In 1986 I graduated from the Charles Montaigne Fashion Academy in Amsterdam majoring in textile printing design. This school laid the foundation for my work as an artist. My sense of harmony and colour was stimulated there. My search for graceful patterns, balanced shapes, and rich colours stems from this time. It’s where I learned the crafts of drawing and designing, skills that are still paramount for my work today.
I think the most beautiful work is made by hand. I start my designs by non digital drawing and painting. Craftmanship creates uniqueness and leaves room for the personal touch. It’s the tiny imperfections that make for personality and character in a design. Just like in nature itself. I turn to my computer only at the very end of the designing process for the repeating of patterns and the assembling of larger planes.
Over the years I studied various drawing and painting techniques using watercolor, gouache and ink. I made collages and painted my ‘Gorgelwezens’ inspired by the famous rhymes of Kees Buddingh’, a poet who lived in Dordrecht, the city where I’ve been living for quite some time now. Paper was and is at the core of my art. I will always keep exploring the many possibilities of paper.
Inspired by patterns of past centuries –on vases, plates and wallpaper- I nowadays design new patterns with crown pen and ink; contemporary, harmonious and well balanced. I work intuitively and playful, finding controlled movements that lead up to a feast of colour and calmness.
An extra dimension emerged a few years ago. By cutting out, folding and rearranging my patterns new possibilities arose. The shapes rise from the ground, come forward or fall down, creating unique three-dimensional worlds. Worlds where my imagination becomes reality. A reality that gives imagination to others.
I look for combinations of colours and shapes. Loose and free, unrestricted. On wallpaper in small rooms and on decorative wall plates made of paper. Neither crude and coarse nor mechanical and impersonal but delicate. Dreamy, if you like. My work often consists of contemporary interpretations of, for example old Dutch period rooms or Delft Blue pottery. Those examples allow me to look at reality in a different way and they open up new worlds within myself.
I try to create a personal, unblemished world in our malicious society where ugliness and danger lurk around. In my studio in Dordrecht I bring –chiefly with paper- a balanced beauty to life, expressed in aesthetic patterns and a burst of colour. Movement, rhythm and lines perform a round dance on paper. My art makes happy, I hope. Energetic, full of life and optimism, just like me, most of the time.