Tell us about your background.
I have studied architecture at the Technical University in Delft (The Netherlands) and I’m currently working full-time as an architect. In my spare hours in the evening, I love to design and make stuff. This varies from life-size planted walls in my living room, to architecture sketches and from ceramics to paper and feather lampshades.
What inspires you?
Basically everything in nature. There are such beautiful patterns to be found in for example corals, minerals, fish scales and moss. This is something I can use both in my professional work as an architect and the design for my own product line with lampshades.
Describe a typical session in the studio, do you have any routines?
At the moment, I am mainly working on my paper lampshades. This, fortunately, does not require a lot of working space, since I tend to keep everything lying around. This means that my dining table is always filled with tools, various sorts of paper, steel rulers, knives, old book that I want to recycle, and all the other stuff I need to prepare and ship my Etsy orders. One of the disadvantages of living without a separate studio space, is that I find feathers literally EVERYWHERE!
Name some other artists or artistic genres that have been influential to your creative process.
I love the products of n-e-r-v-o-u-s system
! They have a way of working and form finding that inspires me and reminds me that I still have A LOT to learn. Working and designing with the computer is a huge part in their process and they more or less ‘program’ their products with a code that is based on -for example- natural growth or cell division.
Apart from product designers I love the buildings of architect Enric Miralles!
Describe the technical process for creating your pieces.
Basically, you just need paper, a very sharp knife, a cutting mat and a lot -and I mean A LOT- of patience
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