Watching/reading in June

Warm and sunny weather and endless summer days, perfect for getting lost in the world of books and reading undisturbed in a hammock. But we also keep a few movies...

Ecomuseum Bergslagen: Finngården Skifsen, Dalarna, Sweden, travel, www.Fenne.be

Ecomuseum Bergslagen: Finngården Skifsen

On an extremely lucky mosquito-free evening, a tiny village/project where they aim to build a Finn farm the way it could have looked in the 1750s. The location, which is...

Leatherwork, leathercraft practice, saddle stitch leather pencil case, www.Fenne.be

Leatherwork practice: pencil case

These blending sticks came in an annoying crackling bag + I had some stitching to practice, so I made a new case for them 🙂. Nice and flat to go...

Handmade leather memory card case, www.Fenne.be

Leather memory card case

On my desk, next to my computer, I had a small ceramic container in which I stored all the memory cards that were not in a camera at that time....

Watching in April: famous five

[caption id="attachment_4347" align="alignnone" width="500"] Illustration by Eileen Soper[/caption] In the last few months, I haven't watched much at all, but by doing some research for a project, I stumbled upon some...

Homemade vegan cheese with cashew nuts, Cashewbert, food photography, www.Fenne.be

Vegan cheese/Cashewbert

Eagerly, we've been waiting for these vegan creations to be ready for a first bite. The whole process takes a few weeks of turning, checking humidity, and things like that--...

10 things I miss about Belgium right now

It's been more than a year since we were able to visit our home country Belgium. By now, we certainly notice the Swedish influence creeping in (what size of drink...

Rawfood vegan raspberry cheesecake, Swedish summer fika, food photography with Fujifilm Xt4, www.Fenne.be

Vegan raspberry cheesecake

The sun was out, shining happily through our kitchen, and filling the air with spring joy. It inspired Joeri to already bring the taste of summer into our Fika. That...

Visiting old mines in Sweden, Dalarna, hiking in Sweden, local travel, Nordic nature, Nordic lifestyle, www.Fenne.be

Visiting old mines in Sweden

During the Easter weekend, we took a few days off together to go out and explore our area. Lately, we've been combining my fascination for history and mines/rocks with long...

30+ Nordic skincare routine, www.Fenne.be

A new skincare routine

A few years ago, during a cold Nordic winter, I was rather shocked when I saw myself in a photograph. Being a photographer, I am not that used to see...

Easter tree decor with origami cranes, golden eggs, and pink feathers, www.Fenne.be

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone! Most years we dive into some delicious Belgian chocolates- we love the chocolate eggs from Leonidas! But this year, being far away from our home country, we've been...

Ammonite movie poster

Watching in March

1.Ammonite From the moment that I saw a short trailer, I knew I had to see this film that is loosely inspired by the life of British paleontologist Mary Anning, played...

Small pleasures #5, moments of gratitude, cleaning up rusty Swiss pocket knife, Sweden, rockhounding, www.Fenne.be

Small pleasures #6

Perhaps spring is sneaking into my life in ways beyond my choice, but I thought it was about time to clean up my rusty knife as it wasn't even suitable...

Inspired by Riverside by Agnes Obel, pattern design by Fenne Kustermans, available on Redbubble and Society6, www.Fenne.be

New pattern design: Riverside

Inspired by the beautiful song 'Riverside' by Agnes Obel, I designed this pattern. The interpretation of a song is always personal, but I wanted to capture this melody of the...

Small pleasures #5: cleaning leather shoes, shoe polish, caterpillar boots, www.Fenne.be

Small pleasures #5

These boots have been through a lot, but I try to keep them going and I find it super fun to brush off the dirt, moisturize the leather and bring...

Rockhounding Sweden, looking for quarts, crystals, beautiful stones, Dalarna, stone collecting, stone collector, www.Fenne.be

Wednesday Wanderings

The snow is gone for now and although I'm definitely not ready for a new warm season, this little break filled with sunlight feeds our souls. We had up to...

Selling artwork on Redbubble/Society6

Both Society6 and Redbubble are websites where visual creators can make an account to sell prints of their work. In this post, I'll be sharing my experience with both platforms...

Rockhounding Sweden, looking for quarts, crystals, beautiful stones, Dalarna, stone collecting, stone collector, www.Fenne.be

Crystals// Dalarna

A find from a while ago, but now trying to clean it up. If you're reading this and you have a good suggestion for me: I'm looking for a good book...

New design: Ammonite

They are caught in rocks, still for millions of years while the world had changed. However small they might be, their traces can still be found. Isn't that fascinating?   This pen drawing is...

ammonite fossil linocut print, printmaking testprint. www.Fenne.be

Wedsnesday wanderings; rock hounding

I've been a rock collector for as long as I can remember. As a child, I loved taking home pretty rocks, and I never outgrew that. You might find little...

Small pleasures, count your blessings, seeing things from a different perspective. www.Fenne.be

Small pleasures #3

Catching a glimpse of another perspective. Flying in the air or hanging upside down on a swing. And sometimes when I'd like a different thought, I do a handstand against the...

Leathercraft, leatherwork, learning new skills, old Jack London book, Tusschen de wielen/ the Road, nature-inspired etch, leatherworking tools, dark academia, www.Fenne.be

Leather notebook case, first try

Curiosity and the hunger to learn something new led me to leatherwork. Every little project I pick up a bit more skills and a bit more understanding of the craft...

Small pleasures, count your blessings, happy dogs, www.Fenne.be

Small pleasures #2

Every single day, watching my dogs play brings me tremendous joy. It's easy to feel lighter and more joyful with them around. All with their own unique character, quirks, and...

Spark - kicksled on froze lakes in Sweden. Nature photography & experience, www.Fenne.be

Wednesday Wanderings

Nature keeps surprising us in ways we couldn't even imagine and we learn, adapt, and find joy in numerous ways. Minus twenty degrees Celsius made the lakes sing and roar...

Greene Robert, (2012), Mastery

Reading in February

1.Greene Robert, (2012), Mastery I've been really curious lately about the concepts and theories behind mastery and their effect on our lives. Often, mastery is seen as something from long-gone times,...

Raw food peanut butter cookies, sugarfree, foodie, slow living, www.Fenne.be

Rawfood peanut butter cookies

Especially in these times, anything and everything is a great reason to add a bit of celebration into your life. For Valentine, I've been crafting leather hearts for dog collars...

Fenne Kustermans, leather craft beginner, leather notebook cover, leather work, www.Fenne.be

Weekend project: leather notebook cover

Weekends are for making a mess in the sun, trying new things, and testing new ideas. And on these beautiful days, I've been working with leather in the energizing morning...

Small pleasures #1, snow crystals in winter sunlight. Nature photography, www.Fenne.be

Small pleasures #1

"So often, we exhaust ourselves and the planet in a search for very large pleasures- while all around us lies a wealth of small pleasures, which - if only we...

DIY natural soapmaking, learning new things, creative lifestyle, www.Fenne.be

Trying new things: soapmaking

Scents and textures have a big impact on our wellbeing, more than we realize. I've always been very sensitive to smells, colors, or weird textures (I just can't eat mushrooms)...

Wandering and walking in Dalarna Sweden, slow Nordic lifestyle, dog mom, nature photography. Vandra med hed, natur fotografi Sverige. www.Fenne.be

Wednesday Wanderings

Rare days of sun enjoyed to the fullest. Feeling just enough of that light on our face to charge the clouded batteries. ...

Society6 artist, Nordic nature inspired IPad cover by Fenne Kustermans. www.Fenne.be

Nature inspired IPad cover

A new year, a new cover for my IPad, chosen to inspire and fuel future creations but also as a bridge between the analog and digital world that sometimes feel...

Fenne Kustermans, artist & photographer, night photography with Fujifilm xt4, Sweden, www.Fenne.be

Fujifilm night photography

How could I not think about this sooner? It's been ages since I last photographed the Swedish winter darkness. And dark it is. It is heavy and all around. It's...

Larsson Stieg, (2005), Män som hatar kvinnor, Norstedts.

Reading in January

1.Newport Cal,  (2016), Deep work, rules for focused success in a distracted world, Grand central publishing. 2. Larsson Stieg, (2005), Män som hatar kvinnor, Norstedts. (Swedish version of The girl with the...

Millenium, män som hatar kvinnor, The girl with the dragon tattoo, movie locations Sweden. Hedestad. Film trilogy, www.Fenne.be

In the footsteps of Blomkvist and Salander

The holidays are over, the light will return but winter is only getting started. A good time to explore a fun side project like visiting some movie locations. It’s not...

Fenne Kustermans, hiking in Sweden, naturkarta, Söderbärke/Fagersta. Nature photography, natur fotografi, www.Fenne.be

Wednesday Wanderings, a muddy walk

So far, the most gloriously sunny day of December, with at least one minute of sunlight! :-) We squeezed this beautiful walk up the hills in between sunrise and sunset on...

Belgianized vegan Lussekatter, Swedish Fika, Fikabröd, Santa Lucia, December, jul, www.Fenne.be

Belgianized Lussekatter

Lussekatter/lussebulle/ Lucia saffron buns, Mostly eaten during the advent here in Sweden, especially on the 13th of December when Santa Lucia is celebrated. Girls in white dresses with red belts and...

Wednesday Wanderings, hiking and wandering in Dalarna Sweden. Early winter, snow and fog, moose trail, Border Collie, www.Fenne.be

Wednesday Wanderings

I wish I could share not only a few photographs of our walk but also the soft smell of pine trees in foggy air and the sound of our boots...

Movies that fuel my inspiration

1. The dreamers 2.On the road 3.The science of sleep 4.Cloudy with a chance of meatballs. 5. Coraline 6. Into the wild 7. Happy go lucky 8. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close 9. Lemony Snicket's A Series of...

Watching in November

1. All the bright places. 2. Sorjonen/Bordertown -The boys in the band. (2020, Netflix) ...

Wandering around in Sweden, hiking, photographing nature and soaking up inspirations for artwork. www.Fenne.be

Wednesday Wanderings

Autumn is such a special season full of opportunities, especially to explore. When the heat moves away and leaves and grasses change colors, hidden paths are suddenly revealed. When we drove...

Fenne Kustermans, artist printmaker illustrator photographer, Dalarna Sweden/Antwerp Belgium, www.Fenne.be

First snow!

There is something quite magical about that first snow, a hint of nature's magic falling gently from the sky. It resonates to childhood joy and the opportunity to connect new...

October 4th, Kanelbullens dag Sverige, Cinnamon bun day Sweden, foodie, www.Fenne.be

Cinnamon bun day!

I hardly ever eat sugar, unless when there is something to celebrate. Since we haven't joined a party since Covid/March, this cinnamon buns day is something we just could not...

Fenne Kustermans, learning leather craft, leather camera strap, www.Fenne.be

Leather craft experiments

A few weeks ago, a new camera joined the pack. An unexpected mirrorless one with a bit of a vintage look that reminds me a bit of the old camera...

Time for a book, currently reading, boekenliefhebber, artist in Sweden, Belgian artist, Fenne Kustermans, wwww.Fenne.be

Time for books

Opinions are loud and cheap these days and especially with COVID-19 wandering around the globe, the digital screaming tries to take over. Rather than facts and discussions, only personal opinions...

Fenne Kustermans artist, Belgian artist in Sweden, printmaker, printmaking, illustration artist, www.Fenne.be

The ultimate summer feeling, 3 color lino

Summer, that's swimming in the lakes, eating fruit from the garden, lots of sunshine and marshmallows evenings by the fire. Of that last one, I wanted to create a quick...

Building a cabin in Sweden, Swedish countryside, Dalarna, Belgian artist and photographer in Sweden, www.Fenne.be

We’re building a cabin

Most of our summer plans fell through. Friends had their flights canceled, color codes for travel got in place and today’s world is simply not that of a summer ago....

Reading in August

- Verhaeghe Paul, (2015), Autoriteit, De bezige bij. -Verhaeghe Paul, (2019), Over Normaliteit en andere afwijkingen, Prometheus. - Slavoj Žižek, (2020), Pandemie- Hoe corona de wereld verandert. ...

Happy summer solstice!

Last week, I stood eye to eye with a young fox. Only a few weeks old. I thought that the cute creature would quickly run away but instead, it sat...

Wednesday wanderings, Fenne Kustermans photography, Belgian artist in Sweden, exploring Dalarna during covid 19, www.Fenne.be

Wednesday Wanderings (31)

All of a sudden summer was here. Out of nowhere, it seemed after a spring dominated by snow and hail. Sometimes it felt like summer would just skip a year....

Corona-covid 19- black lives matter - pride month. News 2020, illustration www.Fenne.be

Square eyes

Our eyes grow square as we live through the screens- a world on fire burning holes in our brains. Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu...

Reading in May

- Schoeters Gaea, (2018), Zonder titel #1, Querido. - Pressing Matters - Coronavirus, the Hammer and the dance. (online article)  ...

Watchlist May

- Patrik 1,5 - The half of it. - History 101 (Netflix) - A secret love (Netflix) ...

Birthday during Corona Covid19, Sweden, Belgian in Sweden, nature lover, dog lover, www.Fenne.be

A change of birthday plans

All the plans that we had for my birthday were messed up as both a print workshop and my friends' trip to Sweden got canceled. "So, what do you want to...

Watchlist April

1. The marriage story (2019) 2. Unorthodox (2020) 3. Valhalla murders (2020, original version) ...

Fenne Kustermans, Illustrations and photography, Nordic inspiration Sweden, www.Fenne.be

Spring is here, is it?

Only a few weeks ago I was still playing with the ice in that first warm sun of the new year. The movement of melting ice floating on the deep...

Body play, yoga in nature, Sweden, Fenne Kustermans artist, flexibility and art, www.Fenne.be

Body Play

Body play. Looking for some upside down inside out bending and balance the other way. Eating the dust too sometimes and that’s okay 😄...

Tetra pack printing, printing at home, re-using, lockdown, art blog, www.Fenne.be

Tetra pack printing

It's fun, easy, cheaper than printing with plastic or copper and I really like the dirty effect + I won't be able to get new art materials any time soon...

Reading in April

1. Spinfluence. 2. The printmaking ideas book, Frances Stanfield and Lucy McGeown 3. Chomsky: Ventilator Shortage Exposes the Cruelty of Neoliberal Capitalism 4....

Corona quarantine, week 1

It's been a week since my home country, Belgium, went in lockdown. Highways are empty, schools and bars closed and people collected toilet paper for 25 years of loose motions...

33artists in 3 acts, Sarah Thornton

Reading in March

- Ons creatieve brein, hoe mens en wereld elkaar maken. By Dick Swaab. (it wasn't finished yet) - Wat is een Kunstenaar/ 33 artists in 3 acts by Sarah Thornton ...

Watchlist March

  -Matthias Steiner's emotional weightlifting gold in the 2008 Beijing. -Ludovico Einaudi - "Elegy for the Arctic" - The movies that made us (Home Alone) - Pandemic (Netflix) - Freud (watched 1 episode and not...

Fenne Kustermans, moleskine sketchbook, Sweden, konstnär, illustrator, www.Fenne.be

Inside my sketchbook

Drawing out loud, doodling and getting ideas quickly onto paper before they disappear (and maybe never return!) This one above is a page with sketches for 'The Happiness Factory' a series...

Fenne Kustermans, art blog, mental mastery practice, staying focused at creative work, www.Fenne.be

Popping sugar brain

I love chocolate. All chocolate, I thought, until one day I took a bite of an easter egg only to discover a horrendous feeling on my tongue, going all the...

The Old + the New, scanning negatives to use as overlays for digital photography, creative photography, www.Fenne.be

The old + the new

All the things I've learned to avoid as a photographer: dusty negatives, scratches, light leaks or grain,...

The Happiness Factory, artwork by Fenne Kustermans. Risography, etching, printmaker Sweden, Society 6 artist. www.Fenne.be

The happiness factory

One concept, one sketch, 3 different end results- this is the process behind the Happiness Factory. While my dogs were quietly sleeping in the sun, the loose sketching, the thinking scribbles,...

Frozen. Ice photography, nature photography, Sweden, Dalarna, artist Fenne Kustermans. www.Fenne.be

Blue ice

We drove home after a sunny hike, looking for cabins in the woods. As we had finished the last sandwiches and tea, Joeri decided to take a little nap before...

Watchlist February

1. The L-word, generation Q 2. Wallander- Brandvägg (2006) 3. The mind, explained. (Netflix) ...

Reading in February

 Ons creatieve brein, hoe mens en wereld elkaar maken. By Dick Swaab.  Maria Lassnig, Ways of being.(Dutch edition) Pressing matters magazine  Suster en Wiebke ...

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