October 21, 2011

NijntjeWalk in Utrecht

"Pray" by Anrealage

This small lovely exhibition fits nicely in the subject Traditional Dutch. I think Nijntje (also called Miffy) is one of best know Dutch icon. Her creator Dick Bruna is a great artist and everyone who is interested in Art should get to know his work better!

Last week me and my mother visited the Dick Bruna Huis in Utrecht. With Miffy in Fashion the Dick Bruna Huis celebrates it's 5 year anniversary in the year of the rabbit. They invited fashion designers to create a party dress for Nijntje (see pictures). On of them is an African Batik Nijntje (more info below)!

My favorite is the Nijntje with the pearl earing. "Slow made Miffy" by i-did slow fashion is the perfect combination between old traditional Dutch & new Dutch fashion. The scarf around Nijntje's head is draped like the girl on the Vermeer painting, but it's also similar to how young & hip Muslim girls where their Hidjab. Brilliant & beautiful!

Miffy in Mood Indigo made by Lidewij Edelkoort

In search of handmade minimalism, Miffy's eyes become a dot pattern rendered in African tie-dye & dye craft.

'Miffy, Tahiti hostess' by Clements Ribeiro

"Slow made Miffy" by i-did slow fashion

'Pining for the heavens' by Edwin Oudshoorn.

Nijntje covered with beautiful butterflies by Claes Iversen

Got inspired?! Well you can make your own Nijntje dress for a competition. Hurry up, because the dress has to be at the Dick Bruna Huis on 30 October. More information about it here http://centraalmuseum.nl/bezoeken/agenda/ontwerpwedstrijd-nijntje-in-de-mode/. There you can find the pattern & conditions to participate (in Dutch).
If you make a dress, please let me know, I would love to share it here!

Nijntje in de mode / Miffy in fashion is shown at the Dick Bruna Huis in Utrecht till 22 of January 2012.

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