Since I was a child, I've enjoyed creating things. From crafting wine cork heels to sewing a pink plush bag. In my early years, I would sketch ballet dancers, princesses, and cats on the small notepads in our kitchen.
My dad, a sculptor, introduced me to the world of clay, where we would create small figures and pots together.
My mom, who taught knitting, sewing, and pattern drawing at a Fashion institute and Art school, played a significant role in shaping my interests in Fashion.
Occasionally, I joined her at work and had the chance to play around with leftover fabrics from the students. That's where my interest in textiles began, inspiring me to become a clothing designer.
In 2009, I began my journey in Fashion Design at Artez, the Academy of Art in Arnhem. It was a time of both joy and struggle as I went through some self-discovery. It was during this period that I uncovered my passion for intricate details and developed my technical skills.
Throughout my academic journey, I was programmed to develop innovative and original designs. It was tough to part with this small inner voice after I graduated in 2013. It took me over two years to reconnect with my creativity and start making things again after I graduated. Then, step by step, I began creating things only because I enjoyed them, without any specific concept in mind. Slowly my love for creating returned.
In 2016, I travelled to India with two dear friends. An experience that opened my mind. The vibrant colours and profound attention to detail. I discovered my love for handcraft; embroidery, soutache, and then block printing, which has become my latest passion. I combined my childhood love for drawing with my passion for textiles by creating my own block printing stamps.
Nowadays, I still love creating. Using my hands helps me clear my mind and brings a sense of peace, like meditating. I always have ideas, which is nice but sometimes challenging to pick one and follow through.
I create intuitively, drawing inspiration from friends, nature, and life. I design what brings me joy and what I would personally wear; prioritizing comfort and elegance. I prefer using natural and/or recycled materials in my designs, with attention to detail. The inside of a garment is as important as its outside.