“The exhibits were displayed in a massive old industrial building. The crowds of visitors seemed to disappear into the shadows and their voices echoed into a calming murmur…”
The Dutch Design Week takes place in Eindhoven every year and design from all around the Netherlands is displayed there. It is the largest design event in Northern Europe and a visit had been highly recommended by many of my professors at uni.
The American Author Raymond Chandler famously said, “I certainly admire people who do things” and even though I never really feel like I do all that much, occasionally, when I flick back through my diary I realise that I do in fact do a lot more than I think.
While travelling through Orkney this summer, I always had my sketchbook with me. The days were quite packed, so I didn’t have the opportunity to draw as much as I had planned but I did manage to fill some of the pages though…
Whenever I return to Orkney I am always impressed by how huge the sky and the sea are compared to us humans. The landscape is mostly flat but we are still dwarfed by it. I made a small series of photographs showing small people in large landscapes while I was on my travels. I feel like the island life can be quite isolating sometimes and that some of these photographs portray this quite well.
“Mythen der Moderne” is an urban sound walk project, where stories and sounds of a certain part of the city are collected and then turned into a sound walk where the participants walk with headphones thought the streets to different points, listening to soundscapes that tell a little about the history of the place. Beforehand, many interviews were conducted with people living in the area and pictures and information were collected from the city archives.
If you compare it to the landscape of the other Orkney islands, the island of Hoy stands alone. The Orkney Mainland has rolling hills and bright green fields bursting with life. Hoy is an ominous shadow looming over it.