The organic quality of used coffee filters has intrigued me as an art material since 1993. The naturally subdued and earth toned colors, the arbitrary patterns of the coffee stains and their recyclable element all make the filters an attractive material to use. I use a variety of stained coffee filters, collected from over 25 coffee drinkers, as different color paints. My eyes are attracted to the lines, juxtapositions and shapes found in nature, architectural elements or just everyday objects. These shapes, angles, and designs translate into possibilities for my work, which either begin after making small sketches or simply by laying out the filters and experimenting with various patterns.
Growing up in the Netherlands I was exposed to handiwork and textiles at an early age, taking particular interest in embroidery, fabric design, hand-made paper and multi-media fabric art. The organic, oriental nature of my present work recreates many earlier feelings. My work has been exhibited since the early 1980s and can be seen in several public spaces and many private collections.