Thursday, March 3, 2016

Passepartout Press has a shop!

I think this site has been down for roughly 3 years. That's how old my daughter is so...duh. I recently bought back the url [it was actually held hostage for the three years since I let it go, people are dicks] and am setting up an instagram, so sit tight old friends. I was looking up the analytics and dang if the old chateau didn't have some followers back in her day. I can't promise to post like I used to. I remember at one point I was banging out 3 posts a day! But what I can't do in quantity I will try to make up for in quality.

At any rate. I've been busy on another venture, creating what I hope will be a printmaking empire. Today the etsy shop opened. Feel free to take a gander. Better yet, buy something. Comments are and have always been appreciated. Trolls can suck it. Gros bisous!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Where have you been???


You may be thinking. Indeed. Where have I been? Well. The short of it is that I've been working on 2 other blogs here and here. The long of it is, that while [over]working full-time, and traveling up the ying yang, I've also started my own business which has taken some might, time and patience to get off the ground. Officially it's still on the tarmac, but it's been cleared for takeoff. Introducing Passepartout Press. After discovering a real dearth of letterpress studios and even information or supplies in Ye Olde NL. I decided to start up my own company. Currently I make my own films and plates [on my homemade exposure unit] and print on a flatbed Tetterode. A great Dutch proofpress. I've been kept quite busy with teaching workshops on exposing your own photopolymer plates and setting up shop at home. Alongside a myriad of press projects I'm working on. Things have been going well! And busy! So check out the Passepartout website! Have any questions about building your own letterpress studio? Or just wanna yell at me for staying away so long? Shoot me an email. I'd love to hear from you. Oh and I won't be abandoning the good ole chateau here. I'll keep it updated with cool things I find and do, but for more press action check out the studio site. Ciao!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Speaking of cool creative things to do...




I've been waiting on this, because it was a surprise for my brother and he's a somewhat faithful reader at the 'ole chateau. The surprise has been revealed, so now I can show you what I've been cooking up over here. I'm getting into the letterpress game. For my first real foray. I met up with John Cornelisse of Enkidu Press in Philippine, The Netherlands. We met on Drukwerk in de Marge, a press forum for Dutch type nerds. He offered to show me how to burn photopolymer plates and to use them for the press. Since there's no Boxcar Press in the NL and as far as I can figure, no one else who provides a similar service. I figured, I gotta learn how to do this shizzle meself. What better excuse to learn than an invite for an upcoming concert featuring my fabulously talented baby brother? So checkout the flickr set. There's also a much larger and less edited set here, if you're a type nut like me. Would love to hear your thoughts.

Heard it here first folks!

Remember when I positively gushed over Max Lipsey and his amazing Acciaio series, here? Well it seems the world has caught on. Check out this great article on our man, here at Sight Unseen an ├╝ber-cool online magazine for art, design, etc. Great interview. He seems like such a cool interesting guy; and an American transplant to boot! I wish I could find more Americans setting up camp in the Netherlands doing totally great creative things. If you or anyone you know is one of these types. Send me a link or something. I would love to promote them over here.

Friday, June 24, 2011


That's good morning in Greek! I'm here on the balmy breezy island of Kos after a couple exciting days in Athens. The air is charged there right now. More on that later. But for now, the wifi in the room's been spotty, so I've been forced to relocate to the pool just to get this post to you! Oh the sacrifices I make for you guys. haha. Wanna see what it's like?

I call this girl with potato chip.

More fun photography and Greece travel tips to come. It's amazing here!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Recycling, Yay!

Those who know me well, know that I HATE throwing anything away. I've been known to eat questionable meat in lieu of depositing in the bin, and I refashion my old clothes before giving them the heave-ho, I even extend my denim life by patching the inner thighs. [yeah my thighs touch, sux] So in the spirit of reduce reuse recycle, check out this lovely newspaper wood. Stunning. And right up my alley. Via.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Graphic Designer's Road Map.

As a graphic designer in a new and challenging position. I am constantly thinking about, struggling with, mulling over, how can I make great work, while being fast, efficient, and inline with my new company's directives. This piece made me smile and offered some nice tips and good websites I hadn't checked out before. [there is however, a couple of mistakes. Can you spot them?] Via. Are you always striving to improve? If so, how/what do you [do to] get there? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Can we kiss and make up?

I wrote that line after I realized the irony that I am in quite a tempest with my beloved at the moment, but the kissing and making up I'm talking about here is of me to you. Blogging! I've been away for so long! This new job + this new endeavor I've taken on = an overwhelmed and very tired gal. I'm sorry. Please forgive me. My new resolution, is much better time management [actually what it means is not crashing on the couch after a long day's work, but getting online and delivering the goods to you guys]. I have a stuffed folder of ideas to share and a whole flickr album of fun for everyone. But first things first. My amends. If this video doesn't melt your heart and send you rushing right back into my arms, well then I don't know what will. Don't you wish charming videos could piece divides back together in real life? I know I do. The only thing stress seems to be good for is weight loss. Well I can't say I'm not vain enough to enjoy that. Oh, I got this video via A a lovely friend of mine back in NYC that I miss dearly. Have a lovely week friends. Be back soon with more.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Friday's Inspiration.

Remember that sad post I wrote about not finding work? Well cheer up friends, because work, it seems has found me. Or more appropriately, we found each other. What started as an internship, "stage" as we call it here, has blossomed into much more. Thus the more sporadic postings. [trying to figure out how to balance work, exercise, blogging, and cuddle time] I was thinking about sending an email to my colleagues each friday of some weekend inspiration and then I realized; I would be a fool not to share it with you, my faithful readers, as well. So here we go, the balm that will soothe a week's worth of aches and get you in the mood for the weekend. I present, Friday's Inspiration.

Dope lamp.
Worn Out. via.

Fun and informative guide to printing processes.

Exuberant packaging by wink. via.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Yay Art!

Love the precision and clearly anal-retentive nature of the artist. Disassembly. Todd McLellan.Via Swiss Legacy. See more here.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Vrolijk Pasen!

Means Happy Easter in Dutch. I'm tickled today to find some fun Easter art on one of my favoriter Dutch blogs Funnier still is that the illustration came from Christopher Niemann of the NY Times. It's come full-circle now.

Monday, April 18, 2011

While we're on the subject...

I was just discussing the virtues of Hema and Target [high design meets low prices] to my friend V from Spresso today. I have always loved the concept that low price doesn't have to equal shitty design and depressing shopping experience. And then I stumble upon this! From Waitrose, a UK grocery chain. How fun! How direct. How utterly perfect. Love love love. Makes me wanna eat beans and celery. Thanks to Swiss Miss and Mrs. Easton.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Yay Art!

Natasha Law. If Egon Schiele and Warhol had a baby... Not the most intellectual of work, but a joy to behold nonetheless.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

IFFB Highlights.

Her. Obviously.
Quiet, intense, and gorgeous. This film, as Ward Janssen put it, "Is perfect in every way." It really is.

Oh Sofia, I can't help but love you. Sofia is at her schtick again, but I can't fight it, I like her quiet sad introspective films. 

Audrey the Trainwreck.
Funny, clever and poignant. This is a great date movie that doesn't dip into cliches or maxims.

Filled with the kind of hope and angst that only the repressed and teenagers can really channel. This film will bring you there and back and to places you never knew.

Twin Freaks.
It was a party. I wore a backless shirt. Woot woot!

Check out all the fun on Flickr. You might even spy a certain cheeky blogger.

There were a lot more films that I failed to see. Running around, Angeling, and After-Parties can take a lot out of you!

Many many thanks to Marijke [see 'licious pic above] and Ward for bringing me into the fray; and to Laura who got me acclimated, wined and dined me, and kept me in 6" stilettos on party night. I had an amazing time, saw an exciting panoply of films, and best and above all met a talented and driven group of amazing photographers, film-makers, artists, volunteers, bloggers etc etc. Man I gotta say. I fracking love the NL. The people here are tops.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Slow Breathing.

As much as I am "living the dream" out here in the NL complete with the gorgeous apartment and devastatingly handsome French partner; my ego still does get quite bashed about, by my current job situation...or lack thereof. I'm interning at the most darling of design agencies in the Hague, but not sure if that will manifest itself into something more. All the while I've been networking, and applying, and cold-calling, and interviewing and pavement pounding and all for naught. I average about a rejection a day. I didn't think it was taking such a mental toll until today when I got yet another and called said devastatingly handsome partner and broke down into a blubbering mess. I guess I am bummed. And then I stumbled upon this lovely painter Samantha French [what a name!] through Poppytalk handmade. I love the Frenchie feel, her chunky strokes and bold use of light and reflection. But most of all, I love the message. Slow Breathing. Relax and enjoy. Something I very much need right now. Check her out on Etsy. And check out Poppytalk's store here.

Saturday, March 26, 2011


So I saw this really cool film about Egypt and it's underground hip-hop, skater community. Very interesting, entirely in Arabic [which was a real treat for the ears] and well-paced; I recommend it highly. The film unfolded around Khaled as he tries to bring together this community of artists with as many roadblocks as you could imagine in a conservative devout culture. Interesting, poignant, and eye-opening to a western gal like me. Come to the IFFB to attend a screening or find one near you. Check the movie site for more info. You can thank me later by buying me a drink at the Twin Freaks party tonight.

Friday, March 25, 2011


That's me. Here I am at the illustrious IFFB [that's International Film Festival Breda to the uninitiated] having a blast; watching great films, meeting cool people, and squiring cool directors about town and I haven't even told you guys all about it!

In my defense, I had a migraine yesterday and was in screenings all day today, but still. Check out this dope trailer! More to come babies, more to come...

Cooking and Cool Design.

What could be better?

Ikea - Art of cooking - Make sushi! from Carl Kleiner on Vimeo.

Thanks Fontanel! An awesome Dutch design blog that me loves. xoxoxo


Maquette. Wicked good illustrator painter.
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