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September 2014

She was here

Jurianne matter

One of the first teachers to kick off Bloesem class, Dutch designer Jurianne Matter, shares her experience in Singapore and some post class advice. We are also drooling over her 2014 collection, don’t mind us. Bloesem Team // What did you think of teaching your first Bloesem class? Jurianne // It was so exciting! First of all the location was very inspiring of course. Irene and her team have a certain touch, you feel your creative juice start flowing as soon as you enter the Bloesem Creative Space! The Bloesem students were so nice and had diverse backgrounds which made it very interesting to work with them. It is great to pass your experience and knowledge on to people who love to learn from you. And the results were remarkable! BT // Any post-class advice for those who attended you class? M // Don’t forget to get a Pinterest account, so you can practice moodboarding every day. But watch out: It’s highly addictive. And secondly (they heard me saying this several times during the workshop - stay strict in the choices you make for your moodboards!

Don’t opt for second best. Only choose the piece you feel is exactly right. That is what will keep your style as clear as possible! BT // What is one spot in your home town that never fails to turn your day around? M // The village I live in (near Amsterdam) is actually quite boring itself. But I have this huge forest right behind my house. Heather, woods, low hills, Scottish highlands, deer and birds. This is where I start my day, power walking for one hour, even sometimes when it rains. I can’t do without it anymore! BT // If you could teach your next class anywhere in the world, where would it be? M // I would love to teach in Amsterdam of course, London is absolutely on my list and I dream of teaching in Berlin or Munich, would love to teach in German as an extra challenge! BT // What is one thing you miss most while you were in Singapore, and one thing you miss most now that you are back home? M // It was funny, although I loved the tropical climate, what I missed the most was our fresh Dutch spring temperature (20 °C). What I miss here are the polite, kind and relaxed Singaporeans, what nice people! BT // Though you were only in Singapore for a few days, can you tell us 5 spots you loved or visited while you were here? M // Firstly, Tiong Bahru area, where the Bloesem store is located, was my absolute favorite. It has a kind of small town atmosphere, beautiful architecture and some lovely shops. Secondly, Emerald Hill Road, a breathtaking area, a sleepy and authentic kind of village just around the corner of crazy Orchard Road with all its malls, cars and people! The third spot has got to be the Art Science Museum which Irene nicknamed ’The Glove’. Very impressive building! One night Irene took me to the PS café at Dempsey Hill for a mojito and truffle fries...what an awesome place! This is the superlative degree of hip and happening, if you ask me. Huge trees, nice view, very laid back feel, for instant relaxation after a day of hard work! Last but definitely not least, the Botanical Gardens. I took several walks there, admired dozens of varieties of palm trees, saw waterlilies the size of a huge restaurant tray and luckily I didn’t run into the local anaconda! BT // Any places in particular in Singapore that you would definitely bring your family to visit? M // I am sure my husband and sons would be thrilled with one night in the swimming pool at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel with a view over the city. BT // Did you try any of our Singaporean dishes? What did you think of them? M //Oh yes, I was completely blown away by the Singaporean food culture. The food is so tasty and healthy! My favourite dish was Nasi Lemak with Beef Rendang. As soon as I came home to Holland I started looking for recipes and now it’s on my weekly menu, my men love it!

Photography and styling by Valerie Delsman

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