Marieke answers 12 questions of Amsterdam Made.
Can you describe your work?
I make one of a kind wall hangings called kakemonos.
Kakemono is a Japanese word and means hanging object.
It’s Contemporary Dutch influenced by Japan & Scandinavia.
My style? Simple, distinct and with 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 a new one, but never did.
I longed for Zen; simplicity and room for awareness.
A home coming to Self.
Out of the silence I received inspiration.
I made a perfect combination of my passion for contemporary art, interior design, personal development and well-being.
So Contemporary was born.
What does Amsterdam mean for your company?
Amsterdam stimulates me.
It’s a city with a rich history and also 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 business?
More and more people becoming familiar with my wall hangings.
I would like to make co-creations with 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 organic and environmentally friendly materials, recycling is also applied.
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?
Textile is cut and sewn. Wood for the suspension system is sawn.
Then the textile gets a preparation so I can paint on it, even with oil paint.
The kakemono is painted and further handmade into a one of a kind 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.
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 Dutch artists working with textiles.
Janosh, another Dutch artist working with sacred geometry.
The Japanese master of the Enso; Kazuaki Tanahashi.
And the street art style of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
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’.