Workshop upcycle diadeem

Zaterdag 16  Maart geef ik tijdens de @weekvandecirculaireeconomie in de Kweektuinen in Haarlem een workshop upcycle diadeem. Kom jij ook?

We  knippen, spelden, vouwen, rijgen, branden en naaien metbde hand. Er zijn verschillende voorbeeld ideeën, maar misschien verzin jij wel iets eigens? Ik ben druk bezig allemaal verschillende materialen te verzamelen van verpakkingen van nootjes tot rode uienzakken, maar ik breng ook allemaal verschillende rest (cut offs) stofjes mee, garens, kralen, knopen en vilt van @snuffelmug. Als je zelf iets hebt wat je wilt gebruiken, mag je dat natuurlijk ook mee brengen.

Welke upcycle diadeem ga jij maken,

Chique, vrolijk of feestelijk?




Deelnemers: 6 per keer 

Eigen bijdrage: €1.50  voor de metalen diadeem, graag contant

Aanmelding: graag 


Tot Zaterdag:)



Komen jullie ook?

Ik, Leoni en al mijn hoeden zijn voor een dag in Driebergen op het Triodos festival.

Samen met 100 andere ondernemers laten wij zien hoe we met zijn allen impact kunnen maken.

Ik werk graag met afgedankte materialen zoals olieschilderijen( zie foto, deze zijn momenteel van @boltenanna) die afgekeurd zijn door de kunstenaar, oude werkkleding van schilders en ook koffiebonen zakken die anders in de vuilbranding zouden eindigen verwerk ik graag tot een nieuw ontwerp. Duurzaam door hergebruik, op de website vindt jij deze hoeden en petten onder de tab 'concious'.

Heb jij materialen waarvan jij denkt daar kan een hoed mee gemaakt worden? Ik houd mij aanbevolen:)

Daarnaast werk ook ik met nieuw material. Wist jij dat bijna al mijn hoeden op bestelling gemaakt worden? Dus zelfs als ik met nieuw material werk, is dit duurzaam omdat ik het pas maak op het moment dat jij het besteld. De voordelen voor jou zijn inspraak in het material, de kleur en soms ook het ontwerp, de voordelen voor het milieu is dat ik geen overproductie heb. Ik vindt dat een win-win situatie.

Ben jij nieuwsgiereig geworden?

Lijkt mij leuk om jou in Driebergen te zien en spreken,

tot dan



Coming weekend I will be @steigerfestival Almere, the autumn edition, with a small stall of only upcycled headgear.

Steigerfestival is, I think, twice a year and promotes the circular economy. Together with 30 other upcycling and circular designers I was invited as part of the upcycle collective to take part in this huge event. If you want to dive deeper into circularity, recycling and upcycling come and visit us. There are a bunch of workshops, exhibitions, demonstrations, broedplaats( creative hub) de steiger, second hand stores and the maker market. I am sure I forgot half, oh there is music, a foodtruck market and a little hop-on-hop-off train taking you from one spot to the next if the little ones get tired or if you went to Floriade first;) There is something for everybody. I am sure this is going to be a great celebration of how positief a change of thinking and doing can be.

With this in mind, come by to be measured, select your favourite hat-/ cap model, choose your materials( deadstock) and order. The finished models will be delivered to your doorstep from week 42 onward.

Deadstock, I feel you thinking, but no worries these are materials that were donated to me buy various people, to whom I am very grateful, 'cause it would be such a shame if usefull materials would end up in landfill and not on your head;) Apart from deadstock I will also bring some upcycling materials like pants or dresses, that can be used for various hats or beanies. No worries, for the real shoppers, I will also bring a tiny selection of ready made and some really cool single pieces.

So I hope to see you there in the 'Meermin tent'. You might just catch me giving a demonstration:)

I design & produce headgear, caps, beanies, berets, hats and more. My passion is working with patterns and abstracting these creating modern hatwear with a twist. Also I love to upgrade and upcycle, creating designs that are therefore different and unique, at times using deadstock or cut offs making many designs limited.
I believe in slow fashion, which is why I don’t design new collections every 3 month or 1/2 year and try to make timeless pieces, which of course doesn’t always work. Everything gets produced in my tiny home studio in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
I love what I do and am grateful, that even with my handicap this is still, or again, possible. I have learned that time is limited and it gives me the greatest pleasure to spend it, creating things that people love to wear.
Thank you all,

My new Valorise tags have arrived. Don’t they look great! I am so happy I found this product @Ecodrukkers. Tags made from agricultural residual flows coming from dutch farmlands, printed with bio inkt and produced Co2 neutral, woauw! I translated the information Ecodrukker crew provided me with when I wanted to know more about the origin of the paper. The following is what they answered about Valorise: 'Valorise is paper with fibers from dutch greenhouses( local agricultural residual flows). This paper is the result of collaboration between growers, knowledge centres and universities for circular valorisation of fibers from the agricultural residual flows like tomato- and paprika plants. The optimal scenario is that agricultural residual flows wil not be composted, but used for 100% as raw material for the paper and other industries. The processing of this agricultural fibre and the unique recipe of the paper supplier led to a very special paper with a high tactile and visual value, with a subtiel presence of the fibre'. And I have to say it, I love em!

Packaging, is where I pack the hat into a parcel to send it to you. Very often you can already recognise the sender of a package, by the print on the parcel. Of course this is fun, it gets the adrenaline level up, just by looking at the packaging, without even unpacking it. The down side is, that al of those parcels get manufactured & printed first and at the end of the road they end up in the bin. When entering a quick google search I found mind breaking numbers, which is why I love recycling packaging. So don't be surprised if your hat arrives in someone else’s branded packaging and feel free to recycle it too.

On my search to a greener existence, I'm now locking into the tags that I use on my hats. Until now I printed, cut and glued them myself. Making designs for different collections and so on. A time killing undertaking, that I have decided, to simplify. Not only because of the time issue, but also because of the footprint. I found a great new product, from paperwise. Paper made of landscape waste, no trees needed. Hope to show you soon, how this is going to look. I am now searching the printer that can realise this with bio inkt.

Bottles daytime environment, is the title of this here only partly shown picture shot by Daria Shevtsova. I recognised it, it's what you find on most beaches in Europe these days. I used to, while still in art school, collect items I found on the beach, to reuse in projects, mostly fishing nets,ropes and wood. Being young my view on my surroundings were very different( there was also less trash on the beaches), but with age I started to develop, what you might call a green conscious, which is why this picture saddens me. The positive is that this is how my recycle projects started as well as this new category, where I share my green development with you.