Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Introducing Henri Kuikens


I confess, I made him up.

I've been wanting to somehow separate my printed textiles from my illustration work, instead of producing everything under the same name. I played around with words and drew logos, but nothing seemed quite right, until out of the blue it hit me: Henri Kuikens!

You may know them as spider plants, but in Afrikaans they're called Hen-en-Kuikens, and for years I knew them as Henrikuikens. (My mother talks very fast. Words get blurred.)

I still need to update my website with a section for Henri, but perhaps now that there are two us, things will happen faster! Buttons, ribbons, brooches and notebooks are already for sale at Milk in Long Street and The Fringe on Kloof.

13 comments:

Heather Moore said...

Nice to meet you, Henri Kuikens! Cute name.

painted fish studio said...

LOVE it! hello, henri!

sakurasnow said...

Great name Jesse (and good idea to split yourself in two to make the work go faster ;)

Carina said...

Heh! That's awesome! Is Henri's style different from yours...? ;-)

tjou-tjou said...

} aangename kennis mr kuikens. dis 'n vreeslike koel naam ;)

Ruby in the Dust said...

well hello Henri! aangename kennis indeed :)

alex sunday said...

love it!
hello henri!

Freshly Found said...

Hi Henri - You might be made up, but you've got a lovely history!

Sonya Philip said...

Fantastic! Love the story behind the name.

heleen said...

dag heer Kuikens, ik ben benieuwd!

Cupcake Couture said...

Love this! Made me giggle. Lovely idea. x

Anja said...

Sounds like hen and chicks in German (Henne und K√ľken), although it is a different plant all together. Nice name for a brand, when I read it I thought I had heard of it before... So good name recognition! Excited to see if his line leans more masculine (I'm picturing Ernest Hemingway esc).

Anairam said...

Oh dear. I have just ripped out 11 little Henri Kuikens(es) from my tiny back garden. How was I to know that he is a person? Now I feel bad.