The unity and diversity of life captured in eye-catching graphic and tactile art
My expressive style reflects a dynamic synergy of opposite worlds, visible through the combination of measured geometry versus fluid organic shapes, detailed photographic assemblages versus abstract illustrations, and the implementation of digital techniques and tactile crafts. Through exploring, interchanging and harmonizing contradictions and perspectives, conceptually and visually, I aim to cross borders while underlining both the unity and the diversity of life.
Within (commissioned) projects and associated relations I prefer to depart from an open-mind and unrestricted point of view, aspiring to let mutual understanding shape the outcome. True collaboration, whether with companies or other creatives, is something I deeply care about. In striking the balance between my own eclectic style, my client’s assignment and contemporary tendencies I’m able to create something fundamentally new. All with the primary goal to uplift, connect and bring across a story.
In 2009 I graduated with a Bachelor in Fashion Design from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute. During these studies my passion for patterns, prints and textiles was born; my collections consequently focused primarily on the development of these surface designs. Upon graduating I started my own design practice, working on diverse projects in fashion and meanwhile leading a workspace for other creatives in Amsterdam. I also gained valuable experience through my work as freelance editor and stylist for the international WeAr Global Magazine.
From 2014 to 2016 I was employed by Marcel Wanders Studio, developing surface pattern and graphic design for bespoke product and interior projects. Thereafter I continued working independently on custom projects for companies like Moooi, Ted Baker and Studio Marcel van Doorn. During these years I traveled extensively while operating remotely for clients and at times working within local interior companies in Cape Town, South Africa and Luanda, Angola.
Presently I live in Oosterwold (NL), a revolutionary neighbourhood near Amsterdam. The inhabitants can design their own sustainable form of housing inside urban agriculture and biodiverse areas. Living Together with neighbours and with nature was the main reason for me to settle down in this flourishing community town.
portrait picture Ellis Biemans