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Roos Van Pagée – past the ordinary

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  A terracotta pot filled with tiny white-faced violas marks the start of the ascent to the first floor house in multi-toned redbrick, in the Korreweg neighbourhood of Groningen. Tripping lightly up similarly coloured brick steps, I pull on the brass bell handle and wait. The door is opened by Roos van Pagée, bronzed by […]

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The Shoe is Art – Wopke Grobben

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‘A shoe has something sensual – you’re selling a piece of temptation’ – Wopke Grobben.   As old, if not older than the ark, shoes have been around in many forms throughout the ages, the oldest known pair of shoes being sandals and dating from 8000 to 7000 BC. With the rise of wealth in Europe […]

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What’s Hot What’s Not – Entrepreneurs

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  A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts. – Richard Branson, founder of Virgin   The word “entrepreneur” is believed to have come from the French economist Jean-Baptiste Say, in the 19th century. His definition was: “one who undertakes an enterprise, especially a contractor, acting […]

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Women of Clay – Hilda van Popta

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Flying through the streets on my Vespa, destination Paddepoel, for my next artist interview in Northwest Groningen. I arrive outside an ex-office building from the 1970’s, which whilst waiting for new tenants and in the care of anti-squat company named AdHoc, which is filled with a number of small businesses. Number eight on the eighth floor […]