The thirteenth star sign
We're nearly there!
We went ahead and ordered a small stock of brass Ophiuchus Constellations. This means that when you order an Ophiuchus, there's no waiting involved: We'll ship immediately and you can start arranging flowers right away.
The only difference to the final product is the package it comes in.
This time we're not actually crowdfunding for the product itself, but for its casing. In order to be able to sell the Ophiuchus Constellation in stores, we need proper and beautiful packaging, and that's what we're saving up for with this 'pre-sale'.
With your support we're confident we can get Ophiuchus ready for stores around the world this fall.
What you can do
Order Ophiuchus now!
You'll be the very first receiving our XL Flower Constellation, and with that our eternal gratitute for your help getting the Ophiuchus ready for a successful international launch.
And that's not all! To celebrate the launch of this new Flower Constellation XL, we have a very special deal: instead of the regular €29,95, we're launching the Ophiuchus on our webshop for €25,-!
Plus, because we love wildflowers and happy bees, we'll also add a package of Bee Happy Wildflowerseeds to your order free of charge (EU only).
Other things that would make us very happy
Not ready to order but excited to help? Great!
It would be of enormous value for us if you could help us get our new Ophiuchus Constellation known to the world: Spread the word!
Tell your friends and family: finally a solution to use large vases (for example those from that fresh flower service) to set up luxurious arrangements without spending a small fortune at the florists'.
Together with Masha Bakker Photography we took gorgeous photographs of the Ophiuchus, and with the correct credits (@mashabakkerphotography @houseofthol) and a hashtag (#ophiuchus #flowerconstellations) we'd love it if you share them on social media.
Got other great ideas about how you can help? Looking to collaborate?
Get in touch! We'd love to chat.
For mothers who love to let flowers bloom
Mothersday is around the corner!
Does your mother like flowers?
Gift her a Flower Constellation this weekend so she can create stunning floral masterpieces every time while saving on flowers.
Because we are huge fans of mothers in general, (and ours in particular), we designed special Mother-celebrating Bee Happy Growing cards for Mothersday.
With these cards, you're not only sending your mom a sweet message, you're also giving her a delayed bouquet of flowers.
The cards have been printed on Growing paper: 240gr recycled paper that contains wildflower seeds.
To germinate the seeds, lay the paper in moist soil, place in a sunny spot, cover with a thin layer of earth and keep moist.
Depending on the kind of seed in the paper, you'll see the first tiny green leaves pop out of the earth after about ten days.
With your order of a Flower Constellation or Waterworks-set in our webshop, you can add a Mothersday card for free!
Which one is your favorite?
Here's how it works
Here's what you do: choose the Flower Constellation (or Waterworks-set and Mothersday card you'd like to order, and fill out discountcode: 'Moederdag19' at check-out.
The €3,- for the card will be deducted from the total automagically.
Please note: take delivery times into account when placing your order.
Want to dave time and have your present sent directly to your mothers' address?
We can do that! Simply fill out the correct address at check out.
We can even write your mothersday-card for you. Let us know what should be on the card (max 5 lines) and we'll make sure to write down your message as neatly as we can.
TuinIdee Brabanthallen Den Bosch
We asked, you answered
Last week we asked what you thought should be the new Dutch Master Wrapping paper (remember?).
Thank you for your lovely response!
I'd love to say it was a tight race, but Amrosius Bosschaert won by a mile. Only a few respondees preferred the Dutch classic by van Gogh.
A few examples of your reactions:
"Although the blue and yellow of Vincent are eye catching, the painting by Ambrosius suits better with the previous one. Like winter and spring or something... :)"
"Best colors. But the half half version is great too!"
"Less well known and a fresher over-all feeling"
The Ambrosius Boschaert print
Tuinidee 2019 in Den Bosch February 21st-24th
After moving to our rural home in Overasselt two years ago, we (or i) immediately started fantasizing about our garden.
I actually bought a permaculture book (bible) months before moving and started with big plans to turn our land into a lush and fertile eating forest.
With no prior gardening experience to speak of, you can guess how that went down the first year...
You guessed correctly: although we did have a decent strawberry and pumpkin harvest, our garden is not so much a fruit and veggie heaven yet.
However i have hopes that with a lot of time, practice and soily hands, we will get there eventually.
We made great strides last fall planting 16 fruit trees in the meadow. It will take them a couple of years to bear fruit, and i guess so do my gardening skills.
However, gardening did become a new love of mine.
And i'm definitely planning on freeing up more time this season to tend to my greenery.
The TuinIdee ('garden Idea') fair in Den Bosch in late February is a brilliant place to start the season.
And we'll actually be at the TuinIdee with our designs!
Participating in the fair is kind of an experiment, and we have no idea how this will turn out.
But even if our designs aren't a match with the visitors and we don't sell a thing, at least i'll be getting my fair share of gardening inspiration.
We'd love to see you there!
Tuin Idee 2019
Brabanthallen Den Bosch
free shuttle-service from the train station
<Get your tickets online with a discount>
We almost missed this publication
We always try to keep track of whenever a design is mentioned in a magazine, so we can get our hands on a copy and be proud about it at the time the issue is actually in the stores.
But sometimes we miss the memo, and a magazine is already out the stores before we can catch on and get our hands on a copy.
We were a little late to the news the Flower Constellations were featured in 2018' last issue of magazine Buitenleven.
Although we don't actually have a hard copy in our possession, luckily we did receive a pdf of the piece (which you can find below).
Super happy with the spotlight. Thank you Buitenleven!
Help us decide which masterpiece should be our new wrapping paper
Last fall we wanted to do something special for the Holiday season and designed custom Flower Constellations wrapping paper based on Dutch floral still lifes.
You helped us out by letting us know which masterpiece you liked best, and we ended up with lovely rich colored Rachel Ruijsch wrapping paper that turns your Flower Constellation in a super chique present fitting for the Holidays.
We're still in love with the beautiful still life of seventeenth century Dutch master Rachel Ruijsch.
Yet the dark and saturated colors in the painting might be more of a winter thing
With the Holiday period a sweet memory and months of grey looming ahead, let's bring in something fresh to wrap the Flower Constellations!
Something that reminds us of spring...
Will you help us choose again?
We literally spent hours in the public domain (thank you World of Driftwood) to find bright colored paintings that would make good wrapping paper.
This time we looked though the extensive archive of Dutch painters and, with spring colors and brightness in mind, narrowed it down to these two options:
1. Ambrosius Bosschaert | 1573-1621
Bouquet of flowers on a ledge
This Dutch painter was one of the first to specialize in still life floral paintings and started a trend that went on for centuries.
Although his work is highly sought after, Ambrosius Boschaert the elder does not have a large portfolio. His time was mostly spent working as an art-dealer.
Even more reason to make sure his trend-setting work is not forgotten.
2. Vincent van Gogh | 1853-1890
Vase with irises against a yellow background
Van Gogh is one of the most (in)famous artists of our country, and made quite a few floral paintings.
Although happily colored, the timing of this painting of irises in a vase (May 1890), is rather gloomy: Vincent would die from complications after a self-inflicted gun-shot wound two months later.
Maybe not so happy-go-lucky, but an important piece of Dutch art history.
What's your favorite?
So, what do you think?
Should we go for the important Dutch staple Van Gogh, or choose the painting from the master who may have started it all: Ambrosius Bosschaert?
Let us know by January 30th
That way we'll have the new wrapping paper ready to go for Object Rotterdam
Object Rotterdam - HAKA building, 8-10 February 2019
Are you familiar with Object Rotterdam?
The fair began as a small sattelite of the Art Rotterdam fair years ago, and under the reign of Anne van der Zwaag has grown into a February must-visit for design- and artlovers
We have been wanting to participate to the Art-Rotterdam affiliated fair so many times, and finally secured ourselves a spot for this years' edition.
We can't wait!
More about Object:
The OBJECT fair is a platform for the latest limited editions and one-offs from well-known and upcoming designers working in different design disciplines and with various materials.
OBJECT is thé place where the cutting edge between design, crafts, fashion, architecture and art becomes evident and it is a must-see for collectors, professionals and other design-minded people.
Vierhavensstraat 38-42 Rotterdam
(Find us at verdieping 2 / third floor)
Friday 8, Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 February
From 11h – 19h
12,50 euro / Children under 12 for free
- Tickets for sale at the HAKA building only, no online ticketing.
NB - FREE Shuttle service between Van Nelle, HAKA, Rotterdam centre.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to inoperative elevators the HAKA building is difficult to access for people with reduced mobility.
Dutch Masters wrapping paper - the first sheet
Remember <this blogpost> about Rachel Ruysch a little while ago?
We asked you which painting you liked most, so that we could turn it into wrapping paper.
Well... the votes are in, and the winner is: Painting number 3!
Over all, most people liked the bright colors and explosive composition in this painting most.
Out of the Rachel Ruysch painting, we created this lovely wrapping paper that fits perfectly around the Flower Constellations.
ps. We will be adding new wrapping papers to the collection every once in a while.
Keep your eye out for the next masterpiece!
Keep your eye out for the next masterpiece!
The Netherlands is historically known for quite a few things.
Of course there's wooden shoes, cheese and wind mills, but what about Flowers and Golden Century painters?
(We'll go ahead and gloss over the stuff the Dutch are infamous for, meanwhile hoping that soon we'll get over our adoration for pirates and invaders.)
Let's look at a combination: paintings of flowers.
The Dutch 'Rijksmuseum' in Amsterdam digitalized a large part of their collection in a service called 'Rijksstudio'. A true treasure trove!
Since the artists of those works died centuries ago (may they rest in peace), the pieces are now in the public domain. Which means: free to be downloaded and used.
We came across the beautiful Flower still life paintings by Dutch Artist Rachel Ruysch (1664-1750), which we absolutely loved. (The dramatics!)
Here's the plan: we'll use one of these paintings as our Christmas gift wrapping paper for the Flower Constellations.
Only one question remains:
Which of these four gorgeous paintings should we use?
What do you think?
Let us know in the survey below!
We've been so insanely busy in the months of September and October that even in late November we're still working through the pile of work that was 'put aside for a moment'.
For example, we never got to tell you about our Volkskrant magazine publication in October.
We are so happy to be featured in the magazine, and in the Design special no less!
At the time, we were actually at the VT Wonen & Design beurs. We had a blast there, but it pretty much consumed all our time and definitely all our energy.
Anyway, here it is, maybe you spotted it back in October already?
It might be more than a month ago, we're too proud of the publication not to mention it!
Last weeks' Libelle (#49) featured the Flower Constellations!
Did you spot them?
We were just in time to get a copy ourselves and are very happy to be part of the 'Groene Vingers' (Green fingers) segment.
Thank you for featuring our design Libelle!