In Egmond aan zee, by far the most beautiful coastal town in our country, we are the proud owners of ‘Gejut’.
This storefront breathes sea; all the jetted items are gathered there in large fish boxes.
In the night, wood, rope and plastic seek each other out and form themselves into salty presents in fantasy. All “beach trash” gets a second life. From this we make birds, fish, sculptures, moldings, a piece of jewelry, a wind chime.
Want to jute yourself and make something special in the workshop? Fancy a special family or vacation outing, corporate or bachelorette party, birthday? An unsalted team training?
Gejut is a store, studio, gallery, workshop space that brings every visitor closer to the sea.
In addition to one- or multi-day creative workshops, you can find unique salty ku(n)st, nautical gadgets (ship’s lamps), furniture made from drowned wood and original gifts. Gejut also provides a stage for creative sea spirits to share their knowledge or exhibit and sell their work.
Above all, it is a place to also discover for yourself how to make ‘something’ out of ‘nothing’ again…. Jettisoned objects ask questions about the past, depict the present and ask questions about tomorrow.
My name is Marianne Houthuijse.
This by far the most beautiful “derpje” in our country has a beach that offers new finds every season. Strolling along the beach and collecting everything with a wagon; nothing I’d rather do.
I scour the coastal strip between Bergen aan zee and Castricum every week in search of soil treasures. In the fall, nets, small pieces of wood and especially a lot of ship debris wash ashore. A strong east wind or a storm; you can’t make me happier.
Each year the summer visitors leave behind a colorful collection of toys, flip-flops, balls and so on. From all the finds I make small and large framed works, 3D sculptures as well as jewelry from, among other things, washed up ship ropes.
Jetting literally means “to find” or “to snatch. Almost everything I use comes from the beach. But sometimes I also jut within the borders of the country; even digitally there is something to jut! Gejut’s law, however, is that no gift leaves my store without an item(s) found by the sea.
Visit the store and/or discover how addictive Beachcombing can be!
Beachcombing and the environment
There is so much to say about the environment. Other organizations can do that much better than I can. The most inspiring video I have ever seen that has challenged me to create a work of a bird You will not believe your eyes!!! – Please Share Others can tell more than I can, including, for example, the North Sea Foundation. Apart from shipwrecks and the remnants of a nice day at the beach, every day is a party at Egmond beach.
There are currently more than, shocker, 50,000 remnants of balloons on our beaches!!! Why? Because at celebrations, balloons take off en masse and blow toward the sea. Eventually, they wash back up on the beach. This fall’s counts show an average of 12 balloons or balloon debris per 100 meters of beach. With 451 kilometers of coastline, that brings you to about 54000. Of course, this is a rough estimate, but even half would be a lot.
Actually, any balloon is too much. This is because fish, marine mammals and seabirds mistake the rubber debris for food and become entangled in the strings. High time something was done about this. (Source: North Sea Foundation).
From bones and scraps of plastic, this gull boy was born; a full stomach full of plastic made her feel “full. She stopped eating and died. Images sometimes speak louder than a story.
The ‘seagull cub’ tells….
Beachcomber works and salty gifts
Nothing leaves the store without a jetted item! Not only that is the law of “Jut. The best part is that everything is on sale in this store! From Table to display case, from lamp to cash register, from toilet to front door; I pack it and you go home with it. You can take anything but me…. someone has to jut the store anyway….
15 Holiday Beachcombers
Make your own souvenir and go ‘Jutten’ at Gejut in Egmond aan zee. A unique outing?
Does the weather leave something to be desired?
Or do you want to take a break from sunbathing or shopping in Egmond aan zee? Need to do something special; alone, as a couple or with the whole family? Go journaling and create your own beautiful piece of work! In Egmond aan zee, on the Ankerstraat No. 13 you will find my shop/atelier ‘Gejut’. Receive a Beachcomber bag there, search the beach for your own treasures and return.
There you (with my help?) turn all the found objects into a beautiful piece of work while enjoying drinks and beachcomber cake! A lasting memento of Egmond by the sea. Included: Beachcomber leather bag, a small frame/wood board, tools, glue, materials, coffee/tea/soft drink and a Beachcomber cake and use of the store space/workshop.
For every beachcomber, a “real shark tooth in a box”! Price: 17,50 Euro per person – children: 15,- Euro (max 30 people). Reservations: [email protected] or call: 0650805796
All together at the table and you enjoy Beachcomber’s Limo and Beachcomber’s Cake. We tell the students about everything you can find at Egmond beach and we do a real Beachcomber’s Quiz!
Time to go on a beachcomber’s path yourself! With a real beachcomber’s bag and a list of exactly what to look for on the beach, you set off. When you have found everything on your list, you will have a good chance of winning a beachcomber’s certificate later that day.
Back at the store, we’ll all do the dishes together! Washing dishes has never been so much fun because you can see what everyone else found! A little more drying off and then the best part begins, because you are going to make your own little painting of all your found treasures. You may take this artwork home with you.
The winner of the Beachcomber’s Quiz will receive a special shark tooth! Price: 15.00 per child (at Gejut). Workshops at school: on request
Beachcomber, artist, creative or conferencer? Gejut’s door is wide open to anyone who can contribute something wonderful to this store. Also for poets and Strong storytellers. Do you have an idea? Want to offer your own workshop or show off your salty work? Get in touch!
Under the title, “One More,” an oil lamp will be lit inside Gejut during the fall evenings of 2013. Well-known Egmonders then tell their strongest stories to Gejut and are treated to herring and beachcomber bitters (audience or not is up to you). 10 stories will be collected in a booklet and “One More” is expected to be in store(s) by mid-2014.
Of course, I already have some great Derpers in mind…. Strong story yourself?
Stop by and sign up!
Jut as a unique meeting location
A special place by the sea to have a quiet meeting and stretch your legs along the tide line?
Consider Gejut! Up to a maximum of 16 people you can have a great time in Egmond aan zee. Coffee, tea, pastries, lunch or dinner? Get in touch and everything will be taken care of!
Opening hours Gejut
Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday: by appointment
Wednesdays from June through August:
Egmond seaside fair
Thursday through Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday: noon – 6 p.m.
Store closed but desire for a workshop?
Our store address
Anchor Street 13
1931GL Egmond aan zee
Phone number 0031 (0)6 508 05 796
E-mail: [email protected]