My work consists of playful, bold shapes and lots of primary colors. I like working with my hands using techniques such as painting, woodcutting, screenprinting, ceramics, riso printing, and making collages. In my work I try to always keep a feeling of something handmade. Since my work is quite simple, I always try to keep in mistakes, accidents, or for example a composition that feels just a bit off. I like that this makes my work feel handmade and keeps the illustration interesting.
I collect various things that give me inspiration such as stamps, packaging, coasters, old national geographic magazines, old books, vintage boardgames, and i have a huge collection of postcards. Aside from that I like to take inspiration from art history and textiles. Especially crafts such as knitting and sewing (along with their histories) have a big influence in my work. Whenever I'm not drawing, these kinds of activities allow me to express my creativity in a way that is different from illustrating or painting.
In five years I hope to be a self-employed illustrator, mainly doing autonomous work such as painting and printmaking and selling these. Alongside that, I'd love to find a job in a printmaking studio, so I can continue working with my hands and develop and learn more techniques.
Learned during the studies
The main thing I have learned during this study is that there is always a subject worth researching. In the first years I often was not sure about what to base my projects on, I don't see myself as an artist that makes work based on activism or 'big' opinions. Learning to look to the small things and using those as inspiration has been a big learning moment in my study, I am now much more able to use my personal interests in my projects, even if they are not 'big'.
List of publications / exhibitions / prices / concerts / shows etc.
2023 - Solo Exhibition 'Fruit Person' at KEEK Utrecht
2022 - Illustration Ladies Amsterdam at OKO Cafe Amsterdam
2021 - PLAKBAND by MidWest Amsterdam
2021 - HKU SALON Student Exhibition
2021 - NRC Media Editorial Internship
2019 - Illustration x Utrechtse Boekenbar
2018 - Exhibition ‘Komt dat zine' at Huis van Betekenis Utrecht