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Grrreat news from over the ocean: our American webmaster Mickey has just installed & activated our renewed webstore! Too late for ‘Sinterklaas’, but just in time for that other Santa! Please go to the scene of the crime to find out what might be of any interest to you, but we really love the cute Otto-doll that arrived last month in a very limited quantity from the SwiedebieCreativeStudios

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To give you some insight in the production process, here’s how these things work nowadays. We combined the distinct aspects from Otto’s appearances in 4 different books, blended all the relevant information (through an app called Otto-matix), pushed the button on our very high tech scanner…

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and an A3 fleece hero instantly appeared (looking a bit like the Cristo Redentor in Rio de Janeiro). (more…)

More is more

Enkele weken geleden, toen de zon nog volop scheen, kregen wij hier de fantastische Rick de Leeuw op bezoek die enkele pertinente vragen kwam stellen over werk & leven  – het mijne, niet het zijne! – nav het nu reeds geplande volgende concert-boek-gezelschapsspel van ‘Red & Lily’ die in 2015-2016 hun come back maken. En wat een ontwapenende interviewer zoal kan aanrichten, las ik dus gisteren tijdens het middageten in de seizoensbrochure van productiehuis Maandacht…

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A painting 4 all seasons: The discovery of Americago…

… is the slightly misleading title of a triptych – situated somewhere between Brussels & New York – that took me about a year to finish. In fact it’s rather some kind of interwoven tapestry of hundreds of never ending associative storylines, then a real painting. Few people thought it would ever get finished & framed, but last Sunday the sacred trinity finally left my brand new workplace in Wemmel Werkstatte. In fact I have been working on it in the most diverse places & weather conditions (the Jet space in Summer, our garden in Autumn, my pop up workspace @ Muntpunt & behind the curtain in M museum in Winter & Spring etc). Can you believe I really felt relieved it finally got out of my system? High time to end some more unfinished business these weeks to come…

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PS If you’d ever plan to paint on wood yourself, never forget to put a coat of paint on the backside, otherwise your board will start curbing (take a tip from one who’s tried…) (more…)

Illustratoria!

Until this weekend,  to do our ‘homework’, we had a rather small room with a view over our garden. But in the corner where used to be our boys’ swing and a little bamboo bush, things have gradually changed over the last five months: bit by bit a whole new setting has been taking place…

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Otto-contrasts: Groot VS Klein

Net voor aanvang van ons broodnodig jaarlijks verlof kregen wij er nog maar’s een nieuwe telg bij in onze lievelingsserie:.‘Otto Groot, Otto Klein’ werd een dik vierkant boek van 25 X 25 cm, broertje van ‘Tel mee met Otto’ en bevat een honderdtal totaal getikte tegenstellingen temidden van een wemelende warme stad (ein Wimmelbuch aus Wemmel, zoals ze hiernaast zouden zeggen).

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Omdat wij dus echt geen geheimen kunnen bewaren, kan je hieronder gewoon even meekijken over onze schouder om te zien hoe we ditmaal te werk gingen om de chaos en tegenstellingen in ons eigen hoofd alsnog de baas te kunnen, want we hadden weer heel wat te vertellen… (Et pour nos amis francophones il y a aussi un bon lien vers notre agent-pas-si-secret à Paris) (more…)

Grl with Guitar – Joyeuse Guitare

Last winter we had a perfectly good (acoustic) guitar standing next to the old Rhodes keyboard in our Brussels based workplace (aka the Jet Space, not to be confused with the really historical Jet Studio a bit further down the Chée de Jette, where once even the Stones recorded ao).

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In fact this instrument wasn’t meant to play with, but to paint on. It had no strings when it arrived and belonged to funky singer songwriter Joy Simar (former 1060) who told me she loved all kinds of ‘blues’, which is rather unusual these days – everyone seems to think blue’s a dull color. Anyway, that inspired me to do something with a sea-view (Sea-Mar!), which lead me to Boticelli’s iconic Venus when I thought about integrating a standing female figure on the only vertical part you have on this particular kind of canvas.

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Here you can see it grow… (more…)

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