Ninainvorm
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Interested in selling Ninainvorm postcards, posters, art prints or ceramics in your own shop? You can send me an email at ik_ben_nina@hotmail.com to hear about the possibilities!

As you can see, my postcard collection keeps growing... (which is about as big a joy as having warm feet on a winter's day ;-))

Recently I received my new nightswans and sleepy bear postcards, and I created a new set of six postcards that you can find here.

But of course you can also think big and use the special offer below, because as long as I haven't been able to take proper new pictures of the big postcard set of now fourteen postcards, you'll get the two new postcards for free when you order the original large set of twelve postcards from my shop. So that's fourteen postcards for the price of twelve!

Offer is valid as long as slow me hasn't taken proper new postcard set pictures yet! ;-)

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I almost forgot to show my new big sleepy bear posters here...

There's an A3 sized one, which is actually a cut out of this giant one that's 50 x 70 cm.

Both sleepy bears can now be found in my shop!

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So blog readers, of course this instagram offer is for you as well!

Here's how it works:

If you place an order of 25 in my shop (shipping not included), you'll get a 6-postcard-set (this one or this one, it's up to you!) for free.

If you place an order of 50 in my shop you'll get a 12-postcard-set or any a3 size poster you like for free. Just leave me a message saying which postcard set (there are two different ones available, see details in my shop) or poster you'd like.

This offer is valid till Monday night (but I'm not too strict when it comes to time zones and such, so whenever it's Monday night where you live it's fine with me! ;-)) on all purchases from my etsy shop.

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A little while ago I was at my sister Olga's perfectly tidy and carefully decorated home. Oh, the joys of not having kids (yet)... Well no, of course I could only wish that all the mess at our place could be blamed on those poor girls ;-).

Anyway, it was time to take some pictures of my new Night swans posters, and all of a sudden I thought: I could spend hours tidying up my own living room so that I can show you the poster  on my by now slightly too familiar little library cupboard once again, or I could profit a bit from having a tidy younger sister who recently moved into her first apartment (and who enthusiastically spends her income at Ferm living and Hay each month ;-)).

I brought my sweet assistant...

... and then we took lots of photos!

The night swans poster is a pretty large poster (50 x 70 cm or 20" by 28"), that's available for purchase here.

Meanwhile I hope you've also enjoyed this little peek into my sister's apartment!

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Almost a year ago, after our moving house adventure had slowed down a little, all of a sudden I found myself working on posters instead of (mainly) ceramics... From one came the other, and posters also became postcards.

Right now I love working on paper designs, there's something kind of attractive about doing some (okay: usually a lot of) work on a few sheets of paper and on your computer and then receiving large boxes of your 'finished product'. It's so different from ceramics, where you put quite some time into just one piece without even being sure if it survives the firing in the kiln properly.

But in a way what attracts me sometimes also feels like the downside of it. To produce or to make?

It's hard to describe and it might sound a bit whiny, but for a while I've been feeling that the art/craft community that I've felt part of for such a long time has started to change, or maybe it has already been changing for a long time. It's kind of difficult to put this into words because in a way it's just a vague feeling, and maybe it's just a natural evolution or the coming of age of a movement. But when I look at places like etsy, but also at blogs and other media and art/craft shops, it seems like the focus is changing from original, handmade and one of a kind pieces towards 'production' and making more of the same. Also I often feel that the independent art/craft movement and the big brands/shops are growing closer towards each other, which I think is a mix of mutual inspiration on the one hand but sometimes also blatant copying on the other hand.

I guess the independent art/craft/design movement grew big and popular because there was a real demand for new original, creative and handmade items, that weren't mainstream and easy to find for a long time. Then a whole subculture with blogs, shops, magazines and books grew around it. Artists and bloggers started to collaborate with big media, big shops and big brands, and some of the artists and indie designers also became real brands themselves. Handmade became quite a hype, the supply of 'unique, original handmade items' became larger (including the DIY copying) and maybe that hype has just more or less reached it's end, like all hypes sooner or later do. I think this interesting article by Design Sponge's Grace Bonney describes some of these developments very accurately, but then more focused on the specific (but related) world of the (interior) design blogs.

When I look back at all these years of online art/craft/design, I think for a large part it has sort of 'grown up'.  Almost everyone seems to be able to take the most beautiful pictures these days, the styling of pictures has become much more important and probably the items people make have also improved and become more professional. Maybe in a way the artists and crafters have become a bit more mainstream and less 'cutesy-crafty', while the big brands and shops have become a bit more inspired to try new things that are a bit more daring and artistic.

So is it a win-win situation? Sometimes I think yes, when I'm able to buy some really nice, well-designed stuff for little money at the department stores that used to sell only boring, basic stuff a few years ago. Sometimes I think no, when I see that those department stores are simply copying beautiful designs by small/independent designers and selling them for much less money.

For myself, I really want to keep finding the balance between enjoying a bit of production and enjoying the experiment and inspiration of one of a kind, handmade pieces. Though of course I sometimes also have ambitions to take certain things to a higer (efficiency/productivity/sales) level, somehow I still feel very comfortable just making small amounts of things with my own hands.

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Just a small visual diary of what I'm working on and what I see around me these days, to keep track of some very busy weeks! Oh, and I guess the word of the week is swan ;).

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I've been working on a seriously big version of my bear asleep print. It may not be visible on these images, but the result is going to be big. The bears are on their way to the printing office now, and I'm pretty curious to see what they'll look like at size 50 x 70 cm...

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There's a new series of breakfast plates in the shop. All plates are different and they are being sold individually, but all together they mix & match perfectly! 

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Back to ceramics after spending a lot of my time on postcards and posters, it's always nice to try and start working on some new ideas!

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Oh A4, I must admit it: my love for your bigger, more impressive brother A3 took over a bit lately... But when I discovered the option to have A4-sized prints printed on the same beautiful heavy recycled paper that my postcards are made of, I didn't hesitate to give it a try. You can find the Bear asleep print here, and the Patches #1 print here.

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About Ninainvorm

My name is Nina, I'm a ceramics and paperwares designer and mom of Rosa and Julie. This blog is about making, living, liking, loving and so much more!

Want to get in touch? You can always send me an email through ik_ben_nina@hotmail.com.

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