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Stories and experiences of designers and makers in and around Zône

Tom van Teijlingen

Who are you?
Tom van Teijlingen, web designer in my own company TastyMouse.

Where are you from/ where were you born?
Leiderdorp, 100 meters outside Leiden. Now I live in Amsterdam.

What do you make (and how do you make it)?
I design and develop websites. First I discuss with a client what the purpose of the website is and what look it should have. Then I make a proposal for the structure, what to put on it and how to divide it over pages, and a sketch design for the design. If we agree on this, I create a website using Content Management System such as WordPress and translate the design into code.

How did you get on this path / what kind of education do you have?
I did a course ‘multimedia and internet’ after visiting the art academy.

what is your inspiration?
The conversation with the client and the nature of the company/activity.

do you do other paid/unpaid work?
I also make prints of abstract photos on a large format inkjet printer. Philosophy is my main inspiration.

how did you get the gallery zone?
Via Frida van der Poel for whom I made a website earlier. And I knew Zône from the beginning when I was still involved in De Klos.

Do you want to say something else?
I think it’s very good that a collective shop like Zône exists. Bravo!

Yuriko Miyoshu

who are you?
Yuriko Miyoshi, Japanese printmaker 
where do you come from/ where were you born?
I was born in Osaka, Japan.
Since 2003 my working base has been the Netherlands from where I continue to extend my printmaking network in Japan and Europe.
what do you make, how do you make it?

Printmaking, using Japanese paper with several printmakingtechniques. This is mainly etching with copper plate. ‘Copy-etching’ is my own special special technique but I use it in a very simple way, without using photopolymer film etc.

how did you end up on this path / what is your training?
I think the creativeness of several of my relatives rubbed off on me. My grandfather was an architecht. My uncle was an amateur painter. My aunt had worked in dressmaking and had often travelled abroad.
I studied at Tokyo Zokei University (Art and Design) and got a Master’s degree at Musashino Art University. I have no experience of being a student at School/Academy/University in the Netherlands, however I received a Fellowship from the Japanese Government Overseas Study Programme for Artists which meant I could carry out my own resarch programme in print studios, public and private libraries and museums in the Netherlands and Germany from 2008 to 2009.
what inspires you?
Maps of cities, history, materials, to which I have a connection.  The important point is that I was there; that I heard the sounds of people talking; saw and felt something myself.
Until 2009 I was a member of Printsaurus (an International Print Exchange Association in Japan). As a member, I organized a number of Exchange projects together with other artists, and also participated in several International Print Exchange Exhibitions, in Japan, Korea, Belgium, The Netherlands, France, England, Czech, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia and Portugal. For these projects I visited several towns and when I returned from my travels I always used maps of these places in my work. The title ‘A map of Holland 6 (Leiden)’ is one of my populer etchings.
do you do other paid/unpaid work?
In Japan I worked part-time as a technical assistant at the Urban Planning Institute in Tokyo for many years. I also taught etching at an Art school in Tokyo.
Now I am active as a freelance artist trying to live from my art works, travelling many times back and forth between Japan and Europe. Through my demonstrations, workshops and lectures I am introducing Japanese culture such as Moku-hanga (Japanse woodcut) and papermaking to several locations in the Netherland and Belgium. I don’t have my own print studio in the Netherlands but I can go to any location to give my workshops, if you are inerested.
how did you become connected to galerie zone?
Via a member, Dorothy Wedderburn. I met her at the Amsterdam Grafisch Atelier (the old location) and she told me about galerie Zône and said I could ask to exhibit there. My current exhibition, in March 2020, is the fourth time I have shown there! I love the atmosphere and the members artistic works, too.
do you want to say anything else?
Thank you for giving me this oppotunity to explain something about my art works. My exhibition in March 2020 is almost at the end.* You can also see the work which is exhibited at Galerie Zône on my page:
* nb the exhibition has been extended until April 30th due to the coronavirus, and can be visited by appointment with the gallery

Anna Rotteveel

Who are you?
Anna Rotteveel and I have lived in Rijpwetering all my life. I remained living here with pleasure because it is a green, wetland environment. The Green Heart. And it is very near the city and the beach.

What do you make (and how do you make it)?
I make Custom clothing and Art with textiles. You can translate that into one word, Couture. First you try and find out what the customer wants, then we look for a fabric and we take measurements. I do think that a garment should suit the customer, both in color and model. I was brought up with sustainability, so I prefer beautiful timeless natural fabrics. A lot of manual work is involved, which I love. Slow clothing.

How did you choose this path?
Probably because I like to make things and try something new every time. My mother’s fault for not allowing me to go and study at college.

What kind of training do you have?
Vocational school for clothing, where I had some inspiring teachers who gave me a solid education both technically and artistically. Although I do think one is born with the latter. For 22 years I worked for a fashion designer who gave me the freedom to try out everything I had never done before. He himself was trained as a milliner/decorator and so I also learned that skill from him.

All my life I have studied from books and museums about the care and expertise with which clothing was made in the past.

What inspires you?
All the beautiful clothes and shapes that you encounter in life. Both in nature as in good designs from the past. Shapes are repeated everywhere. In water, stone, plants, architecture and landscapes.

Do you have any other work?
Yes. I teach and I have a lot of maintenance on my house and garden.

How did you find Gallery Zone?
The longest standing member of the gallery asked me to join, because of my sustainable collection of clothing and hats made from from sheep’s wool from the Green Heart. Leiden is historically a wool city. This wool is still amply available but unfortunately production of good quality thread and fabric is no longer possible in the Netherlands. This is a dream for the future. Who wants to help?

Would you like to say something else?
Yes, people buy too many synthetic clothes which are uncomfortable to wear. You are too hot or too cold and therefore the heating is often too high. They need to be washed too often because they stink. And then they disappear into the waste bin and into water. Also I find that many people are not critical enough about fit. Price is more important to them than quality. Stop carrying plastic bags.

Maker: Mark Flipse

wwho are you?
My name is Mark Flipse and I live in Leiden with my wife Marianne and two daughters Simone and Tess. And not to forget, our four year old labrador, Otis.

waar kom je vandaan/ waar ben je geboren?
I was born in Meliskerke, a small village near Middelburg.

what do you make, and how do you make it?
I make WASTE LAMPS. That is, I make lighting based on material that other people no longer need or want. These are objects such as thermos flasks, jerry cans, old heaters, broken televisions…..and so on.
Then I also make lamps from paper pulp and salt. For these I use old paper such as pizza boxes, egg boxes, or used files, which I put into a food processor together with warm water and salt. The resulting pulp I then put into a mould, which is usually something like a plastic lampshade, and after drying for three to four weeks the lamp is ready.
From old foam mattresses I make lamps especially for use in bedrooms. As foam is porous light can shine through it and this gives a warm and diffuse effect.

how did you end up on this path, what training do you have?
After secondary school I studied at the Royal Academy of Art in Gent, where I received my propadeuse in graphic design. After that year I switched studies and went to Amsterdam where I studied psychology, finally graduating as a Neuropsychologist.
At the same time I remained active as an artist in various disciplines such as painting, sculpture, and photography. In 2011 I went back to art school this time enrolling at The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. There I followed the part-time course in interior architecture and furniture design.
In 2015 I finished the course and since then I have been working in my studio in the Haagweg 4 complex

what inspires you?
I am inspired by the material itself and am always looking for ways to use it other than the way it was meant for. Through this process surprising things develop, partly recognizable yet at the same time new.

do you do any other paid or unpaid work?
I am inspired by the material itself and am always looking for ways to use it other than the way it was meant for. Through this process surprising things develop, partly recognizable yet at the same time new.

how did you find Galerie Zone?
Via my studio neighbour, Mathilde Zijp. She said I should have a chat with Frida, so that’s what I did. I feel that my lamps fit in really well with the work of the other people in the gallery, and it is really nice to have more contact with customers by being part of the gallery!

would you like to say anything else?
I think that’s fine. Stay well everyone!