” Last year for ‘Siman Di Kultura’ (Kulturwoche) I saw an add on Facebook for a workshop.
After that I have been trying to book a workshop for my sisters, my mother and me. We kept postponing it. Then this year in August we had some family over from New York who saw one of the Chichi® poppetje’s and really wanted to attend the workshop. It was then that I was informed that the numbers under each chichi are the painter number, and that I can actually sign up to be a painter. And I did this immediately.
I get my inspiration from everything around me. When I see something I like, or think I can recreate in some form on the Chichi®, I mostly take a picture so I can use later. I would call myself a‘girly girl’, so I intend to use this when I’m painting. Also, I would not dress a Chichi® in something I would not wear myself. I like making patterns, and effects. It is important to me for when a person buys a Chichi® I painted, that they know that a lot of love and thought went into the Chichi®.
I normally sit and paint at the dining table. Which I don’t think my mother appreciates much, since the first thing that is seen when you enter our house is then my clutter. I keep all my supplies in a box, which I take everywhere with me. When I am not painting on my mother’s bed with her, or at work, or at the beach, I am probably sitting in my car and painting.
I strive for perfection. To me, my artwork is never done. There is always something I could have done better or neater. But I also think that it is their tiny imperfections that make my creations unique and perfect in their own way.
Besides painting, I like to write, mostly poems. And I also spend a lot of time in the kitchen, often baking.”