As Pinar&Viola, we have some news We are hiring 📌 1. A creative project manager
2. A mega intern
In 2016, we are expanding our studio in Paris and that is why we are looking to hire a creative project manager. CPM of Pinar&Viola, it sound more corporate when we brand it with caps, right? : ) And someone else to be our mega intern
Or a friend of you?
For the project manager, we are searching for someone who is a bit maybe more serious than us but loves to have equally fun. Someone who is very good in English and French so than he/she can help us reply with emails, applications, preparations to lectures, workshops and running the studio. This does not have to be full time. Part time, like 3 days a week, but full time is also an option.
We say creative project manager, because we want to work with someone who is witty in mind, to be able to write the way we create. Decadent and generous while being relevant yet cutting edge.
And as for the mega intern, please feel free to fill in the definition of mega by expanding your own imagination. Fun, fatale and needless to say a very good designer… Someone who would like to be the 3rd Pinar&Viola in design, to be able to make our sketches come alive, but also assist us with his/her execution input from different programs, like 3d, video, programming or any other geeking away qualities.
French speaking could be awesome but not necessary, we highly appreciate when people come from overseas as well.
Our studio is located right across centre Pompidou in Paris.
Currently, in The Netherlands, it’s the time of the national festival of St Nicholas. It’s a very old and populair Dutch tradition. Already since more then 500 years St Nicholas is celebrated as a family festivity with focus on the joy of the children. St Nicholas is a wise old saint who is a friend of everyone, especially of the children. He has a team of cheerful servants, they’re called Black Pete. It’s very possible that, people from far outside the Netherlands, have already heard of them because that’s where things start to be weird… Black Pete is generally played by a white person with a black painted face, red painted lips, topped with a black curly wig. Yes this basically blackface make-up, and gives the racist impression of expressing a caricature of a black person.
Even though it might be hard to understand for people outside the Netherlands, but St Nicholas festival is not meant to be racist. All Dutch people love Black Pete and the children see them as their great friend. Yet, in stark contrast with the overall joy of the folkloric tradition, the Black Pete persona brings a lot of controversy and debate in the country. Watch this video for more insights.
The supporters of Black Pete, who don’t see the figure as racist, want to honour the Dutch folkloric festival the way it is. For them, Black Pete is an important part of Dutch culture and needs to be honoured. In the contrary, you have people that feel hurt and offended by Black Pete. They find it a racist figure with obvious connotations with the Dutch slave trade. The Black Pete opponents want to keep celebrating St Nicholas but with an updated version of Black Pete, free from its racist features.
Protest voices, especially from Dutch people with a Surinam and Antillean background, raised in the early 80s. Despite their request for a more respectful ‘Pete’, not much changed. Understandably, since the last couple of years the presence and loudness of the anti-Black-Pete voice is increasing. We as a half Dutch artist duo, believe that the wish to update Black Pete is very rightful, better said… crucial. To be frank, we’re ashamed for the Black Pete figure as a representative of Dutch culture.
To celebrate positive change, and to exprebs the excitement that new choices and new customs can bring, we made some sketch collages of contemporary Dream Pete’s. With this blog post we want to express our position in the Black Pete debate (we actually really can’t believe that this debate is still going on!) and share our strong wish that Black Pete gets a gracious metamorphose that is joyous for everyone, and evidently not hurtful for people with a different background.
Happy Sint Nicholas celebration to ALL people of The Netherlands xxxx
Media is filled with news proving our failures of respecting each other and the planet where we live in, meanwhile, engaged individuals and organisations are doing their effort to raise global awareness for all the challenges we face. One could argue that this engagement may be a trend, because tendencies come and go, yet profound caring for nature and one and other, is something you can’t ignore once you realise its current cruciality and its universal truth.
History has shown us that in times of hardship, people are more fuelled than ever for a positive change, with accompanying hope for a better life and new values in our society.
As Pınar&Viola, we have a fantasy.
We imagine a future fuelled by social transformation, where people think critically and are able to make ethical choices in all areas of life.
We fantasise of the day where we all recognise that everything is interconnected. We lead our actions not through power and ego, but in such way that we treat our fellow humans and nature as respectful as we treat our closest friends.
We imagine a future where, the more we will be driven by technology, the more we strive for knowledge and for the recognition of the sacredness of nature.
We imagine a future where we choose wisdom over given information, community over consumerism, and deeper healing over false advertising,
We imagine a future where instead of quantity, we choose quality, resulting in sustainability. And we would like to make this fantasy through the tools that we master. The tool that is so everywhere yet ungraspable, the tool that everyone has access to yet it seems that no one has the patience to elaborate…
The tool that has, and currently is, being used to mislead masses.
Over the last few years, as two young female entrepreneurs, we went through a lot of change in our personal and professional life. We learned the power of speaking out for our deepest believes, of letting go, of losing control which opened up other levels of awareness and new sensibilities emerging in us and in our work.
Two years ago, our fascination for defining future trends and fashion made us incline towards Paris. Thanks to the generous support of the Dutch government, we made an ample move from Amsterdam to Paris, and started operating our studio in between these two cities. While trying to make a space for ourselves in a city of pride and prejudice, we learned the beauty of being selflessness through the mysterious and spiritual nature of this city.
Since then, our antennas are directed towards new design systems which embrace nature, silence, permaculture, planetary awareness and radically practical solutions which are needed to conquer the global challenges that we face. We heightened our social and planetary engagement in our personal life, which is reflected in our work as image makers.
Currently we are working on multiple projects, including our new image collection. The image collections we launch yearly showcase socially engaged future concepts, cultural tendencies and image making techniques through various mediums. With time, the launches of our image collections became events which combine design and image innovation, where people from our sector come together to see what is in the future of image making. Our former collections include Family Special-Polyamory, Love Message Service, Sandal Aqua and Diva Opaque.
We are releasing this statement to let you know that the next Pınar&Viola Image Collection, will be a devotion to create an irresistible invitation for a more just and humane future.
The ground basis of our work lies in being critical and speak our minds to foster a positive change in society. As an artist duo we have been using the charm of the image to make people overcome their prejudices, unify and make them fantasise about planetary justice. As two creative people ‘living a healthy and balanced life’ in a world were there is a lot of misery and inequality, we feel the urge to reflect trough our work on the despair in the world. With our current socio-political awareness, even more than ever, we feel the urge to create a rebellious positive message.
This “état d’esprit”, which is an idealistic demeanour in itself, is/will not only be visible in our collection, but will also shine itself through our current and next client work and our upcoming exhibitions.
Let’s talk sex. But not the omnipresent kind of sex that we’re getting bombarded with every day. Actually, in this column we would like to pledge that sex deserves even more of our attention then where it’s currently screaming for. Though, a different kind of attention, one with an introspective quality.
In our sexuality we express ourselves, our emotions, passions, secret fantasies, playfulness and our most intimate desires. You don’t need to be a freudian to recognize that many of our feelings and emotions about ourselves and our relationships are erotic at their core. Sex is one of our most interesting actions that we can play with. Unfortunately for many of us, despite or thanks to today’s hypersexual society, our erotic desires are expressed and satisfied at a very basic level. While sex can be a thrill that helps us dissolve our inhibitions and free us from psychological, spiritual and cultural blockades.
That’s the kind of sexual power we’re going to address in this column, this time especially written for ourselves and for our sisters. Today we, and our fellow Western women, have the freedom to express our sexuality very openly. Yet, it’s very obvious that there’s still a lot of work to do, a.o. think about the task of dismantling the millstone of the ultra close-minded, unrealistic female beauty ideal that is omnipresent in our lives.
But we want to address a more fun topic, a particular phenomena of female sexuality which is getting ignored in this sexual evolution: the wild, emotional messy and untamed female fountain that we all bare inside. Yes we want to address women’s potential to ejaculate repeatedly, without the loss of sexual performance or desire. This wonder almost doesn’t play any role in our collective sexual consciousness.
Why, in 2015, female fountains, a.k.a. squirting, are still a semi-mythical, controversial topic? After all, squirting is a natural option that far most of our female bodies are capable of. Though, many of us have not yet explored squirting or are skeptical about it. Some of us don’t even know it exists. Many of us regard squirting as a supreme male fantasy, an urban myth or as a fabrication by the porn industry.
Why female ejaculation, except of being one category amongst a jillion other porn categories, is being ignored in our sexy modern lives? While female fountains have been around for ever. Female fluids were getting honored in temples as sacred erotic waters. Our ancient female ancestors let their lotus nectar flow fiercely and us, modern emancipated women, collectively ‘forgot’ about our sprinkling powers.
In the West, phenomena must be hypothesized before they can be accepted, and female ejaculation still can’t be totally explained. Apparently women’s sexual anatomy still keeps many mysteries for modern science. Scientists still don’t agree where the hot liquid is coming from, hence the controversy. But since when quarrelling scientist have access to our erotic experiments between the sheets?
There must be something else stopping us to soak ourselves and our lovers in our hot lady juice. Why is squirting so controversial? Are untamed female fountains a bad fit to the current conformity of female stereotypes and sexiness?
During love making, is the media’s image of sex pre-occupying us, making us worry about our visual performance? Feelings of discomfort with our bodies block sexual energy. In popular culture, natural phenomenas like sweat and body hair are deleted. In real life, natural sweat, sounds and fluids can distract us and cause mental barriers to let our ejaculate flow.
Is it the current ambiance of our sex-driven popular culture where there is lots of sex but little emotion? Because female fountains are very emotional, they spring from a deep level of intimacy and an intense state of arousal. Intimacy with a complete surrender to pleasure, without inhibition, will stimulate a woman and push her over the wet edge. Openness for what may come, self confidence, long during stimulation, intense arousal and direct G-spot stimulation are the key elements for gooshy sex. Here you can find a guide to female ejaculation.
A note for the numerous modern lovers who are still mistaken female fountains with urine: Female ejaculate is not pee, it’s a fluid produced by the Skene’s gland. Some things take time to sink, centuries B.C., the ancient Greek scientists Hippocrates and Aristoteles, already revealed that female ejaculation is not urine. More of these clever facts about Female fountains you can find in the book written by squiring expert Deborah Sundah: ‘Female Ejaculation & The G-spot‘.
Since the beginning of the 80s, Sundahl taught many women how to ejaculate. In her sex bible she describes how women are traditionally not encouraged to let go, either emotionally nor physically. She states “to be able to release our juices we have to let our emotions flow in order to, physically and mentally, push ourself over the edge of ecstasy”. She believes learning how to ejaculate is liberating in any area of life.
Sundahl’s also describes the importance of the G-spot, as the physical center of women’s erotic desire. She stimulates her readers to become aware of this organ and, in all details, explains how to activate ones own G-spot.
“The G-spot is not about mind-blowing orgasms, though they are it’s luscious by-product. Rather, as we learned from sexologists, G-spot awakening is about discovering that one’s erotic body has infinite capacity to express emotions, love and intimacy. Learning the G-spot’s secrets is more about awareness than about technique, more about process than about goals, more about relaxation and nourishing oneself than adding another item to one’s to-do list.”
Female ejaculation should never become the next dogma imposed on women. Certainly women don’t need to squirt in order to have an amazing sex life. It’s something very personal and depending on your sexual flavor. Though, only already knowing that you bear an inner wet wild women who’s able to gush all over the place, is empowering. Or is gushing all over the place not lady like?
Dogmas and stereotypes kill passions. Happily we are growing as people, our culture is getting more and more open minded. Gladly the spectrum of sexuality and gender is opening. New gender roles are blurring the lines of whats considered to be feminine and masculine. Mainstreaming the feminine, strong, wild and messy ejaculations can be an affirmation of sexual liberation and gender equality. Breaking down the female ejaculation taboo is a splashing addition to achieve non-binary gender diversity.
No matter what our sex is, our biological characteristics have anyway much more in common than they are different. Yes ladies, and gentlemen, the addition of more fluidity in our sexuality will be good for all of our genderless souls.
Our latest digitale couture became physical French couture!!!💕
Kocher aims to bring together a vision of urbane contemporary dressing spliced with the exquisite crafts seldom harnessed in the real world. “It’s a melting pot of Parisian romance, Asian color-clash, the New Yorker’s cool sportswear. There are easy nylon track pants and dresses requiring hours of embroidery to create,” the designer said, as her chill cast milled around in the corridor. Point in case, a lightweight parka delicately fringed with feathers, bejeweled crop tops, or fantastic low riding jeans with a singlet one-piece. Everywhere, pseudo ethnic silver jewelry (if your tribe is the neo-raver one) twinkled and tinkled.
This is the don’t-care-for-gender dress form of athleisure, a savant mixture of the trappings of 1980s, 1990s sportswear combined with the craftsmanship of couture.
All of it smacked of questionable youthful taste, but that would be missing the painstaking attention to details where snobbery might only see dubiously printed polyester and lurid laces. By deploying the arsenal of age-old crafts on the synthetic and man-made, is Kocher breaking the last taboo, or bridging a divide no longer necessary? For the Willow and Jaden Smith generation, Koché is exactly what couture means.