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Events in September

Friday, August 30th, 2013

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If you are interested in renting space for a workshop, launch or other event, please mail treehouse@abc.nl for the ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam, or treehut@abc.nl for the ABC Treehut in The Hague.

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ABC in the Wild:

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Events in August

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

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If you are interested in renting space for a workshop, launch or other event, please mail treehouse@abc.nl for the ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam, or treehut@abc.nl for the ABC Treehut in The Hague.

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Events in July

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

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If you are interested in renting space for a workshop, launch or other event, please mail treehouse@abc.nl for the ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam, or treehut@abc.nl for the ABC Treehut in The Hague.

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Book Signings:

  • July 14th: Book signing and meet and greet with Rembrandt author and artist Typex (Amsterdam)

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The Adventures Of Super Lorelei by Barbara Rogoski

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

On Saturday, March 23rd, Barbara Ragoski will launch her book The Adventures of Super Lorelei, The Little Superhero with the Really Big Mission at the ABC Treehut in The Hague, from 12 – 14 hrs.

Entrance is € 3,- or free if you present a copy of the book + your ABC receipt for it at the door of the ABC Treehut.

About the book:

The Adventures of Super Lorelei, The Little Superhero with the Really Big Mission, is the first in a series of storybooks that follow the life of a remarkable teenage girl named Lorelei. She and her faithful dog Maxx come to Earth from the planet Harmonia with a secret mission: to help the people of Earth to find more peace, equality, acceptance and justice for all people – regardless of their sexual orientation or their difference. Lorelei is the first fictional superhero for children who happens to be gay. She stands up for gay rights and human rights and gives a clear message that bullying is not OK. Her life on Harmonia is described, why she was chosen for this important mission, her amazing superpowers and the special gadgets she will use on her mission to Earth. The book is designed for easy reading and to be a tool to start a dialogue for parents with their children, teachers with their students, and for socially-minded people to support its message. Super Lorelei is a new lesbian role model and an example of a noble champion for peace and justice. A little storybook with a really big message: Everyone has the right to live and love in peace!

About the author:

Barbara Rogoski is an American author, speaker, ordained minister and gay rights activist living outside of Amsterdam. She has written this book to draw attention to the violence and discrimination against LGBT people around the world and to create a gay superhero that children can look up to. Barbara came out of the closet at age 45 and began looking for lesbian role models in literature. She saw teenagers committing suicide because they were bullied or thrown out of their homes for telling their parents they were gay. Creating the character of Super Lorelei as role model and hero was Barbara’s way to create a tool to teach children about the need for tolerance, kindness and love for all people.

Barbara will do a short presentation called, “We Need More Heroes” about how she came to write the story of Super Lorelei and the messages she wants to draw attention to: the seriousness of bullying, teen suicides caused by bullying, reaching out to stop bullying, gay rights, human rights and the need for social justice. She will also discuss her plan to bring Super Lorelei into primary schools to give teachers a tool for dialogue to educate the young about these challenging issues. Barbara will then lead an open discussion about the book and its topics, and lastly will have a book signing for those who would like to buy the book.

Quilty Pleasures: Kaffe Fassett and the History of Patchwork

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

The Colorful Craft of Kaffe Fassett

Kaffe (pronounced ‘kayf’) Fassett is a world-renowned and much-loved American textile designer and artist who started his long career in an unlikely place: on a train. On a visit to the wilds of Scotland, he was captivated by the palette of the landscape, and bought armfuls of Shetland wool in the colors he saw around him. On his way home,  he asked a lady in his train carriage to teach him to knit, and not so very long later, his first knitwear designs had been commissioned by Vogue.

Kaffe grew up in California, at his parents’ family restaurant, Nepenthe. Set on a sunny peninsula above the Pacific Ocean, the building was designed by a disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright and became a popular haunt of the colorful, crazy and creative set of the 1950’s and 60’s; Kaffe was surrounded by painters, artists, sculptors, dancers, writers and film stars. A love of  form and color bloomed, and the energy and exuberance of this rich childhood milieu found its way into his art.

At nineteen, he won a scholarship to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston but, inspired by his conversations with Christoper Isherwood, he left for London and set up home near Portobello Market at the height of the swinging sixties.  Fassett had actually started out as a minimalist painter, a fact which shocks anyone familiar with his designs, but was so enamored of the colors of the market, particularly the fabrics, that he switched to working in needlepoint. Then came the visit to Scotland, the spreads in Vogue, and commissions from fashion houses, films stars and royalty.

In 1988 the V&A hosted an exhibition of Kaffe’s work, making him the first living textile artist to have a one-man show at the museum. He has written more than thirty books and hosted television and radio programmes for the BBC and Channel 4, including his own very popular series, ‘Glorious Colour’. He has also worked with Oxfam on a project that works with villages in Guatemala and India to produce fabric designs for sale in the west.

As well as knitting and needlepoint, Fassett works in mosaicrugmaking and paint; but these days, he concentrates on patchwork. It appeals to his two great passions, pattern and color. He’s skilled in a variety of media, but Fassett is actually far less concerned with the technical aspects of making things – and would insist that he is technically mediocre in everything he does – than with the thrill to be had from solving the puzzle of organising colors into pleasing patterns.

He exhorts his fans to go crazy with pattern and color, to let loose and dare to experience them in unexpected and unconventional ways. He now devotes his life not just to the production of his own pieces, fabrics, books and designs, but to sharing his passions with as many people as possible by talking about his work all over the world. His love of color and pattern is infectious, and that’s why we are thrilled that Kaffe Fassett will be visiting our Amsterdam Treehouse to present his autobiography Dreaming in Color, on Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd.

To Fassett, quilting is a thrilling puzzle of pattern and shape. To most of the rest of us, it’s a dowdy sort of hobby, albeit with practical results, that’s been around for maybe a couple of hundred years. Read on to find out how the humble quilt has a history long as infinite spools of thread and as varied and colorful as patchwork itself.

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