Don't get me wrong, I love Utrecht and have enjoyed living here for the past 9 (!) years. But every time I"m in Amsterdam, I'm reminded of how much I like this city as well. I was born here, so I can actually call myself a 'Mokumse'! That might have something to do with it...
My sister moved to Amsterdam about a year ago and recently found a lovely apartment in the city center, close to the Westerkerk. My dad joked I should move here too, because she lives around the corder from a craft store (which is atually called 'knutselwinkel' - how cute is that), an enormous beads shop, AND an arts supply shop. Seriously. Who wouldn't want to live here?? Well, my girlfriend, as a matter of fact...so I guess we'll just stay in Utrecht for now. But I'll definitely come back here a lot!
Indonesia is espcially known for its batik, but also for so many more art and handicraft forms such as woodcarving, silver smithing, stone carving, etc. Bali is one of the hotspots for Indonesian arts, with many local villages specialised in one or other craft. Visiting them was very high on my to do list! And rightly so, it turned out...
First stop: batik, of course! We visited a gallery and workshop in Yogyakarta and were allowed to just walk around and take pictures. The kind lady explained the whole process to us and we understand now why the real, handmade batik is so expensive.
Woodcarving! Entire villages were specialized in this craft, with skills that have been finetuned for generations. We were taken to a store (also known as tourist trap) with a huge collection of statues. We didn't buy anything as most of it wouldn't have fit into our luggage (or home) but it was great to see the details in the craftmanship.
It's finally time to reveal the 'secret project' I/we have been working on for the last 2 months! Actually, it all started a year ago when for some reason I wanted to design a moose Christmas decoration. So I drew one and thought it was pretty neat. Then, my girlfriend stepped in with her drawing skills and designed one that was way cuter and prettier. I cut them from some thin wood, put some fabric on them and the Mushymoose was born! We received so many compliments that we decided to make a whole batch of them. If they didn't sell, fine, we'd just decorate our own tree with 120 mushymooses.
Well, that's probably not going to happen. We put them online about 2 weeks ago and already sold over 60 of them. Including an order of 20 gold ones! It's so funny to think that this little design we created together is now traveling places and decorating trees all over the world. We're probably going to need to order a new batch soon and possibly even introduce another Christmas decoration design. Thanks so much to everyone who ordered them!