I've been on the road to becoming more of a minimalist the past few years and after the recent sad loss of two family relatives, I feel the urge to continue this journey even more. To cherish the every day, the 'now', the people I have in my world and to make it a life full of 'intention' where everything I surround myself has to feel current for me and inspiring somehow. (or that we absolutely love and can't live without). I no longer want to surround myself with old stuff that no longer seems fit for purpose. We're wanting to create more calm and a feeling of space around our home, free from so many possessions. I realise that I can still enjoy looking at objects without having to actually own them! I'll add them to my Pinterest boards instead!
I started collecting Scandi ceramics about twenty years ago and have gradually been parting with them. The ones that I still have, have been the ones that I've been attached to the most, but I now feel I can let go of them as they've been a huge part of my illustration journey and have done their job as it were! These little ceramic salt and pepper shakers from the 60s (designed by Anne-Marie Odegaard for Porsgrund in Norway) have been a huge influence on my fine line black and white illustrations and I'm now ready for the next lot of inspiration, and for others to enjoy these! (*Hence me selling them!)
Finel casserole dish designed by Esteri Tomula in the 60s
This enamel casserole dish shown above has been another possession I've loved living with the past ten or so years but am also ready to part with. Again, this illustration has helped influence my style over the past few years. It was designed for the Finnish company Finel by Esteri Tomula in the 60s and is in very good condition for it's age. I've had it on show for years and only recently kept a little plant in it.
Vintage Dick Bruna Children's Coat Hooks
Ahhhh, my beloved vintage Dick Bruna coat hooks! I bought these from one of my favourite online shops Pomme de Jour several years ago now on Etsy. I bought them for our daughter who at the time was a huge Dick Bruna fan (like her mummy!). She's now ten and says she's too old for these. Sadly, it's true and they deserve to go to a home where they can be cherished. I collect Dick Bruna's books (and stamps) but am choosing to be very selective as to what we're adding to our walls. Again, another true inspiration to me - the wonderful illustration of Dick Bruna.
Vintage Dick Bruna Puzzle
I shall be selling all the above and a few other bits and pieces this Saturday 5th May 10am UK time here.