Local Heart, Global Soul

December 12, 2016

Talent Ticks Over Nicely In The Homes Of The Residents Of The Hague…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The next thing that happened on “Parels” (pearls) day at the end of the 2016 summer was that Himself arrived and together we went the short distance to the Bergkerk in the Daal en Bergselaan.

There several of our friends were due to play music, and they were the reason I found out about this particular Pearls day anyway.

Unbeknown to me there was also another artist displaying her work at the back of the church.

She is very much into fabric ornamentation and was busy working on a project as she talked with visitors.

I got permission to take photographs of her work, but missed getting her name. There were strong  lights over several of the pieces and some of the details only showed up with the flash, other parts only showed up without it.

I wasn’t particularly happy with the photographs, I ate the flash with a vengeance and would have loved the chance to take photographs of these in stronger, natural light. Although I have done needlework myself and appreciate the amount of work put into these pieces, this style is not really to my taste. On the other hand there was a steady stream of visitors to the ladies table and people appeared to stay quite a long time, asking questions and looking at albums of photographs so there was certainly interest aplenty.

At the front of the church various music recitals were taking place and I was seriously annoyed when my camera battery started to look like it was on it’s last legs. Due to it dying a little while later I missed recording some of the pieces that I wanted.  The “Haags Kleinkoor” sang , “Duo Recercada” , (two very talented ladies) played music from the Renaissance, and this classical guitar duo played amazingly, making it a very restful and relaxed way to spend our time until it was time for Himself and I to go and pick up the kids from their various activities.

I am very much looking forward to next years event of this type, both in my own neighbourhood and others in the city,  making an effort to come out today has showed me what I have been missing and how much talent there is, ticking over just nicely in the homes of the residents of The Hague.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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June 1, 2016

Barometers and Bed Chambers… Oh La La !

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Before I leave the 17th century French Influences gallery of the Rijksmuseum, I want to take a look at a large four poster bed that has the most intricate embroidered covers and bed linen.

There is a perspex screen around it, I suppose not only to keep young visitors from jumping on it or older folks from taking a rest, but I suppose more to keep dust off it, after all cleaning a very large heavily embroidered five hundred year old bedspread would make any dry cleaner extremely nervous.

There are ornate golden statues around the bed, candlesticks maybe ? and a canopy around the four poster which is also heavily decorated.

Behind glass on a wall nearby there is a heavily carved piece, a frame (I think in ivory) for what I think is a glass barometer tube that runs to a bulb of mercury at the base.

The detail that has been achieved within such a small piece has to be seen to be believed, there is even a fully three dimensional coat of arms complete with rampant lions at the top of it.

There are also more examples of Delfts work here too, tiled panels, figurines and pots of all sizes  complete the rest of my tour here. Even though the Dutch were at war with France at the time that many of these items were made, it is a relief that the French influences still made it across the border, otherwise our culture would have been poorer for it. I know that the Rijksmuseum is a huge place and there is much to take in, but even a short visit if you are ever in Amsterdam to see a few of these things up close would be a few hours exceedingly well spent.

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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