Open studio route Benoordenhout

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).

 

Upcoming exhibitions
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

 

Toyobo etching

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).

Book presentation Galerie Atelier Herenplaats

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.

Update exhibitions

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.

Open studio route

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.

Non-toxic polymere etching

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.

Polymere etchingSecond step is inking the plate with water based ink and printing it on an etching press.

Polymere etching of Jane Morris 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.

Source material for an (auto)biography

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.

Waking up with Jane Morris in my head

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.

Red House, Margje Bijl, Anneke de Poorter, William Morris, Phillip Webb, Jane Morris

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!

St. George's cabinet

Dummy glossy

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!

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