Showing posts with label Art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Art. Show all posts

Jun 17, 2015

Australia Week: Suze Loves Ineke de Vries Jewellery and Art Prints! & Giveaway

I love Ineke de Vries, a shop filled with beautiful jewelry and art.

She uses amazing ceramic beads and combines them with stones from all over the world. The result is fantastic.

Ineke is a Dutch woman who emigrated to Australia. She still visits The Netherlands regularly and I love the Dutch influences in her work. 

I've asked Iris a few questions to find out more about her and her art.

What inspires you?

My work is very much inspired by my immediate environment. Since living in Australia I have made a lot of landscape paintings. I especially love coastal landscapes with rugged headlands and the mighty ocean. The Pacific Ocean is so different from the North Sea. I am still awe inpired by it. 

Do you have both Dutch and Australian influences in your work and what are they?

Yes I do.I studied art at the Willem de Kooning Art Academy in Rotterdam and after emigrating to Australia studied Art at Meadow Bank Technical College (Sydney).So My art training took place in both countries. I feel that as an emigrant you are always torn between two places. I was 26 when I emigrated to Australia, so my formative years where spent in the Netherlands. And especially in the beginning I missed a lot about the Netherlands. My family of course but I also missed the Dutch landscape with its beautiful light, low horizons and endless vistas. About fifteen years ago I painted a series called Dutch Summers. It was inspired by the summer holidays I used to spend as a child sailing around Holland and visiting quaint little fishing villages. The weather was often stormy and rainy, but it felt so essentially Dutch. Needless to say that I am a great admirer of the Dutch painters especially Rembrandt and Vermeer.

 How did your Etsy adventure start?

A couple of years ago during a visit to the Netherlands I was walking in Zierikzee with my mother and sister and we stumbled on this lovely jewellery shop that sold mainly gemstone jewellery. I immediately fell in love with the variety of the gemstones and the natural feel of these. In Australia I obtained an advanced diploma in ceramics and worked as a ceramic artist and hence was always fascinated by rocks and stones.
Once I discovered the beauty of gemstones I was hooked. In Brisbane I did a course in gemstone jewellery making and that was it. A friend of mine suggested that I should open a shop on Etsy and I did.

 What is your favorite place in Australia?

There are lots of places I love in Australia. But I especially love Yamba, a small coastal town in Northern NSW. It is surrounded by the Yuragir National park and has the most amazing beaches I have ever been to.

Your work is a combination of stones and handmade beads, what makes them so beautiful together?

I love textures in my work. I find the combination of smooth surfaces of painted ceramic beads with the rough uneven textures of gemstones very appealing.
As I mentioned before, I am vey much inspired by the Dutch Artist Johannes Vermeer, who was famous for his use of Ultramarine in his paintings. Ultramarine is made from the gemstone Lapis Lazuli, which gave me the idea to combine some rough Lapis Lazuli Nuggets with handpainted Delft Blue beads that I bought from a Dutch Etsy Shop.

What are your plans for the future?

More of the same. Keep making jewellery and I also want to go back to some more 2D work. I am thinking of collages and prints or a combination. The possibilities are endless.

What I like about Ineke's jewelry is that she knows how to combine things. The beads and stones she uses together enhance each other's beauty.

All of Ineke's pieces are unique. 

I really like the idea that nobody else will have the same necklace, bracelet or earrings, because they are one of a kind.

Ineke has a great website where you can also see her work.

On Ineke's blog you can find posts about the things that inspire her.

If you have any questions you can always send Ineke a message. She's a kind woman who's very quick with her replies.

Ineke ships within just a few days after receiving an order.

Visit this Etsy shop to admire Ineke's stunning work.

Enjoy browsing.

And have fun shopping!

One very lucky reader of my blog will receive a terrific prize:

This person will receive a stunning Delft Blue with Lapis Lazuli bracelet. Good luck!

   I will contact the winner on twitter or via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international.   

May 12, 2015

Suze Loves: Baba Studio! & Giveaway

I love Baba Studio. They're selling the most gorgeous bags, tarot decks, pillows and scarves. 

There is such a wide range and every item looks absolutely stunning.

I love the beautiful works of art that have been used to create something gorgeous.

 There are so many great items to choose from.

The materials are luxurious which is something I very much appreciate.

The shop has several different websites, one for Europe, one for the rest of the world and an Etsy shop.

Baba Studio is a dream for people who love to have accessories that are matching their tarot cards.

I can't stop admiring the fantasy/fairytale artwork.

The owners of the shop are very friendly and helpful.

If you have any questions they will gladly answer them for you.

Baba Studio was founded in 2002. 

Behind Baba Studio there's a husband and wife team. Alex is originally from Russia and Karen from Ireland. They both have an artistic background. On the About page of the shop you can find out more about them.

I love the way they photograph their items. 

The photos look fantastic and it's easy to see what you're buying as they show the product from every angle.

If you're a fan of Alice in Wonderland you will love Baba Studio. I really like the Alice products, they all look amazing.

Visit this store and fall in love!

Enjoy browsing and happy shopping!

Baba Studio has a fabulous prize for one very lucky reader of my blog.

This person will receive a beautiful silk velvet tarot bag. Good luck!

 I will contact the winner via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international.

Apr 20, 2015

Welsh Week: I Love Days In Design! + Giveaway

I love Days In Design. The textile art in this shop is absolutely brilliant.

I can't stop looking at the beautiful art work and jewelry.

Everything has been handmade by Chloe. She uses different kinds of fabric to create her images. 

Chloe sells art prints, jewelry and originals. 

 I love Chloe's style. Her designs are so cheerful and vibrant.

Everything in this shop is affordable, especially the prints and the jewelry. Even a lot of the originals, which are a lot of work to make, aren't very expensive.

Chloe has an amazing website. There you can read more about her and visit her gallery. There's also more information about commissions. Chloe can make a work of art using a picture of your house for example.

I love how Chloe can make something come to life just by using different kinds of patterned fabrics. She makes the most beautiful compositions.

I'm completely in love with this shop.

Chloe also organizes workshops. I think that's a really great and fun idea.

You can find her work in several different shops/galleries in Wales.

Enjoy shopping in this wonderful Etsy store!

One very lucky reader of my blog will receive a fantastic prize. 

Chloe will send a £12 voucher to the winner of this giveaway, good luck!

  I will contact the winner via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international.    

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