Hi! My name is Sofie, I'm an illustrator, printmaker and surface pattern designer. I live in Waalre, which is a small village in the south of the Netherlands, near Eindhoven.
I've been drawing since I was a little girl, I was always sure I would be doing a creative job of some sort in the future. So I studied Graphic Design at the ArtEZ Academy of Arts in Arnhem. During that time, I had very little time to draw. It wasn't a part of the education either, everything was done in Adobe software on the computer. After a few years, I started to realise I really missed drawing, creating things by hand. So I started creating again; drawing, painting, learning how to screen print on different materials, and so on... I opened up a webshop so I could sell my prints and products. That was very exciting, it gave me a lot of joy.
I became a mother (of an awesome little girl, I'm the luckiest person to be alive!) in 2015, so the whole creating process slowed down. I can only do a little bit each day, so while our little girl plays I plan ahead what I'm going to do once she's in bed. Last year I discovered I really like making linocuts and decided to focus on improving my skills. I invested in some very nice tools, paper and ink, and got my fingers dirty.
I really love the printmaking process, start to finish. To be able to fully work by hand, to not use any computer, is a very satisfying thing for me to do. It makes me eternally happy, and I hope my joy shines through in the prints I've made!