urban arts festival, amsterdam, 2010: where design meets crafts…
Posted in amsterdam, handmade March 9th, 2010 by pia


I’m excited to announce that on June 26, The American Book Center (ABC) here in Amsterdam will be hosting The Urban Arts Festival: where design meets crafts! This will be a unique festival where design and crafts mingle, right in the centre of the city. On the day, the Spui square will be transformed into a huge outdoor atelier with designers, artisans, and crafters all making, creating, displaying & selling their work. There will also be lessons and workshops in the ABC Treehouse (Voetboogstraat 11, across the square) and right now, the ABC are inviting submissions from designers & artisans interested in participating.

It’s going to be a super fun day and I will to be there too, with a little something special to share! I will give you a clue: it has something to do with my upcoming book , Amsterdam: Made by Hand – but it’s not what you think. Hmm, intrigued?

If you would like more information or are interested in participating, please email the urban arts festival right here.  Be sure to include a short description of your work and an image. I will write more about the festival in the time to come, but for now I just wanted to let you know this much.

June In Amsterdam – it’s going to be FULL of the good stuff!


PS do you like this poster above I just made? I got a bit carried away – I only meant to create a little image to go with this post, but then I got funky with fonts. oops.

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  1. beauty comma says

    it’s very funky! my mum has a sewing machine almost similar to the one in the picture! i’ve actually made a few things on it, it’s really lovely and very photogenic =)

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  2. Camila F. says

    The festival sounds amazing!!!
    Loved the poster.

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  3. sammy says

    the festival sounds great pia and it’s cool that you are taking part too (sounds intriguing whatever it might be!).

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  4. Miranda says

    Again, I’m going to miss it. Flamenco Festival to style here in Rotterdam. It sounds so great. And your book is coming. I’m so curious.

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  5. Freshly Found says

    Thanks for the info. It is a topic close to my heart, so I will be watching with interest!

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  6. Marte Marie Forsberg says

    I think I may have to swing by in June:)
    I have the same old sewing machine, and love the fun poster you made.
    Cant wait to find out what you have in store for the festival!

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  7. Ensuite says

    I was just thinking: Hmm! nice modern retro contemporary handmade poster! Interesting…
    And then I read the post scriptum.
    Bravo pour ce funk! Clarisse.

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  8. pia says

    Merci Clarisse! I like that you picked up on all the elements of the poster.

    Marte Marie Forsberg – Yes yes DO! It will be lots of fun.

    Freshly Found – glad to hear it.

    Miranda – no!! I was so hoping you’d be able to join us.

    sammy – yes i’m really looking forward to it. It will be my treat for getting this next book written (that’s if I stop procrastinating with the blog and get on with it).

    Camilla F. -thank you!

    beauty comma – it’s so photogenic isn’t it. I actually photographed this one outside one the shops which will feature in my Amsterdam book.


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