Profession: Musicologist, freelance model, art and antique collector.
Origin: Javanese, Chinese, Indian, French-Jewish, African. All mixed up in Surinam (South America)
Education: BA Musicology, University of Amsterdam.
Why do you do what you do? During my studies, which I finished last summer, I got involved in the art and antiques scene of Amsterdam. I collect all sorts of art and antiques. Think about Chinese porcelain, ancient antiquities, sculptures, paintings and many more things like that. As with modeling, I do this because I love the style of the designer or the artist behind the work giving it its uniqueness and authenticity.
Could you describe your style and how it developed? I would like to describe my style as authentic, discrete but slightly rebellious. I always ‘try’ to avoid main shopping streets, instead I never look for anything specific but I always find something amazing.
Where do you get inspiration from? Besides an occasional space-muffin my inspiration grows by encountering art and antiques daily. My daily activities are, at the same time, my greatest source of inspiration. But I also love to be in nature, bike around in the ‘Amsterdamse Bos’ (Amsterdam forest) or do a boat trip over the canals. I furthermore get inspired by travelling, family and books about art, philosophy and spirituality.
What is the best part about working within the creative industries? That I work in my own time, find my own challenges and set my own goals. Do what I love.
What do you wish you knew about your business before you got started? Thing about a question – type it in on Google – find as many information as you wish. Nowadays we can find everything on the web. Obviously it depends on your own curiosity and willingness to dig in.
Has your style develop/change over the time being active? If yes, how? To be honest I have never been too materialistic. During my student time in Amsterdam I moved about ten times bringing only my guitar, pc, matras, some clothes and at least one table. I improvise and like to take only what I need. I really do love traces of wear and age, and this counts also for what I wear. But since I’ve been modeling I discovered this threshold for quality and design and I must admit that this changed my style. It adds up.
Who would you like to work with? I would like to stay in touch with SPRMKT in Amsterdam, there is not much in their collection I would not be happy to wear. But, I particularly love this designer Thamanyah and was also highly fascinated by Jazz Kuipers.
What is your idea of success? Experiencing growth.
Is there a message that you are trying to portray through your work?It is fascinating how a piece of Chinese porcelain for example can look brand new but still be two or three hundred years old. To me this makes the difference and you should have hold something like that in your hand to feel what I mean. Quality and expertise is a durable choice enabled by knowledge.
Do you believe it is important to raise artistic awareness in your country? Yes, what is more important in the creative industry then stimulate support, compassion and admiration for the work of all these people who work so hard to create what they love?
In your opinion, how important is it to culturally educate through art? Art teaches us about the mind of artists in past civilizations and cultures. There is no better objective, as a source of information about the evolution of the human mind, than art. It is resistant and caries a meaning of a very specific but past time and place. So if we want to teach children how awesome people are and always have been art might be the perfect solution!