Ogni lunedì un post sul design/architettura/opera d'arte nel paesaggio pubblico olandese: oggi 'Porte di Luce' progettate dall'artista olandese Daan Roosegaarde.
Situata nel nord dei Paesi Bassi, la 'Afsluitdijk' è la grande diga che collega la parte occidentale del Paese con il nord. L'autostrada passa attraverso grandi paratie, che gestiscono il livello del lago all'interno della diga. Le paratie erano state progettate da Dirk Roosenburg, nonno del famoso architetto olandese Rem Koolhaas. Per rendergli omaggio, Daan Roosegaarde ha sagomato i contorni delle paratie con strati retro-riflettenti che si illuminano quando passano le autovetture. Un bell'effetto visivo e anche rispettoso dell'ambiente! / Today: 'Gates of Light' by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde. Located in the north of the Netherlands, a highway over water called the 'Aflsuitdijk' is not only a highway but also a dyke that has large floodgates to keep the sea at bay. The floodgates were once designed by Dirk Roosenburg, the grandfather of famous Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. To pay tribute, Daan Roosegaarde contoured the outlines of the gates with retro-reflective layers that light up by passing cars' headlights. A beautiful sight and an eco-friendly one!
Quick Sunday night sketch! Remember a few weeks ago when I was trying to decide if I should get a new Nemo sleeping pad? Well I did and OMG it’s a game changer. I’m a side sleeper and I usually have to take sleeping pills to be able to sleep while camping, even then it’s crappy sleep. But I slept on this baby all weekend last weekend, without drugs, and I slept through the night. It was fabulous. And it packs down smaller and lighter than my previous air pad, total score! I’m stoked to sleep on it again for the next few weekends and for all of the non-cranky, non-sleep deprived adventures I will have because of it. Unfortunately now I want a new Nemo tent 😬😬😬 #nemoequipment#nemo
Homemade stencils, sand, dirt, and chalk. I LOVE the results! We made some simple stencils and did a lot of experimenting on the driveway today. Magic wands and shooting stars 💫 here!
My husband and I have a dream that one day we'll purchase 100 acres out in the country, settle down and live off the land with a barn full of horses 🐎 (okay, that's my part of the dream). So when our cousin invited us out to her farm in TN we jumped at the chance to see and experience the countryside. As expected, we fell head over heels in love with the small town atmosphere and could easily see ourselves taking walks into the town square for dinner and shopping, listening to bluegrass music while we picnic on a blanket, or even spending an entire day rocking on the front porch with a cold glass of sweet tea and a good book 🥃
My cousin, it turns out, was hiding this beautiful secret in her upstairs studio and once I took a peek I was hooked. What she had laying out was this colorful geometric piece of art that I can only describe as the perfect balance of left-brain clean lines and right-brain creativity and color. I vowed at that moment I would come home and create my very own. Seeing her work hung on several local barns only furthered my fascination with this obscure work of art.
As soon as we made it back to our suburban lifestyle (crying all the way) I took off to the hardware store, cleared off a table and got to work. It was beautiful and messy at the same time. But I enjoyed the process so much that I vowed to continue creating - so much so that my husband asked me what I planned to do with my amassing collection of painted barn quilts. This is when my Etsy shop was created.
The process of painting to me is almost a creative meditation so each order is celebrated and given the utmost of care and attention. If you're interested in learning more about barn quilts please head over to my shop at www.muletowndesigns.com ❤️❤️❤️
PATIOS... a few I’ve built over the years since 2004. You can’t really “grow” your craft and skills just doing patios. So you have to “push the envelope” and do other features.
I focus on excellent compaction and retention unless my outer stones are uber-thick. For flagstone I tend to “antique” the arrises using a brick hammer which makes a huge difference to the eye. Also I prefer to butt-fit flagstone rather than have a joint to fill. For flagstone too the “visual weight” is important to balance out different sizes and so I spend a lot of time drawing out sizes in the base and stepping back and looking a lot.
On dimensional and rectilinear designs the open joint line sets off the pattern better. Stone should be a minimum of 1-1/2” thick. I try to use 2” if they sell it.