I have always felt a lot of equality with all animals and I never understood why they would be treated so much different than humans. This became an important inspiration for my illustrations. During my study at the art academy I started to investigate this topic, mainly because I found out not everyone feels the same about animals rights.
For years, since 2011 when I tried my first ‘protest project’, I have been trying to make a difference in animal suffering by spreading little stories about how we are all one; my love for animals, nature and plant-based food. When I see animals suffering, I again become motivated to start a protest project, by visually expressing my activism. Many times I‘ve written in my sketchbook: “PROTEST PROJECT, and now for real.” But it never really happened. Until February, when World Animal Protection contacted me after seeing my message about this struggle on Instagram. That’s where our collaboration started, I finally found an opportunity to help with the great work they already are doing.
‘From the seas to the deserts, wild animals face the ongoing threat of cruelty and abuse. Bears are captured and forced to fight dogs. Dolphins get trapped in discarded fishing gear. Wild animals are traded as exotic pets. But long-lasting, genuine change is possible, so we move governments and communities worldwide to protect wild animals to keep wild animals in the wild, where they belong.’
For the first time Puuvilla (which means cotton flower in Finnish) and his friends are celebrating Summer in the Shinsegae pool!
It was again such an inspiring campaign to illustrate, for the whole creation process video you can go to my instagram.
Illustration for Faber
The other new print that has been added to my collection is called Vrije wroeters, which means in English Free rootlers. Also printed on 300gr. Munken Arctic Paper and available in my webshop!
My newest print is inspired by the moorlands close to where I grew up + the 4 lovely chickens living in our backyard. The girl and her friends are printed on (60x80cm) 300gr. Munken paper from Arctic Paper by Art libro, and available in my webshop!
Exhibition Buutvrij Tilburg
In 2013 I had one of my first exhibitions during the opening of Buutvrij, the coffeebar where my friends Marieke and Bibi serve the best juices. Now they reopened and I’m back too, with big originals, all made with ballpoint and colored pencils.
Cotton bison and cabbage
My two bags ‘bizon‘ and ‘savooikool‘, made from organic cotton in a fairtrade factory with water based ink, are now from €20,00 to €15,00 available in my webshop.
This big original illustration has been lying around in my studio for a long time. I did like the pink background color, but because it was so different from my printed version, I kept it in the cabinet. But not any longer, now it’s for sale in my webshop among many other originals (who have been decreased in price as well!)
Shinsegae loves Christmas!
Christmas already has been a while ago, but I would love to share this campaign I did last winter with you. For the third year in a row I had the honor to work together with the team of the Korean department store Shinsegae to create their Christmas campaign. Our friend Puuvilla (who is a moving robot, waving his paws, blinking his eyes and sniffing his nose) was everywhere in and outside the buildings, together with his friends; the raccoon, fox and squirrel.