ottoman & stool

With the pouffes and stools it’s all about combining colors, patterns and structures. The motivation behind making a footstool is turning loose parts into one usable product. The idea for this kind of ottoman was the result of searching for a way to use patterned fabrics. At first in 2010 the ottoman had no legs. They were added very soon to make it more suitable to sit on. They literally lifted the pouffe. Thee stool followed 3 years later. In 2016 the colorful vintage flower fabrics made way for singular color felt and the fine crocheted cotton topside was replaced by a bold crocheted wool.
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The love for prints and patterns was always there. A book about the Masai from her parents bookcase fascinated her since she was little. Especially the pure patterns and colorful fabrics. Later as a teenager her mom took her to an exhibition about Aboriginal art which made her love for structures, colors and patterns even bigger. During her study at the Art Academy she had her internship at Vlisco, Helmond. Designing patterns for African fabrics was a great experience. Print design is still part of Olivia’s work. Lately with hand carved stamps, pen drawings and the computer. Impression >>

one of a kind bags

When Olivia started her business immediately after graduating she begun with making unique bags. She used a wide range of different materials, mostly from thrift stores. Vintage fabrics and exceptional leftover fabric pieces from elderly ladies who donated them to her. The one of a kind bags were sold at the Bonnefanten museumshop (since 2005) and the Cobra museum shop in Amstelveen.
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beanies & col shawls

Olivia has made and sold crocheted hats since 2002. At first colorful baby’s and children’s hats in a fine cotton with a subtle gold thread. Nowadays she crochets woolen hats and loop scarves for adults in one singular color and with a big bold stitch.
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tarpaulin bags

The first tarpaulin shopper with a printed fabric lining was made in 2010. Being a big fan of beautiful patterned fabrics, Olivia was looking for a way to use them and keep them visible without wearing them out too quickly. The idea for this shopper was born. ‘It’s the inside that counts’ is applicable for the collection. Soon after the basic shopper the shopper deluxe followed. Impression >>

ollie & other cuddly animals

Ollie won a prize (3rd place) in the prestigious Hema design contest in 1999/2000. The design for this cuddly elephant emerged during her third year at the Art Academy. After Hema sold him for a few years Olivia made him in many different variations. For example in fleece, felt and leather. For Hema she made a whole family for Ollie. Zoefie (hare), Raffie (giraf), Appie (monkey) and Mies (mouse). Designing and making cuddly animals is still part of Olivia’s business.
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commissioned work

A big part of Olivia’s work is commissioned. The assignments come from businesses and private persons. For example stools for a lobby, custom made shoppers, messenger bags and a giant stuffed beetle for a musical performance.