Irèn Nooren // Visual designer of luxury brands

A visual designer's forget-me-not collection of drawings, paintings, photographs, writings, and other curiosities.

drawing of a fairy

design // Dream catcher, colourful drawings of a fairy

De Dromenvangster (dream catcher) is a short story, written in Dutch by Curaçao author Elodie Heloise, about an adorable fairy who helps to transform dreams.

creation process handmade dress

design // Behind the scenes video // Mireille’s Dress

From unbleached cotton to handpainted dress, creating this dress was a lot of work. I made a ‘behind the scenes’ video to showcase the process of creation.

Dress hanging in front of a cornflower drawing

textile // Cornflower dress

I needed a unique dress for a special ocassion. When I was about to create the dress I noticed that the fabric I planned to use, appeared to be sheer.

Triaxial weaving with sewing pins

textile // Triaxial weaving

I was wondering what happens when you add a third layer to a weaving pattern. It turned out I am not only who had that thought. It is called triaxial weaving.

Fabric Painting Rose Pink with blue strokes

painting // Fabric // Pink Rose

Creating a pink rose on 100% cotton unbleached fabric with posterpaint and textile medium.

Wood panel painting Pink Rose

painting // Wood panel // Pink Rose

Third wood panel painting with Creall pearl mix, poster paint and oil painting to create a vintage look and feel.

purple thistle flower close-up

travelling // Capturing flowers in The Miracle Garden, Amsterdam

I prefer to avoid Amsterdam. It is way too crowded and too touristy. However after seeing the Instagram posts of The Miracle Garden I changed my mind.

plate, saucer and cup with roses

travelling // High tea at ‘t Buiten Huys near Breda

Hidden in the woods of Rijsbergen – a five minute drive from Breda – you find ‘t Buiten Huys, an ideal place for a leisurely high tea or a luxurious lunch.

Artwork of clourful plastic

post // How Elodie Heloise expresses her dismay at plastic pollution

Besides sharing her amazing stories, writer Elodie Heloise creates colourful assemblage artworks of collected plastic waste washed up on the beaches of Curaçao.

Dutch postcards Studio Noors

post // The artwork of Studio Noors shares a story of family ties and homeliness

Studio Noors is founded by Dutch designer and illustrator Noortje Nieuwkoop. Besides pretty postcards Studio Noors designs extraordinary crockery and T-shirts.

Christmas candle

sketchbook // Christmas drawing of a Christmas candle

A drawing of an object that reminds me of Christmas. This drawing of a Christmas candle was used on a billboard for a local Christmas event in Princenhage.

candle holder

sketchbook // Christmas drawing of a candle holder

A drawing of an object that reminds me of Christmas. This drawing of a candle holder was used on a billboard for a local Christmas event in Princenhage.

craftsman Jos polishing stone

photography // Stone craftsmen at work

Stone craftsmen at work, polishing stone by hand at the workshop of Stone Natural Class in Reusel, The Netherlands.

Samples of stone edge finishing

photography // Stone products

Photographs of product samples of natural stone, taken in the showroom of Stone Natural Class in Reusel.