Every single chapter in the story of coffee is filled with passion that is ignited by every single coffee bean. It is planted, harvested, roasted and brewed with passion. It is amazing that a simple bean can evoke such strong emotions.
Nicola Kloosterman’s art leans heavily on florals which fit perfectly with the chosen theme as it creates a symbolic statement about the passion that involved in growing and harvesting the beans. We talked a little bit with Nicola, who is an analog collage artist from the Netherlands who works with found imagery. Her subjects vary from fragmented female figures and faces to landscapes, nature and abstracts made with coloured paper and textiles cut from fashion magazines. Her collages explore concepts of (in)visibility, perception and feminine power.
Where do you live and work?
I live and work in Heiloo, the Netherlands, a town that lies between a small forest and the sea. I have a small and bright attic studio that is about to burst at the seams, but allows me to work from home. It’s a quiet place where I can enjoy the early morning birdsong and not get too distracted.
When in your life did you decide to follow your path as an artist?
It was more a gradual awakening than a pivotal moment. I have dabbled in different mediums, but discovering collage has definitely led me to pursue being an artist in a more deliberate manner.
What is your artistic background?
My background is academic as well as creative. I hold a masters degree in law as well as an education in art direction. I have worked as an independent graphic designer and slowly collage started seeping into my working days. As an artist I am self taught and still learning.
How would you describe your style?
I would say my style is quite minimal and clean, but I really don’t like to pin myself down. Experimenting with various styles within collage keeps things fresh for me.
What does your daily routine look like?
Once I drop my kids off at school have a cup of coffee before heading up to my attic studio. I try to stay away from the computer and email in the morning as it tends to suck me down a rabbit hole. I like to start the day just cutting and arranging. Sometimes something interesting happens here, sometimes it does not, but that’s fine. If I have a commission I go straight to that, and the day takes off from there.
How do you create your art?
I like to start by arranging images that I have torn or cut earlier. These are my building blocks and decide the direction that the work will take. I like to just arrange and watch what happens, introducing images to one another and editing when necessary. Having said that I am becoming more deliberate in my work, choosing to create work that will be part of one of the series I have going.
Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere! My surroundings, magazines, art, design, conversations, wanderings. Life in general. But also my snippets of cuttings and my desire to share these in some way.
If you could live in any time in history, when would that be? Why?
Present time will do just fine for me, although I have a very soft spot for mid century art and design.
What was your first reaction when you were invited to contribute to the Coffee Art Calendar?
Oh wow. Really? Yes!
Where did you get the idea for your artwork for the calendar?
My theme for the calendar was “Passion” for growing and harvesting, so that was my starting point. My work leans quite heavily on florals and I knew it would be perfect match for the theme. I like to work with florals for their symbolic meaning as well as their femininity.
How would you describe your relationship with coffee?
My coffee moment is just before starting work. The house is quiet and I have a moment to gather my thoughts and plan my day. It’s my small moment of joy. I even have a special handmade cup that I like to drink from. After my power shot I’m ready for the day.
Where can one see your work on display?
I like to share my work on Instagram that is my main showcase and where most of customers find me and contact me to purchase original works. I love it that I send my artwork all over the world. At the moment I am expanding my ‘outlet’ though collaboration with GAS, a London based gallery by creating some exclusive pieces for them. I also work with KARMA, a soon to be launched online art galley collective for whom I have collaborated to create an exclusive limited edition art prints.
Is there anything else you would like to share with people who will read this interview?
I would just like to say a big thank you to everyone that supports my work, including Goat Story!
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ABOUT THE COFFEE ART CALENDAR
The COFFEE ART CALENDAR 2018 is an ode to coffee that is told through graphic art. From January to December it unfolds the story of coffee from bean to cup, while sourcing inspiration from the mythology of coffee, its fair trade production, exploring its social aspects and the amazing effect that the aromatic drink has on us.
Each month is represented by a theme that is closely connected to coffee, starting with the berry and ending with evolution while the story is told by 12 aspiring graphic artists that each contributed a unique view on coffee. The variety of styles and interpretations created a visually rich selection of artwork that will perfectly blend on every background, be it in your kitchen, living room or coffee shop.
Each artwork was created exclusively for the calendar by the contributing artists. By purchasing the COFFEE ART CALENDAR 2018 you are supporting these 12 aspiring artists and sharing your passion for art and coffee.