HARVEST

De zomer is nu echt voorbij. 

De lange avonden van buiten spelende kinderen en glaasjes rosé maken plaats voor iets anders. Nu we stilaan naar de herfst bewegen, maken we de balans op van wat we hebben bereikt. We oogsten wat we hebben gezaaid. We verstillen en richten onze energie naar binnen. Ook in de natuur worden de kleurcontrasten wat zachter. Het rood van de klaproos tegenover het felgroene gras wordt nu ingeruild voor het harmonieuze kleurenspel van de herfst. 

Deze collectie is geinspireerd door de warme kleuren en zachte vormen van het seizoen.

Summer is now over.

The long summer nights of children playing outside and sipping rosé on the porch are replaced with something else.

As we move into x fall, it is time to take stock of our achievements, reap the fruits of our efforts. We soon begin the journey inwards, to a slower and more contemplative pace.  

Natures colour contrasts become softer. The bright contrast of the Poppy in the field is replaced by the harmony of the autumnal forest.

This collection is based on the warm colours and soft shapes of this season.

HARVEST MOON 01/10/20

Moon child

Nieuwe maan Nieuw begin

Wij gebruikten de laatste maanden om een inventaris te maken van wat wij echt belangrijk vinden.

Een intens moeilijke periode kan ook een opportuniteit zijn om te zien wat stand houdt.

Wat onze plaats is in het grote geheel.

De ratrace hield even halt. Toen we tijd kregen om echt naar onszelf te kijken werden we daar niet zo blij van. Gemakkelijkheidsoplossingen, halve keuzes, losse eindjes, we maken er ons allemaal schuldig aan. Voor je het weet heb je een chaotisch pinterestbord vol decluttertips EN een huis vol rommel. 

Deze crisis biedt ons de mogelijkheid nieuwe keuzes te maken. 

Investeer je kostbare tijd en energie in wat goed voor je is. Dat is niet noodzakelijk wat het gemakkelijkst is.

Deze collectie is gebasseerd op de Nieuwe maan en nieuwe mogelijkheden. 

New Moon New beginnings

We used the last few months to take stock of what is really important to us.

A crisis can be an opportunity to see what holds up in the storm. 

The ratrace came to a halt. We had a time to look at ourselves and we were not happy with what we saw. Too often we had taken the easy way out, left loose ends, made half hearted choices. Before you know it you have a chaotic Pinterestboard full of organising hacks and a house full of clutter. 

This crisis offers us the possibility to make new choices.

Invest your time in what is good for you, even when that is the hard thing to do.

This collection is based on the New moon and New possibilities.

Petrified

When all of this started I, and many with me, were petrified with fear and astonishment.

Watching TV all day, looking for that newsfeed that would give us a way out of this. News that didn’t come.

Meanwhile we are 7 weeks into lockdown and we have frozen time. We have cut a block out of the time line and set it aside for a while. 

On my travels I visited the Petrified Forest in Namibia. These Giant trees scattered in the desert, frozen in time made a huge impression on me. The idea that a disaster in prehistoric times left us with this beauty.

Maybe when we look back at this we will find rare beauty in this.

After all you know what they say : ‘A diamond is just a piece of coal that did well under pressure.’

This collection is inspired by that idea. 

https://www.info-namibia.com/activities-and-places-of-interest/damaraland/petrified-forest

Het zijn rare tijden.

Wij hadden een mooi plan, dit weekend zou ons atelier en winkeltje open gaan. Een project waar wij al een hele tijd met hart en ziel aan werken. 

Het is anders gelopen. Intussen zitten we met zijn allen om heel goede redenen in ons kot.

Maar makers gonna make en met zijn allen maken we er gewoon het beste van.

Daarom hebben we besloten een beperkt aantal van onze zepen ook op de webshop aan te bieden. 

En eens al de narigheid voorbij is zien we mekaar graag terug.

Mag ik nog een beetje over mijn zeepjes vertellen? 

De zeepjes van Upstream Studio zijn natuurlijk en handgemaakt. 

Zo simpel als goedemorgen.

Maar omdat we eenvoudige dingen een beetje vergeten zijn geef ik je hier nog wat meer uitleg.

Deze natuurzeep bevat geen ingrediënten uit de petro-chemische industrie, geen conserveermiddelen, geen schuimverbeteraars, geen stabilisatoren, geen synthetische geur- en kleurstoffen deze zijn trouwens dé grote veroorzakers van huidirritaties.

De glycerine die bij het zeep maken ontstaat, blijft in de zeep bewaard. Glycerine is een vochtvasthoudend middel en is verzachtend voor de huid. Gycerine wordt uit fabriekszeep afgeroomd en als bijproduct verkocht.

Ten huize Upstream worden op vraag van mr. Van Ranst -tig keer per dag handen gewassen. Als test kan dat tellen, en ik ben blij te melden dat er hier nog geen extra handcreme nodig is.

De natuurzeep van Upstream studio is goed voor je gezondheid en minder milieubelastend.

Wat er dan wel in zit vertel ik je bij elk zeepje.

Neem gerust een kijkje op de webshop onder categorie: zeep.

Om praktische redenen kunnen we de zeep alleen binnen Belgie versturen.
Tijdens de lockdown versturen we je pakjes gratis.

Blijf veilig vrienden. Zorg goed voor elkaar!

X X X

We zien mekaar later terug. Kijk intussen ook eens naar www.promenart.be

Dear Friends

We had a plan. This weekend we were going to open our Studio and shop, but like the rest of the planet we had to change our plans.

But we are trying to make the best of a bad situation, therefore we have added some of our soaps to the webshop.

Unfortunately due to practical reasons we can’t send Soaps outside Belgium at the moment. When that changes we will let you know.

Jewelry is available for worldwide shipment as always.

During the Covid-19 lock down we will not charge shipment costs.

Stay safe my friends, take care of yourself and your nearest.

See you when all of this is over.

X X X X

Nathalie

Beat the Blues

Holidays are over, I’m ready for Summer now!

Let’s skip dreary February and March and just fast forward to the first sunny days of April.

If only!

But there is a silver lining to the misery: We can finally give in to the drama!

Go on- light the fire, listen to that blues playlist, open that expensive bottle of red wine and wallow in your misery. The good thing about the long winter evenings is that we can we close the curtains early, pull up the drawbridge and hide away from the world.

Soon spring will be here and we won’t have time to indulge in melancholy anymore.

X

n

PS While you’re here, have a look at the new collection.

Berlin

The party I missed!

My friends from all over the world met up for a Big Birthday party in Berlin. Work and other obligations made it impossible for me to join them. But they kept me in the loop with their whats app stories. I can’t believe I missed all that!

Berlin is an exciting mix of history and modern, Cold War aesthetic and Art Nouveau complement each other. There is a lively art scene, lots of creativity in independent shops and restaurants.  

A vibrant city, a bit rough on the edges, but never boring.

I was so sad that I couldn’t join them on their explorations but instead I did the next best thing: 

I designed a new collection inspired by their photos.

Meanwhile I’m planning my next citytrip.

Thanks Maeve and Lizzy for the lovely photos! X

Makers make it happen.

In our family we have been trying hard to reduce single use plastic waste a few years now.

Have a look in your bathroom cupboards and like me you will be overwhelmed by the amount of single use plastic you’ll find, shower gels, shampoos, toothpaste, body moisturisers, razors the list is long.

And if your family is like mine you’ll also have multiple shower gels and shampoo bottles open at once. My son never used the same shower gel his sister chose because there was a print of a princess on it. The same for shampoo and tooth paste…

We used up what we had and looked for natural plastic free alternatives.

But makers make the changes they want to see.

That is how I started making soap bars for my family. 

After a few months of research, experimenting and patience, I have now a nice range of all natural cold process soaps ready for you to try.

All soap is made with natural oils and butters, subtle scented with essential oils. 

Moving away from chemicals and going back to the basics of nature has given our family an new approach to the ritual of bathing. Using a soap bar that produces a luscious creamy abundant lather, that cleans without drying your skin feels familiar and comforting.

The best thing about it is that you can pamper yourself, without the guilt.

Go on! You deserve it.

We will be launching our first range at the markets next month:

Lokaal Boetiek Deerlijk 17/11

Lokaal Boetiek Aalst 24/11

Kerst Bazar Roesbrugge 30/11

Lokaal Boetiek Ieper 01/12

Hope to meet you there!

Herbs and Spices

No doubt anyone who has spend some time in France visited one of the country’s famous Food markets. 

Rows of stalls packed with seasonal vegetables, delicious cheeses, flowers and wine. French markets are a great way to sample French Lifestyle at its best.

One of my favorite stalls is the herbs and spices stall. Even when in France its colours and scents have the power to take me away on a voyage to faraway places. 

The colours of cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and paprika inspired me to make the collection Zanzibar.

You don’t have to shout to be heard.

Making a statement isn’t the same as being Loud. 

The bigger the better is the trend but I don’t follow that rule. To be honest, there aren’t many rules that I follow at all.

I think the shape of your face and of your ear lobe, your personal taste and especialy your mood should determine what kind of earrings you choose.

Les petites are a range of smaller modern and minimalist earrings. 

In my designs I have always been drawn to natural forms. I pay attention to natural shapes, such as bones, leafs and pebbles and i use these in my work. Even when I use geometrical forms I aim to make them so that they are not rigid. I try to add life to each piece.

This is about power without being loud.

About elegance not about ornament. It is about Simplicity with Character.

All true elegance is effortless.

I hope you like them.

I’m sure you’ll find some to match your personality.