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Mattie and I selected our favorite drawings from the tall drawing book we’ve made for our exhibition at Straat Galerie last year, scanned them, and put them together into a zine.

More info at Éditions Peinture.

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AMATEURS 14 OCT. 2016
Edited by Éditions Peinture

14.8 x 21 cm
96 pages
www.editionspeinture.com/product/amateurs-14-oct-2016-amateurs

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It seems like it became a sort of a tradition to paint on wall after annual Fanzine Festival in Paris. Usually many friends out of Paris come to visit and have a stand at the festival, but only Frida made it this year and helped out at Éditions Peinture‘s stand. And the day after the festival, guess what, we went to a wall.


Gsulf


Sebastien


Frida


Obisk

Afterwards, Frida, Gsulf and I walked back home along the Seine while the sun was setting.


Frida trying to catch the sun and failing.


And a bit of rock climbing adventures on the way.

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How long have I been gone. Embarrassingly too long. And longer I kept this place quiet, more difficult it was to come back. I wondered if I should start posting from old stories and try to catch up to most current? Or start from most recent story and move backwards? Well, I should stop thinking and let you know first where I am now, and the rest will follow in random order : )

I’m printing on tea towels right now. It’s something I wanted to do for quite some time. Quite some years to be honest. My first attempt to make tea towels was a tea towel painting series I’ve done a few years back. Those tea towels were closer to paintings as each piece was a unique piece. Afterwards, I wanted to make a series that is closer to being a simply tea towel, a product. Fast forward to now, I’m stamping on linen tea towels with fabric dye. More precisely, I made giant stamps and Mattie made a press surface with wood pieces for me and I stamp with my feet.

Dye is a very difficult medium for me. The color I see when mixed into liquid is different from when it is soaked into the fabric. Then there is  always another surprise when the fabric is washed, and usually an unpleasant one. It requires lots of tests, patient and time. I struggled with all three of them.

Two weeks into printing, testing, cursing and 75 failed tea towels later, I manage to make nine satisfying tea towels. These nine are not perfect in any ways, but I told myself while looking at those nine tea towels that if I can’t enjoy these ‘unpleasant’ surprises, I should not continue the project. So I decided, and here I am, continuing the project.

To add to a big mess I am already making in the house, Mattie started printing his zine using the same technique but on paper (if you’ve been following this blog for a while, you would know that our small flat is our home and our studio). First few days, we had no floor space as it was covered with Mattie’s prints.

After tiptoeing around for a few days, we installed drying lines across the living room, and at least we got our floor back : ) Then to top it all up, we also made prints on papers with the stamps I used on tea towels. The house is still a big mess, and it will be for some weeks. But I am happy my hands are more often dirty than clean these days.

I don’t have many photos documenting the process up till now, because the process hasn’t been all fun fun and I was quite buried under it. But I hope to share more with you soon and I can’t wait to show you the final tea towels and prints in a couple of weeks : )

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After testing with dye paste.. What to do with the left over paste? You paint on old t-shirts : )

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To continue with our game, this time Soir sent us a sketch. Some played the game, some didn’t, but nevertheless it was a nice day with some out-of-town friends who were visiting Paris.

Ishem, Christ, Toto, Obisk, Gsulf, Torpen, Matti, Momo.

Moderne Jazz.

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Mattie and I spent some time in LA over Christmas and New Year’s. We spent half our time there eating Chinese with my family and the other half helping out my friends who were setting up a new cafe B TWENTYFOUR. They also run a deli and bottle shop The Heights which Mattie designed the logo and sign painted its exterior almost two years back. Mattie once again designed a logo for B TWENTYFOUR and made the signage for the business. And this time we also got to make some art pieces to decorate their beautiful high ceiling interior.

We made a series of paintings on fabric, which we cut, sew and painted.

 

We flew back to Paris before it opened, but B TWENTYFOUR is now open. So the locals, go visit, grab a coffee (or horchata latte which I really want to try!), enjoy the sign and the paintings and let me know what you think ; )

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B TWENTYFOUR
2223 N Broadway
Los Angeles CA 90031
7AM – 5PM everyday
323.352.8566
instagram @btwentyfourla

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With the guys in Moderne Jazz, we began a game – one makes a sketch, and the rest of the crew paint using the sketch : )

Torpen visited Paris one day, and he left us a sketch before he left. So we went off with the sketch and painted it. I lost his original sketch, but maybe you can imagine it by looking at what we did with it.

Soir, Obisk, Gsulf, Matti

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Here it is, the very first painting on wall of 2017. It was on a sunny day in January, but oh man it was so painfully cold.

Matti, Gsulf, Obisk, Dino, Christ.

Moderne Jazz.

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I like calendars. It grounds my thoughts and gives me a sense of comfort. I always looked for a calendar which the days would simply continue regardless of the month change. Yet, I’ve never found one.

So I decided to make one for 2017. The weeks start on Sundays, and the days are written in English while the months are French abbreviations. All the days were hand stamped and scanned. It is printed on both sides of two newspaper sheets.

I made extra prints, so contact me if we share the same taste in calendar.
€6 incl shipping.

Happy 2017 yo!

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PAINT ON WALL / SOME TIME AGO #05 - angdoo.com/blog

Some time ago with some friends.

PAINT ON WALL / SOME TIME AGO #05 - angdoo.com/blog

PAINT ON WALL / SOME TIME AGO #05 - angdoo.com/blog

PAINT ON WALL / SOME TIME AGO #05 - angdoo.com/blog

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