Sietske van der Veen

Artist in ResidenceSietske van der Veen, our favourite exponent of ‘New Dutch Enchantism’, took a journey with us during a week long ‘Artist in Residence at The HoBB’, and explored:

Image Capture;
Image Awareness;
Image Creation and
Portfolio Presentation.

Van der Veen’s style is to weave established graphic icons into enchanted landscapes creating the ‘natural form graphic’ somewhat reminiscent of the ‘Arts and Craft’ approach pursued by the ‘William Morris Company’ in 19th Century England.

Whilst Van der Veen’s work includes a delightful mix of endearing pattern, she often overlays it with an inner world of fun and mischief, creating a far ‘lighter-surreal’ than the deep meaningful surreal the World associates with artists like Dali and Bosch.

Influenced by the clear star-lit skies of the HoBB’s ideal country setting for artists, Van der Veen revisited her early interest in stars and picked-vegetation for the table, to produce some fine ‘astro-gastronomic’ pieces described as ‘Abstract Permutations unearthed from Natures’ ordered chaos’.

I have no personal idea whether they represent ‘unhinged irrationalism’ or some ‘New Dutch Order’, but I can assure you that the works were certainly edible (see pictures).

Two early works of Van der Veen’s are now in the HoBB Permanent Collections for we have now purchased a print , “Pattern’s Domain” to go with our miniature landscape, ‘Small World III’, depicting a bio-niche where toadstools have mushroomed out after those famous warm moist weather moments well known in this part of the UK.

Van der Veen has a constant interest in motif, especially dice, and her enthusiasm for exploring order within natural settings, pulls viewers into her enchanted dreamscapes, especially those who can walk with ease into the paintings of Miro, Kandinsky, Klee and Ernst.

‘Artist’s in Residence’ at The HoBB, UK
New Artists interested in a HoBB Residency should apply in writing for further information and an Application Form.

The Art of Waves ~~~~~~~~~ by <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant

The Good Life at HoBB Garden Grid ref. 273/02 [H27]

The Good Life at HoBB Garden Grid ref. 273/02 [H27]I think I’ve lost the label on these Raspberries somewhere. No idea now what they are called; some name like ‘Glen…’, but they taste great and I know we paid £5 for 35 plants at auction in one of our best ever ‘deals’ yet at Kingsland’s Wednesday Night Sales.

– If I spent less time writing this log, I’d be down there more often and might be tempted to lash out another five pounds.
As they are planted at the edge of our water meadow, they are always juicy and if I read up on ‘cuttings’, I should be able to propagate enough to have a raspberry festival ……….. plenty of light dustings of sugar and a specific cream we have found that is excellent made by Longley Farm.

If you want to know about the Good Life, it’s all about picking food immediately before you eat it.

Around October each year we go on fungi forays and have fantastic fry-ups. As natural re-cyclers of materials we have an affinity with fungi and simply love discovering them whether or not they are worth eating. We’ve been sent some information on the large number of edible species now available for home growing and we think we can set up the right conditions to ensure a fun fungi festival too!

I’ll return to add to this blog after we have had a go. If you want to put the wheels in motion yourself and would like to work alongside a couple of fun funky fungi partners, contact us and we’ll tell you all we know about the Good life of Fungi as well as Raspberries and Longley Farm cream!

Waves by the score and spore ~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant