Ever since I finished my MSc. in Architecture at Delft University of Technology in 1994, I have designed customized spaces and buildings in harmony with the users needs and activities. In my projects I have always paid attention to the visible and invisible harmony of spaces. Next to studying Architecture in a scientific environment, I studied Feng Shue in Switzerland with the Chinese dr. Jess t. Lim and I studied the Japanese healing art of Jin Shin Jyutsu with the sculptress and therapist Marie Therese Penders.
My Art.Chi.Textures integrate my ‘Dutchness’ and my ‘Brasildade’. They combine my Dutch nationality and my background in Dutch architecture and arts with my experience of living and working in Brazil for more than 10 years. In Holland I have always felt inspired by the clean lines of the ‘Stijl’ movement of Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg, which originates in my hometown Leiden. Constructivist and Bauhaus influences have been strong in Holland since their early days and influence my perception and taste almost as part of my genetic structure.
In Brazil, I lived for 10 years between the capital of Brasilia and ‘Parque Nacional Chapada dos Veadeiros’, Alto Paraiso de Goiás. In Brasilia, with its innovative and modernist initial plan by Lucio Costa, its modernist architecture by Oscar Niemeyer and its amazing expressions of landscaping by Roberto Burlemarx, I have been happily inspired by the shapes Brazilian modernism. I have studied colonial, imperial and modern architecture at the ‘Universidade Nacional de Brasília’, UnB. Alto Paraiso (which means high paradise in Portuguese) has inspired me through its abundant nature, where crystals grow and pure water springs and forms big waterfalls. It has fed my own ‘chi’ or vibrant energy and still does.
Alto Paraiso is located on the biggest crystal plate on earth. The place lit up when NASA took photos of the earth from out of space. I mainly work with crystals that are found in the region.