Who would have thought my first new work in my art studio would be collages? I for one didn’t!

Check out my Happy Habits mixed media collages in detail.

Check out my New & Familiar mixed media composition in detail.

new work collages the fran art studio the fran zone
new work by the fran art studio the fran zone

I was tidying my cupboard and discovered the two collages I made a year ago during art class. My art teacher encouraged me to start making collages. To try out new forms, shapes and different colour schemes. At first I was stubborn of course and I didn’t see the need.

Until I started cutting. I discovered I LOVE cutting coloured paper and who’s worried about ‘need’ when you’re having fun? I might have known though, because I loved cutting paper as a child and always made paper doilies. You know the drill? Fold a paper until you got a small square. Then cut it up, make little holes and tiny shapes, but maintain the integrity of the paper. Fold it open and voila: there is your paper doily!

So before I knew it there were 16 collages lying on the floor of my new art studio. That escalated quickly and I didn’t see that one coming…

new work collages by the fran art studio the fran zone
cut up paper from making collages


I used watercolour paper, ‘normal’ paper, crayons, East-Indian ink and coloured ink. To me they feel new and familiar at the same time. The technique is new but I used my own shapes inspired by anything botanical and organic swirls.

The next day I wanted to explore the idea further. I coloured all the paper I had left and made ink drawings on the back. After that I started cutting. I made you a short time lapse video of that (check out my YouTube channel for one more):

Within 2 hours I had 16 more! They differ from the first ones in two ways:

The second batch are all artworks in their own right while the first 16 ones together are more than the sum of their parts. The colour shemes are brighter and each one got a lot more going on than the first 16.

For the second batch I used paper I had previously used to write down all the nasty habits surrounding my perfectionism. Habits I wanted to leave behind in 2019 and not take with me in 2020. When I found them last week at first I thought ‘let’s just throw them away’. But then I decided to transform them into art. Because that’s something I try to do every time: transform something personal into art. That’s why the second batch has titles like ‘Resilience’, ‘Flexibility’ and ‘Pleasure’. They are the opposites of the nasty habits I cut up.

new work collages by the fran art studio the fran zone den bosch francine orsel
francine orsel the fran art studio the fran zone new work collages


collage by the fran, black ink, coloured ink and crayon on different kinds of layered paper, A4, available for purchase 200 euros including frame and worldwide shipping
collage by the fran, black ink, coloured ink and crayon on different kinds of layered paper, A4, available for purchase 200 euros including frame and worldwide shipping

The 16 collages of the second batch are all available trough the Artist Support Pledge. Read more about this genius initiative. Please contact me if you’re interested because I haven’t put them in my shop yet.

Their specs: black ink, coloured ink and crayon on layers of different paper (water colour paper, drawing paper, sketch paper) size A4, €200,- including frame and worldwide shipping.

If you enter The Fran Zone first you’ll get 10% off your first artwork. That means you only pay €180,-. Join today!

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The first batch of 16 collages I offer as a whole. It comes framed and will be approximately 110 x 150 cm. Its specs: black ink, coloured ink and crayon on layers of different paper (water colour paper, drawing paper, sketch paper) size A4, €1700,- including frame and worldwide shipping. Please contact me if you’re interested.

collage art by the fran available for purchase black ink, coloured ink and crayon on different kinds of paper, 110x150cm 1700 euros including frame and worldwide shipping


What do you think of them? Do you have a favourite? Do you like the first batch or the second batch the most? Is there a colour combo that speaks to you? Would love to hear your feedback!

Now, onward with other new work. Because I have lift off and my urges to create are back with a vengeance!

close up collages francine orsel the fran art studio the fran zone
close up collages the fran francine orsel art studio the fran zone


Guys! Shit just got real! Last week I got the keys to my very first and very own art studio in Den Bosch. The place is totally brill. It’s spacious, light and it has got a very good energy. So if you were wondering why I didn’t blog for a whole month: I was busy preparing, furnishing, enjoying!

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the fran in her art studio

I’ve created an ‘easle wall’ so I will be able to work on multiple large paintings at once. Just as in Spain. You know that’s the way I like it haha.

I’ve also created a cozy ‘mini living room’ for anyone who likes to come and visit. Like I did at the Eindhoven Maker Faire in September 2019. You can lounge in my comfy armchair. Watch me paint or enjoy the vibes in general.

easle wall in my art studio
mini living room for you to enjoy

Right now I’m busy turning the stage (omg yes my art studio has a stage – bless me!) into a wee shop / showroom. It will showcase all my art scarfs, art cushions, art table linens and so forth. An offline stone and mortar shop to complement my online shop. You are more than welcome to come take a look. Like I said, my art studio is super spacious so we can maintain a lot of distance 🙂

showroom shop with my art scarves and art cushions hortus by night autumn collection


It may sound somewhat exaggerated: ‘free at last’ when it comes to my new art studio. But it does feel this liberating! For the first time in my life I feel I’ve really made a decision for me. And put it into action. For the first time in my life I’m going on an adventure I chose for me. This feeling results in a peaceful state of mind I can’t recall in a long time. Suddenly just being myself, being an artist is enough. I am enjoying it immensely.

happy the pappy in my new art studio
lemon on earth catalan collection 2019 large canvas

Free at last. To live my life. Not a life carefully planned by others. No life dictated by a toxic family system held together by religious fear and emotional neglect. Not a life in which I am only busy proving everybody wrong or proving I am worthy. Just my life. My own. To live and to discover. To shape and to alter. And to enjoy and to cherish.

After 2,5 years and a lot of struggles, sleepless nights, pain, fear and sorrow of letting my old life behind and actually burning my bridges, I feel like I am exactly where I am supposed to be. And in the words of Snoop Dogg: I want to thank me!


If you read my last blog about 3 ways of enjoying art from home then you might got inspired. Therefore I made you this blog with 4 tips for creativity during corona. Let’s get our creative groove on and take our mind off things!


creativity during corona free art downloads
Exotic Sea Life ink drawings for free. Let’s get creative!

I made you a free PDF with all my Exotic Sea Life ink drawings. You can print them, colour them with crayons, markers, watercolour paint or even acrylics. But you can also craft them into a collage or frame them. It’s up to you!

Check out my Free Art page for the downloads (you don’t have to sign up, just one click, because I want everybody to be able to enjoy!).

Share your creativity with me on Instagram using the #creativefranzy
I’d love to see your take on them!


Secondly there’s a Sunflower and a Rose puzzle. You can print out the pages and put them in the right positions to get yourself a sunflower or a rose ink drawing. Which you can then colour or craft into something entirely new!

Check out my Free Art page for the downloads (you don’t have to sign up, just one click, because I want everybody to be able to enjoy!).

Share your creativity with me on Instagram using the #creativefranzy
I’d love to see your take on them!


face the foliage creativity during corona

One of you replied on my last blog with this AMAZING Instagram account. It makes faces out of foliage. And it’s super easy to recreate at home. Just use your dried out Easter tulip bouquet. Or take a walk and bring some dandelions and daisies back home to play with. It’s easy but the results can be amazing!


Many creatives offer online classes and workshops. For instance, check out the online sewing classes by Atelier Bydo. Or watch one of the DIY soap tutorials by Lovely Greens. I’m sure your favourite creative also hosts an Instagram Live or started a YouTube channel.


Lovely greens soap making diy tutorial
Lovely Greens

Of course there are a million more ways of getting creative during corona. If you like cooking or baking, give that one recipe a go you’ve been avoiding for ages because it has this very involved part in it.

And guess what, right now is the perfect time for sowing flower seeds in your garden or in a pot on your balcony. The weather has been great so far, just make sure they get enough water and it shouldn’t be too difficult.

Whatever you choose, make sure it’s something with quick results. To be sure it gives you satisfaction and a good feeling about yourself. In stead of catapulting you into the abyss of self doubt and criticism. (As for me: I thought, well, I’ve got all the time in the world, why don’t I finally start working on my sci-fi screenplay!) I found that sort of long term creative projects are not for now. So don’t start writing a book, learning a difficult language or start playing the violin all by yourself. Be gentle. (Though, if you’re already half-way on that book, by all means keep going 🙂 ).


So now it’s your turn! Out of the 4 tips I shared, which one did you find the most helpful? Love to hear! And do you have some tips to add yourself? Share them in the comments so we can inspire each other!


Welcome to the second episode of the Unforgettable Female Artists series by The Fran. Today I want to talk about Frida Kahlo . You might think: Frida Kahlo? Everybody knows her! How is she forgotten? And than I’d be like: well, a lot more than you think!

You can watch the episode here or read it below. Disclaimer: because of reasons the video is somewhat out of sync with the audio after editing. I find that highly annoying, but maybe if you’re less OCD than me it won’t bother you as much… Anyway, it won’t happen again!


Though you are right of course, Frida Kahlo is everywhere. You can find her face on any kind of product imaginable. Her image has become the patron of every kind of Western minority you can think of: women, feminists, queers, gays, mixed children.

So we have a Mexican female artist who has become the poster girl for all kind of Western minorities. She has become a modern day icon on which any group can project their identities. And because of that her own identity got lost. Forgotten.

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Let me first tell you the traditional Frida Kahlo story. The one you’ll find everywhere on the internet. It’s a story about Frida Kahlo being obsessed by her husband, muralist Diego Rivera. It’s a story about Frida Kahlo having multiple bisexual relations. And it’s a story about Frida Kahlo flaunting her flaws – like her uni-brow and mustache – and her body like a modern feminist.

This story is a typical story told from the male perspective. It is not about Frida Kahlo as a person. This is patriarchy telling her story. And I am not going to go all ‘smash the patriarchy’ in this episode. But it is important to realise. For instance: the idea that she flaunted her flaws and therefor was proud to not succumb to beauty standards completely neglects her gender fluid identity which made her extremely proud of her uni-brow and mustache.

So the traditional Frida Kahlo story is a story about the men in her life. The men who analyzed her art and behaviour from their own perspective and thereby translating it into Western art history. Which of course is ridiculous because Kahlo isn’t part of Western art history. This way of history writing is classic neo imperialism. Taking something supposedly exotic and enthralling and claim it as your own for your own benefit.

What I’d like to do now is to tell her story from her perspective. And of course, being a white European woman I’m hardly the right person to do so. But taking that into account I would like to try.


Frida Kahlo made her art during the Mexican revolution. Her art was about creating a new Mexican identity. Based on pre-Columbian traditions, regional cultural heritage and more recent imperialistic influences.

Analyzing her art an image comes to light of Frida Kahlo as a die hard political radical. A complex human being questioning the very core of what it is to have an identity in the first place. What do the tags ‘female’ ‘Mexican’ ‘religious’ even mean? Who is in charge of what they mean? And don’t they mean something different for every individual?


In her art you can discover three reoccurring elements which she used to depict her thoughts and ideas:

Pre-Columbian symbolism

She used pre-Columbian symbolism such as characteristics from the Tehuana matriarchy to question the status quo regarding gender normality imposed by Spanish colonial rule. If you look at image 1, this is one of those paintings in which she pictured herself dressed in a traditional Tehuana dress. And she did wear these dresses in real life. She had a house full of pre-Columbion artifacts and symbolic trinkets. It was like her own museum or research lab on Mexican identity.

Frida Kahlo painting Self portrait as a Tehuana 1943
Image 1: Self portrait as a Tehuana, 1943.

Pagan and catholic symbolism

Secondly in her art she used pagan and catholic symbolism together. Thereby positioning herself within both pre-Columbian and Spanish spiritual heritage. If you look at this image, it’s a Mexican catholic ‘ex voto painting’. It was made by folk artists in the 19th century and used to portray people’s greatest fears. That’s why most of these ex voto paintings have horrible depictions. Like this one: you can see how the man is being attacked and eaten by his cattle. People would place these ex voto paintings on their altar and pray to god to keep them from harm. Often the particular catholic saint who dealt with that kind of injury was also depicted on the ex voto.

ex voto painting
Image 2: Ex voto example. Source:

Now if you look at this painting by Frida Kahlo, it’s called Henry Ford Hospital, you can see her lying in a bed. It is depicting her time in an American hospital where she was being treated for her infertility and pregnancy issues. You can clearly see the similarities between her painting and the nature of the ex votos. These are all things she is afraid of: failing to give birth, the death of her ‘flower’, her broken pelvis due to a traffic accident, losing the baby. In stead of flaunting her naked body for a male audience.

Frida Khalo painting Henry Ford Hospital
Image 3: Henry Ford Hospital, 1932.

Political statements

Furthermore Kahlo used political statements in her art to comment on the Mexican American relations of her time. In this painting she depicted herself on the Mexican borderland just confiscated by the USA. Look at how she depicts Mexican heritage: temples, a sun and moon, puking and crying, and the force of Mexican nature fueling the machines and industries. As if she’s saying America is exploiting Mexico.

Frida Kahlo painting on the border of Mexico and America.
Image 4: Self Portrait Along the Boarder Line Between Mexico and the United States, 1932.

So in stead of embodying all those things now attributed to her: feminist, queer, minority, mixed race, female victim, her art was about what those identity tags ultimately meant and to whom. And in a sense that’s very appropriate if you look at what’s happening with her image today: the meaning of her life being constructed by Western art historians and Western commercial companies.

In that way nothing has changed: a Mexican women is still being exploited by Western powers.

List of literature:


Welcome to the first episode of The Fran Zone’s series about Unforgettable female artists. This first episode is a special one right away. Because it features not one but two magnificent female artist from history. I am talking about the Macdonald sisters. Frances Macdonald MacNair and Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh .

Watch the episode here or read it below.

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The Macdonald sisters were born in the second half of the 19th century. They were the creative and artistic founders of the Glasgow School. The Glasgow School was an artistic movement at the fin de siecle in Glasgow, Scotland. As an artistic movement it was a fusion of Japanse art, art nouveau, Celtic revival art and arts & crafts.

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Image 1: O ye, all ye that walk in Willowwood, gesso panel by Margaret Macdonald, 1902.


If you look at this painting (image 1) you can see several of the typical Glasgow Style characteristics: This is an artwork made by Margaret MacDonald in 1902. It is called O YE, ALL YE THAT WALK IN WILLOWWOOD. You can see the distorted, elongated human forms, the intricate lines all over the painting. Furthermore the painting seems like it is in 2D, much like the Japanese art of that time. And it has a Celtic fairy tale feel because of the depicted flowers and veils. All symbolical depictions of femininity. The arts & crafts influences can be noticed in the materials used. This artwork is a gesso panel and Margaret Macdonald used her skills with metal, paint and embroidery.


The Macdonald sisters opened up their own art studio in the Glasgow city center. At their school they met Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Herbert MacNair. They started working together and called themselves The Four. Soon their nickname would become ‘The Spook School’ because of the distorted, witch-like human forms that occupied their art. The public found their work upsetting, creepy and sometimes even dangerous.

Check out my Glasgow School board on Pinterest for more images and inspiration about the Glasgow Style.

Economics and art where booming in Glasgow at the end of the 19th century. At the same time women’s rights and privileges were high on the agenda in Glasgow. Women were allowed to study, to pursue careers and the Glasgow School of Art played a large role in that by providing education and employment. Many female students were active in the women’s suffragette movement. In this progressive climate the Macdonald sisters flourished.


Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh (1876-1933) Glasgow School
Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh (1864-1933)

Their creative and artistic accomplishments were noticed outside Scotland and the UK. And especially Margaret knew how to take advantage of that. Together with her husband Charles Rennie Mackintosh, whom she married in 1900, she delivered artworks to more than 40 exhibitions in Europe and America from 1890 until 1924. After her marriage Margaret started to work with Mackintosh more often. He was an architect who designed buildings and furniture. Margaret designed the interiors of rooms in large country houses. She designed panels to go with Mackintosh’s furniture. And they designed their own house and interior together. Which you can still visit when you’re ever in Glasgow.


Frances Macdonald MacNair (1873-1921) Glasgow School Liverpool Scotland
Frances MacDonald MacNair (1873-1921)

The story of Frances and Herbert is a little different. Frances married Herbert MacNair and they relocated in Liverpool. MacNair had been appointed at the Liverpool school of art. The artistic and social climate in Liverpool however was completely different from that in Glasgow. Frances missed the freedom she had had in Glasgow. She got pregnant and became a mother. All the while questioning her life choices and decisions. And making art about it.


The Choice (1909) Frances MacNair
Image 2: The Choice (1909) by Frances MacDonald MacNair

Let’s look at this painting (image 2) by Frances Macdonald made in 1909. It is called THE CHOICE. And it features two couples. As you can see the two women are connected (the legs of the woman on the right are connected to the ‘dress’ of the woman on the left). But the two couples are clearly going their own separate ways. The golden circles laid out in front of the couple on the right are going in the opposite direction from the roses all around the couple on the left.

It seems like the couple on the right could be Charles Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald heading off to a golden future in the midst of the Glasgow art scene. While the couple on the left could be Frances Macdonald and Herbert MacNair whom she followed to Liverpool out of love. But with great pain of leaving Glasgow and the other two, especially her sister, behind.


The artistic genius an creative inventiveness of these women are extraordinary. And especially the name and fame of Margaret Macdonald was known all over Europe at the peak of her career. Yet they play no significant part in any form of art history outside of Scotland. How could this have happened?

There are two main reasons for this. And this is the first. How progressive and inclusive the Glasgow art scene may have been during their lifetime. Many of Margaret Macdonald’s accomplishments, artworks and designs have been attributed to her husband after their death. In spite of all the evidence of Margaret being the artist behind the work in stead of Charles (such as signatures on the work). Just as history has long been a tale of mankind rather than human kind has the art canon long been dominated by men.

And as for the second reason: Frances was less successful with her art during her life. Her artworks were written off like fairy tale, feminine oddities. Neglecting the great symbolic power and mysticism in them. But the most important reason Frances Macdonald and her art were forgotten for a very long time is the fact that her husband destroyed more than half of her works after she committed suicide in 1921.


So there you have it: Margaret and Frances Macdonald. Two artistic and creative geniuses. Responsible for the birth of one of worlds most influential art movements at the and of the 19th century. But absent from all the great art history books.

I hope you found this first episode interesting and helpful. That’s it for now. Until next week!

My Dutch blog about the Macdonald sisters
My Pinterest board about the Glasgow Style


The corona isolation measures are still in effect. So I thought I’d give you four ways of enjoying art from your living room. Because sometimes the best inspiration can be found close to home. Or at home in this instance. So here they are: four ways to enjoy art in isolation:


The ways of enjoying art online are numerous! Let me give you a few:

Several museums have put their current exhibitions online for the public to enjoy. Rijksmuseum of course has a very large online collection. But also for instance Rijksmuseum Twenthe has made a digital exhibit of their current Picasso and Matisse. Beauty is a line. Just browse your favourite museum’s website and check out what kind of digital art they are offering. And enjoy it from your living room.

Follow some artsy social media accounts. Instagram and Pinterest are the best platforms in this case, because these are primarily visual platforms. Instagram is full of amazingly talented artist. You can find artists by theme. For instance: abstract, colourful, modern, portraits, landscapes, botanical, etc. Or find them by material. For instance: watercolour, oil paint, ceramics, wool, fabrics, fluid acrylic, flowers. Or start by following one of your favourite artists. The Instagram algorithm will then lead you to other similar accounts. The same goes for Pinterest.

Some of my favourite Instagram accounts are:


enjoy art in isolation: online art instagram accounts red ruby rose
Red Ruby Rose


Maybe you have your own art books to browse. Maybe you can join your local library. Or maybe you can organise a small local library in your neighbourhood. I live in a very large apartment building and last week there where suddenly laying books all over the bench on the ground floor. What happened? One of my neighbours just started a ‘building’ library. I then joined her and before I knew I had the best books in town!

And just in case your local library is closed: many libraries offer their e-books for free right now! So be sure to check it out on their website. Also a very nice way of keeping your children occupied.

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Molesworth & Bird


I think you already know where I am going with this: Netflix (and chill > if you’re done with art then that’s the first thing I’d recommend during isolation, but never mind). Some of the best art movies now on Netflix are:

The Danish Girl
Walt before Mickey
Velvet Buzzsaw
House of Z
Marie Antoinette
Bowie: the man who changed the world
Ai Weiwei: never sorry
Beltrachhi: the art of forgery
Abstract: the art of design
The 100 years show

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Westcoast Weavers


Like I always say: Wikipedia is your friend! Especially if you can read a little English. Because the English version is wayyyy more extensive than the Dutch version. Or the French, or the Spanish, for that matter. So, go to Wikipedia. Just start at the page of your favourite artist and let yourself be dragged into the heavenly deep crypts of Wikipedia knowledge. This way of enjoying art in isolation is definitely on top of my list. Before I know it my whole evening is goooone.


I hope you find these tips useful. Very soon I will also share some tips of being and getting creative in isolation. But for now I am off to Wikipedia. And I never know how long that is going to take…


Which tip do you find the most helpful and are you going to use in the next couple of weeks? Let me know in the comments! Also, if you have yet another way of enjoying art in isolation, please let me know. It takes my ass off


As I wrote earlier: being on total lockdown because of corona gave me inspiration to finally write this blog about my Date Palm design. This design, part of the Hortus by Night autumn collection, has the most summery feel of them all. It’s like a transition design between the Majorelle summer collection and the autumn collection. So let’s take a look at it!

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From painting to pattern

The Date Palm design is based on the oilpainting Date Palm I painted January-May 2019. I used oil paints and ink and tried to capture the majestic palms I encountered during the Hortus by Night. To create the design I mirrored my painting and scaled it on scarfs, cushions and larger fabric which I made into table linens.

Like I said the Date Palm design feels to me like a transition design between my summer Majorelle Collection and my autumn Hortus by Night collection. It captures an Indian summer feel with saturated colours like pink, green and blue. The shapes in the pattern remind me of my time in Africa, which was my main inspiration for the Majorelle Collection.

So in many ways this design transfers my love of exotic summer vibes to my love of autumn colours and feels. The different shades seen in this picture gradually develop themselves in the other designs of the Hortus by Night collection, to become more autumn-y. Bright Date Palm blue becomes a grey blue in the Giant Bamboo design. The soft green becomes a moss green in the Silver Fir design and the vibrant pink becomes an autumn leaf magenta-red colour in the Arum Lily design.

date palm painting the fran zone 2019
date palm design the fran zone herfstcollectie 2019 hortus by night

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Date Palm cashmere scarf

The Date Palm cashmere scarf is the perfect scarf for anyone who loves to pair blue with shades of green. Because it adds that little something special by those touches of pink and purple. As you can see it’s a real show stopper worn as head wrap. But of course it also shines around your shoulders! I love to wear bright shades of pink lipstick with this scarf and defy the autumn chills just a little longer. Still available in my shop!

You can order it now in my online store >

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date palm design cashmere scarf the fran zone

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Date Palm cushion

Don’t you think this cushion is a stunner? It works well on every couch I’ve seen it on so far: light grey, dark grey, dark blue, black and brown. Because of it’s bright energy it’s a real crowd pleaser. Adding some colour to your living room has never been easier! It’s still available.

Order now >

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date palm cushion the fran zone satin cover hortus by night collection on a dark grey couch

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Limited edition table linens

This handmade limited edition Date Palm table linens are the perfect decor for your Indian summer dinner party. Enjoy it with friends and revel in the sweet treats of late summer and early autumn. Still available in my online shop.

Order now >

limited edition table linens hortus by night autumn collection
fairy tale wedding party dinner table linens date palm design the fran zone

You might also like: Silver Fir – it does autumn as well as it does Christmas

Matching jewellery by Studio Glashelder

The glass jewel Studio Glashelder designed to go with the Date Palm scarf is by far my favourite of the season. It features a large emerald green glass jewel with inside of it a darker greenish black stripe of glass. On top there’s a small streak of soft lilac to add some colour. It’s the perfect balance between rough beauty and sophisticated elegance. And it’s still available!

Order it now >

glass jewellery by studio glashelder large green glass jewel with lilac stripe on top of it
ring bij herfstcollectie cashmere sjaals the fran zone studio glashelder


Being in Brabant and on total lockdown because of corona I decided to make a virtue of necessity. I’ve been wanting to write this blog for about 5 months, but now’s finally the time. Get ready for the Rockcap Fern design! The fairy tale beauty of the Hortus by Night autumn collection.

You might also like: The Hortus by Night Autumn Collection

From painting to pattern

The Rockcap Fern design is based on the oilpainting Rockcap Fern I painted January-May 2019. I used oil paints and ink and tried to capture the crawling rockcap ferns I encountered during the Hortus by Night. To create the design I mirrored my painting and scaled it on scarfs, cushions and larger fabric which I made into table linens.

The Rockcap Fern design for me feels like the Hortus by Night design with the most enthralling contradiction between the shapes and the colours. While the shapes are alien-like tentacles which crawl over the fabric, reminiscent of an apocalyptic extraterrestrial race. The colours are soft, gentile pastels ranging from sweet lilac to soft pink. Maybe those aliens aren’t as maleficent as expected!

rockcap fern painting the fran zone 2019
rockcap fern design dessin the fran zone herfstcollectie 2019 hortus by night

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Rockcap Fern cashmere scarf

And like I said: it comes as a cashmere scarf. It’s soft, warm, luxurious and it’s the perfect accessory to colour up any outfit. You can were it around your neck, but just as easy wrap it around your shoulders or wear it as a headwrap.

Order it now in my online shop.

rockcap fern cashmere scarf the fran zone hortus by night autunm collection

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Rockcap Fern cushion

The Rockcap Fern cushion shines on every couch. But I have to say I particularly like it on dark grey sofas. I haven’t seen it on black yet, though, that may cause me to change my mind. What do you think?

Order now >

You might also like: Silver Fir Design – it does autumn as well as it does Christmas

Limited edition table linens

I’ve also ordered the Rockcap Fern design on organic cotton and turned it into one of kind table linens. It’s limited edition and handmade and it’s perfect for any fairy tale wedding dinner or extravagant party.

Order limited edition table linens now >

Matching jewellery by Studio Glashelder

As you maybe know by now: Studio Glashelder designs matching jewellery for all of my designs. And the one she made for the Rockcap Fern totally on theme: a triangle shaped glass jewel filled with a galaxy of stars. It adds to the space-like feel of the design and adds a whole new world to explore.

You can order it in my online shop >


As of this month my Majorelle cushions, postcards and greeting cards are all available at De Fabriekswinkel. De Fabriekswinkel is located at Verlengde Noordkade 10-12 in Veghel and is part of an energetic cultural centre buzzing with creativity and art. So it’s definitely worth a visit!

de fabriekswinkel veghel noordkade the fran zone products majorelle


De Fabriekswinkel is part of cultural hotspot Noordkade. Is has something for everyone. There are cosy cafes with live music, art studios and exhibitions. The Noordkade also has it’s own museum, cinema and theatre. It’s the perfect place to spend your Sunday afternoon.

noordkade veghel
Cultural hotspot Noordkade


The store features a combination of original modern artworks, art designs and gadgets. You will find ceramics, greeting cards, books, photography, sculptures, cushions, bags and jewellery, among other things. The store changes it’s wide range of products twice a year. So you can discover something new every time you visit.

The shop is run by a group of engaged and skilled volunteers. They all want people to get in touch with modern art on a more day to day and low profile manner and I am all for it! So if you’re ever in the neighbourhood be sure to drop by.

de fabriekswinkel veghel noordkade art giftshop


De Fabriekswinkel
Verlengde Noordkade 10-12
5462 EH Veghel

Opening times:
Wednesday – Saturday: 11.00-17.00
Sunday: 14.00-17.30

See you there!


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!


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!


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.