1 augustus 2014

Giveaway: candleholders

Because it was my birthday a few days ago, I decided to do a giveaway. I’ll give a set of my candleholders to one of you. On Monday, we will reveal the winner.

Good luck, guys!

To win, you only need to do this:
1. Like our Facebook page
2. Share the latest post on this Facebook page

28 juli 2014

Talking with Isabelle Dierckx

Isabelle Dierckx, a girl from art school, known by her beautiful and simple pictures. I didn’t know her personally but we got in touch on Facebook. Our styles have lots of things in common, although we were both studying something different. Our basic principles correspond: fresh, clear, composition and a subtle touch of green nature. Because I’ve always been a big fan of her work, I asked her if she wanted to make some pictures for Hardwearing.

She always searches for a kind of structure in her pictures. She loves to make compositions, so she creates her own world where peace and quiet rules. That’s also the reason why her pictures are mainly white. She likes it clear and fresh. Besides using a lot of white, she also likes playing with colour. The way the colours play together fascinates her.

Isabelle is now in her master degree photography. This doesn’t mean she takes the term photography too serious. She experiments with it. She inserts graphic elements that aren’t too dominant. She uses the tools that photoshop offers a lot, but although she want to keep reality in her pictures.

Still, even when we are not on the same school anymore, we still talk with each other and show our work to each other. We both like to hear opinions from another perspective. If you’re curious to see more work from Isabelle, you can take a look at her website.

* Photography: Isabelle Dierckx, more on: isabelledierckx

24 juli 2014

Old and new together

I already told you about my outfits that come straight out of my closet without any thinking. This summer outfit is just one of them: suitable for a hot summer day. I'm wearing a vintage short from Levi's. I bought them for a few euros, cut and folded them. This is a really cheap and durable way if you want a contemporary short.

Just as my outfit, the place where we shoot this is a combination of old and new. An old mine building that recent got renovated by 51N4E. I love how they work it out and make the best combination out of the old building and the new architecture.

* Top: Ray-Ban, COS, middle: Levi's Vintage, bottom: Birkenstocks

21 juli 2014

Ribs and curls of Calatrava

Although I'm a sensational architecture spotter, I've never visited the only building of Calatrava in Belgium. I always see this building in pictures of others. It looks like it was just a building where he just wields his style. So I was actually never interested in it.

But after all, I always aimed the specific style of Calatrava, those white ribs that make a roof. I decided to give it a shot and took my camera with me. When I arrived and saw the station from far, I still wasn't impressed.

But after wandering for half an hour, the details began to penetrate through my eyes. Although, I still didn’t like the typical train station hall, the function and circulation was the same as any other station. But those details were to die for! The curves and curls were that sensational where I always look for in architecture. Not to forget to mention that the white steal floats together with the white concrete. And after all, I have to admit: visiting the building was sensational enough for me.

14 juli 2014

DIY: Concrete candleholder

I decided this week to make an end of a long search for the perfect candleholder. I didn't find any concrete one that had enough body. So I started to think how I could make it by myself on an easy way. After a lot of trying, I decided to share it with you. It's actually very easy and very fast.

I only show you a few ones, but there are thousand of options. You can for example put a few candles in one body, making them high or just very low, scrubbing the upside to make it as smooth as the sides, ... The only thing I know for sure is that they look better if you put a few of them together.

1. Cut a bottle, from which you like the bottom part (I took 2l bottles for small candles and 0.5l bottles for big candles).
2. Mix cement, white sand and water in a bucket to make the concrete. (I didn't use any proportions, just follow your instinct or ask your dad)
3. Fill the bottle with the concrete. You can play with the height of the candleholder by adding less or more concrete.
4. Put something as thick as the candle in the concrete. Don't forget to tape it, otherwise it won't be easy to take it out.
5. Let it dry for at least 24 hours. When you want to take it out, check if it's really dry.
6. Cut the bottle and take out the shape of the candle. Now you're finished!