Discipline: visual artist

'My love for upcycling was kindled to me at an early age. I have always been a 'handy' person. During school holidays I would spend hours and hours playing, often sweetly but sometimes screaming and yelling, while making dollhouses, bread-puppets, brooches; you name it. The collection of leftover 'worthless' materials from my mother's closets was a source of possibilities.

After my graduation as master of education in drawing/painting and art history at the HKU, I continued my education at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy where I attended the inspiring classes of Marion Herbst at the department for 'Vormgeving Metaal en Kunststoffen' ( Literally: Designing with Metal and Artificial materials). In the Dutch language Kunststoffen can also be understood to be the stuff that art is made of. Since my graduation as Bachelor of Fine Arts I have lectured about my work to students at the HKU, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and at the Geneva University of Art and Design. My work has been purchased by the Centraal Museum Utrecht, the Textiel Museum in Tilburg and by private collectors. In 2009 I was awarded the Enjoia't Award in the category Professional by the FAD in Barcelona.

I owe a lot of thanks to the FVBK.'

Series Poèt & Chanson (21)*

21-inside-of-the-box-h200 21-multi-I-multi-h200  21-parels-I-pearls-h200


Marie-José Hoeboer: 'For this expo I have chosen to limit myself to showing necklaces from the Poèt & Chanson series. They are, just like women, all unique creations. The necklaces are made out of the caps of champagne- and cava bottles. You often find them on the floor after a party and they immediately catch your eye. It is as if you are looking at a very special coin.
After the hammering, shaping, drilling and other handiwork has been done comes the most joyful but sometimes most time consuming part; choosing the right colour combinations. That is where the painter in me takes over. The lock of the necklace is made of two firm magnets. They not only provide a subtle reference to the attraction between people but are also very convenient when after a rocking night you quickly want to roll into bed.

During the expo the price for this unique, handmade piece of art is € 275,- a piece. A discount of € 50,- is given on the purchase of 2 necklaces.'