Pop-up @Platform in Highland Park CA! by Abbie Zuidema

California dreaming...

I will have work in L.A. by then end of the week!  Woo hoo! Nautical Knots & Mehndi henna hearts are en route for a pop-up in Highland Park, CA at Platform!

Platform is “a multi-purpose concept space, offering an art gallery, retail environment and studio...specializing in home staging, home styling, workshops, pop-up shops & prop rentals, platforming everything we love, create and are inspired by!”

My old friend Samuel Moyer curated my work for this summers pop-up.  Talented in his own right, he makes one-of-a-kind furniture by hand from sustainable materials, have a look for yourself ~ samuelmoyerfurniture.com

Vibrant watercolor mehndi henna prints have been specially printed & simply framed. New original works on paper have been inked & framed of nautical knots.  Inkblot sailor knots are also available as unframed works on paper at Platform. I am so pleased to be able to take part in this pop-up. 

If you are in L.A. most certainly stop in & take a look. Work is due to arrive this week.

Happy Summer!



Abbie J. Zuidema


"Designwali" blog featured my Mehndi watecolor fragments today! by Abbie Zuidema

The creator of blog Designwali a self proclaimed "Desi", (which is a reference to people or things from the Indian subcontinent) is a mother & design maven who recently got in touch with me about my mehndi watercolors. She wanted to feature them on her design blog!  Exciting!  She had discovered my work on Etsy & wanted to share them. It is a lovely representation of what I do & some of my most favorite mehndi watercolors that I have in my Etsy shop.  Happy Tuesday for me. Thanks Designwali for tooting my horn!

Group show in Williamsburg @Sideshow Gallery! Opening tonight January, 7th 2012 !!! by Abbie Zuidema

I've been invited to add my work to the group show at Sideshow Gallery in Williamsburg. One of my mehndi paintings is framed & hanging! The opening is tonight January 7th, 2012, (unfortunately I will not be able to attend-I am working..)  Josh Goldberg, also has a piece in it, which is exciting to be able to show alongside my husband!

It happens every year & includes a TON of artist from the neighborhood. It's quite an event. The work is hung floor to ceiling french gallery style & everyone comes to see it. The gallery is PACKED. Literally there is someone at the door to limit how many people can go in at one time.  For some reason it always seems to fall on the coldest night of the year... this year it might be different. Should be really fun-check it out if you are in the neighborhood!


Watercolor Mehndi Fragments by Abbie Zuidema


When I make a painting I always test my colors on bits of paper.  I’ve taken those fragments of history & used them as backdrop for my drawing/painting practice.  I have always loved mehndi/henna.  It amazes me-all the individual gestures that work together to become story, a whole.  Mehndi is like handwriting. These paintings are me practicing my handwriting.
Original Watercolor painting
Sunrise Mehndi No.8

*this new series can be seen in my Etsy shop*