Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Ciou - Beyond the Rainbow

Last weekend I went to see Ciou's solo art show 'Beyond the rainbow' at Kochxbos Gallery in Amsterdam. I love her work! So many creepy cute characters roam around in the fantasy worlds that she creates. I can go completely lost in the details... so much to look at! Elaborate paintings, hand-painted vintage wooden toys, life sized mural and a customized Munny... all on display at 'Beyond the rainbow'. Beautiful!

The Oneyes blog : Ciou

The Oneyes blog : Ciou  

Ciou - Beyond the rainbow 
Kochxbos Gallery Amsterdam
Jan 24 - Feb 28, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My life as a collector - Frames

If you collect something then you probably collect other things too. It can be something that has a connection with your main collection or it can be something completely different. With the 'My Life as a collector' posts I am sharing some of the things that I collect next to my main collection which is art toys/designer toys. Besides the toys I also like to collect the 2D art work of the artists. This can vary from art postcards, drawings or prints. Most people buy art and then choose the picture frame. I buy frames that are interesting in shape and/or size. Then I go searching for the perfect piece of art work to go into that frame. Sometimes that is not so easy. The end result is that I have a lot of empty frames waiting to be matched with beautiful art work. So you can say I am a collector of frames.

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My collection of black frames. Art Postcards by Amanda Louise Spayd.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What's on my bookshelf? - Femke Hiemstra

'Rock Candy' contains paintings, mixed media art and sketches by Dutch artist Femke Hiemstra. She is one of my favorite pop surrealist artists. I love her sinister fairytale worlds. Besides her artwork this book also gives a look behind the scenes and includes photographs and reproductions of her studio and her influences. It is a wonderful book!

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Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Hardcover | 175 pages

Friday, February 6, 2015

Wanderlust - London

London is one of my favorite European cities. I have visited this city many times. I like cities that have a river front, beautiful architecture and plenty of culture. Fact is that I feel very much at home in London. Wish I could visit this city more often.

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Here are some impressions and tips for your visit to London. I usually go there for a three day visit, but London is perfect for longer visits too. Even if you go for a whole week you won't get bored. There is always something to explore. Of course you must visit the tourist hotspots like Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Oxford and Regent Street, etc. But there are plenty of other things for you to see.

From The Netherlands you can travel to London by boat, by airplane and by train. I have tried them all except by train.

- Stena Line / Day ferry and train
I have taken the Stena Line Ferry from Hoek van Holland to Harwich. The positive side is that you don't have to book a cabin, the negative side is that it takes forever to arrive.You will leave around 12.00 and you will arrive around 19.00 and then you'll need to take the train to Liverpool Street Station. That's a pretty long day before you'll finally arrive at your hotel in London...

- Stena Line / Night ferry and train
When I go by ferry I prefer to take the night ferry from Hoek van Holland to Harwich. You need to book a cabin though. So it is more expensive than the day ferry. You depart at Hoek van Holland at 23.00 and arrive in Harwich at 07.00. The departure and arrival time are the same on the return journey. Then you take the train to London Liverpool Street Station where you arrive at about 09.00.  It's a comfortable way to travel. After a good night's sleep you feel fresh in the morning and ready to enjoy London for a full day. It's also perfect for a one day visit to London.

- Airplane
Whenever I go to London by airplane I like to depart from Rotterdam Airport and arrive at London City Airport. Then it's easy to take the DLR to the center of the city. I find it less stressful than traveling from Schiphol.

Plenty of hotels in London! For one or two nights I usually book a hotel room, but for a longer stay I can recommend sites like HomeAway or Airbnb. Here you can book lodgings from local hosts.


I love walking along the South Bank of the River Thames. During the day on sunny days, but it is also magical at night. I never get tired of the scenery.

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Photography © Marianne Roosa

How to get there:
Underground: Waterloo

After dinner I always go for a walk in a certain part of the city. At night it is very romantic to walk along the river. The area between Westminster and The Tower Bridge is a perfect location for stroll. Also be sure to visit Somerset House. The courtyard is beautiful at night!

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Photography © Marianne Roosa

Underground: Waterloo

Somerset House
Open: Fri - Sun 10.00 - 18.00
At night the fountain court and embankment level is open until 23.00
Underground: Temple/Covent Garden/Charing Cross/Embankment
Address: The Strand

Greenwich has a park with stunning views. It's a lovely place to wander around. You can stroll along the river or visit the Maritime museum, the Cutty Sark or the Royal Observatory. You can easily spend a day here.

Royal ObservatoryThe Planetarium and stand on the world famous Greenwich Meridian line.
the world-famous Greenwich Meridian Line
When you go to Greenwich make sure to go to Island Gardens and walk through the Greenwich Foot Tunnel. It's a quaint park and creepy tunnel. You can also go there by boat. I haven't done that but I can imagine that can be fun too.

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Photography © Marianne Roosa 

How to get there:
Greenwich DLR, Cutty Sark DLR, Island Gardens DLR

When in London I always visit a few museums. Most of the big museums are free but sometimes you have to pay for special exhibitions. Before I go I always check online if there are interesting exhibitions. When needed I book tickets online.

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Photography © Marianne Roosa

Some of my favorites museums are:
The Natural History Museum
British museum
Design museum
Science museum
Victoria and Albert museum
Tate Modern
Maritime museum

The best way to spend a Sunday is to go to one of the many markets in London. If you are interested in street art, vintage shopping and street food I would recommend a visit to the area where you can find Old Spitalfields Market and the Old Truman Brewery.

Old Spitalfields Market
Open: Sun 09.30  - 17.00
Underground: Liverpool Street
Address: 16 Horner Square

The Old Truman Brewery
Underground: Liverpool Street
Address: 91 Brick Lane

Stolen Space Gallery
Open: Tue - Sun 11.00 - 19.00
Underground: Aldgate East / Liverpool Street
Address: 17 Osborn Street

As a toy collector and movie fan I can't visit London without a visit to Forbidden Planet. Here you will find lots of movie merchandise and some designer toys. If you are interested in designer toys and you are in London in April then make sure to check out ToyCon UK. This is a must see event!

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 Photography © Marianne Roosa

Forbidden Planet
Open: Fri - Za 10.00 - 19.30 / Sun 12.00 - 18.00
Underground: Tottenham Court Road
Address: 179 Shaftesbury Avenue

ToyCon UK
Open: 9.00 - 17.00
Underground: Bethnal Green (central line)
Address: York Hall 5 Old Ford Rd

Some of my favorite restaurants:
Masala Zone; Indian cuisine
Wagamama; Asian cuisine

Working on this blog post I discovered that I have not seen a few must see places. So I have added them to my list for my next visit. That proves to show you that no matter how many times you'll visit London you have never seen it all.