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Inspiring Places: Antwerp

Sofie Smolders13 August 2017

In the summer of 2016, Zjoske launched her own hand lettering label Lettering by Zjoske. An interest that quickly grew into a passion, and now Zjoske sells her own work. Not only to friends and family but also to others.

Zjoske has been fascinated by typography for some years now. When she walks through the city, she looks at letters and words - on posters, shop windows and other places. That's what she finds so enthralling about hand lettering - the combination of words and illustrations. It is as interesting with respect to content as it is creatively challenging.

Zjoske designs everything by hand so every piece is handmade and unique, fresh on paper. She would like to stick to small production runs. Her personal favourite from her collections is the quote “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn”. Discover it here.

Zjoske is from Antwerp and she clearly loves her city.

Today Zjoske is showing us four places in the city that inspire her the most.

Coffeebar Broer Bretel

Zjoske feels at home in this coffee bar 'het Eilandje', an area of Antwerp that literally means the island. She has her favourite spot at the corner of the counter, where she likes to drink a cappuccino or a ginger tea. She often takes her sketchbook and a pencil case full of felt pens to Broer Bretel because she finds it inspiring to work in a busy place. And if she just wants to relax, she chats with Tone behind the bar or she reads the paper.
What is so inspiring about this coffee bar? The sun. Very few cafés in Antwerp have the sun all afternoon in the summer, but this one does.

Broer Bretel. 7 Nassaustraat Antwerp

The roof of the MAS (Museum Aan de Stroom)

Every day until 10pm one can go up on the roof of the MAS free of charge and look at the panoramic views across Antwerp. Like many other people, Zjoske loves this place. Why? Because she really likes to look at things from high up. You suddenly see activities in the city that you have never noticed before or you discover patterns and see how streets are connected together.

“It is interesting to see what a city looks like.”

MAS, Museum aan de stroom, 1 Hanzestedenplaats Antwerp

The Sint-Annatunnel (or 'The Pedestrian Tunnel')

The pedestrian tunnel runs under the Schelde and links the Linkeroever with what is considered to be the centre of Antwerp. And this is exactly why it is one of the places Zjoske loves most. Using the tunnel, you quickly reach Linkeroever, where, according to Zjoske, the most beautiful view of the city can be found. On a warm summer day, it is still chilly in the tunnel, so it is the ideal place to cool down. What Zjoske still finds fascinating about the tunnel is the combination of the aesthetic and the practical, the old tiles ornament the tunnel that is used functionally every day by hundreds of commuters.

“Down there under the water you are in no man's land. It is immensely calm.”

The entrance to the Sint-Annatunnel is on the Sint-Jansvliet in Antwerp

De Luchtbal

De Luchtbal is a residential area in the north of Antwerp. This area is mostly known for its architecture; the tall buildings can be seen from far away. These buildings are also recognised as architectural heritage. Zjoske often came here on her bike as a teenager and after school she would cycle through the neighbourhood and take photos with her camera. Behind the higher blocks you also find the 'low' part of De Luchtbal, where there are a few cottage-style worker's houses. According to Zjoske, these houses radiate a certain sadness, or better said, nostalgia.

In the summer of 2016, Zjoske launched her own hand lettering label Lettering by Zjoske. An interest that quickly grew into a passion, and now Zjoske sells her own work. Not only to friends and family but also to others.

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