A very exciting new project is coming! We are selected to be part of the Textile Festival Twente (the Netherlands). At the moment we are working on a large outdoor sculptural piece, which will be exhibited from May-December 2021 at Catwalk: Forces of Nature. During these months you can follow a special route, showing 14 art works. Each work is concerned with both the rich history of textile industry in the region of Twente and with the theme of how nature influences the work
A very important and enjoyable part of our process is drawing and making models until we find the shape that we are looking for. We also spend quite some time on testing materials and colours. After we decided everything, the cutting starts, either in fabric or in wood. We do everything ourselves, also assembling and finishing all the details. In the not so far future we hope to outsource part of the production, so we can focus more on designing instead of making.
Our very first experience with selling our products on a market. Those days we were living in Amsterdam and the Maker Market was right around the corner, so we were bringing our stuff by (cargo) bike. We miss it a lot to be around a crowd without worries and meet new people. Quite some unexpected developments came from people we met at markets. It is also a great place to find out how people react to our toys, see what works and what doesn’t and make adjustments. Let’s hope t
Since the Covid-crisis made it extremely hard and often simply impossible to physically sell our products, we shifted our focus from markets and shops to selling online. It turned out that there are quite some wonderful webshops, run by passionate people with the same ideals as us. So we are quite happy to see our toys in between all the other beautiful things they sell.
This is our family: Alper (top left), Anna (bottom left), our 4 year old son (bottom right) and, since he is mesmerized by the idea that he once was a baby, he also drew himself as a baby (top right). Even before he could talk our son already loved Björk. He keeps on asking us to visit her house so she can teach him singing like she does. When Alper was 29 he hopped on a desert motor behind his friend. In a rush and full of youthful optimism they drove all the way from Turkey
It’s all in the detail. We put a lot of care into the designing and making of our products, from selecting the materials we work with, to embroidered details, choosing the direction of the grain of the wood, sanding our wooden toys, designing our labels and so many more decisions we make along the way.