Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Pink & Medieval

I got new pink ink. I've been looking a lot of medieval illuminations. I stole the idea for the first of these drawings from a 15th Century Book of Hours. Sorry, monks.

pink and medieval
pink and medieval

Friday, July 11, 2014
New Datter Collection

Datter's new lookbook, shot by Sabine Timm At last, the new collection I've been working on for months for Datter is here. The new pieces are a little more abstract, some using motifs from existing pieces - multiplying, simplifying, chopping and changing them around - others completely new.

We also made a new lookbook, photographed by the incredible Sabine Timm. Collector of beach trash, creator of weird, funny, unnatural little worlds.

And the final announcement about Datter is: we now have a studio in Brooklyn as well as in London, and therefore have two websites to go with. There's a USA site for US and Canadian customers, and a UK site for UK, European, and international customers. Anybody can order from either site, of course, but when you visit the sites will try to direct you to the one which gives you the fastest, cheapest shipping options. You can also switch between them by using the flags at the top right. We're a multinational now. Believe.

Datter's new lookbook, shot by Sabine Timm IMG_5893 Datter's new lookbook, shot by Sabine Timm Datter's new lookbook, shot by Sabine Timm

Monday, July 7, 2014
Kinfolk / Nautical Tattoos

nautical tattoos for Kinfolk
nautical tattoos for Kinfolk
nautical tattoos for Kinfolk
nautical tattoos for Kinfolk
nautical tattoos for Kinfolk
nautical tattoos for Kinfolk
Drew some traditional sailor tattoos for Kinfolk Magazine. More here.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Sometimes Shop

So, some news: I moved back to NYC and had a pop up shop with friends Leah, Rachel, Monica, Gina, and Masuko. Here are some photos of said shop - it was pretty great, if I do say so myself. We're already planning the next one in December. Back to the salt mines!

Sometimes Shop
Sometimes Shop
Sometimes Shop table
Sometimes Shop
Sometimes shop
Sometimes Shop - my jewelry, Gina Rockenwagner textiles & plant hangers
Sometimes Shop - Monica Ramos alpacas
Sometimes Shop
Sometimes Shop - Leah Goren's work
Sometimes Shop - Kaye Blegvad & Rachel Levit

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
SEEKING AN NYC ASSISTANT

making jewellery
Hello friends. I'm moving back to Brooklyn tomorrow. It may be short term, it may be long term, I'm gonna play it by ear. But the one thing I know for sure about it is: Datter needs an assistant. I'm moving the business over and hoping to grow it from NYC.

I think the job will be around 15 hours a week, ideally spread over two or three days. Much the same as when I posted looking for help in London last year, so the ad that follows may be familiar. The job will be working on various different things - part of it would be working on fulfilling and packaging orders, collecting items from casters and jewellery suppliers, managing some administrative aspects, and help with making and finishing the jewellery itself.

I think & hope this would be pretty useful experience for anybody interested either in making jewellery, or in running a small craft-based business. It'll be quite hands-on and you'll see and help with every aspect of the business, so I hope it'll be valuable, as well as, y'know, a paycheck.

So I need somebody organised and quick to learn - experience making jewellery is a plus but not essential. You probably do need to be fairly crafty and good with your hands, though! And you'd need to be computer and web-savvy, and if you have any other particular skills (photography, writing, etc) I'm sure we can make 'em count. Payment is going to be somewhat dependant on experience, but there'll be none of that unpaid internship nonsense.

Starting ASAP! Please spread the word. Email kaye@datterindustries.com to apply.

Oh and, UK pals, don't worry - my lovely friend Hannah is going to keep on handling UK & EU Datter orders from London, so you don't have to start waiting ages for postage and paying customs fees etc.

making jewellery

Saturday, April 5, 2014
NY Stories: Angels

angels 1
angels 2

I drew this a few months ago. When I went back to NYC at the beginning of March, I walked past the angels. They'd been vandalised. They're wafer thin, almost just papier mache. All the strings came loose.

broken angel

Friday, April 4, 2014
Porcelain Cats

porcelain cats
porcelain cats
porcelain cats
A handful of cats from a couple months back; all rehomed now.

Friday, March 21, 2014
Knights like this

I'm in Belgium right now, to set up an exhibition. I've drawn some lady knights for it.

knight for surrender
naked knight

The show opens tomorrow - if you find yourself in Antwerp / Bornem, come on down. It's a group show with a bunch of excellent folks:

EPHAMERON / FANNY BLANC / KAYE BLEGVAD / LUKE BEST / MERIJN HOS / SAM VANALLEMEERSCH
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Opening on Saturday March 22nd, with live music
Showing until April 19th, 2014: Mo-Fr 10-19h, Sa-Su 9-12h
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At Ter Dilft / Sint-Amandsesteenweg 41 / Bornem
www.terdilft.be

Friday, February 28, 2014
Brooklyn Studio Share

Hey friends! I've got some news: I'm moving back to Brooklyn. Yup. In early May. BUT, I have more urgent business: I've locked down a studio space from, like, now, because it was too awesome to pass up. So even though I'm not there, I'm looking for sharers. I'll be in NYC next week to meet prospective studiomates (and also to do other stuff), so please please spread the word to anybody who might be looking.

So here it is. I've just taken a 700sq ft studio, and I don't need anything like that much, so I'm looking to find one or two people to share it with. I'm going to be using about third of it, so there's about 460 sq ft left over. I figure the easiest way to divide it is to make two other spaces of about 230sq ft, for $460 each, but that's totally flexible. It's available from March 10th. While I'm not there you can do whatever terrible things you like to my third of the space.

I'll be using the studio to draw, run my jewellery business, draw, make stuff, draw, etc. I have a fantasy about getting a kiln and building a printing press. The space is perfectly suited to small creative businesses, but really anybody who wants somewhere to make work and needs more space than just a desk. Illustrators, ceramicists, textile artists, painters, sculptors, jewellers, designers… All good people need apply. This 700sq ft space is one-third of a way larger studio, shared with Amelie Mancini and Ariele Alasko. They've built walls & windows between the spaces, but it's not totally cut off, so we have the advantage of actually seeing other human beings! A bit of a privilege for the self-employed.

The studio will be empty when we move in, a blank slate (the photo is of it with it's current occupant). We can build dividing walls and put shelves up and anything we desire to make it a perfect work space. It's in a big old industrial building filled with artists studios. Has an elevator, daily USPS & FedEx pickups (!!! goodbye post office queues), 24h security, roof access. Wifi, of course. It's on Park Ave at Nostrand in Bed-Stuy.

The only caveat is I'd prefer not to have really loud machine work or strong chemicals in the space - although there is roof access which can be used for chemicals / solvent / spray paint / wading pools etc. Other than that, anybody interested, get in touch. Shoot me an email at kblegvad@gmail.com and let's work this out. Come make stuff with us!

 

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