A loving couple surrounded by – apparently even built up by – all kinds of goodies which you can enjoy in a hotel; croissants with a curl of butter, fried eggs, coffee with cupcake, strawberry, cherries, melon, French bread and red wine. The lovers have put away their clothes in the trunk under which a coat-hanger dangles, the female figure firmly holds the key to the room and the couple is accompanied by some dream-walkers. Discover the cheese, which of course cannot be missing at breakfast. Both the northern and southern side of the building show the face of the ‘sleeping beauty’, surrounded with her dreams.

The northern side represents the horse riding angel that has visited Charles the Great in a dream and ordered him to steal, as described in the legend of ‘Charles and Elegast’, it looks as if this angel is trying to steal our dreams. The sleeping beauty at this side is dreaming about the coming success of the local zoo of Emmen, that is subject to be rebuilt. She fantasises a hippo, a banana transformed to a monkey, some ducks en sheeplike clouds.

Sheep can also be found at the southern side of the hotel. This side is dedicated to what is probably the oldest village of the Netherlands, Noordbarge. The gingerbread man stands in front of the traditional bread oven. The sleeping beauty on this side of the building wears a chicken on her head that has laid a beautiful egg and on which the cockerel proudly watches over. The chocolate brown cow is of course not forgotten. All these products form the basic ingredients for many delightful dishes the hotel has to offer.

Project Dreams For Breakfast – Facade painting Hotel ten Cate; 13 Toyists: Amukek, Dejo, Fihi, Gihili, Jaf’r, Lodieteb, Ollafinah, Qooimee, Roq, Srylyn, Whomie, Xippez, Yicazoo The Toyism mural of Hotel Ten Cate in Emmen, Netherlands.
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 Product Details
  • Title: Dreams for Breakfast
  • Artist: The Toyists
  • Technique: Silkscreen
  • Material: Hahnemuehle German etching paper
  • Image Size: 51 x 90 cm
  • Ink Layers: 16
  • Limited Edition: 100 (numbered & signed)
  • Price: On request


Silkscreen printing comes from Japan and became known in Europe around 1930. Another name for an artistic printing is silkscreen printing. To explain the principle behind the technique is quite simple. First a piece of fine mesh made out of silk, polyester or steel is strained on a window frame. Hence the name of the technique is also named after this mesh (literally silkscreen printing). It is a stencil method of print making in which a design is imposed on the fine mesh, with blank areas coated with an impermeable substance. Then ink is forced into the mesh openings by the fill blade and by wetting the substrate. As a result the ink is transferred onto the printing surface during the fill blade stroke. When the screen rebounds away from the substrate the ink remains on the substrate.

Also one color is printed at a time. Therefore several screens can be used to produce a multicolored image or design. Furthermore different ink is needed for different materials. Although the principle behind the technique is simple, making a silkscreen is not. Because craftsmanship is needed to make sure every new layer of ink is printed correctly.

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