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Memorybook – Part 10

The paperclip doll If you’re being held back from doing something similar because you think you barely have any memories, I can tell you they are, those memories. As soon as you start working with them, they slowly surface. While I was working on the doll, the word ‘friekele’ came to mind. (Freely translated, I’d […]

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Memorybook – Part 9

It took a while, but now an extra long contribution. I have now arrived at page 17. This text is also a handwritten text by Mom. She called us her cloverleaf.Could ‘t blumche van de mam’ (‘mothers little flower’) (wood sorrel) have been given this name because of this? But first back to where we […]

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Memorybook – Part 8

If Mom was still alive, she would have turned 90 today.What she would have been like at that age is almost as hard to imagine as what she would have been like as a child. I’m still working on the textile page, but in honor of her birthday I want to send her a greeting […]

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Memorybook – Part 7

Page 8 is finished. I started with the felt textile page.I’m trying to imagine Mom as a 10-year-old. It is war.The people are poor.Where did she find the things she used to make and dress her paperclip doll? And what did that look like? I can only guess and give my interpretation. It remains exciting […]

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Memorybook – Part 6

The first 7 pages are finished. It took quite some time to finalize the pages. I write the texts on a separate paper and stick them in. I first write the colored texts in thin pencil and then go over them with colored pencil when I am satisfied. Now I am preparing for the next […]

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Memorybook – Part 5

The embroidery of this page needs a little more time.Without it really being intended, the list evokes the same feeling as Jan’s princess suit. If I remember correctly, Mom embroidered the decal on Jan’s suit. Mom’s gems are generously replenished on the free markets. That was already on the agenda. Searching for how I want […]

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Memorybook – Part 4

Here’s the start on the cover. Her call sign. The story of this man. Your name, like your handwriting, will be with you for the rest of your life. Or as Neeltje Maria Min puts it: ‘Call me by my deepest name’. I found the Maria amulet in her materials. Mary had a special meaning […]

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Memorybook – Part 3

Here is the first felted side, all finished. I am very satisfied. As always, my work arises during the process. For a long time I was only with blue (ballpoint pen) in mind, but then the freedom of the artist came to my mind. When I first started embroidering her handwriting, I was impressed with […]

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Memorybook – Part 2

New felt pages. The embroidered handwriting page is finished and the solu fleece is dissolved. I am not satisfied with the result. Therefore new pages. I am now going to transfer the text in a different way. In the meantime, I collect and prepare. The woman in the photo is Mom’s mother, my grandmother. She […]

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Memorybook – Part 1

My mother passed away in 2008 and I have been toying with a memory book about her for a long time now. Due to the death of my father in December of last year, this now comes to the fore.The thought of capturing a human being in a compact thing, which may last for another […]