Living Iron

by Vanessa Everts and Pauline van Lynden, Visual Legacy, 2018

Iron is everywhere around us and within us. It is vital to organisms – it colours our blood as well as the earth. We admire people with an iron constitution and a steely determination, and almost everything we do involves iron and steel in some form. Yet we hardly seem to realise how reliant on this ancient metal we are. Without iron there would be no cars, no cargo ships, no railways. Most bridges and buildings would crumble. Agriculture would have stayed small and we would have had no Industrial Revolution. There would be no energy networks, no elevators, no oyster-shucking, no piano music... And paints would not have become what they are today. This book describes the fascinating life of iron and our life with iron and steel.

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Sophie Steengracht in Peru

Text Vanessa Everts

Artwork and photographs Sophie Steengracht

Waanders Uitgevers, 2018

Sophie Steengracht is interested in mythology, magic realism, transformation and the intertwinement of man and nature. Her drawings, paintings and sculptures feature mythical creatures, flora, fauna, the earth and the sky. In June 2018 she travelled through the Manu Biosphere Reserve in the Peruvian Andes, a place of exceptional biodiversity, home to animals and plants that are found nowhere else on earth. In a forest permanently enveloped by clouds, where trees form a kind of botanical gardens floating in the sky, where species transform and move constantly and everything is reflected in something else, an artist finds her path.

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A Resistible Force

by Pauline van Lynden, ed. Vanessa Everts, Visual Legacy, 2007

Winner Zeeland Book Prize 2008

Long lines of oak trunks mark the south-western beaches of the Netherlands. Since the Middle Ages they have born witness to a continuous history of trial and error in man’s struggle to defend his land from erosion. Rediscovering the wooden breakwaters she had known since childhood, Pauline van Lynden began by drawing and photographing them and ended up exploring 'what happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object'. With a wealth of historical and scientific documents from private and public collections as well as 200 pages of Van Lynden's own photographs, A RESISTIBLE FORCE tells a personal story of discovery through a culture defined by its relationship with the sea.

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by Pauline van Lynden, Dutch translation with Vanessa Everts

Editions Assouline / Walburg Pers / Rolf Heyne, 2003

Rajasthan. The name immediately evokes a mythical country. Pauline van Lynden's first visit to this most colourful region of India in 1988 was followed by many more over the years and led quite naturally to the creation of her first book. Using the technique of collage to share her fabulous pictorial archives gathered over fifteen years, Van Lynden shows the age-old traditions, arts and crafts, jewellery and textiles of the region. Her travel journals, bound by herself and crammed with samples, form the backbone of her text. A treasure trove for stylists, designers, travellers and India lovers.

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