Sunday, March 12, 2017

event not to be missed + a give away


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I am so looking forward to attend Creative Life, a brand new event with a beautiful concept!

GIVE AWAY
This week I'll give a away 2 free entry tickets for you and your friend.. How to win them? You can find more information (in Dutch) on my instagram feed!

LOCATION & DATES
Creative Life will be held in the impressive Werkspoorkathedraal in Utrecht on March 24, 25, 26.
The photo (below) was taken during our meet & greet last Monday. A real industrial cathedral: huge, high and light.

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CONCEPT
This event is all about INSPIRATION. A super long list of Holland's most inspirational creative entrepreneurs will be present. Most of them will be selling their (handmade) products, crafts materials, or tools. A great part of them - and this is the key of the concept -  will be giving workshops. So next to some shopping there will be lots of activities and things to learn and experience...

WORKSHOPS
Are you into learning new things? For example how to make your personal letterpress poster, a bottle garden, or do Japanese Sashiko embroidery? The prices per workshop are low, so you can easily attend a couple of them during the day. Check the workshop list here.

GUEST SPEAKERS
There will be some very interesting speakers as well. For example Suus Slee from Foodbandits, foodblogger and instagram expert, will be there to share her knowledge, tips and tricks about social media. I know her and I can tell you: she is good at it and we can learn so much from her!
Don't miss it!
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SPECIAL OFFERS - AT MY STAND
There are many reasons to visit my stand (nr. 19), first of all: I would love to meet you! Next to seeing my designs 'live' you can check out my personal ideas for displaying them. On top of that we will be having a sample sale as well! 

Sun posters, unpacked for only € 10,- (normal price € 18,95)

Single Circles for € 0,50 per piece. So if you have one particular Circle favorite, now's the time to buy 10 or 20 of the same kind! (normal price € 10,50 for 9 different circles in one package)

And lots of sets (wish boats, sing angels, XL angels) with a SAMPLE sticker on them for real small prices.

VERY SPECIAL OFFER
Only at Creative Life: We will be selling the brand new Reijse floating boats per piece! If one of us has his/her hands free we will also be happy to make the boat ready to set sail on the spot! So you come back home with a ready made boat for only € 3,50! 


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PS: OMPAK WILL BE THERE TOO!
My friends from Ompak Gift wrapping paper will be my neighbours at the event! As you probably know wholesaler Ompak sells mostly large rolls of 100 metres to shops who use it to wrap the products for the customers.

Only at Creative Life Ompak is going to sell small rolls of 2 metres, small packages of camera tags, butterflies etc. And the best part of it, hihihi: It's me who designed most of the collections (see below)! So come over and grab this unique opportunity!

Hope to meet you at Creative Life!

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

new: BEANS - about designing on black

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With this last tea towel I found out that designing on black is actually not easy at all! The contrast is high, and because of that small and complicated patterns will hurt your eyes. I had a hard time designing a print that didn't make me feel dizzy looking at it. I had to find something with simple lines, preferably something from a veggie garden and I found...a bean stake!
I am happy with this second black tea towel called BEANS, it's lovely and graphic and you won't see any stain on it after drying the spaghetti-sauce pan!
My tea towels carry the GOTS organic logo and the Fairtrade label! These aren’t just any old pictograms. The entire chain – from the seed to the stitching done in the factory – meets the strict organic and fair-trade requirements. 
Somehow black in fabric influences the absorbtion a bit, so - other that the white ones - the black tea towels should be washed a couple of times before they dry well. Great thing is: the black does NOT fade at all! Because I was afraid of that, I had the manufacturer do 24 laundry tests and the results were amazing: pitch black!
Tea towel BEANS - measurements are 50 x 70 cm, price € 12,75

Monday, February 20, 2017

and more new stuff: TWIG leaves spring version!

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After the succes of the Twig leaves BLACK last winter I wanted to design a spring sister for this product. 
It was around Christmas that I printed and cut at least 10 different spring wreaths in shades of greenish and blue-ish grey. I hung them on the wall, took pics and sent those to my assistent Kim for feedback. So happy to have her, she's such a great help, since this job can be so lonely at times! 

For the definite colour I chose the most blue shade I found in the Pantone colour guide. I found out I like blue more than green, at least as a paper design on my wall. I had already orderered thousands of rolls of white wire instead of black, just to force myself in a certain soft/sweet/spring direction. This design had to be something really different!

From only one set of Twig Spring leaves and in less than 10 minutes you can create a stylish wreath and a long garland. Every paper leaf is pre-punched (easy to pop out of the card) and has slits to thread the white thin iron wire through.
Once threaded, go wild with the possibilities! Bend the wire into a circle and create a wreath, a heart, a large letter, or thread a long garland and hang it from the top of your highest cupboard.
Very stylish: a Twig garland as centre-piece of your festive dining table. And should you have some wire and leaves left over: turn a present into a gift nobody will want to open, it looks so good…

Twig Spring Leaves, 3 cards (A5 size) with 57 pre-punched leaves and 4 metres of wire in total. Dimensions of the leaves: between 2 and 3 cm.
Price  € 9,50 per package


Thursday, February 16, 2017

new: REJSE floating light boats

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I have a new fleet and I am so happy with it!
My first boats - Rite de Passage - were sold out (yay, all 7500 sets!) and I decided to give my initial idea/design of the floating light boats again a try...
I once dreamed of white boats, with a print in a rare kind of  'watermark' ink, that you can only see through when the candle inside is lit. Well, that ink is so rare it doesn't even exist, except in my own mind ;-).

So I had to find a die cut alternative. The first 5 die cuts that I designed were refused by the cutting company: too complicated, the machines wouldn't survive it! Laser cutting was out of the question: the boats would become far too expensive for my consumers!
I must say, it was a struggle finding a balance between estethics, cost price and also doabilty for the people who were going to buy them. But I managed to 'kill my darlings' and accepted to work with the given limits and impossibilities.
For that and for the result I feel proud! So here is: REJSE!
An enchanting spectacle: small, illuminated white boats finding their way across the dark water. Taking your wishes and thoughts away in the flow.
A few sets of floating light boats can turn the pond into a fairy tale at your garden party. Next to that Rejse boats are a meaningful gift to celebrate any big or small milestone in life.
You can write your wish/text along the railing and then fold the boat and the cabin in just a few minutes. Because they are initially flat, these boats make an ideal gift to send in the post (A4 envelope). 

CONTENT: 1 package contains 3 boats and 3 cabins (and 'lining' paper strips) and a clear instruction.
Measurements of boat: unfolded 24.5 cm x 15.5 cm | folded 18 cm x 10 cm


PRICE: € 10,25 per package

INSTRUCTION VIDEO
You can find clear folding instructions in the package. Need some extra help? We have made an instruction video, check it out HERE!
ENVIRONMENT
Should you not be able to fish the boats out of the water after use: my boats are fully degradable in nature within 6 months. In comparison: normal balloons take 20 years to do the same! I do advise the use of beeswax tea-light candles, without aluminium cups. 
CANDLES
PLEASE NOTE: candle lit boats should only sail on water both indoors and outdoors. And of course…never leave burning candles unattended!
The boats are also available in larger quantities (unpacked), please contact me for information.




Friday, December 16, 2016

my autumn in 16 pics - and a few thoughts

Heading towards the longest night of the year I look back on the past season. How I love autumn!
Above you see a selection of my Instagram pics. You are welcome to follow me!

I said goodbye to summer, admired the golden leaves that made the trees look like they were on fire, walked through foggy landscapes early in the morning, and I packed the first christmas presents to send to friends far away.

Autumn is my mom's season, she is born in October. We all hoped with her she would leave this world while the leaves were red and brown... For her birthday she asked a double pneumonia! She lost everything, except her humour. But it is obviously not up to us. Instead of packing a fatal illness I made her an autumn leave garland with my home designed leaves.

It was the season Donald Trump got elected, the Syrian war got in a decisive phase and innumerable civilians were on the run or trapped in the war and lost their lives...
I more and more tend to cocoon in my mini world with colours, art,  good food, designs, my family, friends and not to forget the wonderful nature behind my house. Fortunately this tendency is balanced by a son who is very politically aware, who follows all the trouble spots in the world, knows the military strategies and has strong (adolescent!) opinions about all the international relationships.

And of course I worked - and I worked a lot - like always! Designing summer collections for Ompak Packaging, my own running business in between (with the always great help of Kim, my assistant!) and I attended my very first consumer event. Still don't know if it was worth all the energy, but I learned a lot and met some wonderful people: my real customers!

Looking back I can say: bye autumn, you had everything! Laughter, love, worries and work. Welcome winter! Can't wait to see what you are going to bring us...

Sunday, December 11, 2016

NEW event in spring - and a question to you...

When they phoned me some time ago I was rather sceptical. Again an event in this small world of creative professionals in Holland? I have never attended Sunday markets, craft fairs, creative factory events etc. Next to the 50 hours I already work for my wholesale company I never had time, nor felt like attending these kind of events. 
But somehow CREATIVE LIFE had a certain 'je ne sais quoi'. I asked them to phone me again. And now I am IN!
  • Inspiration is the key theme (and yes: next to that, visitors can buy stuff too, lucky me!)
  • It takes craft & creativity to a higher level - there will be mini-workshops all over the place
  • It will be held in the wonderful, newly renovated, Werkspoorkathedraal 
  • It will be large and professional, but still personal and crafty
  • Creative Life is organised by an experienced and wellknown fair organiser.  
  • Monique - Mrs. Connecting the Dots/art director - from Happymakersblog is working in the organisation already from the beginning.
WANNA EXHIBIT?
They have a very sympathetic construction: If you give workshops in your stand you get a discount on the (already not too high) stand price. There's a good list of wonderful exhibitors already, you can check them here. Good thing is: there's place for some more! A friend of mine - who's gonna be an exhibitor as well - told me: I need to be there, to stay visible on the map, to stay relevant. This is THE event! I think she is right. 

WANNA VISIT?
Treat yourself on a day full of creativity. Come home not only with some beautiful selfmade or bought items in your bag, but also with a head full of ideas and inspiration! Well, it's easy peasy: block one of the days in your new 2017 calendar and buy your ticket (early bird discount!) in the coming weeks. Ticket sale starts by mid December, keep an eye on the website. And of course: spread the word and invite friends. This is going to be so special!

MY QUESTION TO YOU
Since I don't give workshops - I think you are all able to fold my angels without my help ;-) - I am thinking of contributing with something completely different. I would love to sit with you personally and share my professional experience with you.
Jurianne speed dates during the Creative Life event. 10 or 15 minutes of personal feedback. Not in my stand, but separate, private, in order to be real focused.
I can help you with creative/professional questions like:
 
  • I would like to make a career move in a creative direction, but I don't know where to start!
  • I would like to know how I can commercialize my small collection of products.
  • I would like to get feedback on a creative process I got stuck in.
  • I just would like to know some Jurianne 'business - secrets', to get inspired...

Do you think people would go for this idea? Would you? Should I ask money for this, a small symbolic amount maybe? I think it would be wise when people reserve their time in advance and send me a brief version of their question + images, so I can prepare it a little bit.

I would LOVE to hear your opinion and ideas! Thanks in advance...

Sunday, December 4, 2016

multi functional gift wrap decoration

Like most of you wrapping gifts for my loved ones is one of my favourite hobbies! Can you imagine how fortunate I feel that designing gift wrap paper and gift tags is my work? I feel so blessed! 

All of the above photo's show products I designed for wholesaler Ompak gift paper. Light gray marbled paper, black pine paper, silk paper (with the snowwy trees on it), gift tags and stickers. 

They are designed to make gift wrapping the easiest craft ever: small effort - huge effect. I love to design things that are multifunctional, so all of the tags can be used as other decoration too! You can hang them in the Christmas tree or string them and make a garland!

The tags and stickers (prices vary from € 1.25 per pack) are now for sale in my webshop: Jurianne Matter.