maandag 26 juni 2017


GRADUATION TIME!!!, Martina Turini, Inge van Genuchten, Mika Yamakoshi, Koen Jacobs and Gongon Chang, present the jewellery department from the Rietveld Academie, you're all welcome at our graduation show, 5th - 9th of juli.

maandag 11 april 2016

NEW blog Studying in Munich, have a look!

From April till Juli 2016 I'm following an exchange program at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts at the jewellery department tutored by Professor Karen Pontoppidan! If you're interested to know more about my experiences, developments at the academy and adventures in Germany, please have a look at my new blog Studying in Munich. 

donderdag 23 oktober 2014

Workshop with Yep Wiersma - part III

Thirds session of the workshop with Yep Wiersma!!! We started at the historical building of Castrum Peregrini Foundation, were we did a tour true the old apartment of the artist Gisele D’Ailly. Her apartment was once a hiding place during the second world war to take in German-Jewish students and teachers from the Quackerschool in Eerde. Art and poetry were key to the survival of the group of young hiders. After the war the house became a meeting point for artists, writers and thinkers. At the end of the tour we visited the gallery space with a contemporary art exhibition. Special is the selection, because all the works on display are linked to topics related to the rich history of the building. 
Stunning views from a different angle on the beautiful Amsterdam Canal houses

The cosy living room of the house. The apartment of Gisele looks still inhabited, with all the furniture, books, letters, pictures present. Later on she was able to buy the whole house and the last years of her life she stayed in the top floor apartment. 

The apartment was really small, but still enough space for a small library with a high collection of books

View from above of the Herengracht canal
During the privet tour we got an explanation about all the history of the Castrum Peregrini house and foundation. This piano is empty from the inside and it was a hiding place for a boy during WOII. We could have a look inside and it's really small. The other one could hide in a hollow space in between this apartment and the one above.

At the end of the day we biked to the Smaragd Group, a group of refugees, whom with help of the WE ARE HERE Movement have shelter in a church, until further notice. Very impressive to see their situation and to hear their stories. 
Woman were cooking dinner, some man were playing games and true the window we saw a woman learning how to bike. We visited the inside of the church which was the bedroom for the men now and in a smaller room the woman were sleeping. In the corridor there was a washing machine running,  There was light and gas to cook, but over all it was very cold.
Today Yep brought us to a historical and modern hiding place. Very impressive and interesting to hear the story of the refugees, because their situation is much more difficult than I thought. 

donderdag 16 oktober 2014

Pronkstukken Jewellery Exhibition

Today I visited a beautiful jewellery exhibition named: Pronkstukken, in 'Gorcums Museum'', Netherlands. The exhibition is giving a beautiful overview of about 50 contemporary jewellery artist and designers. "Choice of Gorcum" is a part of the exhibition were 25 citizens of Gorinchem were asked to make a selection of Jewellery in Gallery Marzee in Nijmegen. This concept "the choise of..." does exist already for a while in collaboration with gallery Marzee, doing some research on internet. I really liked the combination of the jewellery pieces and the pictures made during a photo-shoot in studio ziezo. In the museum you could buy a book about all the selected jewellery and there were also some older books on display from previous exhibitions in the Netherlands about "the choise of..". The pictures of this edition were far the best, because the more artistic look. The lighting, clothes and poses were very well done, in compare to the more snapshot pictures from previous editions. Jewellery comes alive when you wear them, so the pictures were a nice addition. Only the lighting was not so good in the museum... but over all an wonderful visit!
Barbara Paganin - necklace, Reef - 1998

Vera Siemund - necklace - 1999

Su Kroker - necklace, Alcyonaria - 1996

Miriam Verbeek -  necklace, IJsschotsen - 2014

Ela Bauer -  Necklace, Inhale (left) Exhale (right) - 2012

Gésine Hackenberg - necklace and object

Peter Hoogenboom - necklace, Clay Feet - 2011

Ruudt Peters - necklace, Hei Sha - 2013

Ralph Bakker - necklace - 2011

Carmen Hauser - necklace, L'Ouverture - 2005

Julie Mollenhauer - necklace - 1993

Nina Sajet - necklace, Klokhuiscollier - 2013
Ineke Heerkens - necklace, Weelderig Land - 2011

Francesco Pavan - necklace - 1998

Felieke van der Leest, (left in the front) bracelet, Prairie Pioneer  - 2012
                                                     (left in the back) necklace, Streepjes Beest - 2003
                                                     (right) bracelet Streepjes Beest - 2003
Carla Nuis - necklace - 2008 
Antje Bräuer - necklace, Knot II - 2014

(I'm sorry I forgot to make a note of the artist)

Christine Matthias - brooches - 2005

Andrea Wippermann - necklace, Vier Frösche - 2001

Tore Svensson - (left) Nestingbox (right) Building - 2005

dinsdag 7 oktober 2014

Link Necklace

For the lessons of Jantje we had to investigate a material you're interested in and I choose pigments. I followed the pigment on metal course of Lucia Massei at Alchimia and from that time on I became highly interested in this beautiful material which exist in amazing colors. I did more research about all the features of pigments and the next lesson we got the new assignment: make a link necklace from the material you choose!
I was shocked since my material isn't really a material. To make something out of it, you have to mix it at least with something like glue, so making a necklace will be quit a challenge!! But I will dive into it!

My goal for the assignment was to stay as close as possible to the original pigment colors. I started my research first in mixing the pigment with very strong two component glue, which made it possible for me to keep the beautiful pigment look. The only problem I had was the price of the glue which is quit expensive. Finishing one package, I made just a small link necklace!
I decided to buy a small handout with recipes for homemade paint and crayons. 

I bought all the ingredients for making pastel crayons. First of all I had to make the special glue, which has to stay at least 24 hours in the fridge. In the meantime I did some tryouts combing pigments with clay. 
The next day I started making first some pastel crayons. The glue were I mixed the pigments with was kind of weird to work with, a bit like treacle. I expected the substance to become a kind of clay, but it was not at all what I expected. It was only possible to make very simple shapes.

I decided to try another recipe to make wax crayons. I melted two different types of wax together and mixed it with pigments. Than I casted the wax in water and I played with the temperature of the water and the distance from where I casted the wax. The temperature of the water was influencing allot the outcome and I tried to get grip on it. I was very happy with the organic shapes which I created, but tryouts to make a link necklace out of it didn't succeed. In the water there is all the time a short moment that you can change the shape a bit and in the end I could link two different shapes together.

Another tryout was making shapes from acrylic paint. I didn't had all the ingredients to make acrylic paint myself, so I mixed pigments with acrylic paint. It was easy to make them, the only problem was the sustainability. After a night they were cracking. I quit this research since the colors were far away form the pigment look.

At school they advise me to try transparent silicone. This material is horrible to work with, but I was happy with the result. First I did some tryouts were I find out how to create the pigment look. Silicone is taking over the pattern form the underground and that was also something interesting I could experiment with. Finally I created this blew link necklace from silicone and ultramarine pigment. An interesting feature of silicone is, that it is still a bit elastic. Afterwords I had to use allot of varnish to fix the pigment on top of the silicone.

During the lesson with Jantje we discussed the outcome of all our experiments. It's always interesting to see and hear what everybody tried. I got the comment that I did a good diverse research. The necklace has the beautiful ultramarine pigment color, but is quit traditional in the way how the elements are connected. But they could understand the difficulty of my material, I had to investigate first of all how to make a real material out of it! As as part of the assignment we had to make a self portret of yourself wearing the necklace.
 The link necklace assignment was also linked to the technical class with Pieter. First we made some brass wire and then we started experimenting. The idea is to start bending the wire without thinking too much. I made already a technical complicated link necklace at the jewellery school in Schoonhoven, so I tried to do something different this time. My idea was to create a necklace which looks like built up from repeating shapes, but actually all the parts are different.

Since I'm highly interested in colors and I don't like the plain brass look, I decided to experiment coloring metal. I tried different methods like coloring with acrylic paint and spray paint. In the end I decided to spray the necklace in two different orange colors. The closure is impossible to find, if not marked, so this spot is colored light orange!
It was an interesting period researching the link necklace and working with pigments.
Up to then next assignment!