Astrid Vandendael studied illustration at PXL Hasselt and animated film at the KASK in Ghent. For the MSK she created two tin boxes with notebooks and seeds, drawing inspiration from Hendrick Andriessen’s still life painting ‘Vanitas’ (1650).
Elisabeth Leenknegt’s jewellery brand Elisa Lee stands for unparalleled craftsmanship as well as respect for our Earth and for each other. For these luxurious earrings, she took inspiration from the 1926 painting ‘Haven. Opus 2’ by Victor Servranckx.
Fleurfatale is the jewellery label of graphic designer and jeweller Greet Tanghe. Gustave Desmet’s painting ‘The Good House’ was the inspiration behind her latest jewellery collection, which she named ‘Gusta: an ode to women and femininity’.
The designer behind helen b is Helen Blanchaert, a cheerful 40-something from Ghent with loads of creative talent. Inspired by the works of Hieronymous Bosch, Gustave Van de Woestyne and even the frieze above the museum entrance, Helen created a series of porselein cups for the MSK in her inimitable style.
For Joke Bleys, everything started with the gifts she made for friends and family, mainly jewellery and ceramics. When more and more people started asking for them, she launched her own label: J-oké. For the MSK, Joke designed ceramic candlesticks along with earrings inspired by Emile Claus and Théo Van Rysselberghe.
Notebooks van Jozias Boone
When art history no longer held a thrill for Jozias Boone, he shifted his focus to his true passion: the art of printing. He established his own printing company in 1999. For the MSK, Jozias created Singer-stitched notebooks made from exquisite paper.
Vladimir Ivaneanu is a visual artist. Not only does he teach at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, he is also the driving force behind Printstudio 868. To help celebrate the MSK Ghent’s 225th anniversary, he collaborated with Jozias Boone to create crowns inspired by the MSK’s collection of works by Old Masters.
Karen Vande Casteele
Karen Vande Casteele was born with a severe form of asthma, and drawing is a way for her to escape reality. For the designs she painted on these lamps, she took inspiration from the mosaics around the museum entry.
Sabien Clement is an illustrator of children’s books. For the MSK she designed three porcelain tiles based on sculptures by George Minne, Egide Rombaux and Jules II Van Biesbroeck.
Following her passion for knitting, Ghent architect Griet Depoorter launched wolvis in 2013 after working for years in architecture studios. For the MSK, she took the museum floor plan as the basis for a scarf design with a bold graphic pattern.
Besides all of these designs, there are also plenty of other festive items available in the shop, from a snowball inspired by a work by Valerius De Saedeleer to a range of scented candles.