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Angel Magazine - Issue #8


Angel Magazine

January 6 · Issue #8 · View online

I am an editor, writer and creative strategist based in Amsterdam, curating the world's most sparkling trends in design, interiors and lifestyle. Angel Magazine is a personal newsletter, a diary of things that inspire me, and make my heart beat faster. //

Welcome to Angel Magazine #8 and welcome to 2016! 

These are a few Instagram highlights from 2015. It has been a wonderful year for me in terms of creative pursuits and new adventures. It was the year I started freelancing full time (read about my projects in my year in review post), the year me and M moved to Amsterdam, and of course - the year Angel Magazine was born! Thanks for being part of my 2015, and thanks for coming along my adventures, there’s definitely more to come this year!
First up: a New Year’s letter from my ever-dearest Van Gogh, ethereal photography, nighttime wonders and ballet kittens:
A Letter to Theo van Gogh, beginning of January 1874
“I sincerely wish you a very happy New Year. I know that things are going well for you in the office, because I heard as much from Mr Tersteeg. I saw from your letter that you have art in your blood, and that’s a good thing, old chap. I’m glad you like Millet, Jacque, Schreyer, Lambinet, Frans Hals, because – as Mauve says – ‘that’s it’. Yes, that painting by Millet ‘The evening angelus’, ‘that’s it’. That’s rich, that’s poetry. How I’d like to talk to you about art again, but now we can only write to each other about it often; find things beautiful as much as you can, most people find too little beautiful.”
- Vincent van Gogh to brother Theo, January 1874
Image: Starry Night Over the Rhone (1888), Vincent Van Gogh
To Theo van Gogh. London, beginning of January 1874.
Photography: Woodman's On Being an Angel
During the last days of the year, I went to see Francesca Woodman’s “On Being an Angel” exhibition at the FOAM Photography Museum in Amsterdam. Woodman, an American photographer, committed suicide at the young age of 22. Her work felt intense and deeply personal, but at the same time ethereal and fleeting. Her story made me look for vulnerability and mystery, and search for a deeper meaning in her photographs: What was on her mind? What does this self-portrait mean? I wonder how I would have looked at the photographs if I have not known that she killed herself?
In any case, the photographs - 102 in total, mainly gelatine silver prints but also several large-format diazotype prints - are beautiful. Catch it at FOAM until 9 March 2016:
FOAM: Francesca Woodman - On Being an Angel
Coming up: Hotel Night Amsterdam
I’m really looking forward to this year’s Hotel Night in Amsterdam. Around 40 hotels will be offering discounted rates for Amsterdam residents to enjoy a luxurious holiday close to home. But no worries, non-residents can still join in the fun. There will be special dining events in the hotels, with one-of-a-kind parties later in the evening, plus a whisky tasting event, an evening high tea and a secret crane party, among many others. Check out the full list of events here. Tip: Room Service at Olof’s is a Michelin-starred pop-up restaurant in the city’s oldest chapel, where Chef Chris Naylor* will be serving some unique dishes. 
16-17 January. Tickets available below, or in Primera stores:
Kom naar Hotelnacht Amsterdam - Hotelnacht
Music: Camera Obscura's New Year Resolution
Camera Obscura - New Year's Resolution (4AD Session) - YouTube
New year, new shoes
I’m dancing my way through 2016 with these new ballet slippers from Grishko! There’s nothing more satisfying than slipping on new shoes, measuring the garters, and sewing them on. I always feel a sense of accomplishment whenever I finish sewing, or when I complete a challenging ballet class at night, or when I am able to finally do a jump right - I think it’s important to savour moments such as this, no matter how small. 
And just look at those graceful jumping kittens! (Will I ever jump as high, or as elegant?) It’s from a booklet by photographer Rein Janssen. I love his work, it’s so beautiful. Check out his kitten series here.
Creativity and thinking time in today's work places
“Most creativity does not take place within the confines of a traditional office. Thinking time – a process most creatives are never paid for and which many clients undervalue – pops up best when the psyche is most at ease: in bed at 4 in the morning, under the shower, on the plane, while walking the dog… In order to think more creatively one needs to relinquish control over the brain, allowing it to intuitively meander until the solution presents itself.
Sometimes the thinking gestation period takes weeks or months and is informed by years of references – visual or otherwise – which glide back and forth within the thought process. For creative people, taste and aesthetics have been developing since early childhood in the same way that good writers draw upon a lifetime of reading and vocabulary. For them, creative thinking is like breathing.”
thinking time
Wild and free
Happy new year, my friend. I wish you all the best for the upcoming year, but beyond these wishes, the rest is really up to you. Be wild, be free. Stay curious, grab joy everywhere you go, and remember to find things beautiful as much as you can. 
Angel xxx
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