Local Heart, Global Soul

October 20, 2019

Here Chook, Chook!

Peter’s “Parels” event papier-mâché creations continue, today with chickens (or roosters, some of them?). They are colourful and whimsical, Enjoy!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

October 19, 2019

These Fish Out Of Water Are Doing Fine…

Papier-mâché is an incredible material, I learned that it could even be steam pressed into shapes like trays, something that was especially popular in the Victorian era. It’s also really deceptive: objects are so much lighter than they appear, in fact you find your hand flying upwards when you pick something up to take a closer look, your mind having been ready to move something much heavier.

Peter, the owner and creator of these pieces, exhibited them with several other artists in a friends home for one of the “Parels” (Pearls) events in The Hague. Artists, collectors and creative people open their homes for a day, or two, over the Pearls Weekend so that the general public can enjoy and discover local creative talent.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

October 18, 2019

Paper Birds… Of A Sort.

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The next Papier-mâché pieces in the Parels (Pearls) exhibitions are of birds… these are whimsical and interesting to look at…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

October 17, 2019

Sticking It All Together…

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Over recent years I have made days out for myself visiting various neighbourhood “Parels” (Pearls) Days around the Hague. In the Statenkqwartier it’s known as “Kunst aan Huis”, (art at Home) whilst in the neighbourhoods of: Leidschenveen, Kortenbos, de Flora en Fauna wijken, Moerwijk, Wateringseveld and Loosduinen it’s known as “Parels”.

Papier Mâché is one of the things on display, so I take a closer look around. First there are a few general items,… but from there on it becomes a little more interesting…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

October 16, 2019

Autumn Falling Into Place…

I love looking at nature in all sorts of seasons and weathers. Himself has been ferrying me around various appointments as usual as we do the medical rounds for my foot. It’s been raining quite a lot recently so many of the autumn leaves have been piling up, not just in heaps but also in puddles. I’ve started a series of photographic studies which I will slot in-between posts in the near future. Enjoy!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

October 15, 2019

Functional Works Of Art…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I love maps. Old ones, new ones, but, well…if I’m honest, especially old ones. Today’s find is more in the range of “Vintage” (not yet antique /100 years old) rather than Antique (more than 100 years old), but a wonderful find all the same. My Father was born and bred in the Hague, and although I was born 16.000 kilometres away in New Zealand, I now live here too.

Seeing old maps of familiar places means something to many people, they can trace streets that they recognise, and look at street names that family members have talked about, or addresses where they lived. If the places are not local, are far flung destinations with beautiful names and geographical features, we can pour over the typography and admire the skills of the mapmakers.

There are also those of us who just like to see what’s changed between the “then” that we are looking at an the “Now” that we know, but there also those of us who simply admire the detail and beauty of a functional object crafted into a display piece that is also becomes a work of art.

The area that this map depicts is the “Vruchtenbuurt” of the Hague, They have a Wikipedia page, (which only in the Dutch language) but a few of the main points translate as:

The Vruchtenbuurt is a district that consists of the Vruchtenbuurt and Eykenduynen neighbourhoods within the Segbroek district of The Hague.

Almost all streets have the name of a fruit. The homes were mainly built in the years 1928-1940,  and before development into a residential neighbourhood this was a horticultural area.”

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

October 11, 2019

Jolly Good Day For A Drive Old Chap!

Filed under: PHOTOGRAPHY,Quirky Vehicles,THE NETHERLANDS,Wassenaar — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

It’s weird, but whenever I see people out and about in Vintage / Classic cars (called “Old Timers” here in The Netherlands), I can’t help but assume that everyone driving them speaks with an English accent circa 1930.  It’s a totally stupid idea, especially when you think that most owners of these automobiles are older and Dutch is their native language. We were out and about one day during the summer and saw several of these cars whilst driving in Wassenaar, just north of The Hague. Wassenaar (pronounced: “Wos enn ah“) you learn quickly after settling in here, is where even small “stand alone” houses with gardens command property prices in the millions.

The large houses have prices that are never listed in the brochures, along the lines of : “if you have to ask the price you can’t afford it“. These are often no ordinary houses and gardens though, many of the houses are palatial and the gardens massive. Diplomats, Bankers, Directors and CEO’s of multinationals, and people in high paying professions, or “old money” live here.

It’s one of the richest residential areas of the Netherlands (think the last stretch of the Monopoly board) an extremely affluent area of the Netherlands, and I learned from Wikipedia that: “…(home to) …the country’s most expensive street, the Groot Haesebroekseweg” Now that’s a tiny titbit of useless information I didn’t know until now.

Himself and Little Mr are excellent spotters of unusual or expensive cars, but this one was right in front of us so even I couldn’t miss it.  It wasn’t until a few minutes later that I realised that there was another Classic car on the opposite side of the highway turning into the street coming up to the left of us, and in my second photograph you can see a second Classic car  on our side of the road waiting to turn left into the same street. All of these beautiful cars turned off into the same street so there must have been some sort of event going on close by… an event and social circle far above our pay grade! These cars are beautiful, we may not be able to buy, but hey! …window shopping is free!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

October 10, 2019

My Tourist Trap Treasure…

About ten years ago I bought this little print from a flee market in the Hague. The Lange Voorhout is a tourist trap as far as curios and antiques are concerned and nothing is particularly cheap, but as is the way with these things, I saw this and fell in love. I’m a detail fanatic, I adore the scrolls, the patterns in the background, dress, and side panels. It’s also lovely to see a babies head pop out of this very flat surface and quirky arrangement of the entire thing. It’s a religious piece of course, and whilst I do have faith I have no clue what the meaning is behind this picture. It’s in glass so the photographs were terrible to take, and I should probably take it somewhere to see if anything can be done about the dark spots splattered around the outer edges. It’s probably not worth enough to have expensive restoration done on it, it might even just be a page out of a religious book or  magazine.

I daren’t open up the carefully sealed and obviously old backing papers; if I have learned anything from antique TV programmes is that clueless amateurs have destroyed priceless objects with their “little clean-ups, cutting, plugging, sanding, gluing mending jobs and dabs of cleaning stuff that the internet told them would “be perfect for the job”. Nope, I’m not kidding myself, this is not in any way a priceless object, it’s of miniscule financial value and it is probably not to many people’s taste, but I love it so the sentimental value of my little treasure is indeed priceless.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

October 9, 2019

Is There A Lost Property Box For Murals?

Filed under: ART,Mural,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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As in the case of yesterday’s mural, this one has escaped my labelling system so I have no clue where I took the photographs. It could be Rotterdam, but could also be Haarlem, were we visited one weekend. I’m starting to feel like I need a “Lost Property” box for photographs like these.  I could also be completely wrong and it could be somewhere else that I can’t remember in my moment(s) of brain fade.

Once again, location is not the biggest feature or factor of this mural; beauty is. This is a bold statement piece, it’s full of details and vibrant colours so anyone who walks or drives this way often can find something new even after weeks or months. It’s on a busy intersection, the red light worked in my favour this time, keeping the car still was one thing, getting a photograph between traffic passing in the other direction. Luckily, “Sport” on the DSLR enables me to take rapid photos one after another, the chip allows me to take my twenty pictures and then delete all but these two, and my Blog enables me to share them. Hurrah for the Digital Age!!!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

October 8, 2019

Beautiful No Matter Where It Is…

Filed under: ART,LIFE,Mural,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Himself has been ferrying me back and forth to multiple hospital appointments in recent months and in addition to that I’ve tagged along on a few of Little Mr’s Fire Station hunts so on one chips sometimes I end up with a few photos where I scratch my head and think: “Was that there?, or There?, Or There?!”.
I think there are ways to track down where you took a photograph but if I’m honest I’m lazy and I have enough technical issues with computer as it is.
So, the biggest chances are that this Mural is in Delft, Leiden or Rotterdam (but could be somewhere else in South Holland too since I’m a bit out of synk at the moment). In the end, never mind, we can enjoy it’s beauty and the creative spirit that made it.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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