Today Nina a 27-year-old Dutch student also known as Ninainvorm will be sharing a colourful day with us in her home. I’m a big fan of Nina’s delicate and bold ceramics and I love visiting her cheery blog so I’m really excited to step inside her world today. Thanks Nina!
I’m all into vintage and contemporary ceramics, both collecting and making. I sell my handmade ceramics in my online shop. Ninainvorm is my art/ craft/ design/ interior/ fashion/ ceramics/ etc-blog. I blog daily about things I consider beautiful and worth sharing.
Hello my name is Nina Van Goor, I make a few different things: I make my own ceramics but also screenprint on vintage ceramics, and also I make screenprints and collages. I love to work with vintage materials like old tableware and combine it with fresh modern screenprinting. I also use vintage papers for my collages.
I live in Den Bosch, this is a city in the South of the Netherlands, about a one hour drive from Amsterdam. I live in a quiet residential area that’s only a few minutes walk from the historical city centre. We live very close to a large city park and there’s a lot of green and old trees surrounding the appartments here, so I feel living here is the best of both worlds: both quiet and green and close to the shops and bars from the centre of the city. Den Bosch has a beautiful city centre, it’s a bit similar to Amsterdam but much smaller.
In fact there aren’t many ‘typical days’ in my life, cause I’m always working on a lot of different things at the same time so no two days are the same. There are a few things that are always the same though, like starting the day with a good cup of coffee… I always try that!
Then I usually sit behind my computer catching up with mails, orders from my shop and reading comments on my blog. My studio isn’t very big, but it’s a cozy and colorful place to work. I have my own kiln there for the firing of my ceramics. I always have a lack of space in there since my studio is also the place for all my collected materials: lots and lots of old tableware, vintage books that I use for my collages, fabrics for when I work with textile… I could definitely use a larger studio, but I have this place at home and I think it’s comfortable for me right now working at home. But that may change in the near future, cause sometimes I’m definitely longing for a large open space…
Often I also start working on a new entry from my blog, or take some pictures of new items for my shop or just of things that catch my eye. Once I grab my camera I always have a hard time putting it away again, cause I always see new and interesting things to photograph, even in my own home that I know so well already…
After doing all these things it’s often already lunchtime… After lunch, it depends on what’s most urgent what I’ll do next. Sometimes I sit behind my computer and work on my thesis, sometimes I work on my ceramics or other creative projects [for example the screenprinted teatowels that I’m currently working on), and often I also have to make parcels ready for shipping.
Later in the afternoon I then go on a trip to the post office to send the purchases from my shop to places all over the world, which always is a nice thing to do. Then I also do some grocery shopping for the night’s dinner and often I try to visit one of my favorite thrift shops on the way as well. I love thrift shopping and coming home with new finds, and in order to find nice things you have to check in regularly…
The night is for spending some time with my boyfriend and working some more, often on a creative project but sometimes also on other things that still need to be done. I also do some blog reading during the night… There’s never enough hours in the day!
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org