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New Studio and Swan Market Antwerpen

2 juli 2014

Sorry sorry sorry for my long absence! It’s been crazy over here!

Especially the period around Whitsun was very very busy. On Whit Sunday I was at the Utrechtse Fabriek in Utrecht. Going to a market always means working extremely hard the week before. You have to supplement your stock, decide what you will show at the market, iron your tablecloths and a million other things that always come in mind last minute.
The Utrechtse Fabriek was a nice cozy market, with friendly visitors and fellow exhibitors. Unfortunately it was such a beautiful day, that is was a bit too warm to stroll around in the sun. I guess a lot of people chose the beach that day …

The next day, Whit Monday, was even warmer … and that was the day I choose to move my gear to my new studio. It was also the day we discovered that I had collected a lot of stuff and machinery. So it was quite a heavy day … that almost started with a ticket for parking on the sidewalk. After a long long intense conversation with a city guard I wriggled out of it … but it was close …  Since I had so many things, large things, we had to drive four times and in the afternoon there was this major event in the city called Roparun … which meant a huge traffic jam … but at the end of this long, warm day everything was in my new office!

The weeks after that were filled with tidying and finding my way in this lovely new workspace. In between I had a lot of nice assignments … photos will follow on the blog later on. First more about my new office: It’s super centrally, literally in the middle of the city, which gives an enormous vibe! I share my workspace with Kim from Papiermonsters. She makes amazing stuff as you can see at her website:
Together with Karin from Lecarpentier, Quirine from QS Grafisch Ontwerp, Monice from Monice Janson and Olga from Ontwerpkeuken we share an office. I am so glad to be here and to work here!!

This week is partly devoted to the preparations for the Swan Market in Antwerpen. Prien was already there in May and that was such a wonderful day! The weather was perfect, the people were very friendly and the entire atmosphere was truly that of a festival! I am looking forward to Sunday! Hopefully the weather will cooperate! At the moment the weather reports contradict each other … and when it will rain that day, I won’t go .. because my booklets can’t handle the moist … so my fingers are crossed and I hope to see you in sunny Antwerp this Sunday!!

Prien at the Swan Market in Antwerpen



Swan Market Antwerpen – Sunday, May 4th

30 april 2014

The Swan Market goes international! This Sunday is the international kick-off in Antwerpen. Prien will be there as well. Curious to explore this new area 🙂

Hope to see you in Antwerpen this Sunday! The weather forecast is great, sun, little wind and 15 degrees … an ideal day to wander around in this great city. Of course you can visit the Swan Market at De Grote Markt, a super central location. When you are in the mood for more shopping, this is the ideal Sunday to visit Antwerpen! Normally the shops are closed on Sunday, but this day it is Spring Midseason sale and the shops will be open!

Done shopping after the Swan Market, it is also nice to walk around and sightsee a bit. There are a lot of beautiful buildings such as Onze-Lieve-Kathedraal, de Bourla and Het Steen. Looking for something more modern, then choose the direction of Het Eilandje, this former harbour district has been transformed into a bustling area centered around Het MAS. This extraordinary building accomodates Museum aan de Stroom, a gathering of several museums. I really can recommend this museum, both the architecture and the exhibits are well worth the effort to visit! Another tip is Het Fotomuseum at the other side of the city; ’t Zuid. When you walk from De Grote Markt to ’t Zuid, one of the best ways is to take De Kloosterstraat, the place for antiques and flea. And don’t forget to visit one of the thousand terraces or to eat at one of Antwerpen’s great restaurants!

Want to know more about visiting Antwerpen, check out:
Coming by car, you can park at the Grote Markt parking:

Hope to see you Sunday! Prien will be there with Kim from Papiermonsters … hopefully side by side 🙂