NEW PAPER PRODUCTS!

I am stoked to share the new paper products with my art printed on them!

You can now send colourful postcards printed with the Majorelle art.

Or send someone special a classy greeting card with your favourite Majorelle artwork.

And the Hortus by Night paintings have become part of an artsy birthday calendar. Classic case of combining the useful with the beautiful.

Check out my new Products page where you can browse through all available pretty paper products!

NEW PAPER PRODUCTS FOR 2020

I don’t know about you but I am a total sucker for artsy greeting cards and postcards. Especially when they come beautifully wrapped. So when 20198 drew to a close I wondered why I hadn’t explored the idea of paper products further… I couldn’t come up with any reasons so I started designing them right away!

They fit perfectly in my affordable art line. They are available as sets and as individual postcards or greeting cards printed with the Majorelle artworks. Happy mail for everyone!

The birthday calendar is printed with all the Hortus by Night artworks. The calendar is A3 and is printed on ‘frame-able’ paper quality. So if you ever get tired of the calendar you can totally frame the artworks. (But have to say that’s a big if 🙂 ).

All new paper products are listed in my online store. I hope they will bring you joy!

PRODUCT INFORMATION

The postcards are available in sets of 2 x 5 Majorelle artworks and as individual postcards. The sets are beautifully wrapped in a manilla envelop with string washer. The postcards are A6 size (105x148mm).

The greeting cards are available in sets of 2 x 5 Majorelle artwork greeting cards with envelopes and as individual greeting cards with envelope. The sets are beautifully wrapped in a stout manilla envelop with string washer. The greeting cards are A6 size (105x148mm) and are blank inside.

The birthday calendar features the 12 Hortus by Night artworks. The cover features the Silver Fir painting. It is printed on A3 high quality paper. Which means the artworks are frame-able if you wish to do so after using the calendar.

MINERALS IN THE MAKING

My 2020 will be all about affordable art! My first affordable art series are my Minerals. In this blog I will tell you the story behind the minerals and it shows the minerals in the making . If you want to learn more about them you can check out this page. Or visit my online store and get to know all the details.

minerals in the making affordable art the fran zone 2020

WHY MINERALS?

First of all: minerals stand for grounding and good foundations. So in my opinion they are a perfect way to start the new year. But when I started drawing them I didn’t even know that! I started working with minerals because they fascinate me. It’s their ability to contain a whole universe of intricate details. They are like small worlds full of sky scrapers, mountain rigs, rivers, rocks, wavy seas and bending roads.

They reminded me of the moss colonies of Alma Whittaker in The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert. I read The Signature of All Things while on summer ‘working’ holiday in Spain. Little did I know that that book would be the starting point of so many different things! It gave me inspiration to start studying again.

I’ve always been interested in the nature of the world. As a child I devoured every single book I could lay my hands on that had something to do with geography, cosmology or the weather, vulcanos and plate tectonics. When I was 9 I did my speech at school about tsunamis. I just loved that word so much. For me it felt like a mythological phenomenon and I wanted to know all about it. (Of course I didn’t really grasp the scope of it’s devastation because I couldn’t found any information about recent tsunamis back then. It wasn’t until 2004 when I fully understood the magnitude of it.)

STUDYING THE UNIVERSE

And as I started studying these great natural phenomenons again I was struck by a very real urge to learn more. As in: for real. So I bought The Feyman lectures on Physics, lent all books by Richard Dawkins at my local library, downloaded Darwin, got the biology handbook from my brother and I started studying. It’s been 4 months now and I feel like that kid again, immersed in planetary alignment and earthly plate tectonics.

But something happened then the ring did not intent. (Sorry, when I start a sentence like one out of the Lord of the Rings script it’s very hard for me not to give in to it…) Again.

But something happened then that I didn’t expect: while I was studying all these large subjects I couldn’t get myself to keep painting all these large canvasses. It’s like I needed to balance it out with small artworks. Very small artworks, the size of a postcards. And not only small in size, but also small in scope.

The minerals became the subject. Very small objects. Objects I could cope with. And as I said: first I thought it was about balancing it out. Studying large subjects, drawing small ones. But then I remembered Alma and her moss colonies. And her way of looking at them as if they were large moss universes. And it suddenly made total sense. There I was: studying the universe and creating universes of my own.

WORK IN PROGRESS

While working on the different minerals I made some pictures to record my process. I have put them all in chronological order for you. So you can watch the minerals as they come to be.

From top to bottom you can see: Wulfenite, Quarts, Sliced Mineral, Amethyst, Malachite, Calcite, Celestine and Autunite in the making.

MINERALS TIME LAPSE

While I was working on Celestine I also made a short time lapse video:

HENRI MATISSE AND HIS ART OF JOIE DE VIVRE

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) is a French painter and one of the most important modernists. He was an early Fauvist, French for ‘wild beast’, because of his wild brush strokes, intense color combinations and his abstract representation of reality. He is also known for his paper collages and his flowing organic forms.

It goes to show, Matisse is my kind of guy. That is why I am starting this new series of blogs about artists who inspire me with Henri Matisse. The man who portrayed unbridled joy of life. (Scroll down for Dutch and more images).

Henri Matisse, De Dans (1910)
Henri Matisse, The Dance (1910)

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UNLEASH THE BEAST WITHIN

The fauvists were the wild beasts of modern art. Because of their painting techniques and use of color. Matisse (autocorrect sticks with ‘mayonnaise’ 🙂 can’t be bothered with details. He works bold, fast, sketchy and accurate. He uses large brushes on long sticks. Almost to make sure that it is impossible for him to paint details.

PAINTING IN PYJAMAS

Matisse works like a maniac. He maintains a strict work schedule and, as a result, has a huge output and a large oeuvre. He simply loves painting the most. When his health deteriorates, he paints in bed in pajamas.

Henri Matisse making cut-outs in bed
Henri Matisse making cut-outs in bed

BOLD SKETCHES AND LARGE BRUSHES

In other words: details are for wimps, haha! Matisse, while standing, painted on paper lying on the floor. For this he used a brush that was attached to a long stick. In that way it was impossible for him to go into detail. And it made his brush strokes large and energetic.

Henri Matisse using a large brush on a stick to paint with
Henri Matisse using a large brush on a stick to paint with

HENRI MATISSE

If I had to choose one artist as inspiration, I would choose Henri Matisse. I am a big fan of his work, of his vision and of the energy that speaks from all his colors and shapes. The first time I saw his ‘The Dance’, the pure joy of life on the canvas went straight through my heart. The only one ever succeeded in doing that again was Picasso with Les demoiselles d’Avignon. A special detail is that Picasso painted Les demoiselles d’Avignon in response to Matisses ‘Bonheur de vivre’ (‘Joy of Life’). But I will tell you more about that in a next blog!

HENRI MATISSE IN MUSEUMS

If you’re interested in Matisses art, you can visit the Matisse museum in Nice. The Museum l’Orangerie in Paris also holds a large part of his work.

In the Netherlands, the Hermitage in Amsterdam has its own Matisse room. Furthermore, in 2022 it will show the exhibition ‘Matisse and Picasso’, about these two masters, friends and rivals. When I read this I did a little dance of joy myself!!

But luckily in the Netherlands we don’t have to wait until 2022! This summer the Dordrechts Museum shows the exhibition ‘Pioneers of modernism’. This exhibition runs from May 16 to September 27. Be there or be square!

Collage of Matisses work by Stedelijk Museum
Collage of Matisses work by Stedelijk Museum.

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HENRI MATISSE : LEVENSVREUGDE IN DE KUNST

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) is een Franse schilder en een van de belangrijkste modernisten. Hij was een vroege Fauvist, Frans voor ‘wild beest’ vanwege zijn wilde penseelstreken, heftige kleurcombinaties en zijn abstrakte weergave van de werkelijkheid. Hij is ook bekend van zijn papiercollages en zijn vloeiende organische vormen.

Je hoort het al, Matisse is een man naar mijn hart. Daarom start ik deze nieuwe serie blogs over kunstenaars die mij inspireren met Henri Matisse. De man die ongebreidelde levensvreugde verbeeldde.

UNLEASH THE BEAST WITHIN

De fauvisten waren de wilde beesten van de moderne kunst. Vanwege hun schildertechnieken en kleurgebruik. Matisse (autocorrect maakt er steeds mayonaise van 🙂 ) is sowieso niet van de ieniemiene details. Hij werkt groot snel, schetsmatig en trefzeker. Hij gebruikt grote penselen aan lange stokken. Bijna om te zorgen dat hij hoe dan ook géén details kan gaan schilderen.

Henri Matisse, Blue Nude (1952)
Henri Matisse, Blue Nude (1952)

SCHILDEREN IN PYJAMA

Matisse werkt als een malle. Hij houdt er een strikt werkschema op na en heeft mede daardoor een mega output en een gigantisch oeuvre. Hij houdt gewoon het meest van schilderen. Als zijn gezondheid veslechtert, schildert hij in bed in pyjama.

GROTE SCHETSEN EN LANGE PENSELEN

Oftewel: details zijn voor watjes, haha! Matisse schilderde staand op papier dat op de grond lag. Hiervoor gebruikte hij een kwast die was vastgemaakt aan een lange stok. Op die manier was het voor hem onmogelijk om in detail te treden. En waren zijn penseelstreken groot en energiek.

Henri Matisse, Violet leaf on orange background
Henri Matisse, Violet leaf on orange background

HENRI MATISSE

Als ik één kunstenaar zou moeten kiezen als inspiratie, dan kies ik Henri Matisse. Ik ben groot fan van zijn werk, van zijn visie en van de energie die uit al zijn kleuren en vormen spreekt. De eerste keer dat ik zijn ‘De dans’ zag, ging de pure levensvreugde op het doek dwars door mijn hart. De enige die dat daarna ooit nog gelukt is, is Picasso met Les demoiselles d’Avignon. Bijzonder detail is dat Picasso Les demoiselles d’Avignon schilderde als antwoord op Matisses ‘Bonheur de vivre’ (‘Levensvreugde’). Maar daar zal ik je meer over vertellen in een volgend blog!

background date palm painting The Fran 2019 Hortus by Night collection
Background of my Date Palm painting, part of the Hortus by Night collection, 2018.

MUSEA MET HENRI MATISSE

In Nederland komt de Hermitage in Amsterdam in 2022 met de tentoonstelling ‘Matisse en Picasso, over deze twee meesters, vrienden én rivalen.’ Toen ik dit las deed ik een vreugdedansje door de woonkamer!! De Hermitage heeft sowieso standaard een hele kamer vol kunst van Matisse.

Maar gelukkig kun je ook al eerder genieten van Henri Matisse en het modernisme. Deze zomer in het Dordrechts Museum kun je de tentoonstelling ‘Pioniers van het modernisme’ bekijken. De expositie loopt van 16 mei tot 27 september. Be there or be square!

HORTUS MAGAZINE X THE FRAN ZONE

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. And I wish you a very happy, creative, and colourful 2020! My holiday started the best way imaginable when I found the Hortus Magazine in my mailbox with my very first editorial!

The Hortus Magazine is only printed for friends of the Hortus. But I got you covered! You can read the article here in English (scroll down for Dutch version).

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hortus magazine 2019 the fran zone editorial

Hortus Magazine editorial

Our garden is an inspiration to many of our visitors. We are of course very proud of that. Last fall Francine Orsel surprised us. She created something beautiful and wanted to give the Hortus something back. Read her story here:

“I am Francine Orsel, or The Fran. I paint and draw energetic, organic patterns and print them on scarves, pillows and fabrics. This way I create a colorful, relaxed, botanical universe. My most important source of inspiration are botanical gardens worldwide. Visiting a botanical garden has been a constant in my vacations for years. Through the years I was lucky enough to visit the gardens in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Logan, Berlin, Caen, Marrakesh and Barcelona.

It may sound like an exaggeration, but my ideal world is a botanical garden. Where every plant, every tree gets the perfect amount of space and attention to become the best version of itself. Where it can grow in good soil. And where the growth and flowering of one does not stand in the way of the other. That is what I wish for people – and women in particular: to grow into the best version of yourself. Are you a rhododendron? Then don’t be pruned back to a narrow back garden variant, but take up your space just like the rhododendrons in Logan and bloom all the way!

My colorful scarves and pillows with botanical patterns are like an invitation: take good care of yourself. Treat yourself on a place that suits you and surround yourself with the relaxed atmosphere of botanical colors and shapes. The Hortus by Night scarves also add the fairy-tale-like aspect of mysteriously lit plants and trees. To remind every woman: in a different light there are so many beautiful things to discover!

Hortus by Night winter collection 2019 the fran zone

Sponsorship

Last winter’s Hortus by Night gave me a lot of inspiration for my work. Within three months of my visit my art studio was filled with twelve new paintings. These paintings are the basis of the scarf and pillow designs from my fall / winter collection.

I am very fond of the Hortus. It is the first botanical garden that I have ever visited and old love is not forgotten. So when I read about the renovation of the Three-climate greenhouse, I wanted to contribute to that. That is why I came up with a sponsor campaign: for every Hortus by Night scarf sold, I donate 20 euros to the Three-climate greenhouse. I donate 10 euros for each Hortus by Night cushion sold.”

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Become a friend yourself

If you are a botanical garden lover like me, you can become a friend of the Hortus. Or of another botanical garden near you for that matter. Supporting them is a great way to uphold botanical diversity and education about the world of nature.

Or you can order a Hortus by Night scarf or cushion. Check out the autumn collection and the winter collection.

Hortus Magazine artikel Nederlands

Regelmatig laten bezoekers ons weten hoe geïnspireerd ze raken door onze tuin en collectie. Uiteraard zijn wij apetrots als we dat horen. In het najaar van 2019 werden we verrast door Francine Orsel, die de Hortus iets moois wilde teruggeven. Ze vertel zelf haar verhaal.

Ik ben Francine Orsel, oftewel The Fran. Ik schilder en teken energieke, organische patronen die ik laat printen op sjaals, kussens en stoffen. Op die manier creëer ik een kleurrijk, ontspannen, botanisch universum.

Mijn belangrijkste inspiratiebron zijn botanische tuinen wereldwijd. Het is al jaren vaste prik; als we ergens op vakantie zijn en er is een botanische tuin in de buurt, dan moet en zal ik die bezoeken. Zo heb ik al het geluk gehad de tuinen in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Logan, Berlijn, Caen, Marrakesh en Barcelona te kunnen bekijken.

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Mijn ideale wereld is een botanische tuin

Het klinkt misschien overdreven, maar mijn ideale wereld is een botanische tuin. Waar elke plant, elke boom de ruimte en aandacht krijgt om de beste versie van zichzelf te worden. Om te groeien in goede grond. En waar de groei en bloei van de één die van de ander niet in de weg staat. Dat is wat ik mensen – en vrouwen in het bijzonder – ook toewens. Om te groeien tot de beste versie van jezelf. Ben je een rhododendron? Laat je dan niet terugsnoeien naar een smalle achtertuinvariant, maar neem net als de rhododendrons in Logan je ruimte in en bloei tot grote hoogte!

Mijn kleurrijke sjaals (maar ook de kussens) met botanische patronen zijn daarvoor de uitnodiging: zorg goed voor jezelf, trakteer jezelf op een plek waar jij tot je recht komt en omring jezelf met de ontspannen sfeer van botanische kleuren en vormen. De Hortus by Night sjaals voegen daar nog het sprookjesachtige aspect van mysterieus verlichte planten en bomen aan toe. Om iedere vrouw eraan te herinneren: in een ander licht zijn er zoveel mooie dingen te ontdekken!

hortus by night autumn collection 2019 the fran zone

Sponsoractie

De Hortus by Night van afgelopen winter heeft mij enorm veel inspiratie opgeleverd voor mijn werk: binnen drie maanden na het bezoek stonden er twaalf schilderijen te drogen. Die schilderijen zijn de basis van de sjaal- en kussensdessins van mijn herfst/winter-collectie.

Het moge duidelijk zijn: ik draag de Hortus een heel warm hart toe. Het is de eerste botanische tuin die ik ooit bezocht en oude liefde roest niet. Dus toen ik las over de vernieuwing van de Drieklimatenkas wilde ik daar graag aan bijdragen. Daarom heb ik een sponsoractie bedacht: van elke verkochte Hortus by Night-sjaal doneer ik 20 euro aan de Drieklimatenkas. Van elk verkocht Hortus by Night-kussen doneer ik 10 euro.

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CHRISTMAS THANK YOU

Just because I am so very happy for you being here and following my journey I decided to write something of a Christmas thank you to all of you. Below you will find a small but special Christmas present that I have made for you.

Thank you for appreciating my art.

Thank you for commenting on my blogs and pictures.

Thank you for following me here or elsewhere online.

Thank you for making my art part of your life.

Thank you for supporting me.

Thank you for showing up at events, in real life, in heart warming comments and likes.

Thank you for inspiring me to be brave and continue to share my art.

Thank you for being here. My 2019 was the better for it.

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Francine
francine orsel the fran 2019 christmas thank you

MINERAL ARTWORK CHRISTMAS DOWNLOAD

To thank you I have made a free Christmas download from one of my recent mineral artworks. It’s high resolution so you’ll be able to print it and it’ll look like the real thing! Download here.

Minerals stand for grounding. For a steady foundation on which you’ll be able to build all your endeavors in the new year. And that’s what I wish for you. A firm base from which you will be able to explore new ways, new creative outings and adventures.

PRINTING THE CHRISTMAS THANK YOU ARTWORK

If you’d like to print the Christmas artwork I have made for you, please note that I’ve made it high resolution. (So called 150DPI if you’re an image pro). The original artwork is 12.5 x 21 cm. So if you are going to print it it will not cover the entire A4 page and that’s okay.

I made it for you to print and hang on your wall. Or to print and gift as a Christmas present to a very special friend. You could choose to print it on professional art paper to get the real thing going for you. I’d even encourage you to make it into a greeting card and send it to someone you love. The only thing I ask you not to do is to print it and then sell it.

SWITCH TO ENGLISH: THE REAL REASON

Last month I decided to switched from Dutch to English in all Fran Zone-communication. I didn’t know exactly why I wanted to switch to English. But by now I’ve learned to just go with my gut. And find out the real reason later. Well, I’ve just found out the real reason!

SCOTLAND BASED ARTIST

In Bettyhill on my birthday 23 October 2017
In Bettyhill on my birthday 23 October 2017. We travelled the North Coast 500 route.

My ultimate dream is to be a Scotland based artist. To live somewhere in the northwestern Highlands or on the Isle of Skye. Although I may not be very vocal about this, it is a very real dream and seriously close to my heart. And this week it finally hit me: that’s the real reason I wanted to switch to English!

I am not living in Scotland yet. I am not painting and creating in Scotland yet. But I might as well talk and write as if I am in Scotland. Because right now it’s actually the only way I am able to show that dream to the outside world: by talking about it. Writing about it. Sharing my dream. The more people are aware of our dream (because it’s not just me, Bob also longs to live in Scotland) the more possibilities there will be eventually.

the real reason for my switch to English: my favourite place on earth: the walled garden of applecross
My favourite place on earth also just happens to be in Scotland: the walled garden of Applecross

HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?

Three years ago in 2016 when Bob and I just met we started dating to get to know each other better. On our first date we went for drinks. And it was during that first cup of coffee together that he very casually said: ‘I’d love to live in Scotland one day.’ And I was like ‘What? You don’t say!’

Back in 2014 I went to Scotland for the very first time. I was asked by my brother to accompany him on an autumn trip to Aberdeen. He was just dumped by his Scottish girlfriend who studied in Aberdeen but he had already bought a ticket to visit her. And I was like: awesome! But I don’t want to spend a whole week in Aberdeen, let’s rent a car and go on a Scotland road trip!

And during that road trip my life sort of changed. Yeah I know it sounds awfully cliche and cheesy, but it just did. I saw mountains for the very first time. And raw untouched wild nature. And I don’t know but something just shifted. As we were cruising through the Glen Coe I felt more at home then I had ever felt. I was like: this is it. This is my homeland.

At Loch Ness during our road trip through Scotland in 2014. switch to english
Me at Loch Ness during the Scotland road trip with my brother back in 2014.

SWITCH TO ENGLISH: A SHARED DREAM

So there I was, sipping my coffee on that first date with Bob. And suddenly the man says he wants to live in Scotland one day. I think it was that moment that I decided it would be a very good idea to fall madly in love with him. As did he. And the rest is history 🙂 We fell in love, we got together, we got married. And with every step we took, we had this one shared dream that we took with us: one day we will live in Scotland.

Cup of coffee in Torridon switch to english
Cup of coffee in Torridon 2017

So there you have it. The real reason I switched to English. And the real reason I started my own creative business as well. Because to be able to build a life in Scotland I needed a way of making a living for myself. Regardless my location.

the first cup of coffee during our honeymoon on the Isle of Skye 2018
the real reason from my switch to English
The first cup of coffee during our honeymoon on the Isle of Skye 2018

‘I DON’T LIKE THE SWITCH TO ENGLISH’

What if you don’t like the switch to English? I got some good news for you: I will also keep blogging in Dutch. And my personal art insta channel will stay in Dutch as well!

Furthermore I feel like the majority of my art and work is mostly visual. It is made for you to see, to feel and to experience. So it has nothing to do with a particular language. My art speaks it’s own language. I really believe you can enjoy and appreciate my art even if you don’t understand a word of what I’m saying. If I wanted to speak to you through words I’d have become a writer. But I became an artist. My artworks are my words.

Love you, talk to you later! About why Scotland is my homeland for instance 🙂

Mallaig seen from the Isle of Skye
Mallaig seen from the Isle of Skye, 2018.

GIANT BAMBOO DESIGN

The Giant Bamboo design is part of the Hortus by Night 2019 Autumn collection. ‘Hortus by Night’ is an annual event at the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam which I visited in January 2019. All trees and plants were illuminated by hundreds of lights in different magical colours.

From painting to pattern

The whole experience was so inspiring that I had enough ideas to paint a total of twelve paintings. These paintings became the patterns with which I have created two different collections:

The Hortus by Night 2019 Autumn collection consist of five different designs:

All five Hortus by Night designs represent a different continent. Just like a botanical garden with plants and trees from all over the world. I wanted to represent all continents in this autumn collection.

From painting to pattern

giant bamboo painting the fran zone 2019

Today the spotlight is on the bestseller of this season: the Giant Bamboo design. This design represents America. In America everything is huge and so is the bamboo.

The blues in this design go from turquoise to aqua and from night blue to teal.

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Giant Bamboo cashmere scarf

hortus by night collectie herfst cashmere sjaal the fran zone

I was going to write something like ‘if blue is your favourite colour this is your go-to design’ and obviously it is to a bunch of people.

That’s the reason the scarfs are out of stock until January 2020 (I know, huge bummer).
Even so it’s good to know you can wear it with cobalt, emerald and petrol, it all works! But you all knew that already of course 🙂

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Giant Bamboo satin cushion

kussens herfst collectie the fran zone

Icy conditions ahoy! I have been told it works perfectly with brown sofas but I’m also digging this one on dark grey.

Matching glass jewel by Studio Glashelder

ring bij herfstcollectie cashmere sjaals the fran zone studio glashelder

The matching ring designed by Studio Glashelder has the perfect combo of black and blue. I particularly like its round-ish shape in contrast with the straight bamboo branches. Feels like a crescent bamboo moon.

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ARUM LILY DESIGN

The Arum Lily design is part of the Hortus by Night 2019 Autumn collection. ‘Hortus by Night’ is an annual event at the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam which I visited in January 2019. All trees and plants were illuminated by hundreds of lights in different magical colours.

From painting to pattern

The whole experience was so inspiring that I had enough ideas to paint a total of twelve paintings. These paintings became the patterns with which I have created two different collections:

The Hortus by Night 2019 Autumn collection consist of five different designs:

All five Hortus by Night designs represent a different continent. Just like a botanical garden with plants and trees from all over the world. I wanted to represent all continents in this autumn collection.

From painting to pattern

arum lily painting the fran zone 2019

The Arum Lily design represents Europe. It’s a water plant found in ponds and other shallow waters. Maybe a bit weird to find the only water plant in the collection seemingly on fire in the painting. But hey, in art everything is allowed 🙂

This design has the most autumn forest feel of all the five Hortus by Night designs with all its yellows, oranges and browns. It’s like taking a stroll through the fallen leaves the one even brighter than the other. So autumn party vibes on!

arum lily pattern the fran zone autumn 2019 hortus by night collection

Arum Lily cashmere scarf

The Arum Lily scarf looks lit with other autumn colours like olive green, ochre and all shades of brown and orange. It’s outside adventure at its most colourful.

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hortus by night collection autumn cashmere scarf the fran zone arum lily

Arum Lily satin cushions

The Arum Lily cushion turns your couch into a small autumn forest. It goes very well with grey and black furniture. But it also pops on dark red, cognac and brown sofas!

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satin cushion arum lily autumn 2019 the fran zone hortus by night collection

Exclusive glass jewel by Studio Glashelder

Studio Glashelder has outdone herself with this beauty of a glass jewel. It is exclusively designed to go with the scarf. It features bronze, orange, gold and brown sparkles. Since I’ve uploaded it to my shop it has been favoured by many, so be sure to check it out!

glass jewel by studio glashelder

SILVER FIR DESIGN

The Silver Fir design is part of the Hortus by Night 2019 Autumn collection. ‘Hortus by Night’ is an annual event at the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam which I visited in January 2019. All trees and plants were illuminated by hundreds of lights in different magical colours.

From painting to pattern

The whole experience was so inspiring that I had enough ideas to paint a total of twelve paintings. These paintings became the patterns with which I have created two different collections:

The Hortus by Night 2019 Autumn collection consist of five different designs:

All five Hortus by Night designs represent a different continent. Just like a botanical garden with plants and trees from all over the world. I wanted to represent all continents in this autumn collection.

Silver Fir design

silver fir painting the fran zone 2019

The Silver Fir design represents Asia, but you will find firs all over the world. And firs are typical Christmas trees. And although this is definitely an autumn painting and pattern it also reminds me of a Christmas tree full of lights in different colours.

So if you’re into Christmas and love the art of decorating, giving presents or dressing up for your Christmas dinner, then this is definitely your go-to design.

silver fir design 2019 the fran zone hortus by night collection

Silver Fir cashmere scarf

The scarf looks lit with purple, lime and coral. It’s sparkling energy at its best!

And if you’re into wearing black for the holidays it’s a total winner to add to your outfit. Just put on some shiny lipstick and you’re good to go!

Order now please note: due to high demand the Silver Fir scarf is currently out of stock. It will be available again in January 2020.

Silver Fir satin cushions

Just think of this one underneath the Christmas tree. Do I need to say more. I didn’t think so 😉

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kussens herfst collectie the fran zone

But, if you happen to be a notorious Christmas hater (because of reasons): don’t you worry!
 
Because like I said: Silver Fir does autumn as well as it does Christmas. The design will just adjust to your liking! And on top of that you will support the Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam by building their new Three Climate Glasshouse. Learn more

MAJORELLE UNIVERSE @ EINDHOVEN MAKER FAIRE

The Fran Zone hosted The Majorelle Universe at the Eindhoven Maker Faire this year. And it was a blast! We had such a great time celebrating creative and innovative ideas and met wonderful new friends. Therefore I’ve come up with this ‘picture blog’. It’s for you if you want to indulge in the Majorelle Universe one more time (like I do). Or if you wasn’t able to attend you can check out our universe (or our ‘stand’ in common language).

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EXPERIENCE THE MAJORELLE UNIVERSE

The idea behind our stand was to let visitors really ‘Experience Majorelle’. So we designed a Majorelle Universe full of vibrant colours and exotic patterns. A universe to engage, a universe to be at ease. As well as a universe to get inspired and to escape to. With soft cushions, shiny scarves, green plantes and a wonderfully warm carpet. The carpet was a huge success because people (and especially kids) wanted to feel it, sit on it, lie on it and basically just be somewhere else for a little while.

SPARKING CREATIVITY

In addition, another purpose of our attendance was sparking creativity! Therefore we wanted to inform interested visitors. Especially about the possibilities of printing your own designs on all sorts of fabric. From scarves to cushions, from carpets to fashion fabrics. But also about getting inspired and translating that inspiration into art.

Visitors were also able to follow in The Fran Zone’s steps. So they could understand the process of how I work. First inspiration (Majorelle garden), then ink drawings followed by oil paintings. Then the paintings become patterns, patterns become scarves, cushions and fabrics. It was so nice to watch people going through the expo and really seeing something they hadn’t seen before. In other words: mission accomplished people!

MAJORELLE UNIVERSE PHOTOBOOTH

During the Maker Faire the Majorelle Universe was also a photobooth for everyone who wanted to take a little souvenir with them. Everyone could pick their favourite scarf or cushion before getting photographed. You can imagine how super nice it was to see how every different design spoke to different people.

And like I said: my hidden agenda was to see R2D2’s. And guess what: I also checked that box! 🙂

The Eindhoven Maker Faire was the first faire for The Fran Zone and we had a blast meeting you all, finally seeing each other face to face! And at the same time it was so wonderful to create our own Majorelle Universe and to see with our own eyes all the beauty I’ve created the past year. It was truly a very gratifying experience.

So we will be plotting something like this in 2020 for sure! In a galaxy far far away….

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