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What’s Hot, What’s Not! – CRAVE

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Crave * v. 1 feel a powerful desire for. 2 dated ask for: I must crave your indulgence ORIGIN: bef. 1000; ME craven, OE crafian (‘demand, claim as a right’), of Gmc origin; akin to ON krefja to demand, lay claim to Early February, when the mornings are still too dark to be enjoyed by […]

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Jessica Lelieveld

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Jessica divides her time between a house in the countryside, situated in Norg (which she shares with her family and two dogs) and her studio in Groningen. With two such different worlds at her fingertips, she finds plenty of influences, which can be photographically captured. After much contemplation, an idea will emerge and this she […]

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William van de Velde: ‘Kunsteboer’

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  On a blustery and rainy Sunday afternoon (kitted out head to toe in rain gear, in anticipation of what the delightful Northern European weather was going to throw at me), I set out on my trusty bicycle to visit William van de Velde, also known as Kunsteboer (Artistic farmer), to learn more about him […]

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Vertical Gardens

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    With the ever-diminishing urban space, created by an ever-increasing world population’s demand for more living space, plus the already sprawling cities, space is at a premium often leaving little room for the inclusion of a reasonable amount of greenery. For those fortunate enough to have a garden this is not such a problem, […]

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Myriam Berenschot – Illustrations

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    When asked, Myriam defines herself mainly as a teacher offering painting and illustration workshops, but she also works as an illustrator on commission, and for her own pleasure.   Schooled at the Academy Minerva in Groningen, she started by following illustration, graphics and abstract painting, but later decided to add a teacher-training course […]

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All Hail the Teabag!

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After the melodrama of the alarm clock first thing in the morning, I am someone who prefers the more gentle approach of a cup of tea instead of the instant ‘bang on the head,’ provided by a cup of coffee. Reaching for the kettle and the teabags is a daily ritual and makes juggling a […]

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The Colourful World of Leona Leppers

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Hurtling through the Dutch countryside on a particularly grey Monday morning and travelling in a north-easterly direction away from Groningen, Kim and I headed for the little village of Ee (pronounced ae) to interview our next artist, Leona Leppers. Both not having an awfully good sense of direction, even with the electronic route finder chatting […]