During the open atelier route I will be drawing with ink.You’re welcome on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May 2018, from 12 till 17. My studio is located at Oosterbeek 2c, Den Haag, at the entrance of Parc Clingendael (23 on the map).
I am also participating in the group exhibition at Benoordenhuis, Bisschoppstraat 5, Den Haag (same opening hours).
December 2018, Galerie Atelier Herenplaats (group): etchings, linocuts
December 1 2018 till January 8 2019, Kunstgroep Wassenaar (group): drawings
June 8 till July 7 2019, Kunstgroep Wassenaar (duo with Willem van Dam): drawings
Printing studio Grafische Werkplaats in Den Haag organised the workshop Toyobo etching by Eric de Vries. I learned how to transfer a drawing onto a light sensitive polymere plate using water and UV light.
I am happy with the results as my original drawing was reproduced more accurate than the photograph I used during an earlier workshop polymere etching (the colored print).
The book ‘Geen woorden maar beelden, 25 jaar Galerie Atelier Herenplaats, Outsider Art in Nederland’ is also available in English. In almost 300 pages filled with wonderful images and texts, it describes the journey of Herenplaats. It is an art academy for mentally and physically challengend artists, where I enjoy teaching linocutting and etching.
The bookpresentation was held on 29 June 2017 at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam. Watch the crowdfunding clip for more details or visit the studios and exhibitions at Galerie Atelier Herenplaats. Schietbaanstraat 1, 3014 ZT Rotterdam.
Upcoming this weekend:
Open Studios Route Bezuidenhout and group exhibition at Benoordenhuis, Bisschopstraat 5, Den Haag (number 1 on the map).
You’re very welcome on 20 and 21 May from 12.00 till 17.00
My studio is nr 24 on the map.
My etchings are on show at the exhibition Hogedrukgebied at Galerie Atelier Herenplaats; extented till 16 January 2017. Watch this crowdfunding video for the HPL 25 book and find out more about the fine art department where I work with mentally challenged artists.
Last year the Open Studio Route Benoordenhout was a success, with 130 visitors in my studio at the parc. This year it’s scheduled for 20 and 21 May 2017, from 12.00 till 17.00 at Oosterbeek 2c, 2597 VJ, Den Haag.
Galerie Atelier Herenplaats exhibits etchings and linocuts
made by their mentally challenged artists (some under my supervision),
Punt 5 (children) and Willem de Kooning (art academy students).
They also show some of my previous work and recent work.
From 7 October till 28 November 2016>extended till 16 January 2017.
Schietbaanstraat 1, 3014 Z, Rotterdam
Upcoming: On Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May 2016 I will be proudly presenting my new studio. I am participating in the open studio route Benoordenhout from 12.00 till 17.00. During that weekend I am also showing one work at the group exhibition at Benoordenhuis, Bisschopstraat 5, 2596 XH Den Haag.
My new studio is situated in the beautiful parc Landgoed Oosterbeek (bordering the parc Clingendael and the Dierenambulance and opposite the Haagse Bos). Post address is Oosterbeek 2c, 2597 VJ, Den Haag.
On top of a black and white photo of Jane Morris I superimposed a colour portrait of me, taken by Liselotte Fleur for the editorial about my work in Lone Wolf magazine.
Commemorating Jane Morris’ birthday as she was born on 19 October 1839, I posted this collage on my (recently started) Instagram and Facebook accounts. Doublechecking the date I suddenly realised there was another photograph of Jane Morris from the same series.
I might have always overlooked the image on the left as I was so smitten by the image in which Jane sits upright, full of self confience. Don’t you agree how this slight tilt of the head so drastically influences the way we perceive Jane?
I am proud to announce that Lone Wolf magazine, features an interview with me in their latest issue #12; ‘Philosopher and Muse’. The editorial ‘The Silent Muse’ is written by Natalia Borecka and photographed by Liselotte Fleur.
‘…Suddenly, a strange new prospect presented itself. Here was an opportunity to give someone pushed aside by history, the voice she so deserved. Here was a chance to give Jane her moment in the spotlight, not as a muse, but as a flesh and blood woman. And so, Margje set out out to turn a fading myth into a breathing story, using herself as Jane’s surrogate…’
On July 7th 1865, 150 years ago, Jane Morris’ image was caught on wet-collodion glass plates by John Robert Parsons, following Rossetti’s instructions. I always like to celebrate important events in Jane Morris’ life so I treated myself to a workshop ‘non-toxic polymere etching’ by Petra Tolboom at the Grafische Werkplaats in Den Haag.
First step is laminating a copper plate with light sensitive photopolymer, exposing it with a transparent positive and allowing it to harden under UV light.
Second step is inking the plate with water based ink and printing it on an etching press.
My prints are now being dried pressed using heavy William Morris and Rossetti books. When they are flat I will use them as a starting point; combining photography, etching and drawing. The newly learned technique offers a huge variety of possibilities and I very much look forward to learn more about non-toxic printing.
This week I have been creating booklets by choosing a cover for 2 journals. I used 1 ink drawing and 1 contemporary photograph, including Jane Morris’ autograph. You can fill the 60 blank pages yourself or give the journal away as a present.
Last week I drew about 20 versions after this photograph made of Jane Morris. I slightly altered the original by retouching her face and by mirroring it. I love drawing with bister ink as the hue resembles old photographs so much.
This weekend I went to the introduction course of the Writers’ Academy in Den Haag. I became very enthusiastic about their course Lifestories and Biographies. This might be just right to provide me with the tools to write an (auto)biography that has been simmering in my mind for a few years. A highly visual artists’ book inspired by Jane Morris’ lifestory as seen trough the eyes of her contemporary double.
For a few years now I have been writing down my dreams about Jane Morris and they inspired an off-the-cuff recording with composer Jolle Roelofs for my exhibition at the William Morris Gallery. In the (auto)biography these stories will be intertwined with my real travels to Jane Morris’ cultural heritage and my visual work.
Visiting Jane Morris’ former homes, musea and archives and plunging into the information on the internet I found a huge amount of information describing Jane Morris. I now created a Pinterest page as a moodboard for my (auto)biography. Feel free to connect and watch my long term project grow!
This original drawing was sold during my solo exhibition at Gallery De KunstSuper. By adding it to my online portfolio on Saatchi Art I now made it available again; as a high quality fine art Giclée print.
Have a look at my portfolio to see more drawings, paintings and photographs in close detail and in different sizes and frames. If you wish to order my work from Saatchi Art they will handle all payment and shipping so the work will safely arrive.
Between 2009 and 2010, I experimented with creating a dummy glossy. I thought it was a perfect device for juxtaposing Jane’s lifestory with mine. Little did I know that in the upcoming summer issue of the international fashion/art magazine Lone Wolf our story actually will be told!
The concept of the current travelling exhibition (now at the William Morris Gallery until 4-1-2015) is perfectly in line with my own exhibition ‘A Memory Palace of Her Own’. Opposite to the room I occupied a few months earlier yet another room is filled with ‘images of Jane as herself’. Photographs, drawings and paintings are juxtaposed with Jane’s embroidery and handwriting. The exhibition offers insight in the relation between Jane as herself and Jane as a muse.
The exhibition illustrates that Jane Morris was multitalented, more than a pretty face. During the opening speech Jan Marsh surprised the William Morris Gallery by donating, on behalf of Frank Sharp, a book with a cover designed by Jane Morris. Photographer India-Roper Evans took photographs of the exhibition and noticed me while I was admiring the recently acquired Honeysuckle, designed by William Morris and embroideried by Jane and Jenny Morris.
After the private view of the exhibition Kirsty Walker accompanied me to visit Kelmscott Manor. They currently exhibit the Centenary Exhibition; photographs that were exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery earlier this year. At Jane Morris’ grave I have paid my homage to Jane even though she lives on in my mind… You can read Kirsty’s review of our trip here.