To Kiss or not to Kiss: A new souvenir for a multicultural country.

Only A Kiss Away!

Only a Kiss Away!

This post  about ' Kissing" is a contribution from Allison Heidrich. Allison studies International Communication Management at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. She's been supporting the project with the external communication and social media about our participation…

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Diversity Is Sweet!

Diversity is sweet!

The richness of cultural diversity can be expressed in different types of souvenirs. As an opportunity to expand this idea, Aliana Bertolo one of my students at IDE/Open Innovator took the challenge to explore how she could express…

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Pop-up Plans

Pop-up Plans

The project is expanding in interesting directions. Through the co-creation sessions I met Anja Overdiek who works as a senior researcher at the Innovation Networks Lectorate of The Hague University of Applied Sciences. After a couple of inspiring…

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Co-Creating

Co-Creating

While the Chinese kissing couple was in the glazing process, I thought it would be a valuable opportunity to involve a multidisciplinary and multicultural group of students in the project. In agreement with the IDE-Open Innovator program managers…

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What Has Been Happening?

What has been happening?

It has been a while since the last time I posted something about this project. Apart from being busy with work and my own education, my approach to this project has been to take it one step at…

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First Out Of Twenty

First out of twenty

In July I signed up to a course at Dutch Molds to start with the first steps towards making complex plaster molds. Piet van der Sluis is the owner of Dutch Molds in Amsterdam. He has been making…

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Exploring Plaster Mold-making

Exploring plaster mold-making

In the past few weeks I continued with my quest to search for production alternatives of plaster molds to make the kissing couples in The Netherlands. The purpose is to reduce initial production costs as much as possible.…

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Mr. Friday

Mr. Friday

          ...said Musab                                                               …

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3D Thinking

3D thinking

As we all know 3D printing has been growing and progressing in leaps and bounds in the past years. I was curious to find if it would be an option to 3D print this souvenir in porcelain at…

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Article

Article

The Embassy of Mexico in the Netherlands published an article of the To Kiss or Not to Kiss project on page 7 of  their monthly bulletin. A click on the picture will lead you to the bulletin.  

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From Mold To Final Model

From mold to final model

This project has its own pace and a mindful decision making process. Many proposals and ideas for the  ‘making of ’ possibilities have agitated my creative mind up to the point of wanting to make this pieces of…

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China: Work In Progress

China: Work in progress

I have  been working on the Chinese female. The shape is almost ready and I have started to create the Chinese male so  I will have the first couple ready soon. I will combine this process with a…

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Video Production And Brand Design

Video Production and Brand Design

Jokaland Inspirations (Hemang and Suive) is a Photography and video company who have kindly put their time and knowledge on the creation of the introduction video to this project. We brainstormed and discussed about all ideas in a few…

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Discovering Form

Discovering Form

It is time to start the design production of the larger pieces. The new models of the couples will be 35 cms high. This is a size that works well for me and easy transport too. I am…

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Leiden’s Hidden Treasure

Leiden’s hidden treasure

When I visited the National Museum of Ethnology, I discovered that my next visit should be the Textile Research Center in Leiden. A few weeks later I visited this amazing place which to me has been very valuable…

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Three Inspiring Visits

Three inspiring visits

Many things inspire me for this project. From what I see around me, to books, phrases, exhibitions and  my students. I will be sharing some of these inspiration sources with you. Today I’d like to start with these…

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Samples Are Ready

Samples are ready

During the past few weeks, I’ve invested quite some hours in detailing, sanding and painting and looking at images of the folkloric garments from each of the countries. I don’t have any knowledge about the technique to paint…

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Kiss

Kiss

Next to the production of models, I’ve been doing research for the content of the project, learning a bit about Immigration History in the Netherlands and facts and figures about its present population. I am also discovering many…

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Waiting List

Waiting list

At this point I’ve had a line of potential clay figurines waiting for me to give them form and color. I’ve put them in a zip-lock bag so that they keep their moisture. I lined them up on…

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