Orandajima House Presentations in The Netherlands

Our Orandajima House is nearing completion. During mid-April to early May I’ll be presenting about the project in the Netherlands. Come and say hi:

24th April: Presentation Academie Beeldende Kunsten, Maastricht, from 15:00,

27th April: Presentation at the Sieboldhuis in Leiden, from 14:00-15:00

29th April: Exhibition of the project, including drawings, models showing the details and process of the project, at the Japan Cultural Centre in Amsterdam.

30th April: Presentation at ARCAM Architectuurcentrum in Amsterdam (time TBD)

6th May: Presentation at Bouwhuis, Apeldoorn from 20:00


Just a few sketches of the tools I use:


Maruman SS2 sketch book. I have used this sketchbook for over 10 years. I love the creamy paper. Use it not only for sketches but as a scrapbook as well. 

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For most of my sketches I start with the Staedler pencil, and retrace with an ink pen. The drawings here were made with a 03 UNI Pen which has water proof and fade proof pigment ink. It’s maybe a bit thin, but is pretty good for hatching as well. I like to keep my text in red using the same UNI 03 pen but then in red. The key to pens is how they feel on the paper.

Shadowing is done with a Warm Grey 2 Copic marker. I use Tombow highlight markers in blue, green and yellow for any colouring. Sporadicly I use other Copic marker colours for some additional colouring.

Other tools are post-it notes (generic ones, not 3M) a scale ruler (150mm, not 1500 as I wrote in the drawing), Tombow glue stick and a Staedler 502 pen sharpener.

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Ai Weiwei at Tate

An amazing installation of Ai Weiwei at Tate:

These pictures are of the Tate gallery’s floor, over a thousand square meters of handmade replica’s of sunflower seeds. Read more about it here

The whole process however does remind me of this song by Einsturzende Neubauten.

The “Hand Shake” Syndrome

Many companies must really believe in “The Hand Shake” as you can see it on so many websites. Here’s a few of them. Many I noticed are from employment websites.

The Pinstripe Handshake

The interracial Handshake

The Male Bonding Handshake

The Boss Got Me Pregnant Handshake

I wonder when Homer Simpson’s handshake will become customary…