Marieke answers 12 questions of Amsterdam Made.
Can you describe your work?
I make one of a kind wall hangings, called kakemonos.
Kakemono means hanging object in Japanese.
My work is Dutch Contemporary Art, where classic meets cool.
My style is simple & distinct.
How did your company come into being?
Since my last move I have no TV in my house.
I longed for simplicity, a home coming to Self.
Out of the stillness I received inspiration.
I made a combination of my passion for contemporary art, interior design and well-being.
So Contemporary was born.
What does Amsterdam mean for your company?
Amsterdam stimulates me.
With a rich history and a modern mix of various cultures and styles,
it’s a city in motion that still has the feeling of a village.
How do you see the future of your business?
More and more people are becoming familiar with my wall hangings.
I would like to co-create with people from all over the world during my Live Art performances.
I dream of working together with musicians and DJ’s…
What makes your company unique?
The one of a kind Kakemonos and Live Art Co-Creation.
In what way is your business sustainable and how do you promote this?
I work with organic and environmentally friendly materials and recycling is also applied.
It’s manual work, basic yet profound; a canvas combined with a set of wooden rods.
Can you describe the production process?
Textile is cut and gets a preparation so I can paint on it, even with oil paint.
Sewing is done by hand and sewingmachine.
Wood for the suspension system is sawn and also painted.
Why did you choose to be a maker?
I love the process of making something from A to Z.
It starts with inspiration, an idea and ends in a tangible manifestation.
To consciously use one’s creative ability is so fulfilling. That’s the message I herald.
What do you like most and least about being a maker?
The best part is the process of creation and the visible tangible result. The least fun is the administrave side of running a business.
Which other makers have inspired you?
The street art style of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Michael Raedecker and Claudy Jongstra, both Dutch artists working with textiles.
Janosh, a Dutch artist working with sacred geometry.
The Japanese master of the Enso; Kazuaki Tanahashi.
What inspires you?
Nature and music. The Divine, the music of the spheres….
What is your slogan?
‘There are many ways to communicate, just as there are many languages’.