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Progressive Workspaces: Brussels, Belgium

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May 2015


“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he’s always doing both. ”

—James A. Michener

For the first gathering of 2015 in Belgium we will visit the workspace of Belgian artist Sandrine de Borman. Starting off with a tour of her exhibition Tinctoria at the botanical gardens in Meise, we will be guided by the artist/maker who takes her inspiration from nature and is showing us her work and how she gets there.  In her art she creates a poetic botanical world through the technique of tataki-zomé which is an ancient Japanese technique of textile printing. After the visit of the exhibition, Sandrine will take us to her workspace nearby where we can all try out this technique to make our own piece of art to take home. We finish the day with herbal tea and cakes*.


Suzy Castermans is a children’s book illustrator and part time library employee in a contemporary art museum, so books are her habitat. She loves and lives in the beautiful city of Ghent. The imperfectness of crafts make her happy and she can get overexcited about well-thought creations. She is inspired by all things nature and the coziness of good food and company. You can follow her thoughts on see.

Annemarie van Riet lived in London, Sydney and Brussels before settling down in a converted chocolate factory in Antwerp, Belgium.  She likes to find beauty in the small things, making the everyday special and feeding large groups of people. Joy of Little Things is her online diary of the inspiration she encounters every day in her work as an interior architect and brand developer.

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This event could not have happened without the enthusiasm of Vitalija Povilaityte-Petri, volunteer at Meise Botanical Garden. After extensive phytochemical research of medicinal and aromatic plants in France, the Netherlands and Germany, Vitalija moved to live to Brussels where she continues to nourish her interest and love to nature, plastic arts and photography.

*Ticket price includes entrance to the Botanical Gardens, tour of the Tinctoria Exhibition, visit to the Sandrine de Borman and workshop, Herbal tea and cakes. Please note the tour will be given by Sandrine de Borman in French.


Venue: Jardin Botanique
Bouchout Domain, Nieuwelaan 38, Meise, 1860 Belgium
  • - Progressive Workspaces: Brussels, Belgium
    Hosts: Annemarie van Riet & Suzy Castermans / Location: Jardin Botanique, Bouchout Domain, Nieuwelaan 38, 1860 Meise / Date & Time: Saturday, May 30, 14:00-18:00
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