I’m Tjitske (1984) and I work as a surface pattern, print and textile artist and designer, with a focus on interior and product. My expressive style reflects a dynamic synergy of opposite worlds, visible through the combination of geometric and organic shapes, detailed photographic assemblages versus abstract illustrations, and the implementation of digital techniques and tactile crafts. Through exploring and interchanging contradictions – conceptually and visually – I aim to signify both the unity and the diversity of life.
In commissioned projects I find the balance between my own eclectic style and my client’s identity or assignment. By mixing these core values with contemporary design tendencies and relevant inspiration I’m able to excite clients with bespoke designs. The custom designs serve as addition to existing interior collections or projects, unique limited editions, or to uplift and connect products within a brand.
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 experience through my work as editor and stylist for the international WeAr 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 brands like Moooi, Ted Baker, Kek Amsterdam, IXXI and Revised. During these years I travelled extensively while operating remotely for clients and at times working within local interior companies in Cape Town, South Africa and Luanda, Angola.
Presently, I’m living in Oosterwold, a little village near Amsterdam, where I develop both commissioned and self-initiated projects. During Dutch Design Week 2022 I presented my signature collection of textile tapestries ‘The Art of Living Together’.
portrait picture by Ellis Biemans – website design and text by me