Times Have Changed
As trained designer I did had lessons in college about sustainability back in 2006 and until graduation. But it wasn’t sexy or hot. And you’re young and in need to create your identity. I did make a garment based of the Japanese Hakama pants that you can wear in different ways. The idea was that we modern humans are heading up to the big cities. A very trend forecasters insight I had at that time of my life. And with spaces will be scarce in such places, I created a concept that we have less items that still give us a diverse wardrobe. Again, very foreseeing of me, this was a very Minimalist approach back in 2006! But as fashion student you quickly move on to the ever changing and meretricious catwalk shows and thick September issues full with the latest trends ready to hit the streets.
At this moment discussions about our need to consumer is in question due the change of our climate. The making and quick disposal is absolutely a disaster for our planet. I know that are people denying it for multiple reasons. I know that – as someone who studied design: chemicals can harm people who work with it. And work circumstances can be deadly for the people who are making our fashionable clothing and gadgets. And another argue is that our economical system is build for forever growing growth. So new things to buy are essential.
As designer you need to be the frontrunner to create, but do this in a way that a product will last. There are two problems you need to solve: how do you earn a living when you will not sell gazillions of stuff? And how will you earn more on one product that you can pay for life? I will start at the last problem: make something that isn’t super on trend. Look at classics: e.g. chairs, buildings, materials and colors. Classics are often not over-abundant, made of high quality materials and will fit everywhere and anywhere. Knowing this the first problem will be tackle too. When you create something that could be designed in the 1950s or 2020s you know it has a modern and classical appeal that can last for decades. And that my friend, is good design.
Lemons of life
I studied fashion design, because back in early 2000s are where a lot of fashion companies in The Netherlands. Even though ‘real’ fashion is created in Paris, London or New York. Fashion at that time would give me more certainty that I will have a job after graduation. I really wanted to make illustrations or / animations, but I saw that the opportunities were small at that time. These observations lead to my choice.
Due to the stress of trying to find a job, then to make the choice to start a studio, trying to sell my products, joggling a part-time job in logistics, the journey of producing sweaters and a pop-up store in Amsterdam I didn’t pay attention to my mind and my health. With terrible result with a lot of doctor visits and even surgery. This period gave me time to rethink what I want to create and what kind of story I as creator want to tell.
In the beginning of 2019 I thought I will be a kawaii designer with everything cute and pastel. Positivity in overdrive! But then I realize that I don’t feel comfortable walking around all in kawaii things. I passed the thirties and I didn’t feel it to be honest. I started again to think what I wanted to do. I asked myself a few questions to find my path:
- How can I as creative designer contribute for a better world?
- What can I do to inspire for change?
- What is there about creativity that spark a light in me?
After thinking about these questions I got showreel of my life where everything just fall into place. And my first idea for life – illustrations and animation – would be a huge answer to all my problems.
Somewhere in February of 2020 I got a bit of energy again. I slowly started to change the style and the steps to make my studio a source where I can life from. Where I can create high quality, consider, timeless and still playful products. My studio where illustration, print, animation, philosophy and life forecasting comes together. I hope you will join my journal to a positive, inclusive and open world.