Update training Voor de Kunstenaar: Pressure cooker

A 5.3 on my economics exam.


I was sure I would never have another look at stuff that would remind me in the slightest of this terrible subject. Nothing could be further from the truth. The past six months hardly a day passed that wasn’t dominated by business planning, financial planning, marketing, communication etc etc. All this time I participated in the intensive training program of Voor de Kunstenaar and I had fun too!


Looking back …


…Voor de Kunstenaar came to me at exactly the right time. For a while already I had it in my head that I had to give more space to the profession of illustrator. I seized Voor de Kunstenaar as the pressure cooker I needed to jump into, to finally fully address all the business stuff that I had left hanging around. And now there’s a result I am proud of. Important decisions have been taken. And above all, I have come to the conclusion that my recipe ‘believe – work hard – push through’ works!


And now I’m Super Entrepreneur.


Or is this only beginning?

I have great plans for 2012. In 2011 I met many wonderful people with whom I am drawing up some interesting ideas. It seems that quite a few intentions from my business plan are coming true sooner than planned. Soms big changes are knocking on my door, unfortunately at this moment I still have to keep my mouth shut about them. I pledge to work very hard on finishing my site as soon as possible so I can bring you some cool news before summer!


Marca van den Broek, thank you for providing the pressure cooker, thanks to all donors for igniting the fire underneath, and thanks to the group of Voor de Kunstenaar for the necessary fuel to the fire and putting a lid on the cooker when needed.



 Website Voor de Kunstenaar: http://www.voordekunstenaar.nl/.

The building of a monster

The past days me and the other gals of Voor de Kunstenaar had one last project to carry out: building a monster.


Our children’s workshop was a big hit at the ‘LEFestival‘ and we had great fun  (translation LEFestival: ‘festival with guts’).


The ‘Zaanbeest’ (Zaanbeast):

“It is born, it sets off, interacts, and grows in the course of the LEFestival. Seven artists in training at ‘Voor de Kunstenaar’ are building the Zaanbeest from recycled material, with each other and the visitors of the the festival. A new Zaanish myth will arise.

You can get acquainted with the parents of the beast. On the back of the sea container where the Zaanbeest lives you will find collages in which the parents of the beast are presented with biographies, portraits and photographs of their artwork.

The artists will be building limbs together with the visitors, from which the beast can be created. Again and again different beasts may arise. Possibly, the beast could even move out of his home, the container, to go traveling (just like the artists have been on their own journey during their training days).

With the Zaanbeest the seven artists of Voor de Kunstenaar make a connection between the concepts of the sea container and the water in the Zaan area. In this way they will conclude their training, in a manner that differs fro the ordinary, shows guts and characterizes Voor de Kunstenaar.”