I realised I hadn't shared these two piece on her, which I completed late last year. Both of them were inspired by the lace curtains which hang in the windows of the houses in the Jordaan. I did a photographic series on this called Watchers, which you can view here.
The ring I intend to cast, so it can be replicated easily. It's a really nice piece to wear- a nice heavy ring but the lace makes it quite feminine. The brooch is a one-off piece, and I gave it to my mother for christmas. I think she secretly wanted the ring, but she liked this too.
I never really thought that Ellie would make it to Amsterdam while I was still living here. However, it's been nearly 3 years and her and Matt have finally moved from New Zealand to London, after a little procrastination. Which is just awesome for me, because pretty much the first thing they did when they got off the plane was turn around and get on another one to Amsterdam!
We've done some good sightseeing missions already, on the bikes and on Bruce. But yesteday, we slowed it down to a walk around the Jordaan, to markets and cheese shops, and to a few of my favourite places in the Negen Straatjes, like Boekie Woekie and Frozen Fountain and IjScuypje.
Wandering around with visitors is like having new eyes, you see new things in places you've become so used too. That cat was just so funny, squashed up against the sunny window.
I mentioned a little while ago I was working on some very oversized cufflinks. These are a special commission for an old colleague, Peter. He has an ongoing competition with his good friend over who has the biggest cufflinks. It's been going for years apparently and he's determined to win! And when Peter is determined, he will find a way.
The cufflinks are based on a drawing of his house, which is made up of two wings and neatly transfers into two halves. Each is 7cm high, which makes for a very large cufflink. They are finished now, but I will wait until Peter receives them before I share a final shot of them.
They were a really fun piece to design and make, definitely the biggest piece I have made to date. All I have to do now is find the perfect box to present them.
You know when you've been listening to an artist or a band for years and you have a mental picture of what they look like? And then you see a photo or see them live and they are just so different to what you expected? And most of the time you are disappointed with the reality because who you are imagined was so much cooler?
Well Michah P. Hinson was completely different to what I had imagined. But he was so much better. His amazingly beautiful songs were cut with his dry humour delivered in a southern drawl. An incredible show.
Luke (aka Disasteradio) and Christina stayed a couple of nights with us as they passed through town on tour. Luke is playing all over Europe with shows from Norway to Italy, before he heads to the States and Australia. Disasteradio is an act not to miss, so here's a list of where he'll be next. Definitely check him out- you will not regret it! And if you can't, here's his latest video. Bitchin.
I took these shots on my Queen's day bargain - my new Pentax Asahi KM. Absolutely delighted with the results. Yay for film!
I love birds. I always have. On a significant day, when I was about 19, I took a polaroid of a white goose which took on mystical properties. I have a tattoo of a bird. Again and again, birds in the sky appear in my photos. I absentmindedly doodle bird-like shapes when I'm talking on the phone. I always pick up stray feathers as I find them.
So it wasn't too surprising that when I had this old film developed, forgotten shots of swans were on it.
I made this necklace out of leather, beaten brass and gold-tone chain. It's hand sewn and looks rather striking as the main feature of an outfit, as it's rather large. Amun is an Egyptian god who represented the essential and hidden. The hammered brass pendants move under the leather, sometimes visible and sometimes hidden.
When I finished this piece it was obvious to me who belonged to: Karina, with her unique and amazing sense of style. A great story she recently told me, was that she was once referred to as the "different Karina" to distinguish her from another Karina. She's on her way to Eygpt this month to start work on her latest doco. I named the piece before I knew that. Co-incidental, no?
The Nighthawk Diner in Oslo was a cool discovery. Housed in the neighbourhood Grünerløkka, which is full of vintage stores and cool bars, this place really stands out. The attention to detail is amazing, everything just is so 1950's, right down to the waitress' eyeliner. My chocolate shake with a cherry on top was perfect.
I was walking far from home
Where the names were not burned along the wall
Saw a building high as heaven
But the door was so small, door was so small
I saw rainclouds, little babies
And a bridge that had tumbled to the ground
I saw sinners making music
I've dreamt of that sound, dreamt of that sound
I was walking far from home
But I carried your letters all the while
Iron and Wine - Walking far from home
I am slightly obsessed with this album at the moment and just this morning bought tickets to see Iron and Wine play in July. I love the pictures this song conjures. These photos are of 800 year old church by a melting lake on the outskirts of Olso. It seemed like a scene from this song.
When I was back in NZ earlier this year, I dragged Toby to the exhibition Crown Lynn: Crockery of Distinction at the City Gallery in Wellington, which I loved and Toby enjoyed moderately. Crown Lynn was a New Zealand ceramics manufacturer from about 1937 till 1989 and I have always been on the lookout for their pieces in second hand shops. You used to be able to pick up pieces so cheap but now it's all becoming collectors items. I have boxes of assorted pieces in mum's garage.
Unbelievably for my birthday, Toby gave me this set of colour glaze teacups and plates. He had just been on a work trip back to NZ and carefully carried these in his hand luggage all around NZ and Singapore. What a champion!
I also photographed for you what I bought at Vestkanttorget, a cheese slice for Toby (the Norwegians invented these you know) and these great Scandinavian illustrated tiles. One day we will have a kitchen full of awesomeness.
I spent Koninginnedag morning scouring the Jordaan for bargains with Toby and Tracey. Winning buy of the day (for me anyway) was this 1973 Pentax SLR for only 10 euros. I've been looking out for a small simple SLR for awhile now but just couldn't justify forking out much cash for one. You see I love old cameras even more than I love old sewing machines and I must have over 40 cameras now, although sadly most of them are back in NZ.
I also scored this super wooden puzzle for just two euros. Toby bought some funny drawings by some cute kids for 25 cents. Bargain! But the nicest part of the day was just chilling in our backyard in the evening with some friends. Queen's day is tiring stuff.