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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!

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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You may have noticed that my postcard and poster collection keeps growing and growing. In fact having postcards and posters printed seems to have turned into some kind of addiction lately, along with another one: baking healthy cookies and cakes almost daily (but more about that later). However the good news is that I'm sort of rid of my sugar addiction ;).

More good news is that all those boxes with postcards and posters aren't just piling up in my studio, but that they're actually being sold in more and more nice shops, both brick and mortar shops and online ones. I thought I'd let you know where you can find them!

Brick and mortar shops

All the luck in the world, Amsterdam

Bos & Heij, Arnhem

Huiszwaluw, Ghent (Belgium)

Woonwinkel Nova, Breda

Online shops

Een nieuw avontuur

Kleine Sam

Liefs van Maantje

Mooi kamertje

Of course all the postcards will also be available in my etsy shop.

Do you have a shop and are you interested in wholesale of my postcards, posters, prints or ceramics? You can always send me an email at ik_ben_nina@hotmail.com to hear about the possibilities!

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One of the things that I find most difficult about running a small online art/craft/design business, is to what extent I can and want to keep up with the constant hunger for new things, new styles and changing trends that I see around me, and that I also notice in myself. Like a lot of people I'm always curious to see new designs and products and each season's new collections. Not necessarily because I feel that we should change our complete clothing style or interior with each fresh collection (not at all, in fact), but I guess it's sort of a natural thing that we're always more interested in new things to come than in what we already know. 

I also notice this when it comes to the things I sell: though I wish I could say that every little piece I make is a timeless classic, truth is that most of the things that I made a few years ago (and that some people also bought back then) don't get that much attention anymore these days. Usually I get a bit bored with them myself as well after some time, and there aren't that many things I made a few years ago that I still really like today. So from the things that I started selling about six years ago, only a few are still for sale right now, usually in a version much altered throughout time. And of course it's usually more fun to start working on new ideas than to keep repeating old ones, so then it's out with the old and in with the new. 

But sometimes it bothers me, maybe almost in a theoretical way: why is it so hard to keep liking something 'old', something you've maybe already seen many times, why do we constantly seem to be trapped in this desire for new things, for change? And then why does the new already seem old again after a few weeks? Is it simply because getting used to something means it can't surprise us anymore? Or is it all about quality and about the fact that most things turn out to be mediocre in the end, instead of timeless classics?

Maybe there's also the possibility that I just get bored too quickly... (I know quite a few people who still live in a perfect 1980s decor fairly happily, without ever complaining about feeling bored ;)) So maybe this is just me trying to turn my own quirk into some kind of universal issue.

Anyway, sometimes it can be interesting to look back at the (near) past. A while ago I quit selling some of the prints that I had made a few years earlier, but a bit to my surprise I regularly kept receiving requests for the alphabet print (the one that was featured in this great book about a year ago). So I came up with some sort of 'in with the old and in with the new' solution: the original A4-sized print is now available again as a larger poster and also as a postcard.

You can purchase the poster (and also a lot of newer, less retro ones ;)) here

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A lot of new plates are available in the shop! Most of these are identical plates (with different illustrations of course!) that can be combined perfectly for a breakfast or diner set, and on request I can make more of each. Or different ones... a lot of possibilities! For a change I haven't worked with vintage plates this time, so it's quite a new thing for me as well, working with those large piles of identical white plates ;). Some of the plates shown here have already sold, but if you like something similar, just let me know!

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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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