Marieke answers 12 questions of Amsterdam Made.
Can you describe the products you make?
So Contemporary makes modern wall hangings, called contemporary kakemonos.
Kakemono is Japanese and means hanging object.
They are Dutch design with influences from Japan & Scandinavia.
Each is one of a kind.
My style? Simplicity, contrast and a raw edge.
How did your company came into being?
Since my last move I have no TV in my house, 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.
Out of the silence and emptiness I received inspiration.
I made a perfect combination of my passion for interior design, contemporary art, personal development and well-being. So Contemporary emerged.
What does Amsterdam mean for your company?
Amsterdam stimulates me.
It’s a city with a rich history and a modern mix of various 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?
I see more and more people becoming familiar with contemporary kakemonos and appreciating them as valuable works of art.
I would like to make co-creations with a lot of people from all over the world.
And I dream of working together with an interior designer…
What makes your company unique?
The one of a kind kakemonos!
In what way is your business sustainable and how do you promote this?
I work with circles/ spheres as a Universal language, it’s the symbol for 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, linen or cotton 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 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 is so empowering. That’s the message I herald.
I also give personal sessions of ‘the Art of Essence’. Those can be life changing!
What do you like most and least about being a maker?
The process of creation and 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’.