Spring is in the air … so it’s time for the traditional Spring Cleaning … not only for your house, but also for your head. Prien’s new notebooks will help you to get organized. These handy sized beautiful pastel notebooks fit in every bag, so you can always have one with you. Choose your colour and print and write down all your to-do-things. Sometimes you can make your live a little bit nicer, just by using the right equipment 🙂 Enjoy spring!!
Craft is the newest hottest thing in The Netherlands. A lot of Dutch Design, exhibitions such as Hand Made in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and the event Meesterlijk in Amsterdam are examples of the new idea of craft, how to use it and how to value it. In recent years there has been an upgrading of the phenomenon craft. But what exactly is craft and who are the craftsman behind all these beautiful objects?
Vakpracht is a new Dutch website gathering all those craftsmen. At this site you can find craftsmen such as a soap boiler, an embroiderer and even a bookbinder 🙂
If you are looking for a specific product or genre, you can use Vakpracht to get in touch with the craftsman you are looking for. But connecting consumers with craftsmen is not the only purpose of this site, Vakpracht also supports craftsmen by sharing knowledge about doing business, giving workshops and by being a forum so craftsmen can share there knowledge, or ask questions at colleagues.
Want to know more about this practical site, take a look at www.vakpracht.nl. You can subscribe yourself to the newsletter, or you can follow the blog at the homepage. Of course you can also find Vakpracht at several social media channels, such as Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest. Since a few days Prien is also part of the Vakpracht community at http://www.vakpracht.nl/profiel/prien/ … only in Dutch …
A few weeks ago we were on ski holiday with some friends. It was such a great week! We had a lot of hard and long good laughs, interspersed with serious talks and it was just great to be with each other. Of course we skied a lot as well, the snow was great and we even had some sunny days.
Afterwards I had such a good time sorting the photos. All those crazy selfies were hilarious. The quality of the photos -especially the indoor and night photos- wasn’t always good enough for enlargements, so I chose for Polaroid sized photos. To make the photos firmer I glued them on white photo board, this gives the images a tough look. One can shuffle as much as he or she wants. Line up all the selfies, or show the area, or the way he or she skies. In short – a very flexible and stylish way to stock photos.
To keep the photos together I made photo boxes in several colours, matching the person the box was for. It was a precise, but nice job to do the maths. Thinking, cutting, glueing, good music, some sunshine and good memories … in short a happy moment for a bookbinder!
Today was a a typically Dutch day, grey, heavy showers and a lot, and I mean A LOT of wind, so it took me some courage to decide that I really wanted to see the Object Rotterdam Fair at the other side of the Maas. Luckily, in the afternoon the showers were blown to the east and I only had to deal with the wind, so the decision was made; GO.
The design objects were located in Rem Koolhaas’ new building The Rotterdam, Rotterdam’s biggest building, overseeing the city from the south side of the Maas. The enormous building offered a great exhibition space. The main exhibition was at the ground floor and in the lobby, but the more interesting objects were given a more interesting location as well; the apartments in the tower. So we also got a chance to enjoy the beautiful view from the 30th and 44th floor. Unfortunately for the present designers the spectacular view took away a lot of the visitor’s attention …
Besides the view, one of the most beautiful and inspiring objects I spotted during my visit was this amazing ‘Japanese Binding’ closet of Studio Makkink & Bey. Of course that’s not the real name of this special design, but it’s the first thing that came in mind seeing this beautiful designed cupboard. The typical Japanese bone clasps are extremely enlarged, which gives the closet it’s Asian look.
One of my clients – Sandra of BUROSANNIES – was looking for a special box. For a school assignment she had to design and make a scaled cupboard. Because she is totally into felt, the material choice was easy. She designed a cupboard out of sturdy black felt, supported by some timber carriers. The presentation of the final design was at least as important, therefore phase two of this design assignment was to find an appropriate box for her creation. In close consultation we chose a firm model that we could give a sturdy look. I experimented with the possibilities to make very simple hinges, whereby the box could keep it’s cardboard look and feel. Not only the hinges and surfaces have a basic appearance, but also the clasps are basic, inventive and practical. A small strip of black linen stored with a matt black button clicks on a hidden press stud, so the box can be opened very easily. The text Felt like Organizing on top of the box is the finishing touch of the design and also gives a hint about the content of the box…
Hopefully Sandra gets a good rating for her assignment!
Working hard at a nice assignment. Just wanted you to show the in-between-phase. So cool to see all these future booklets and their soon-to-be covers. The colours make me happy!!! Later on the result…
In order of a client Prien designed a passport case. The graphic on the front has been developed in close cooperation with the client. Because a passport case is new in Prien’s assortment I made several trial cases, which I showed at some fairs. Since people seem to like this product I decided to include it in Prien’s collection.
It is a very nice aspect of my work; developing products in close cooperation with the client! The result is a personalized special gift!
In the middle of making these little Prien’s Summer Series booklets, I noticed this colourful image:
Dyed the first colour of the Summer Series yesterday…
Working hard at the new summer series.
Booklets, notebooks, pencil cases, binders, photo albums and labels.
Next week in the new shop!