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.”







Watch out for the Zaan beast!

Early day tomorrow:

Building a seamonster at a festival in an area of the Netherlands that is below sealevel! (like actually half of the Netherlands is – for the scientists amongst you:



Update training Voor de Kunstenaar: Exhibition and auction this weekend!

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!


And now I’m Super Entrepreneur.


Or is this only the beginning?


In any case, this weekend me and my nine colleagues will party big time, celebrating finishing our studyprogram. The group of Voor de Kunstenaar will occupy gallery RudolfV in the heart of Amsterdam for a weekend with a beautiful exhibition. The art ranges from graphic work, oil painting, jewelry, sculptural work and glass painting to music production.


This Friday night, you are very welcome at our opening party. On Sunday you can visit the gallery to bid on various works of the participants and pick up a nice artwork for an affordable price.




And then what?

I have great plans for 2012. In 2011 I met many wonderful people with whom I am drawing up some interesting ideas.

In December 2011 I just managed to organize the first Don’t-do-it-yourself Open-Studio-night in Utrecht (should be wicked to use this in wordfeud). It was a great success and I’ve decided to make it a monthly evening (if you want to join in, email me).

With some colleagues from Voor de Kunstenaar we will fill a huge container in the center of Zaandam (a city with close ties to the sea), where we will participate in the LEFestival. We will build a genuine Zaan-beast out of waste ( I’ve never been to Zaandam, but this festival sounds very promising. The design of the website alone is a real treat.


Talking about websites … in 2012, I will finish my promised new website! (according to my training it should express my style more, so it should be a cleaner, more minimal look with elements of humor ;))


Website Voor de Kunstenaar: