VDCO: Open for business

Before you dive into all this blog silliness, if you are looking for The Vandeput Design Company (VDCO), the launch of the shiny & new vandeput.co will be coming soon. In the meantime, I’m still taking on new projects, whatever your graphic design or digital restoration requirements might be. So, while the new website is being tweaked and polished, please get in touch anytime – I would love to hear from you. For new client commissions, simply email hello@vandeput.co

The Vandeput Design Co. is also on facebook and twitter – search @VandeputDesign

My store selling handcrafted fine goods has been taken offline – just for the time being. If you have any questions about any of my handmade products, including fine jewellery, prints or art pieces, please send an email using the contact page, email me personally via ryan@vandeput.co or search @rycariad on Twitter. I am now taking on new commissions, and a new online store will be launched in the near future.

Finally, I am excited to announce the launch of 2 new brands plus a restructuring of the company. All I Can say for now is that following the restructure, we will have a parent company called Vandeput & Co. with 3 attached brands, which will include VDCO (currently known as The Vandeput Design Co.). Watch this space for more information, or subscribe to our newsletter to be informed of any developments or launch dates.

[Get 20% off your graphic design project when quoting the code WP-VCO20. Valid until December 31 2019. Email hello@vandeput.co for the best quote possible, with additional discounts available to certain prospective clients.]

So, you really must carry on browsing this blog, be warned – its mostly just a dumping ground for the nonsense that falls out of my head at 3am.

Thanks for reading!
Ryan

Loss

‘And loss, strangely, can attune you to what is beautiful about existence, even as it wounds you with what is awful.’ — Ryan Vandeput

‘I thought that love could last forever. I was wrong.’ — W. H. Auden

October is International Domestic Violence awareness month. 

I’ve shared this before in another format on my old tumblr, but it’s certainly worth reposting… particularly as October is International Domestic Violence awareness month. 


“A woman, I forget who, once asked a male friend why men felt threatened by women. He replied that they were afraid they might laugh at them. When she asked a group of women why women feel threatened by men, they said “we’re afraid they might kill us.””

It’s a sobering thought for sure. 

Pride Season: The Unsent Letter – Man In An Orange Shirt

A most heartfelt letter written, but never sent. The tender letter from Thomas to his lover Michael, written in around 1957. Taken from the brilliant ‘Man In An Orange Shirt’, this is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful yet tragic love stories I’ve ever seen on TV and encapsulates an era of forbidden love. A love that dare not speak (or write) it’s name for fear of imprisonment. It would be another decade before the law on prohibiting homosexual relationships would be repealed, at least in the United Kingdom.

“The love I feel for you runs through me like grain through wood.”

Think about that for a minute.

If you haven’t seen the BBC adaptation of Man In An Orange Shirt, it’s available on BBC iPlayer for the next couple of weeks.

The Unsent Letter:

My Darling Thomas,

I'm at work. Nobody knows I'm writing to you here. They think I’m drafting a long and stupefying memorandum about incremental shifts in the price of Welsh coal since the end of the war for the ladies in the typing pool to type up later.

You refuse my visits so you're probably tearing up my letters too but there's nothing else I can do but keep trying. It's beyond my control, do you see?

All those months ago, when I had nothing to lose really, I wrote to you in my head but was too cowardly to set more than lies upon paper. And now I find I no longer care. The love I feel for you runs through me like grain through wood. I love you, Thomas. Your face, your voice, your touch, enter my mind at the least opportune moments and I find I have no power to withstand them. No desire to.

I want us to be together as we were in the cottage. Only for ever, not just a weekend. I want it to go on so long that it feels normal. I think of you constantly. Your face, your breath on my neck at night. I want to do all the ordinary, un-bedroomy things we never got around to doing. Making toast. Raking leaves. Sitting in silence.

I love you, Thomas.
I’ve always loved you.
I see that now.
Tell me I'm not too late.

Michael

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Everything in this image has been created from scratch by The Vandeput Design Co. and is copyright…

© 2017, Ryan Vandeput. Without exception, you may not use this image for any purpose in whole or part without licence from The Vandeput Design Co. Email ryan@ryanvandeput.com to request permissions.

I’m Lemonade-ing! 4 New Videos From ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’

There are now 4 brand-new videos on my YouTube channel – Titus Andromedon at his most fabulous, taken from the Netflix Original Series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt! Click the respective image to watch the 4 new edits, including the main street sequence, the extended cut and the ultimate cut, which features glorious tributes to Beyoncé’s ‘Hold Up’, ‘Sorry’ and ‘All Night’ plus extended scenes. Production: The Vandeput Design Co. 





You are loved.

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“Life is short. I often find myself lost in thought about those little, sometimes unnoticed, but very special moments in life. These moments are often fleeting, are buried in the minutiae of life, and yet they sparkle with the piercing iridescence of tiny stars on a sky of black velvet. There is still beauty in everything. Even in darkness.”
— Ryan Vandeput