“there’s still life in this lady yet!”

– Lestat, dancing with a corpse (Interview with a vampire, from back when they didn’t have to sparkle and just could be delightfully evil) (oh, and this cute snippet: Lestat angrily playing a bit of a Haydn sonata -how come the bad guys always have such a great taste in music? :-p )

snails & rose petals

Yes, I’m here! My full time library job and the daily commuting to Antwerp has kept me pretty damn busy since March so everything else had to be postponed (or canceled like library school… :-/ ) for the time being. But it definitely is an enriching experience. And since my contract ends in July I’m gearing up on my new art projects -I’ll introduce them in separate posts.

Meanwhile I haven’t yet told you about my internship at the Sint-Lucas Library back in February-March. It is part of the Hogeschool voor Wetenschap & Kunst with its art and architecture department situated in Ghent. It’s the only (Flemish) art college still having a glass program, by the way…

Sint-Lucasbibliotheek Gent

Working in this library (with a nice glass section) felt like being a kid in a candystore! The main library users were art school students and staff, and I loved to observe how most of them used (or rather didn’t use) the catalogue and went for their gut feeling and let themselves be inspired by what they found in the stacks (that’s how I like to work as well, even for academic purposes – sort of a combination of classical search strategies & intuition/association).
The library also has a neat blog, a librarything with the new acquisitions and a flickr page, and you can like it on FB.

I haven’t had much studio time in the past 3 months, but I did manage to snap some kitties, critters and flowers…

Assepoes & the weathered bench

I do love this portrait of Assepoes on the weathered bench though.

And those pretty poppies… check out the original sizes of the garden photos on flickr, and download them if you like!

macro poppy!

of rings, sketches and a zazzle

I’m getting increasingly busy again with the new semester at library school (and a short but exciting internship at the Sint Lucasbibliotheek in Gent! I’ve already raided the glass section…), and as a result my blog and art projects suffer a bit (thank goodness for little sketchbooks that I can carry around everywhere!).

Last week I participated in the Dag van de Ambachten, like last year at the awesome Glassworks studio, and was so busy melting glass and interacting with artists & visitors that I totally forgot taking pictures!

Luckily I can sneak some studio days this week in which I hope to finish some of my current projects before it’s half a year later again. All jewelry: the purple sister to my earth goddess pendant for my dear friend Vocisconnesse, the coral pendant (or brooch?), murrini ring, drop pendant and more which  I’ve baptised the specimen series (the organic shapes go back to my fascination with nature when I was 11-12 and collected treasures in boxes and filled notebooks with my “scientific” observations…back then I wanted to become a paleonto-bio-geologist and took it very seriously, LOL)

Meanwhile I’m also working on my first project in pâte de verre (wikipedia), although it may take until summer before I can start. Well, until then I can do some sketches and make some preparations… Moldmaking being one of them. Oh dear. In April I’m attending a demo of a bronze casting, hoping to get some insight there…

Oh! I almost forgot: people inquired if I made prints from the glass gardens, the fused squares from Nur der Mensch, the glass/copper panel I made last summer. Well, here you go! I opened a Zazzle store which has just that (and mugs!).

The (blank) posters, note- and postcards sell per 1, but the (also blank) “invitation cards” are per 10. I included them because there you have different sizes and paper options (from recycled to pretty linen textured), and you can customize it all. If you have suggestions for prints or items you’d like to see in the store (the dog T-shirt for sure… :-p ), let me know.

Also, any tips on photographing transparent but textured glass panels?

Spring cleaning

Some days I’m just no good. I’m absent-minded, asocial, clumsy, thoughts turned inward and just can’t seem to get started even though my to-do list is huge…

It frustrates me initially and I try to fight it, but that doesn’t help a thing. I just don’t get anything done. Eventually I give up and accept that I’m having one of those days again. Until I realize I have been working all along, the internal clockwork has been busy sweeping, dusting and rearranging old thoughts and ideas.

The morning after feels like this view (from the 6th floor of the public library in Ghent) and I feel ready to tackle whatever comes my way.