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July 19, 2017

The Perimeter Walk…

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Leaving the now ex-island of Schokland, Himself points out the small walking and cycling trail that surrounds what was once the perimeter of the island. For the most part the only sign that the island was there is the small area of fractionally raised land and a ring of trees that section off  the surrounding sea bed that has now been turned into farm land. We drive slowly as we drive away so that Himself can point out the route he walked whilst I finished touring the museum site.  It’s been a very enlightening visit, Himself thought he knew a little but found far more than he expected,  I knew nothing so we have learned a lot.

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Wikipedia (partial English translation of Dutch Wiki site)/  Schokland /Flevaland / The Netherlands.

July 18, 2017

Excellent Timing For Coffee…

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Last summer Himself and I had a weekend away, and after spending time in Garderen we made our way to the ex-island of Schokland.

After visiting the inside museum building we then made a tour of the grounds.

Since I move very slowly and sit and rest a lot, I tell Himself to set off at his own pace and we will meet up together later.

Later he joins me because he had finished his tour of the grounds but I was only a fraction of the way around since I traveled so much slower than he did.

Himself therefore decided to walk around the old perimeter of the island whilst I continued my slow tour of the grounds. After I eventually finished I made my way to the café / restaurant near the museum entrance.

I phoned Himself to see how far away he might be from me and it turned out that he was about half way up the main drive. I ordered his coffee and it was served within a minute of him getting to our table. Excellent timing and he made short work of it soon after. I got a photograph of my hot chocolate in the meantime, and, a few of some photographic leaves that I thought I might draw later.

I did have some better photos of the outside area from earlier but since a few families there had children and I could not get them directly out of the front of the picture, I ended up using the late afternoon ones I took when the  tables were mostly empty instead.  It’s clear that Schokland gets it’s fair share of visitors and is often very busy indeed. Both Himself and I loved it here, but were not sure that our kids would have been as absorbed for the same length of time that we were. That’s what has made this kid-free weekend so special: the chance to do stuff at our own pace instead of that of our kids.

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Wikipedia (partial English translation of Dutch Wiki site)/  Schokland /Flevaland / The Netherlands.

July 17, 2017

Zooming In On The Details…

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Regular readers will know that every now and again I take a stupid amount of  photographs of a particular item, or series of items. Usually these posts consist of a general set of photographs followed by a post of more detailed ones. This is one such of these posts and these are details of the boat in yesterday’s post. These are for my reference files becuase I hope to one day draw or paint something from this reference material. I hope you like the details as much as I do.

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Wikipedia (partial English translation of Dutch Wiki site)/  Schokland /Flevaland / The Netherlands.

July 16, 2017

Not Sailing Away Any Time Soon…

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Outside the Schokland museum in Flevaland, I find an old fishing boat. It’s a stunning example of weathered wood, the texture is rough, faded and worn. I took a stack of photographs, maybe I will draw it one day but in the meantime I will enjoy  the colours, patterns, textures and shapes.

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Wikipedia (partial English translation of Dutch Wiki site)/  Schokland /Flevaland / The Netherlands.

July 15, 2017

A Sad Meaning To “Packing Light”…

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Outside the little church on the ex-island of Schokland stands a small statue of a couple and their children. Called: “De ontruiming van Schokland 1859” (the evacuation of Schokland 1859) it is by Piet Brouwer and is dated 1994.

An information board nearby has a poem and text by T. de Vries and reads:”The evacuation of Schokland 1859.”
“Schokkers, attached to their soil, born and bred there, they were told to leave and loose their land.A very big and heavy step to take, whatever advice they received, it all seemed bad, and their fight was lost and all of their attempts futile. See this young family here with their few worldly goods, forced to leave because of want (want of livelihood/ poverty), the woman who supports her husband in leaving and the man carrying the anchor on his neck

Standing on a plain colourless concrete plinth this small statue looks out to where the sea once raged but where grasses now bend in the breeze.The sculpture depicts the woman holding a baby, the man carrying the anchor, a toddler standing at their feet next to a small chest containing all of their worldly goods. It give new and sad meaning to “packing light”.

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Wikipedia (partial English translation of Dutch Wiki site)/ Schokland /Flevaland / The Netherlands.

July 14, 2017

The Threads Of The Past Painted Into The Present…

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The ex-island of Schokland has a small church which, if the conversation about fitting in a wedding date going on between the vicar and a young couple in the main body of the church is anything to go by, is a popular wedding location.

There are a series of semi-joined rooms down one side of the chapel and it is in these spaces that two artists are featured.

One I have already covered in yesterday’s post, the second is a woman called Rolina Nell.

Before I go into detail about her, I laugh at a copy of a little ditty on the wall,  translated into English it reads: ” The Minister of Urk / Who was going to preach on Schokland / But because of the raging sea / He forgot his sermon.

The Minister of Urk / Who was going to preach on Schokland / But if the (field of) grain is rustling / He forgot his sermon”. It appears that this minister got easily distracted!

The information about each of the two artists was only given in Dutch. Translated, it reads: “Rolina Nell”. “Rolina Nell was born and bred in the North East Polder. After finishing Academy Minerva in Groningen she moved to Rotterdam. Since 2013 she has lived and worked as an artist on a farm close to Rutten.

Back in the North East Polder, she becomes interested in the women who in the 40’s and 50’s came here with their husbands. Like her Grandma who together with her Grandpa arrived in the polder from Wassenaar.

In search of pictures from that period much to her surprise she found photographs of women in traditional dresses in front of the new farm and on the market. From various provinces customs and habits and therefore also traditional clothing was introduced to the North East Polder.

The former Zuiderzee island of Schokland had two traditional types of dress / clothing costume: Catholic and Protestant. These costumes are also revived in her work. Traditional costume as an expression of culture and identity becoming part of history. 

For her, pointing to a type of self searching. Identity is a key word in her work and intuition and imagination play an important role. Additionally she has a special interest in the clothing, fabric and patterns.

In this exhibition this is given shape in a series of new paintings and drawings. Paintings in grey,black and white (in the medium of) egg-tempora, drawings in charcoal and pencil of women in traditional costumes, paintings and drawings with a tangible history and mysterious identity based on photographs from the long gone past which she paints and draws into modernity with ease.”

Lastly another sign, one that I could not see belonged to which of the artists, …or both or perhaps neither. It’s message was short and simple, and translated reads: “Spotted, Striped Checkered and “Verbloemed” (Disguised)”. ( Kiwi’s note: “verbloemed” means to make something look nicer than it is). The idea of  this  last message would possibly fit into the works of both artists, so who knows. The Church has also turned out to be something other than I expected when I first walked in the door.

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Wikipedia (partial English translation of Dutch Wiki site)/  Schokland /Flevaland / The Netherlands.

July 13, 2017

Old And Yet, Topical Themes…

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Inside the church in Schokland I find more works of art by the same artist that I found outside.

The information board tells me about the three pieces, (although one of which, the roller blind “Smooth Sailing” piece, is in my previous post because I assumed it to have been part of the decor of the church).

The board translates as:
Guda Koster
The work of Guda Koster is characterised by the use of the human body, clothing, fabric and patterns.

The work looks smooth, clean, rigid, serious but there is also a bit of humour.  It covers an area of fashion, sculpture, photography and performance.

In her designs she looks for a balance between sculpture and fashion. How is it that shape, surface, rhythm, design, and colour can define and give meaning to clothing,  apart from the fact that it has to be functional.

Wearable becomes a stretchable concept, not the design as such, is of importance but more about the quest for possibilities that the clothing offers as a sculpture.

Man as a pedestal as a vehicle to carry form, colour and meaning.
She has made four new art pieces for museum Schokland, the basic principle is the fight of the Schokers against the sea and against the evacuation of the island.

Outside, three pair of legs in red and white checkered (gingham) trousers and white gumboots stick out of the soil. Each pair of legs proudly holds up a house. Title: “tHUIS” (Home)(artist’s own spelling).

In the museum church a man and a woman are sitting the man dressed in a suit with a black and white polka dotted fabric and the woman in a dress. Their heads are replaced by a polka dotted house. In Schokland a marriage between two religions was seriously frowned upon in the past and if it did happen it was called  a “dotted marriage”.

In the window there are two roller blinds with a perforated drawing of sailing ships entitled: “Rustig Vaarwater” (Smooth Sailing).   In an alcove decorated with grey and white flowered wallpaper is the art piece: “Landverhuizers”  (Leaving Home / land settlers),  a father and daughter are packed and ready to leave their home. An old, and same time topical theme.”

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Wikipedia (partial English translation of Dutch Wiki site)/  Schokland /Flevaland / The Netherlands.
A Hit?…Or Give It The Boot?

July 12, 2017

An Understated, Peaceful And Popular Chapel…

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Inside the little chapel at Schokland I find  simple, beautiful and fairly plain decor.

There are no stained glass windows, no statues, little architectural decoration on the ceiling or walls.

The undoubted focal point of the room is the pulpit and it’s decorative roof.

Even these decorative elements are extremely understated when compared with other churches I have been in.

The pews are painted, a soft grey colour that compliments the dimensions and style of the chapel.

I can’t take a photograph that shows the entire interior because a couple, their young son and the pastor are talking, sitting in one of the ends of the center pews, discussing plans for their upcoming wedding in the chapel.

I asked if I was in the way and was assured no… I get the sense that this is a popular wedding venue, and why not? the chapel and location are wonderful. I take photos in a way that carefully exclude the others and enjoy the stillness and peace that this chapel resonates.

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Wikipedia (partial English translation of Dutch Wiki site)/  Schokland /Flevaland / The Netherlands.

July 11, 2017

A Little Chapels Steals The Prominent Position…

The most prominent building left on Schokland is of course the Chapel. It stands a short distance from the museum and is a small building (by many Dutch church standards) but still apparently in use today. During my tour I take photographs around it, it’s a lovely little building, just the right size for it’s surroundings.

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Wikipedia (partial English translation of Dutch Wiki site)/  Schokland /Flevaland / The Netherlands.

July 10, 2017

Things Are Not Just As They Seem…

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When I next saw a little building on the island of Schokland, I just thought “historial building”, but then I read the information board and I must say, got rather a surprise.

This building has a name and is called ” de ijsloper” which translates as the “ice walker“.  Ice walker? The information board explains:

This wooden shed which has been a national monument since 2002 is one of the oldest buildings on Schotland.

It dates back to the 19th century and when Scokland was still an island it housed the icewalker. 

Inside spikes, ” pieken” (I couldn’t translate this word, but these are sticks with sharp points to propel yourself forward on the ice. A bit like an ice axe but long with sharp points), oars, masts and sail ropes, ice saws and axes, lanterns and sleds were stored here.

The icewalker (ice boat) was a boat especially made to go over the ice.  The skids were constructed under the icewalker, so when during severe winters the Zuiderzee was frozen over, so this boat was used to keep in touch with the mainland.  The icewalker was special iceboat with ropes a number of men could pull the boat over the ice, From Scokland one could reach Kampen this way to get food and mail. There is no need to explain that these trips were often extremely cold and dangerous, taking more than a few days.

So apparently it’s more than just shoes that get ice blades in historic Netherlands, and that boats can even go over frozen ice as well as though liquid water.  A boat is not always just a boat. It just proves that things are not always as they seem.

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Wikipedia (partial English translation of Dutch Wiki site)/  Schokland /Flevaland / The Netherlands.

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