Thursday, March 6, 2014

The one with all the graffiti (2)

Last week I did a post on graffiti, here is the second (and last) part. The place where these all were taken, is named 'the Vasim'. It was build in 1948 and was originally housing an artificial silk factory, and after that from 1970 on, a factory for carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC). I had to look that one up, but CMC is used in foods like icecream, and in paint and toothpaste (is it me, or is it a bit odd that paint and icecream have an 'ingredient' in common?). After that, from the mid eighties fly ash (yes, I needed to look that one up too) was produced in this building until 2000. Nowadays it's a cultural center, with workspaces for artists, you can participate in workshops, it functions as a theatre and it is known for it's parties. 




 

 


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    1. How about a visit soon and do an outfit shoot for you? Maybe coffee and cake on the way back?

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  2. These are amazing. I remember when people who did graffiti were considered simple vandals but it is so obvious that there are real artists, using a medium that wouldn't occur to some of us!

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    1. Art indeed! I like that it's there for everyone to enjoy. No museum tickets neccesary.

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  3. I like the one that looks like Mad Scientists :)
    That building has been through a lot! And yes, an ingredient in paint and ice cream...a little scary!

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    1. Very scary, I like the idea of not eating any food with names of ingredients that you can't pronounce.

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  4. It is amazing how creative people can be. The mad scientist is really cute!

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  5. Love all this art! Great use of the building now too. This time I can't even pick a favorite because they are each so cool in their own way.

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    1. I love it when they reuse old buildings!

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  6. That sounds like such an amazing place, and what a life it's had! We have a building here that was a torpedo factory after WWI and was converted into gallery and studio space for artists in the 1970s, I think. I love when they repurpose old industrial buildings for creative endeavors. :)

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    1. So do I, I can imagine that it is a great, light space and a delight to work in.

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  7. totally awesome!

    ok, speaking of ingredient in paint and ice cream, g got salt this week that you throw on the icy driveway and walkway. on the bag it has instructions for using it to melt ice on ground AND for making ice cream? Really? Even if it's the same, I think it requires different packaging. Hey, I know what fly ash is!!! That's because I live with concrete man. It's in portland cement!

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    1. It definitely needs different packaging!

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  8. I agree, the scientists are way cool! and so it the artwork.
    Debbi
    -yankeeburrow

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  9. I like how you incorporated the history of this place and beautiful photography! Great visuals!

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  10. I always love the street art that you find! When I was younger, I wanted to have my bedroom painted with graffiti art (it never happened, but I always loved the idea). I really like that first one shown.

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    1. I love the bright colours in the first one.

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  11. Some of that is amazing work! Controlling a paint can like that is an impressive skill.

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    1. It sure is. I've seen a documentary about graffiti in New York and it was very impressive!

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  12. Looks great! I should join you on your picture-walks..

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    1. That would be fun! They aren't very long and I always feel like I deserve a coffee verkeerd or hot chocolate afterwards :-)

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  13. Breath-taking street art! I love watching graffiti artists at work, it's so inspiring :) X

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    1. I've never seen them at work, but I bet it's cool to watch them at work.

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  14. Interesting history! I've read that some chemical "ingredient" is added to commercial bread as well as the soles of shoes?!
    The graffiti is really amazing :)

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    1. Bread and shoes? I think it's very scary what they add to our food nowadays.

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  15. It's so cool that this old factory was turned into a new functioning space! I really love old abandoned buildings, especially things like hospitals and factories. They're so creepy and pretty at the same time. I actually did an art project on abandoned spaces for my A levels. This graffiti is really cool, if a little scary! xx

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    1. That must have been a very cool project!

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  16. I love the fourth! My head is beginning to form a little story from it. Great photos Marieken!

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