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Lid van IAPMAThe International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists 

Article for IAPMA Bulletin:
Originally I am a teacher handicrafts and textile arts. Till 2016 I was also active as a mental coach and specialized in the use of creative methods in coaching.
 
I am used to work and think in 3D. But at the time that I graduated, I lived in a small house and could not possibly store 3D works. That is why thirty years ago I started making graphic art (2D). I love the variety of different techniques and I always  like to try new techniques.  And I still love to use the graphic techniques.
 
But than 10 years ago I really re-discovered paper art. From 2006, I started to make artists books because to put graphic art behind glass did not feel right  to me anymore.  My graphic art should  be in a book to hold in your hands, to feel  and smell the paper and ink to make real connection with the image and the prints.
Paper  became very important in my work again.
 
After a while my books where looking more like sculptures, 3D again, instead of an actually conventional book (see pictures). And in 2010 new development when I started to bury paper in my garden. To take it out after a month  and use it for my paper art and artists books.In addition to my fascination of paper, I am also fascinated by rusted iron. The transiency of paper dug up and the rusting of iron is the same process of caducity, both gain more depth and beauty. That is why I like to incorporate found rusted iron objects in my paper art.
 
 
In my art there is a strong link with being a mental coach. My art is about memories of negative experiences in the past that often hurt. However, if you dig them up and dare to face them you will, in the end,  experience their beauty and value. Like the sample book bindings, the book  and the bowls shows. That is why I bury paper en dig it up again en use rusted iron in combination with it. I love working with paper, I always did and always will.

Examples:
Eggshell bowls (2016):
The bowls are made from paper in combination of rusted iron wire found at a bridge building site. They seem very vulnerable and fragile as eggshells  with a bite. But they are not, they actually are very strong!
 
Sample  book bindings (2015):
I made 7 book samples of dug out paper whit iron objects. In the pictures you see the hanging scroll, the clove-hitch binding  and the flag-book. I used rusted screws and bolts found at the shore of a tidal river.
 
Buried book: lost chemistry (2016)
The title of the original book is lost chemistry. I bound the signatures and put the book down for a year in my garden. Nothing or less happened. Then I buried it for a month and with this result, the chemistry in the paper and pages are lost.  
 

 



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