Another museum visit – Kunsthal Rotterdam

maRRose - CCC --- Kunsthal Exhibitions June 2016-10Last Friday Quinn and I made good use of our “Museum Jaarkaart” once again!
I love it that whenever we’re thinking of having a “mother-daughter”-date, a trip to the museum comes up most of the times – it’s absolutely wonderful to share our passion of all things creative and artistic.maRRose - CCC --- Kunsthal Exhibitions June 2016-42

Since Quinn has a special love for photography, as well as for the artist Salvador Dalí, the Rotterdam Kunsthal was a must visit. Their special exhibition on photographer Philippe Halsman, who worked with Dalí for many, many years, seemed perfect, but was about to end. So, off to Rotterdam we went!

We both enjoyed the exhibition tremendously! Halsman photographed covers for Life Magazine for a long time, and it was fun seeing some of the photos he took next to the Life Magazine covers in print.maRRose - CCC --- Kunsthal Exhibitions June 2016-32 maRRose - CCC --- Kunsthal Exhibitions June 2016-33

The photos done with Dalí were amazing: at a time when no person had ever heard of “Photoshop” yet, Halsman was able to create images that actually make me think, he was secretly testing and playing around with Adobe’s first Photoshop version.maRRose - CCC --- Kunsthal Exhibitions June 2016-40

The last part of the display showed Halsman’s famous “jump” pictures of celebrities; celebrities I would have considered very unlikely to appear in a photo jumping, like the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and Richard Nixon.
Halsman said this about his “jumpology” (his philosophy on jump photography ;): “When you ask a person to jump, his attention is mostly directed toward the act of jumping and the mask falls so that the real person appears.” I think he was right about that!

We also saw another expo, the “All you can Art” exhibit, on our way to the Halsman photos, and I loved its imaginative – and colorful ;) – installations full of humor.maRRose - CCC --- Kunsthal Exhibitions June 2016-43maRRose - CCC --- Kunsthal Exhibitions June 2016-45And just when you think this is a blog post without any crochet at all: will you just look at this adorable crocheted bow tie I encountered in the museum shop?
It’s by “Granny’s Finest”, a wonderful organization (more information here)!maRRose - CCC --- Kunsthal Exhibitions June 2016-13

The morning was ended with coffee, a minty lemonade (loved the peonies on the restaurant’s tables), and a couple of quirky photos with one of the three huge bunnies that adorn the Kunsthal grounds – we returned home happy and invigorated!maRRose - CCC --- Kunsthal Exhibitions June 2016-44

Enjoy your day!
Marianne xx

Treasury Tuesday

maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday - Freeform Crochet-03If you’ve listened to the interview that famous yarnbomber Stephen Duneier had with me last year, you may have noticed him trying to convince me to become a yarnbomber. It’s true, this is a crochet related area that I haven’t touched yet, and think I should give a go… sometime ;)
maRRose - CCC --- Yarnbombing-04maRRose - CCC --- Yarnbombing-03I admire a lot of yarnbombers’ work greatly; I love the fun and beautiful yarn installations that they create, and I really believe their art makes the world a little happier.
At least, that’s the effect yarnbombs have on me: they either make me smile, or sigh in admiration.
maRRose - CCC --- Yarnbombing-01 maRRose - CCC --- Yarnbombing-05maRRose - CCC --- Yarnbombing-02Last Saturday was International Yarnbombing Day, and I enjoyed seeing many new yarnbombs being installed all over the world (thank you social media). For instance this one, by dear ig-friend Jane: I think it’s wonderful!

The thought that crochet is an art form is not new, and I loved finding artsy crochet for this week’s “Treasury Tuesday”. I searched for “freeform crochet”, and this is the beauty I found …..

I especially adore these two:
maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday - Freeform Crochet-01 maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday - Freeform Crochet-02What is your favorite, and have you ever done any freeform crocheting or yarnbombing?
I’m personally concerned I might be tad bit too ocd to do any freeform crocheting, but yarnbombing is definitely something I’ll venture out in….. eventually :)

Have a happy week,
Marianne xx

PS: clicking on the images in this post, will take you to the fabulous makers

Follow-up Friday

maRRose - CCC --- Carter's Chevron Blanket-02You know that it’s not been an extremely good week crochet-wise when you have to think really hard, trying to come up with projects worked on during the past week (let alone projects that were finished)…..

Nonetheless, it was mostly a fun filled week, kicked off with a delightful yarny trip with lovely Miriam.
Our first stop was at “Wol” in Haarlem – we felt like kids in a candy store!
maRRose - CCC --- yarnlove-26 maRRose - CCC --- yarnlove-25And look what gorgeous purchases I made ……(please do notice too how well I restrained myself)…..
maRRose - CCC --- yarnlove-03It being market day here in Amstelveen, Miriam couldn’t possibly go home without visiting the famous “Wolman”, who carries a lot of my beloved “Alize”. It was there that I decided to get the first balls to – finally – begin Carter’s Chevron Blanket: three shades of grey, black, and a beautiful teal, all “Alize Superlana Midi” – a mix of acrylic (75%) and wool, supersoft and wonderful to crochet with.

The pattern I’m using is Ilaria Chiaratti‘s, to be found in the “Mollie Haken” book that I’ve had for a while (English equivalent here). It’s a fantastic project to be working on!
maRRose - CCC --- yarnlove-09maRRose - CCC --- Carter's Chevron BlanketmaRRose - CCC --- Carter's Chevron Blanket-05Not crochet related at all, but at least as much pleasant and interesting, was a visit to the current Keith Haring exposition in the Kunsthal in Rotterdam with Quinn last weekend.
maRRose - CCC --- Keith Haring-Kunsthal-2015-20 maRRose - CCC --- Keith Haring-Kunsthal-2015-21We both enjoyed this exhibit tremendously, and we can highly recommend your going there!
I love Haring’s statement: “Art is for Everybody” – so true!
maRRose - CCC --- Keith Haring-Kunsthal-2015-13This week’s best news, however, is how well Carter’s foot is healing. Tuesday’s x-rays showed all hardware (plate, 2 pins, 7 screws) is still positioned perfectly, and the pieces of bone (taken from his hip early September) are growing nicely into place.
This resulted in him getting a cast and two crutches, with which he’s allowed to try and “walk”. To see him standing on two feet again after more than 3 months sure was a joyous moment……

Wishing you all a very happy weekend,
Marianne xx