Born in The Netherlands, I spent much of my childhood crafting with fabric, using my grandmother’s hand-crank sewing machine. I chose to study graphic design, and at 27 left for New York in search of an internship. After completing my degree cum laude, I moved to the Boston area and became an award-winning book designer. Several years ago I turned my focus again to fiber art.
I grew up on the coast in the province of Zeeland [Sea-land], and discovering The Blue Hill Peninsula of Maine felt in many ways like coming home. Even though the landscape is different, the smells, sounds, and wildlife are familiar. As I started spending large parts of the year in this incredible area, my work evolved to echo its ancient landscape and marine life.
As an immigrant, my Dutch culture and heritage are always with me, while I continue to make this new environment my home. Adaptation and reflection are ongoing. My creative process brings these outer and inner worlds together.