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Saturday 29 November 2014
4:43 Hrs

Hello, hello! I’m Lavinia, the new intern at Dolly Rogers. I am Romanian and I left my little country behind to study a Master’s program in Economics at Universiteit van Amsterdam, and to start what I hope to be a long streak of travels  around … well just about anywhere I suppose.

I eat imageboards for breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack; I am a massive Redditor and Imgurian, and a 4 chan occasional visitor. My other interests are: street/graffiti art, stage and theatrical make up, photography, board games and last but not least – electronic music! One of the biggest reasons why I picked Amsterdam was because of its music scene: electronic, especially techno, deep house, a pinch of minimal, and a dust of dub & drum. I mix with my friends for fun and I love to curate tunes, so if you’re into the same sound you can check my Soundcloud or YouTube playlists. Or hope to see you at the next summer festivals!

Talk soon.

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Powerpoint Karaoke, the revenge

Yep, you read it right! The third edition of Powerpoint Karaoke was successfully hosted right here at Dolly Rogers HQ. We turned up the microphones and powered through the sequence of irreverent and outrageous slides. With score cards tightly gripped, we judged the nervous and embarrassed group of first year students from Falmouth University, UK.
As with previous editions, alot fun and laughter was shared by all. We finished the morning off with a roaring gong and a whip cracking demonstration.
Check out more photos here. And if you missed the previous editions, you can have a look here and here.

illustrations by Ninthe Kiemeneij

Will I see you in Brazil?

Creative ideas, friends and social media can actually get you places. Literally. These are the things you learn when you work with The Best Creative Folk in Town.

I’ve been offered an awesome opportunity to paint in the streets of São Paulo, Brazil! My dilemma in these times of crises, is that I need to raise some cold hard cash to get my booty there. So I decided to ask a little help from my friends..and their friends too.

My proposition is to draw your portrait on the streets of São Paulo in exchange for a small pledge. My campaign is called “Will I see you in Brazil?” (Genius, if I say so myself.) And people have already responded with lots of positive reactions….cha ching! They were all like: “Oh yeah, I totally want you to do this.”, and I was like: “Holy crap, they totally want me to do this.” So I’m doing this. I know it is a shame that the government is cutting back their support in the artistic and cultural fields, but at the same time, this pushes us to be more assertive and creative. And that, my friends, is exactly what I am.

So if you wanna be seen in Brazil, you can also make a pledge and for all the dirty details about my project, click here.

HELLO HELLO EVERYONE! I am Ninthe, and I am going to tell you about my first Creative Ties and Mad Hatters Breakfast at Dolly Rogers. Gather around, children, it was quite awesome.

First off, let me talk you through the concept. The Creative Ties and Mad Hatters Breakfast invites a bunch of young talents and industry cats to join each other for a bite and some early morning champagne. This alone made me already fall in love with the concept. The talents from all over the world were asked to wear a self-made tie that represented their personality and work. The industry people were given free range to choose a piece of headwear from the exclusive Dolly Rogers hat collection, supplied by our friends at Visjuweel. Hence you now have a Creative Ties and Mad Hatters Breakfast.

So, the morning was young as I arrived at 7:30 AM. Having to speak to people at this time of day goes extremely against my nature, but one must sacrifice some in order to gain, I suppose. And man, was it worth it! After Dolly herself a.k.a Jennette showed me a warm welcome, we did a little dance in a circle after which I met the wonderful Cowgirl Alice with whom I prepared a lovely breakfast. Jennette was singing through a microphone. Not long after, the first Creative Ties began to arrive. We had Josh & Ben from New Zealand, Caroline from Sweden, Ivan from Italy, Kyoko from Japan, Iris from The Netherlands and Michele, who is indeed a boy, from Italy. We laughed and we admired, we drank and we ate, we questioned and confirmed, gave and received advice. It was a super morning! And a very unusual one. Especially Kyoko’s “phantphant”, that was an item I’d never seen before!

After we had all seen and discussed each others work, us Cowgirls were pretty sure everyone was now ready to go home as a different person. Enlightened, one might even say. This was when I decided to pop the question if I could please, PLEASE, stay with Dolly Rogers forever or at least for some more weeks. And here I am. Today I played the piano and am proudly wearing my GROUPIE tee.

See more pics from the Creative Ties breakfast on our facebook page.

2011 Powerpoint Karaoke event at Dolly Rogers

When I was asked to collect images for the upcoming Powerpoint Karaoke event at Dolly Rogers HQ, I had no idea where to start. I began by surfing the internet in search of an aesthetic – an absolutely wrong idea, as Powerpoint Karaoke is about making up stories based on a visual collection of embarrassing and nonsense slides.

It wasn’t the first time that the students from Falmouth University had visited our agency and been introduced to Powerpoint Karaoke. Previous years never tell the next generation of students what’s going to happen, and sure enough when the students finally arrived at our studio, they seemed clueless.

But to see other people sinking in awkwardness was not the only thing I was waiting for. I was also excited to meet young graphic designers from England, to see their work, and to sneak in some conversation. It wasn’t so long ago that I finished my own study at the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague.

After the rules were announced and the show began, I felt quite happy that I was not one of the students because it was fun to sit back and watch. Even though some topics like “Camel Toe” were a mystery to me, up until Powerpoint Karaoke that is! All up I enjoyed the performance, some students were quicker and more inventive with their stories than others, but everyone gave it ‘a good Aussie go’.

I think everyone was inspired by each other that day, and I was very happy to hear back from some of the students after they returned to the UK, sending their gratitude to Dolly Rogers for the nice time they had visiting our studio.

Here’s a short film I shot and edited of the event and some pics to check out.