What sort of things do you look
for when choosing items for your collection? Are there certain colours and
fabrics you are drawn to?
I am usually drawn to the
material first, so touching the garments is very important to me. You can always
distinguish bad quality from good by the standards of quality material. A well-made,
crisp cotton shirt is one you can hear. Good quality fabrics are what comfort
our body, and what we wear affects us.
Of course, the cut of a design
is also essential. To achieve pure simplicity in cut and design is a masterful
job. I am constantly searching for the muted and minimal designs with the
highest demands on quality.
When it comes to colours, I
never stray away from indigo blues, greys and whites in all of their shades.
People who say that white isn’t a colour have never experienced the richness of
the endless shades of white that exist.
It is not always easy to
recognise quality at a first glance. In Japan they have a name for this; Takumi
craftsmanship is a guarantee of the utmost quality. Those craftsmen and women
have an excellent eye for detail and experienced a training of at least 25 years.
What are your favourite spots to
visit in Arnhem?
One of my favourite places to relax
on the outside terrace is a little cafe named Sugar Hill. If the chef Werrie
van Leeuwen is in the house, he usually brings me something off-menu. Those
are my best tasting memories.
A fine gallery in the city is Collectie
de Groen, founded by two Arnhem-based artists who dedicate their time and
means to support the Arts and makers.
Every Saturday I visit the
organic farmers’ market to buy my groceries for the week, and my favourite shop
is a local art suppliers in my neighbourhood - this is where I buy my pencils