donderdag 22 mei 2014

Medieval Pantone

Recently a Dutch book historian, Erik Kwakkel, did a stunning discovery in the archives of a library in Aix-en-Provence.
A mysterious Dutch crafstman, named A. Boogert made an encyclopedic book of colour charts,
intended to be an instructional guide to painting in watercolour. 
'Klaer lightende Spiegel der Verfkonst' dates from the year 1692 and contains nearly 800 pages with all different shades of colours, all mixed and painted by hand. Each colour is named in an enormous index. Even in the 17th century they were described by poetic names such as ‘grapevine black’.
The irony is the fact that only very few people will have seen this work of art live, while it must have been one of the most comprehensive guides to paint and color of its time.Fortunately the entire book can now be seen here :


maandag 12 mei 2014

Food Film Festival

Yesterday I visited the Food Film Festival in Amsterdam, which combines two wonderful ingredients: films and food! 
I saw an animation in a two-person photobooth cinema, discovered trends in You Tube food video's (apperently in Korea you can earn a living by eating in front of a webcam) and tested the special brew festivalbeer Lekkerbek! And obviously had some great food from one of the foodtrucks. Maybe one day I'll start organising my own FFF!

vrijdag 2 mei 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen

Ladies and Gentlemen, after months of hard work I'm very proud to present my brand new logo. My graphic designer Tessa Kwee and I developed a clear corporate identity. We produced the (business)cards and tags ourselves at Kapitaal in Utrecht. I didn't now screen printing is such heavy work! After a long day of very physical labour the result is stunning, such deep colours can never be obtained with digital prints. So, now I'm ready to promote Studio West Styling!