4 x P: Tips for creative growth

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#1: Put everything to good use (everything)
As a teacher at DIY Textile School, creativity is part of my work – like making samples with certain techniques for a class. Until recently, I used to look at those samples as not at all relevant to my creative work. These objects were not art, they were just illustrations of particular techniques. Until one day, I realized that as an artist, I can use everything! Lees verder

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Finding the flow

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August – vacation? There is a pause with no courses at the moment; so time to get cracking again with my own artwork. However! There are always duties that can get in the way between dream and deed, and practical objections …. The preparations for the autumn classes requires a lot of time. Organization and updating of the training, preparation of new workshops, and preparing for new groups of students. Not to mention the whole revision of both my personal website as well as the DIY Textile School website! Did you notice?Lees verder

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Facing Fears

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Re-reading a previous post from my journal, I noticed my feelings about how I view myself as an artist have changed – again. Life is a process…

In the past, I occasionally exhibited at a group show. But I did not make a big deal of it, I did not invite my friends. I did not spend much time at the exhibition talking with visitors, I didn’t feel showing my art was that important, nor did I think my work was good enough. I was more interested in being in community with other like-minded people than being an artist in my own right. On the bright side, you might say that I focused my attention on my responsibilities as the director of an art school instead.Lees verder

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Deconstructed Screen Printing

Op dit moment ben ik volop bezig met de voorbereiding van de workshop Deconstructed Screen Printing met Diane Franklin. Een aantal lezers kent haar vast wel – Diane is gerenommeerd textielkunstenaar. Dit moet je weten over Diane:
1. Diane is een autoriteit op het gebied van bepaalde verftechnieken (lees haar boek Dyeing Alchemy!),
2.Diane is een geweldige docent, en
3. Vorig jaar heeft Diane bij DIY twee geweldige workshops gegeven. En dit jaar komt ze ook!Lees verder

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Waar word jij blij van?

Bij de voorbereiding voor werken voor de tentoonstelling bij de Handwerkdagen in Nieuwegein (november 2017), zei een vriendin: ‘Wat geweldig dat je werk daar straks hangt. Je zult wel heel erg blij zijn!’ ‘Mwah, ‘antwoordde ik. ‘Maar het is hartstikke leuk!’ zei de vriendin. ‘Ik ben trots op je! Ik snap niet dat jij niet blijer kijkt!’

Mijn antwoord kwam pas in mijn hoofd toen ze al weg was. ‘Ja, ik vind het leuk om mijn werk tentoon te stellen. Maar ik ben vooral blij dat ik dat met SAQA doe.’Lees verder

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Explosie van Vreugde

DIY Textile School is een school voor amateurkunst. Veel mensen vinden dat dit een goede plek is om (textiel)kunst te leren maken. Dat is ook zo. Maar het is maar de helft van het verhaal.

Innerlijke kracht
DIY Textile School is een plek voor persoonlijke ontwikkeling. Dat is geen loze kreet: ik zie dat de school mensen niet alleen in hun kunst vooruit helpt, maar in hun hele leven. De studenten die de tweejarige opleiding Textile Art hebben gedaan, zijn gegroeid in creatieve en artistieke ontwikkeling. Ze hebben ook hun innerlijke kracht gevonden. En daardoor weten ze dat ze kunnen omgaan met de uitdagingen van het leven. Dat ze kunnen dealen met verschrikkelijke gebeurtenissen als een overlijden in de familie of met ziekte of het verlies van werk. Dat heeft alles te maken met het vinden van kracht in jezelf, en steun aan elkaar.  DIY is een plek waar mensen elkaar ondersteuning bieden.Lees verder

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Art, Craft, Design – Kunst, Ambacht, Ontwerp

DIY Textiel School is een school voor textielkunst. maar is aangesloten aan bij de Crafts Council Nederland. Dat komt doordat kunst en ambacht – Arts & Crafts is in het Engels – alles met elkaar te maken hebben.Lees verder

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Contact met de plek diep in jezelf

Ook de komende week heb ik individuele gespreken met de Textile Art studenten, zowel de eerste als de tweedejaars. Net als afgelopen week. Samen met de begeleider praten we over verwachtingen, dromen en de vorderingen in het creatieve proces. We kijken naar het (individueel gekozen) thema, naar wat goed werkt en waar de blokkades en frustraties liggen. We proberen te ontdekken wat je tegenhoudt of wat je juist helpt om in de flow te blijven. Ik ben dol op die gesprekken.Lees verder

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Tijd om te regelen, te denken, te dromen!

Vandaag wil ik graag vertellen waarom ik dit blog – dat enige jaren een slapend bestaan heeft geleid – weer op opgepakt.

Als ik terugkijk naar wat er met DIY Textile School bereikt is, word ik blij: er is zoveel gebeurd in die zes jaar dat de school bestaat. In november 2011 tekende ik het huurcontract voor Tussen de Bogen 36 in Amsterdam en in januari 2012 gingen we van start. Nu start er inmiddels niet één Textile Art Programma per jaar, maar twee. Het Stitch Art programma loopt zo goed dat we jaarlijks opnieuw kunnen starten, dit jaar zelfs met een dubbele editie. In 2017 zijn we bovendien begonnen met een Masterjaar programma.Lees verder

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Fantastische diersculpturen

Goede voornemens voor 2017? Nou en of! Voor mij is het nieuwe jaar een uitstekende aanleiding om het bloggen weer op te pakken. Maar wel met een focus: bezieling. Op deze plek wil ik graag vertellen over de mensen en de dingen die mij inspireren, blij en enthousiast maken. Lees en geniet!Lees verder

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Student’s end exhibition – great success!

We enjoyed a positive, inspiring and very busy student exhibition with over 400 visitors in two days. It was a whirlwind experience, setting up on Saturday, and opening on Sunday and 6 hours on Monday. Lees verder

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Nieuwsbrief Voorjaar 2014 & Art Journals Maken

Did you receive your Spring 2014 newsletter?  SIGN UP FOR THE NEWSLETTER HERE!

OR BETTER YET: Get your creative juices flowing and join us next week in our ART JOURNALING class. We’re going to have let loose and have fun! In just 4 evenings you’ll have your own art journal, bound and ready for more creative input. You won’t want to stop, believe me, it’s addictive!

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Winter 2013 newsletter

Check out our Winter 2013 newsletter hier. If you don’t receive the newsletter, send me an e-mail and I will put you on our list! Thanks!
(image: Nel v/d Meijden, Textile Art & Art Quilts 2012)

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Exhibition success

Despite the buckets of rain last Sunday – 13 October 2013, we still had a great showing of 200 people to the first student exhibition of the 2-year Textile Arts Program. Among the guests were Boukje Mulder, editor of Handwerken Zonder Grenzen and Henk Lijding, author of Art Quilts in the Netherlands. Boukje immediately wrote a great Tweet and blog post about the exhibition. I think she captured the story perfectly. Henk Lijding shared about our success in his readings during the EU Quilt Championship this past week in Veldhoven. Overall positive commentary!Lees verder

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Diversity in Fiber Art student exhibition

The new season at DIY Textile has begon. The 2012 Textile Art group returned for the 2nd year of their program. The new 2013 Textile Art groups start this week!

But best of all, the 2011 Textile Art group will be exhibiting their final projects on Saturday – Sunday, 12 & 13 October between 12 – 18:00 at the ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11 in Amsterdam. And YOU are cordially invited! 14 students will exhibit a variety of textile artistry! Come join us for our first student exhibition!

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Lace and Linen

I visited the Lace museum yesterday for the exhibit Schitterend geplooied. It was very interesting – definitely worth a visit. Although there was much to see, especially in regards to the amazing handwork of the Chinese Miao and Dong people, I found myself most fascinated by the basic things right here in Hollandlong before machinery. I say this, because the museum has a rondleiding to explain all the equipment that produces lace products. But I was most curious watching the Dutch video explaining how flax was grown, harvested and turned into linen. What an amazing long, labour intensive process, and it happened here. I don’t need to eroticise another culture. I can be quite impressed with this one!Lees verder

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Stitch Art 2013 – Complete – KLAAR!

We had a great journey with Cherilyn Martin over the last six months. Using mixed media and stitch, students completed many beautiful works of art. Here are just a few to capture the memories.

Thank you again Cherilyn! And job well done, group!
For those of you who missed out in 2013, sign up here for 2014!

Cherilyn Martin

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Open Atelierdagen: A success

Thanks to all the DIY Textile students who shared their artwork during the Open Atelierdagen!  It was a good mix of various techniques, materials, and formats, as you can see for yourself.Lees verder

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Natural dyeing

I spent the day with a friend testing some new natural dye pigments. While I mordanted my cotton fabric, A. was preparing an Indigo vat for her woolen and silk yarns.

Thanks A. for a fun day!

Want to do some natural dyeing too? Stay tuned – we’ll be teaching a few classes this summer!

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Amazing Stitches

In last weeks Stitch Art class, Cherilyn Martin supported students in transforming their practice stitches, into mini artworks. I’m so curious to see what amazing works of art will be created by our 6th and last lesson! Here are just a few examples of student progress from our last class…

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Finding my center

In running a business, I find myself with constant chatter in my brain of things to do, people to talk to, visions to consider, e-mails to write, etc. Sometimes, I just need to go for walks and find my center. That is my way of meditating. On my last walk, my brain was insistently chattering so I repeated to myself,  here and now…here and now…here and now.  I took deep breaths, I smelled the clean air, I stopped and took in the small buds on the bare trees, and I listened to the birds sing. I found my center.

This leaf  dropped off one of my indoor plants and I decided I wanted to embroider on it. I pulled out my sketchbook to create a plan. I drew the leaf and the word NU (now) appeared on the leaf, then the word HIER (here). It was as if I was led to create this. So I did. Creating is one of the best ways to lose oneself into our center. I had forgotten that core message. Time to get back to my own creations.
Ginni

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Stedelijk visit, paper-fabric collage, and more!

Johanna Wroblewska gave a hands-on tour at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Our Textile Arts students explored various aspects of modern art to improve their knowledge of composition and design.Lees verder

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Stitch Art & Mixed Media classes

It was a busy week last week. Cherilyn Martin taught her second class in the Stitch Art Series and it was amazing! The students were incredibly busy creating different backgrounds for their future embroidery projects. Check out these two wonderful examples: Lees verder

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Jette Clover & Markmaking

As part of the 2 year Textile Art program, Jette Clover came and gave a lesson on Markmaking. But of course before we started anew, we reviewed the masks everyone completed after Mirjam Pet-Jacobs enthusiastic Collage and Maskers class. I’ve chosen only a representative two…Lees verder

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Mixed Media & Surface Design 2013

The first Mixed Media & Surface Design course started with fabric dyeing and designing our own stamps. Stay tuned to see our results!

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2 year Textile Art program

Every month three classes meet as part of a 2 year Textile Art Program – 45 students in total are taking part in learning about Art and Design using textiles or fibers as their medium. Let’s take a look at what’s been happening.

Monika Auch explains design concepts as students prepare a group embroidery project.

A student paints a mask while referencing her collection of masks and faces during Mirjam Pet-Jacobs lesson about paper collages.

A student paints a mask while referencing her collection of masks and faces during Mirjam Pet-Jacobs lesson about paper collages.

Sound interesting? Join us this Fall, September 2013. Learn more about it here!

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Trotse 2e jaars student – Proud 2nd year student

Students have many opportunities to explore and experiment. Each meeting we discuss the work and offer feedback. Irma’s composition is a success in many ways. How would you interpret Impermanence or Transience? Why not join us in 2013 in our 2 year Textile Art & Art Quilting Program to develop your composition and design skills!

Irma Kulik-Markus with her artwork: Vergankelijkheid (Impermanence)

Materials: Cotton, tea bags, tule
Techniques: Mixed Media, Machine embroidery, Applique

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DIY Textile School video

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Verven, batik en nog meer

Wat een leuke dag gehad met Els van Baarle. Met batik was, verf en nog wat kan je je stof heel mooie bewerken!

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Mixed Media 10 week course

It is hard to believe the 10 week course is over and I haven’t posted one photo since it began. Here is a quick review of what’s been going on since the Open Dag! Early in the program we dyed our fabrics using resists techniques.
We later learned about possibilities with watersoluable stabilizer…

We created some monoprints and got messy with gelatine printing…
Embellishing machines came in handy when we were tired of needle felting the slow way.
All and all it was a lot of fun and a boat load of techniques!

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Open Dag een succes!

About time for a new post! The Open Dag was a success despite ice, snow and transportation problems. Here is a sampling of the day! If you missed it…the next Open Dag is during the Open Ateliersdag Westelijke Eilanden (26 – 28 May, 2012). Join us then!

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Certification and Open Dag

Exciting news! Kunstkeur has approved DIY Textile School for certification.

AND… MARK YOUR CALENDAR! 10 – 17:00 Saturday, 4 February is our OPEN DAY! The flyer will be in the mail to you soon or email us for more information!

Student artwork and student demos! Drinks, hapjes and gezelligheid!

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2 Year Textile Art & Quilt Art Program

Cherilyn Martin joined us for our 3rd class in the 2-year Textile Arts program. It was a busy and successful day mark-making, embroidering by hand and machine and sharing all the creative and inspiring work from the month before. A number of students learned techniques in the Mixed Media course before joining us in the 2 year program. You can too. Sign up for the January class now!

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Lutrador les met Ineke Berlyn

Yesterday’s class with Ineke Berlyn was jam packed full of new ideas and techniques using Lutrador. We painted, screen printed, fused fabric, and sewed beautiful art pieces. I can’t believe people managed to finish an entire project in one day! Impressive! I’ll be asking Ineke to come back again soon!

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Creative U: Do You Make Sticky Art?

Creative U: Do You Make Sticky Art?

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New location – before photos

The contract is signed and moving to the new location is fast on the horizon…but until then, there are lots of chores to be done. Take a look at these two photos. This is the classroom waiting to be reconstructed and this is the bathroom, waiting for a toilet! It will look fabulous when it is all ready. I am more than excited to share this space with all of you! It will welcome you with warm arms and soft textiles. Keep your eyes peeled for the opening day! I hope to see you here in January – Tussen de Bogen 36, 1013 JB Amsterdam!

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Wat is Lutradur en maak je Eigen Landschap met Lutrador

Ginni heeft me gevraagd dit filmpje over Lutrador te plaatsen. Veel plezier en inspiratie gewenst tijdens het kijken!

Hierboven een YouTube filmpje dat toont hoe Lutrador te gebruiken is, en wat veel mogelijkheden er zijn. Op 29 november is er een workshop van een volle dag met Ineke Berlyn over deze mogelijkheden, en je gaat er zelf mee aan de slag. Je maakt je eigen landschapje met Lutradur.

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Ineke Poort’s exhibition

Ineke joined us at our clubavond last Thursday and mentioned her upcoming exhibit. Here is the flyer for her show. I recommend a look-see!!! She has some amazing textile art.

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First day – Textile Art & Art Quilt program

We had a great a first day in the new Textile Art 2-year program. A group of 15 women joined together in Amsterdam and shared their talents, laughed a lot, and made plans for the coming months.

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EU Surface Design Conference – ECOVISION

Join me and others at the EU Surface Design Conference 21-22 October, 2011.  It is now open to non-SDA members as well!

Karina at Zijdelings has done a great job of lining up some very interesting speakers. Check the link for more information. http://www.zijdelings.eu/ECOVISION.html

I will be attending a pre-conference activity  – a tour of BOTH the Vlisco factory (African batik prints) and the Lace factory (kantfabriek). Two places I have been wanting to see and now I get a personal tour!

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Textile Arts

A friend of mine sends me very cool blog and design sites related to textiles. It is always inspiring to see how others are creatively thinking about the use of fabrics in very different ways:
Soft Maps, Cold comfort and Recycled T-shirts.

I hope this inspires you to join us for the 2-year Textile Arts program at DIY Textile School starting 1 October!!
Sign up now!
Ginni

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Handwerkfestijn voor het goede doel

The last two years that I went to this tweedehands beurs I found lots of great things for the school and for my own creativity! For anyone who would like to join me, I will be driving to ‘De Kastanjeboom’ on Friday, 2 september in search of some goodies.

Want to know more about what you can find? Look in the newest Handwerk Zonder Grenzen (Aug/Sept) under events and take a peak on page 51 where DIY is listed! 🙂

Don’t forget to tell your friends about the weekly Mixed Media and Surface Design class starting 27 september. Also, sign up for the new Textile Arts 2 year program starting 3 October before it’s too late! It will be amazing!

See you all 15 September for Fiber Arts Night!

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2 Year Textile Art & Quilt Art Program

I just put a new course up on the DIY website. It is a 2 year program in Textile Arts. I am really excited about it since there are so few programs on offer in this area. It will be absolutely fun to see this develop! I am in contact with teachers now and working out all the dates, so more information is still to come.

A number of years ago, I also was looking for a program just like this, a place to go as an older student, where I could learn about fiber arts. I wanted to learn about art and design theory, develop my skills in artistic design with textiles, and experiment, experiment, experiment. After taking a course here, a workshop there, a program here and lesson or two there…I decided it was high time to set up a school where one could really focus and develop their talents with excellent instructors, in a group with other like-minded people, with clear guidance throughout the creative process. With a Masters Degree in Creativity in Education and the teaching of many “bekende textielkunstenaars” in my repetoire, I am ready to offer you with the help of many of these same artists a top program! Check out www.diytextileschool.nl

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AMS-DIY Urban Arts Festival

Carola and I spent the day at the ABC Treehouse in their annual Urban Arts Festival. DIY had a table to let people know about all the creative skills one can learn at the Textile School. Carola and I were also privy to a few fun workshops – Penelope Craft‘s pin cushion workshop and Sara Naumann’s collage workshop. Here is a photo of Carola having fun! I gave a workshop on creating your own Screen’s for screen printing which you can learn more about on 6 August at my full day workshop! Click here for more info.

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Fiber Art Club night and AMS*DIY

Hi all, Just wanted to remind you and ask you a couple things.

Fiber Art Club
This Thursday night 23th of June is Fiber Art Club night at 19:00. I hope you will join us!!

Urban arts festival
ABC Treehouse has organized an urban arts festival and DIY is taking part. Check out this advertisement which is going to 12,000 readers:  AMS*DIY Urban Art & Crafts Event

I hope you will visit me on Sunday, 3 July at my BOOTH/KRAAM.

Speaking of a DIY Textile BOOTH- I would love to share any of YOUR artwork as an example of what we do in our Mixed Media and Art Quilt courses! If you have something you think you could be without for a few days, please let me know. (Stella, your artbook would be great!).

If you can bring it to the club night, I would appreciate it, otherwise if I can, I’ll come around and pick things up. It all depends on what I need and how much I can show. It is a small SPACE!

Sell your art
But, the ABC Treehouse is also providing us SPACE to show crafty artwork the whole month of July. If you have something you made and you might like to sell, under the DIY Textile School name (and yours of course), please let me know and/or bring that to club night as well!

This is great PUBLICITY for DIY so any of your ideas are welcome!

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