Time and time again I am touched by the beauty of the patterns that can be found in nature, repetition, growth and decay. My aim is to capture something of that beauty in my jewellery. Fascinated by the structures I find in plants, animals and everything that grows, I observe all those features and follow the movements in the patterns.
I explore, draw and experiment with the details I have found and work directly in metal, fusing shapes and structures and rearranging them. In this way, I am looking for new shapes that surprise me just like all those details in nature do. That is what is most important to me: it is that small change in shape that can evoke the sense of natural structures.
Translating those shapes into a piece of jewellery – a wearable miniature – is like a puzzle to me. In my mind I make the designs layer by layer and in the first models it becomes tangible. My focus is then on refinement. Working towards the moment when a piece of jewellery, made of steel, silver or gold is in balance and wearable.
My years of experience in restoring works of art instilled into me the subtleties of the art of goldsmithery throughout the ages and I use this intuitively in the designing process. It has become an invaluable aspect of my work.
Since 2000 • My own jewellery design and restoration studio
1994 – 1996 • Gold and Silver Federation, goldsmitting
1988 – 1995 • Royal van Kempen en Begeer, Zoetermeer (The Netherlands)
1987 – 1988 • Traineeship at ‘s Rijksmunt (Royal Mint), Utrecht (The Netherlands)
1984 – 1987 • Vakschool Schoonhoven (Technical College), engraving
Exhibitions The Netherlands
2021 • Masterly the Hague 2021, Den Haag
2014 • Pronkstukken (Show pieces), Gorcums Museum, Gorinchem
2011 • Group exhibition, Gallery Luxx, Eindhoven
2010 • Group exhibition, Gallery Lambèr, Valkenswaard
2009 • Vergeet mij niet… over rouwen en gedenken (Don’t forget me … on mourning and remembering), Huis van Gijn, Dordrecht
2008 • Dat siert je (That adorns you), Museum de Koperen Knop, Hardinxveld-Giessendam
2007 • Het sieraad in de steigers (Jewellery under construction), CODA museum, Apeldoorn
2007 • Symbols of Faith, New Traditional Jewellery, Sieraad, RAI Amsterdam
2006 • Dutch New, New Traditional Jewellery, Sieraad, RAI Amsterdam
2007 • Nomination New Traditional Jewellery 2007
2006 • Winner New Traditional Jewellery Award 2006