer?
  • What inspires me?

Visualizing my thoughts and ideas really works for me. So the first thing I do is creating a mind map, where I can put down all my thoughts that pop up in my mind. While ordering my thoughts by creating the mind map, slowly a picture grows in my mind.

With that picture in mind, I start researching my (internet) resources. Like there are Pinterest, Google, runways on blogs like Style.com or Stylesight/ WGSN, etc.

Especially Pinterest has taken my heart, because it is so easy to gather the finds and add them to a personal board or even hidden personal board.

Finds else where on the internet, can be caught on your board too.

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Inspiration in trend and style.

More inspiration on the Pinterest board I created, can be found here.

In the end, the story of my consumer comes together in a mood board.
Her name is Lisa and she and her husband just started a family. The rest of her story is 'told' on the story / mood board below.

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The collection will be a range of fabrics, which will be easy to mix and match together. Versatile in color combinations and scale. For that reason I choose to work in Illustrator.

Designing for newborns and toddlers was a terrific new experience. It felt like 'coming home'. This research lead to a collection of eight prints and one placement. All prints have the quality to mix and match with each other. Still enough ideas in mind, so this story of Lisa and her friends will be continued.

Right now the finished collection is on the sales floor. Some snippets in a row.

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If you are logged in, you can find the collection in detail here.

If you have a question or like to share your thoughts about the collection, the research or anything else, please feel free to use share your thoughts in the comments below.

Esther

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newborn  | ˈn(y)oōˌbôrn |

adjective  | (of a child or animal) recently or just born

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toddler   | ˈˈtädlər |

noun   | a young child who is just beginning to walk.

Inspirational Hues

 | heart gold | medium red violet | blue bell | dark cyan | sea blue |
| heart gold | medium red violet | blue bell | dark cyan | sea blue |
Graffitti and its inspirational hues. Check out the Inspirational Hues Post.
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Hue Inspiration jui

Advertisement is another way to receive information. Most of the time the color palette of these adds are well-thought through. Why finding out the wheel twice? (dutch saying, which could be a little bit double dutch in your ears)

| smokey black | firebrick | magenta | saffron | jonquil |

Which one is your favorite hue?

If you pick out a logo or brand you really like for some reason. What is your most favorite part, are that the colors, the shape, the emotion?

Tell us more about it. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. We would love to hear your story.

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Hue inspiration

Colors and hues are very important as it comes to a design.
Very often I become inspired by a wonderful combination of colors, I stumbled upon in everyday life.
It is only a tiny step, to share my discoveries with you.

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brand |brand|

noun | a type of product manufactured by a particular company under a particular name

advertisement |ˈadvərˌtīzmənt; ədˈvərtiz-|

noun | a notice or announcement in a public medium promoting a product, service, or event or publicizing a job vacancy

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Hue Inspiration graffiti

Street art of graffiti is always a source of inspiration for color. Most of the time they are bright colored and form perfect color palettes. Here's one with a touch of neon.

| heart gold | medium red violet | blue bell | dark cyan | sea blue |

Which one is your favorite hue?

So inspiration can be found on the street.

What inspires you in street life? Are that the fashionable people, the prints on the apparel, the advertisements on the bill boards, the showcase windows?

Tell me about it and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Hue inspiration

Colors and hues are very important as it comes to a design.
Very often I become inspired by a wonderful combination of colors, I stumbled upon in everyday life.
It is only a tiny step, to share my discoveries with you.

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graffiti |grəˈfētē|

plural noun | writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place

street |strēt|

noun | a public road in a city or town, typically with houses and buildings on one or both sides

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Hue Inspiration red ones

Interesting shades of reds complimented with a touch of lilac white and seal brown black

| seal brown | dark scarlet | french wine | vivid burgundy | lavender blush |

Which one is your favorite hue?

Red is one of the most picked out colors; there are so many interesting shades of red, from cool blueish violet to almost orange in the warmer tones.

What is your favorite red and can you tell me why?

Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. I am happy to read your story.

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Hue inspiration

Colors and hues are very important as it comes to a design.
Very often I become inspired by a wonderful combination of colors, I stumbled upon in everyday life.
It is only a tiny step, to share my discoveries with you.

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cool |koōl|

adjective | of or at a fairly low temperature

warm |wôrm|

adjective | of or at a fairly or comfortably high temperature

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Hue Inspiration wooden shoes

Second hand wooden shoes on a market in a Dutch city.

| licorice | dark slate gray | big dip o'ruby | dark scarlet I | dark scarlet II |

Which one is your favorite hue?

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Hue inspiration

Colors and hues are very important as it comes to a design.
Very often I become inspired by a wonderful combination of colors, I stumbled upon in everyday life.
It is only a tiny step, to share my discoveries with you.

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wooden |ˈwoŏdn|

adjective | made of wood

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Hue Inspiration pins on a board

Pin-up board, notice board, bulletin board, all say the same. Watch me, I have important stuff on me, which is there, because you want to remember it, some day.

| jazzberry jam | international orange | spanish orange | urobilin | dark vanilla |

Which one is your favorite hue?

Something to remember too. Jazzberry jam, spanish orange and dark vanilla. Their terrific flavor make a perfect palette too.

Do you remember some terrific names for color? Feel free to share your thoughts on this in the comments below.

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Hue inspiration

Colors and hues are very important as it comes to a design.
Very often I become inspired by a wonderful combination of colors, I stumbled upon in everyday life.
It is only a tiny step, to share my discoveries with you. 

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pin |pin|

noun | a small piece of metal or wood for fastening or attaching things, in particular

remember |riˈmembər|

verb | have in or be able to bring to one's mind an awareness of

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Hue Inspiration guitar in concert

The blues are one of my favorite kind of music. And Eric Bibb one of my favorite blues singer songwriters. This shot was taken just before the Eric Bibb concert started. The colors were a foretaste for the music that would take over this palette really soon.

| persian blue | space cadet | halaya ube | ochre | carrot orange |

Which one is your favorite hue?

Persian blue and carrot orange makes me think of a delicious salad you can find at our dish regularly. Persian carrot salad. Maybe next time we will serve it in a (persian) blue bowl. That would complete the story.

Can you think of incredible color combination with orange and blue?

Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below, I would love to hear your stories.

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Hue inspiration

Colors and hues are very important as it comes to a design.
Very often I become inspired by a wonderful combination of colors, I stumbled upon in everyday life.
It is only a tiny step, to share my discoveries with you

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blues |bloōz|

noun | melancholic music of black American folk origin, typically in a twelve-bar sequence

carrot |ˈkarət|

noun | a tapering orange-colored root eaten as a vegetable.

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