unexpected guests: at swim-two-birds.
first i fell for Belgian textile artist Renilde De Peuter’s mobile sculptures, and then for her home. so i may have done a little happy dance when renilde of at swim-two-birds kindly agreed to let me share her home/studio with you on unexpected guests. a stylist who works part-time in a shop, renilde is also trying to make a living as a textile designer. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium, renilde is a multi-talented artist with many creative skills — well known for her textiles, knitting, crochet and patchwork, with her mobiles available at mr. kitly. you can follow along on her blog at swim-two-birds (named after a Flann O’Brien novel) for updates on all her beautiful creations, and more gorgeous photography — renilde shot all of these!
where exactly do you live?
I live in Borgerhout which is a district of Antwerp, Belgium. Borgerhout is really a mix of different nationalities, with a huge range of groceries, bakeries, nightshops etc… I think it’s just fun to stroll around in the neighborhood, cause there’s always something to see in the street. I’m also a thrift store girl and I especially like to hunt for yarns and other stuff that I can use for my artwork; so what I make is often determined by what I can get my hands on in the thrift or flea market.
Any secrets about the city you think we should know?
Living in a city is vital for me, but usually I keep far from the hubhub, so it can happen sometimes that I hear from friends on the other side of the globe that a new store has opened in Antwerp, shame on me But I do know some nice places nearby Antwerp where you can enjoy the birds and butterflies and pick wildflowers among the Galloways. My favorite spot is Hoboken Polderstad, And last Sunday I spent an afternoon amid the greenery, right in Antwerp harbor; the place is called North Castle. Maybe I have a little secret though; this Wednesday, September 12th, Atelier Solarshop will open their doors and have a permanent store; they will sell stuff from young designers and vintage design furniture. I really love their goods!
What are your top three etsy, handmade or online shops?
I almost love everything at MR KITLY, especially their ceramics. I love Napa Books; And I’m craving the Excel Floor Lamp at Rich Brillant Willing.
Recent Art exhibit we should have seen (or still can):
The Jimmie Durham expo in the M HKA, ‘A matter of life and death and singing’ — the expo runs until the end of the year.
What’s your favorite possession?
Nothing in particular actually, but if I really need to choose, I guess that would be my current apartment, which is spacious and quiet and full of light. I love to live and work in this place.
What talent do you wish you could master?
I wish I could sing and play the guitar :^)
do you have a Favorite quote or expression?
my favorite quote: ‘Color is the place where our brain and the universe meet’ by Paul Klee.
What five things can’t you live without?
my friends and family, my working space, my computer, a pile of books and plants to care for.
What’s currently on your turntable/ or ipod?
On my turntable: the Joni Mitchell cover ‘A case of you’ by James Blake.
what bores you to death?
Pick a place, any place…where would you go, and why?
because I’m a nature lover I would love to visit a food forest, like that 2.000 year old one in Morocco.