Wednesday, 29 October 2008


Today I wanted to showcase another blogger who inspires me - Pia Jane Bijkerk. "Enhance the everyday" is her motto. And I couldn't agree more. Pia does this through her work as a stylist, writer and photographer, a path she turned to after running a homewares store as well as a teahouse in Sydney's Northern Beaches. Now she divides her time between Paris, Amsterdam and Sydney.

Pia's beautiful Parisian apartment (pictured, top) was featured as a before and after story here.

Which five words best describe you? Passionate, candid, rambling, quiet, flawed.

What’s your proudest achievement? Any time that I am able to express myself clearly and succinctly I am a bit proud. It doesn't happen often.

Who inspires you? Right now I am totally inspired by my fellow bloggers and blog readers. I love blogging. In my humble opinion it's the best technological creation to date.

What are you passionate about? Life: mine and everyone else's.

What’s the best lesson you've learnt? To just get on with it.

Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Songwriter and musician Ani DiFranco who is able to not only express herself clearly and succinctly on a regular basis, but also has the ability of "getting on with it".

What’s next? My first book will be published next year, and I have a few fun projects in the making that include more writing, more photography, more travelling, more styling, more drawings, and more music.

What are you reading? Just finished reading Mary Shaffer's The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and have just started reading Sean Condon's My 'Dam Life. The two books couldn't be further worlds apart, but both inspire and intrigue me equally.

images courtesy of pia jane bijkerk


Kate Moore said...

Thanks for getting Pia to chat about herself. She's always nattering about someone else - all of them amazing. She pointed to your blog from her blog and I noted The Divided Heart. I'd read about it elsewhere and jumped online to buy it just now. Oryx and Crake. Atwood's brilliant, just brilliant. I think I'll have to read it again too.

Natalie Walton said...

Hey Katiecrackernuts! I've almost finished The Divided Heart and will be sad to do so. It's fascinating to hear about how other mothers find the balance between pursuing their passion and raising a child. And I don't think you even have to be a mother to enjoy it - because almost everyone who works in a creative field has some sort of balance they're trying to strike.

Anonymous said...

Pia is such an inspiration.. so reading this was a delight not only does she create the most beautiful vignettes, music and drawings. she also has a spirit about her that inspires others- i know this for sure..and now to put a face to it- this is one book that can judge by it's cover-BEAUTIFUL inside and out..

Natalie Walton said...

Nadia - I get that sense about Pia, too. You just know that she has integrity.

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

Very cool interview on Pia. I am trying to figure out how she wrote on the windows of her boyfriend's place - so interesting.

Natalie Walton said...

Maryam, I think she probably just used a texta. We have run stories in Real Living magazine where similar effects have been used - on mirrors, glass splashbacks in kitchens, etc. You can buy silver and gold nibbed pens that do this too. I guess the trick is making sure that the nib is not too thick if you're going to write lots of text so you don't get "blobs". Also, eucalyptus oil or methylated spirits will remove the ink from these surfaces (if you make a mistake or just want a change). Hope that helps!

lisa :: the red thread said...

Hi Natalie - I don't know whether to thank you for introducing me to Pia's blog or not! How divine. Such beautiful imagery. But now I have one more 'must read' blog on my list. So many blogs, so little time.

Natalie Walton said...

I know, Lisa. I think shrinks are going to be treating with blog addictions soon ;-)

erika said...

what a great interview and the pictures on her blog are so beautiful!

Natalie Walton said...

Miko - I'm in love with her illustrations, too. They're so darn cute.


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