2018 women's march by liza donnelly

drawing by Lizza Donnelly



Liza Donnelly, Cartoonist/writer for New Yorker, CBS News, CBS This Morning, Author, performer, TED speaker, global traveler  is looking to change the world with humor. It was freezing during the 2018 Women's March, her hand wouldn’t really function until it warmed in a café.
Signs were everywhere, and she tried to chose the ones to make drawings of  that were more positive in nature. As she saw it, the march was about a variety of concerns: extreme disagreement with President Trump, hope and desire for women’s and girls’ rights, a call to get out the vote and a call to elect more women to public office. One woman just stood in the middle of the street and held her sign for a long time. Another group of young women expressed their strong feelings, chanting and holding their signs about the importance of diversity in the women’s movement. A father had brought his two sons, and they posed for her. She had not seen any boys of any age, so she thanked these two for being there.
The women's march attracted hundred of thousands of participants in hundreds of towns in the United States with sister rallies in Canada and other countries.

lezing dutch design in het huis der zotheid

praktisch kunstwerk in de hal van museum Boymans van Beuningen





Museum Boijmans van Beuningen heeft een grote collectie hedendaags design. In haar Stadscollectie is een groot deel design-werken opgenomen die door Rotterdamse kunstenaars zijn gemaakt. In een beeldrijke lezing zal Hoo-Man Chan, kunstdocent van het Rotterdamse museum en spreker op tal van kunstlezingen, de meest bijzondere moderne en hedendaagse design-werken van Rotterdamse kunstenaars vertonen en toelichten.
De lezing is op donderdagavond 25 januari van 19.30 tot 21.30 uur (taal Nederlands) in literair café Huis der Zotheid, Haringvliet 40, 3011 ZP Rotterdam nabij Oostplein. Het huis is een bijzondere plek met terras aan het water. Er kan heerlijke koffie en Wilma's cake genuttigd worden. Toegang lezing € 5,00, reserveren aub per telefoon: 010-7514980 of per email: info@huisderzotheid.nl.

de kracht van nu - coach ria van mil




Een nieuw jaar, een nieuw begin. De donkerste dagen liggen achter ons en we bewegen weer naar het licht en de lente. Echt een periode om plannen te maken, maar velen van ons zijn goed in het uitstellen. En meestal geeft dat stress, verdriet, schuldgevoel of zelfs kwaadheid. Hoe negatief we ook over ons uitstelgedrag denken, het is zeker niet hetzelfde als luiheid. Uitstelgedrag is bijna altijd een reactie op de perfectionistische en belemmerende gedachten, die we hebben. In haar laatste nieuwsbrief laat therapeute Ria van Mill zien hoe je, door die gedachten aan te pakken, het uitstelgedrag in de toom houdt. - Neem bijvoorbeeld perfectionisme, dat vraagt nogal wat van een mens. - Of te veel hooi op je vork, vaak willen we te veel en maken het te weinig concreet. - Motivatie, soms denken we iets te willen, maar missen de motivatie om in actie te komen. - En last but not least faalangst. Zolang niemand het ziet, kan je ook geen kritiek krijgen. In haar praktijk gaat mevrouw Van Mil op zoek naar de oorzaak van uitstelgedrag, zodat er ruimte gevonden wordt om in beweging te komen.

De niet alledaagse maar succesvolle methode van coach Ria van Mill werkt al jarenlang in de praktijk aan de rand van natuurgebied 'De Booner Lucht' in Maassluis. Zij is ervan overtuigd dat iedereen de innerlijke kracht bezit om weer in actie te komen en kan stoppen met uitstellen. Dat kan met hulp van een Rationeel Emotieve Therapie (RET)-training of een persoonlijk coachingstraject: 

r.v.mil@kairos.nu , MariaRutgersstraat 16Maassluis, Telefoon: 06 - 30 28 28 17

uitgeverij de brouwerij / brainbooks

dichtregel van Henriëtte Faas langs de Waterweg in Maassluis



De gespecialiseerde uitgeverij de Brouwerij/Brainbooks brengt al 10 jaar lang een bijzondere lijst boeken uit. Het is een zelfstandig publikatiehuis als onderneming van de Literaire Stichting Jambe, die in 1996 door dichteres en uitgeefster Henriëtte Faas werd opgericht. De uitgeverij (2006) profileert zich anno 2016 als een uitgeverij die als doel heeft een brede discussie rond sociaal-medische en maatschappelijk relevante onderwerpen te bevorderen én meer kennis rond deze onderwerpen te verspreiden. Dit realiseren zij door het uitgeven van literaire fictie (psychologische romans) en non-fictie (ervarings-verhalen) met bijzondere aandacht voor de psychologische invalshoek. Bekijk hier overzicht boeken. Bekijk hier enkele brochures.

Uitgeverij de B | B, Sparrendal 336, 3142 LM Maassluis, telefoonnummer: 06-14355433. Bij interesse om zelf te publiceren is het raadzaam om het reglement inzenden manuscripten eerst te lezen. Brochures, affiches en boekomslagen worden verzorgd door dochter Linda Hirzmann, grafisch ontwerpster.

fractal islamic patterns by phil webster

the screened icosahedral lamp by Phil Webster



Intricate 3D Sculpture. Fascinating, delicate sculptures made using the latest 3D printing technology by Phil Webster . His primary focus has been exploring the combination of traditional Islamic motifs with fractal patterns. This has led to an entire family of art works.

The best way to see this in action is simply to browse the portfolio. Phil Webster is a self-taught artist exploring the intersections of mathematical patterns and shapes, natural forms, ancient design traditions, and sacred geometry. He blends his distinctive and diverse set of skills and interests with his lifelong love for the beauty of geometry to produce unique works of geometric art and décor. Phil creates his art using a variety of techniques, including laser cutting wood, paper, and acrylic; 3D printing in plastic and metal; giclée prints on paper, canvas and metal.

Webster was born in Rochester, NY. His studies have been in the fields of geometry, cognitive science, music, cartography and computer science. The common threads running through these fields inform his art and design today, including the appreciation of technological tools, aesthetics and design skills, mathematical and programming skills. He currently resides in Scotts Valley, CA with his wife and cat.

exhibition 4 dutch (textile) artists 2017


In 2017 exposeerden 3 textiel kunstenaars en 1 acryl schilder uit de Randstad een maand lang in de Tavenu Kunsthal & de Oude Kerk in het historische dorp Maasland, provincie Zuid-Holland. Het was een eenmalige maar unieke samenwerking met de 4 kunstenaars, de Tavenuhal, de prachtige Oude Kerk, The Elastic Stockings (ukelele band) en het Kreatiehuis-kinderatelier. Ida Broekhart Hedendaagse Textielkunst, Peter Hofland Acryl Schilderijen, Mary Poppelier Hedendaagse Textielkunst, Hanneke van Santum - Filum Catena - Monumentale Gehaakte Sieraden.

# metoo by liza donelly

drawing by Liza Donnelly






Women are thought of as property: A woman walking down the street is yours to all ogle and say crude things to. The woman in your office wearing a short dress is yours to touch. A woman in an advertisement wearing skin tight jeans and no shirt is yours as well. A highly sexualized female cartoon figure in a video game can be manipulated as you choose. They are interchangeable. We are experiencing a change in the USA, and LizaDonnelly, cartonist, author & performer predicts that we will look back on the fall of 2017 as the time when America really woke up to sexism, hidden and overt. We may not be able to fully stop the ad agencies from using women’s bodies as selling objects, but we can learn to understand it for what it is, and we can teach our children — boys and girls — to respect women as people, not just bodies.

anni albers, textile artist




Anni Albers (1899-1994) 
initially wanted to be a painter. But it was the loom where she found artistic freedom at. When she arrived in 1922 at the Bauhaus in Weimar, she aimed to complete the studies that she began at the School of Arts & Crafts in Hamburg and become a fine artist. She attended the preliminary course and then joined the weaving workshop. (In 1925 she married the Bauhaus master Joseph Albers.)
In 1930 she completed her education with a sound-absorbing, light-reflecting curtain made from cotton and cellophane, which is installed in the auditorium of Hannes Meyer’s trade union school in Bernau. When Gunta Stölzl left in 1931, Anni Albers took over as head of the workshop, thereby becoming one of the few women at the Bauhaus to hold such a position. In her designs for industrial mass production and her unique weavings, Anni Albers proved her courage and her skill with textiles.

When the National Socialists came to power in 1933, the couple emigrated to the USA. Anni began to teach and continued to work on her textile designs, with her printing techniques, writing and later also drawing up to her death.  In 1965 she published the results into the theory and practice of weaving, its history and significance, in the book 'On Weaving'. Anni Albers was the first female textile artist to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art New York (1949); a number of further exhibitions followed. The awarded versatile artist received  also an honorary doctorate.

meera lee patel: overcoming fear



sculpture by Ida Broekhart

Meera Lee Patel, a best-selling author and accomplished illustrator,  just released her second book My Friend Fear: Finding Magic in the Unknown. In it Patel reflects on her experiences overcoming fear and encourages readers to recognize fear as an opportunity rather than an obstacle.
She advises 1. to lose the imposter syndrome. It is designed to make us feel like failures. It tells us that no matter how skilled we are all of our achievements are mistakes—and that any successes were arrived at by an accidental stroke of luck. 2. to approach your fear with curiosity. When it comes to pushing ourselves creatively our fear can hold us back from experimenting and taking chances, which means our work never evolves. We’re afraid of trying anything new because the fear of failure is always there. What if the hours, days or months you pour into developing a new aesthetic end up being a waste of time? And 3. to stop ignoring your fears. Fear has the power to stop us emotionally, physically and creatively. But instead of acknowledging our fears we tend to ignore them. We stick to the way things are because so far it served us well. But we should ask yourself: ‘Have I experienced the entire spectrum of human emotion? Can I say that I’ve tried my hardest?’
There is beauty in challenge, adversity, failure. There is beauty in rejection and in carrying large pain knowing you have the ability to stand with it within you. The beauty is in the rising—in creating strength and determination from the places where fear lives.

lia van leeuwen in 'huis der zotheid'

painting by Lia van Leeuwen




The one and only Literary Café & Bookshop 
Huis der Zotheid, Haringvliet 401, in the centre of Rotterdam is proud to invite you for the first exhibition of 2018 in the Artspace. Wilma Kun, curator, will open the exhibition with art talk, prosecco wine & refreshments on Sunday, 7th January at 16:00.

On Sunday, 14th January at 16.00 the Huis der Zotheid will have the presence of the Rotterdam based artist Lia van Leeuwen with whom you can have a chat so you can learn more about her artwork and about the interesting process of her work.

De series of paintings called  'Round & Round' & 'Endless' by Lia van Leeuwen are about circular thinking in stead of thinking in contradictions, in black & white. In her colorful paintings is no start and no ending. They embrace the idea of an open mind. The artist statement is that everything is possible when you think in possibilities, when you live in possibilities. The movements Van Leeuwen makes in her paintings are circular. They go with the flow. More information : www.liavanleeuwen.nl

rotterdamse nieuwe iabx cultuur

De culturele diversiteit in Rotterdam omarmen. Een prachtig initiatief. Niet lullen maar poetsen. Zo is hoe het hoort. (Inter-) nationaal een voorbeeld willen zijn. Met glansrollen voor Roodkapje, Scapinoballet, Theater Zuidplein, PopUnie en vele andere culturele instituten in de mooie stad Rotterdam.