Marieke answers 12 questions of Amsterdam Made.
Can you describe the products you make?
So Contemporary makes modern wall hangings.
I call them contemporary kakemonos. Each is one of a kind.
They are a mix of Japanese, Scandinavian and Dutch design.
My style includes; simplicity, contrast and a kind of raw honesty.
How did your company came into being?
Since my last move I have no TV in my house, first I thought about buying one, but I never did.
I longed for Zen aspects; simplicity, pureness, room for awareness and harmony.
A home coming to Self.
So out of this silence and emptiness I received inspiration.
Combined with my passion for interior design and contemporary art, personal development and well-being, So Contemporary emerged.
What does Amsterdam mean for your company?
Amsterdam stimulates me.
To me it’s a city with history and a modern mix of divers cultures and styles.
A city in motion that still has the feeling of a village to it.
How do you see the future of your company?
More and more people are becoming familiar with contemporary kakemonos and appreciating them.
Co-creation with many people.
Also I dream of working together with an interior designer…
What makes your company unique?
One of a kind kakemonos!
Still I often need to explain to people what a kakemono is…
In what way is your business sustainable and how do you promote this?
I work with circles/ spheres as a Universal language, the symbol for Wholeness and Oneness.
I work with organic and environmentally friendly materials, recycling is also applied.
For the most part it’s manual work.
The basis of a kakemono consists of a hemp or linen canvas combined with a set of wooden rods.
For the cultivation of hemp there are no pesticides needed and much less water than for cotton.
Can you describe the production process?
Hemp textile is custom cut and sewn. Wood for the suspension system is sawn.
The kakemono is painted and further handmade into a unique piece.
Why did you choose to be a maker?
To make something from A to Z I find truly fantastic.
It starts with inspiration, an idea and ends in a tangible manifestation.
To conscious use your creative ability gives so much fulfillment, that’s the message I herald.
I also give personal sessions ‘the Art of Essence’. It can be life changing!
What do you like most and least about being a maker?
The visible tangible result I like best, the least fun I find the hassle of what is not my core business.
Which other makers have inspired you?
Michael Raedecker and Claudy Jongstra, both are Dutch artists working with textiles.
And Janosh, another Dutch artist working with sacred geometry as a Universal language.
What inspires you?
The Divine; nature and music, the music of the spheres….
What is your slogan?
‘There are many ways to communicate, just as there are many languages’.