I graduated as a designer and I was very aware of the choice to pick a study where you can make useable products. I still believe in this but I must admit I find it interesting that when you are designing scarves, really what you have is a blank canvas and you can make your designs as artistic as you want to.
I had a nice childhood in a small town with a lot of space outside the house to play and a "knutselkamer", a room where I would create things and draw. We also visited my mother’s family in the coast quite regularly and spent many summer holidays there. I think this has shaped me and influenced me a great deal. Another big influence is the work by other artists and designers, this keeps me motivated to keep on creating new work.
I am very precise and not easily satisfied so I always take a long time before finishing something. I guess it takes about 2 weeks to make a design, from its creative process to the final result, ready to be printed. It feels like a big quest before something is finalised.
I wanted it to be more accessible. I chose to produce the scarves in the Netherlands, because I am happy with the quality of the company, but also because I wanted it to be produced in Europe. I calculated my prices as if it would be a full time company, so I think the customer gets a reasonable price.
She is my older sister. She studied fashion design and when she was starting her graduation project I asked her if she would like to use something of the work I made during my study. She thought that a mountain print I had designed in the past would fit in her collection. We extended the print to the length of a maxi dress and adjusted the colours.
I like the combination of both. There are lots of designers and companies that I admire and would be very happy if I could make a contribution to them. When you work alone you don’t have to compromise, which gives a lot of freedom but also makes it more difficult to make decisions.
I asked her to make photographs of the scarves, then she said that she would also like to make another series which was more her own interpretation of my collection. I wanted to be able to use the images to support the collection so in the beginning of the process I told her my concerns. I think I gave her a lot of freedom to create the final outcome.
I would like to make another series of scarves. I think it would be nice to make this an ongoing project. And with every new series I hope to grow a bit more, in the result but also in visibility and points of sale. I would also like to make prints or textile design for design companies or fashion labels next to the scarves project. That would be my biggest wish to combine this with each other.
I would like to feel something soft ad comforting, maybe something like stroking a cat.
I think I would like to be someone who works with animals or plants. I might be a forester or a biologist.