I am...

born and raised in the south of The Netherlands, working as an artist/designer and living in Amsterdam. After graduating with a mixed media collection from the Fashion department at Rietveld Art Academy in 1996, my work has been showcased in various art and design exhibitions. As part of a group show, my first work 'Cry Piece', a collection of wearable tissue kerchiefs made for crying, was presented in Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam.


Developing textile installations and autobiographical objects to wearable pieces, I attended Fashion Institute Arnhem in 2000 to concentrate on clothing variations of my artistic ideas. After a debut show in Paris 'Present', which showed a timeline from child to man and evolving clothes, I got the chance to do many presentations in art and design. My work gained more attention from international press like Vogue L'uomo, NY Times amongst various other newspapers and magazines.


My work has been nominated for art prize 'Nouvelles Images' and 'Prix de Rome' along with several other prizes and contests, like 'Robijn Fashion Award' and 'Festival des Arts de la Mode Hyères'. I designed film costumes for and worked with French film noir legend Jeanne Moreau and Dutch actor Jeroen Willems, along with creating costumes for leading Dutch dance company Introdans.


Since 2007 I teached conceptual design at the textile and fashion department from Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. I conduct workshops on conceptual/poetic design, like I did for various art and design schools in the Netherlands and Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome and Florence, Italy. 


Lately I am more focussed on neckwear, that started with the butterfly bowtie, which I presented in a poetic performance at the Dutch Fashion Awards in 2012. A special moment, because I just met my father for the very first time. This bowtie was especially designed for the occasion, as most of my work is autobiographical or a reflection of life, identity and human behavior in general.