STEM JIJ OOK? ik dacht al dat ik het rook.

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A while ago I had an idea to get rid of all the second hand frames I have in my studio-at-home, combining it with “putting my work out there” off the screen.
The idea was to make little illustrations of whatever comes to mind (read: original artwork, not tweaked in the computer), frame it, and leave it somewhere in the streets of Rotterdam for someone to find under the name (and hashtag) Finders Keepers MF.
Or….some extra filling for the community garbage cans….(fingers crossed it won’t be the last. )

Yesterday, when having a shower (ideas pop up in showers, you know that), I thought of my somewhat “election stress” for the upcoming Dutch election Wednesday the 15th of March….and for whatever reason I thought of a song a teacher of mine sung when we had to walk back for thousands of hours (1h or so) to our dorms after a long day during our exchange in Germany (I was 14 years old).

She sang (with a conspiracy voice to each of us…):

Zweet jij ook? 
Ik dacht al dat ik het rook.
Ik vraag je heel vertrouwelijk
Zweet jij ook?

(and we had to shout back…of course we did…):
JA, IK ZWEET!
VAN M’N OKSELS TOT M’N REET!
IK ZEG JE HEEL VERTROUWELIJK
JA, IK ZWEET!

Free translation (unfortunately not rhyme):
Do you sweat?
I already thought I’d smell it
I’m asking you very confidentially
Do you sweat?

YES, I SWEAT!
FROM MY ARM PITS TO MY ASS!
I TELL YOU VERY CONFIDENTIALLY
YES I SWEAT!

Well, this has always stayed with me as you can imagine, and just pops up in my head from time to time. This time, in the shower, I somehow made it into this:

Stem jij ook?
Ik dacht al dat ik het rook.
etc.

Free translation:
Do you vote?
I already thought I’d smell it.
etc.

The song kept in my head, I thought of the framed illustration idea again, I thought of March 15, and the combination was made.

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Detail with glitters, very important…glitters.

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Hopefully if someone finds it and decides to keep it and unwrap they will share it on social media with  #finderskeepersMF @madamefourmilion. Won’t that be cool? Free gift versus free advertisement. I could only dream….

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Luckily there was no one paying attention to me at 8 a.m. this morning…

Echoes from the Dark Ocean – by Jeremiah R

So happy I can finally share this work with you!
This label design I made for Jeremiah R’s record Echoes from the Dark Ocean,
Distant Wave Record.

The font is made with an old (half working) Olivetti typewriter and in the computer.
The jellyfish pictures are JR’s own, which I edited by hand and the computer.

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Read and hear more about Jeremiah R and (t)his music at SOUNDCLOUD.

Turning 40

Turning 40 is something you must do in style. In a little church yard for instance, hidden behind the old facades in a narrow historic street… Of course there are some invitations needed to announce this big festivity, which I made for the party-girl-to-be (and mother of very curly, cheeky twins!).

LITTLE NOTES:
– The background photo is from a ceiling I made in the Zamek Krolewski (Royal Castle) of Warsaw last summer.
– The personal info from the text is being censored.

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Intergalantic Worms

This is my submission for the Make Art That Sells (part A, bolt fabric) in cooperation with Uppercase Magazine. The assignment was to illustrate a cover for a new Uppercase Magazine Surface Pattern Design Guide (part 2) – a mouth full.

I wanted to create a pattern with strange looking creatures trying to be pretty, in a futuristic scenery.

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Cafe Racer helmet – custom made

This winter I worked on the design of this Cafe Racer helmet.
With some specific details about the owner it’s a one of a kind ‘show-off’ helmet…

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Making of:

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