11 Okt Bench Players – Rop van Mierlo
Surprise Subscription #10
This month is a special month. Because we’ve decided to expand the features of our surprise subscription away from “just” magazines to everything the incredible world of independent publishing has to offer. And we’ve found just the right publication to start with! This book, disguised as a zine, offers a soft transition. And when we say soft, we mean sooooft. Because it is filled with all kinds of the fluffiest animals.
The playful and peculiar creatures are created with a wet-on-wet technique that lets liquid watercolours run freely over a painting ground wetted with a sponge. Artist Rop van Mierlo was always fascinated by modern man’s urge to tame the natural world. He, on the contrary, wanted to create wild animals that he could not control. The wet-on-wet technique seemed perfect for Rop’s concept since it allows for chance. The animals he paints almost look alive, they move, details are beyond his control.
Well, that time is now. In collaboration with Nieves Books and us (!), Rop has published this delightful little book and we decided to top this collab off with a limited edition tote bag in a signature Rop van Mierlo edit.