Meet our dutch Designers

Toyah van de Ven | Badass designer 2018-2019

 

Toyah works under the design name: Kikki Arts.
You can find her on Instagram by clicking here 

 

Toyah is an tattoo artist and illustrator. She lives in Nijmegen in the Netherlands together with her husband, her 5 year old son and her insane cat.  

 

She has been drawing since being able to hold a pencil and from that moment it was clear she wanted to grow up to be an artist. With a dad being a Tattoo artist himself, he had decided she would have to follow in his footsteps and at the age of 16 she tattooed her first tattoo, a little snake, on her dads leg. The love for tattooing started to grow from there. So she decided to study art and work on her career as an artist. 

 

In 2008 she graduated from the Artez Academy of Arts in Arnhem and received her bachelor degree in Art with a specialty in painting and drawing. After graduating she had the honor to participate in some very prestigious art show such as the Art Olive young talent award in 2008, The Royal award for modern painting in 2009 and the Art Olive young talent award XXL in 2010. And she even got asked to participate in a tv show called ‘sterren op het doek’.  

 

An career as an artist was calling but her love for tattooing couldn’t be silenced, so in 2010 she started her own tattoo shop together with a friend, Double Trouble located in Uden. Now in 2018 the tattoo shop is still going strong and busier than ever. 

 

A few years ago she fell in love with art journaling and started her own Instagram page @kikki.arts sharing her pages with the world. In her journal you can see a lot of different styles in drawing, painting and handlettering , from tattoo art to lovely watercolors of her and her son. 

 

 

Ilse Kleijer | BadAss designer 2018-2019

 

Ilse is a creative designer and illustrator who works under the design name "IKmetliefde". Which means " Ilse Kleijer with love". She lives in the Netherlands, Almelo, with her husband and her 2 little, still growing bigger, boys. She already has been creative her whole life, in her childhood she discovered every artsy & crafty thing that was hot in those days. 

 

In 2007 she graduated at the Lyceum in Zwolle at Graphic Design. Worked at multiple publicity agency's and from 2012 she started her own business. 

Creativity is her way of life and she fell in love with watercolor. She also is a well knows name in the Dutch Biblejournaling scene. 

 

 

Ilse also has a lovely book published called "Ontdek the Artiest in jou" (Dutch)

Check Ilse's website Ik met liefde by clicking here.

Esther Glas | BadAss Designer 2017-2018-2019

 

Owner and brain behind Badass Stamp Studio . Esther started her creative career in 2010, she is a self-taught mixed media artist and workshop instructor. She likes to do as much artsy stuff as possible, from mixed media to capturing everyday life with photos and words and creating memory keeping projects. 

 

For Badass Stamp Studio she creates stamps with quirky quotes which are suitable for memory keeping projects, planners, art journals, traveller notebooks, atc's, cards and all of your other artwork.

 

Esther also runs the well known mixed media artist meeting point & workshop space called Artchicks studio in the Netherlands and she also does a lot of freelance work for Elizabeth Craft Designs (U.S.A)

Marieke Blokland | BadAss designer 2017-2018

 

Marieke is an artist, designer and illustrator from Breda, the Netherlands.

In 2003 she graduated at the Academy of Arts St. Joost in Breda at the graphic design department and got her bachelor degree in design (Bdes). Although her education was mainly focussed on visual communication, she discovered many new possibilities and freedom in fine art, especially painting, print making and drawing. 

 

Mixed Media and Art Journaling are a true passion, allthough she also loves paper crafts. Since february 2014 she runs her own business in art, design, illustration, creative (online) workshops and youtube tutorial video’s.  She is a lovely online entrepreneur teaching great art classes!

 

She also has 2 books published and a 3rd one is on it's way!

Check Marieke's website Bloknote.NL by clicking here

Marlene Meijer-van Niekerk | Badass designer 2017-2018

 

Marlene, works under the design name: ART BY MARLENE.

  

This from origin South African Arts & Crafts  professional, Designer & Art Tutor  settled in The Netherlands in 2002,  where she  lives in the small coastal town, Julianadorp with her husband and 2 teenage children.  

 

She designs various  products for different well known brands in the Craft industry like Art Foamies and The Crafters Workshop. She still tutor's over 120 in person classes a year, teaches online and freelances for the Arts & Crafts industry. Her main focus remains on Art Journaling and Mixed Media , but she also loves to share her vast knowledge of art supplies with others.   

  

Marlene creates happy, quirky designs that portray a childlike view and innocence. In her own words: “There is enough sadness in the world, I have no intention to trigger any negative emotion. I want to lift spirits and let people enjoy viewing my art, without overthinking it” 

  

Her work & designs can be identified by the way she creates contrast in her work, her sketchy loose line-work,  her vivid & outspoken use colours and her opulent use of decorative patterns.

 

Check Marlene's website by clicking here