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The beautiful Vaudeville Theatre, which you may remember from our second edition of The Loft, was originally meant as an atelier, a place to be inspired, work an create. With our Artist in Residence series we want to give the space back its original function by offering an array of different creatives the opportunity to be inspired by the setting and use a full day to display their talents and tell us about their making process.
With that being said, I would like to Introduce you to our very first Artist in Residence:
Welcome to The Loft, please introduce yourself.
Hi! My name is Lara Jans and I am the founder and designer of Amsterdam based label Crisp Sheets; bedding & paper goods.
What materials do you usually work with and what did you bring today?
Lots of various pencils, brushes, watercolor and textured paper, but always quality vs quantity. Today I brought the same essentials but instead of paper I will use linnen, to experiment how this reacts to watercolor.
Which artist or designer is a source of inspiration for you?
Before I started Crisp Sheets I used to work as a Visual Coordinator at a Dutch denim label Denham. My mentor back then was Head of Design Liam Maher. This man is a legend and a true visual artist; famous for his visual concepts and non-conventional thinking. He took me under his wings when I was a rookie and taught me that the truth is always in the details. This motto still helps me nowadays; whenever I finish a new design I take a step back, look at it critically and ask myself: ‘does everything correspond together?’. Most of the times it’s not quite there yet so I move around some stuff and take another look.. it always works. This might sound like an obvious thing, but for me it really wasn’t when I first started creating.
If you could invent a name for an art movement you belong to, what would it be?
Hmm.. I think that would be ‘Graphical watercolor art’
What kind of work do you usually make and how was it different today?
Up till now my designs for Crisp Sheets are always made with aquarelle and mostly inspired by nature; tropical plants, birds and colors of nature. I scan my sketches and edit them digitally to give them an interesting twist. Today I’ve made several designs, some were more abstract than I usually paint. The use of linnen instead of paper gave the designs an interesting, natural pattern. You can see the texture of the linnen in the result. I picked my favorite sketch of the day which was a black, dying flower and gave it a subtle twist when I digitally tweaked the sketch. With a ‘negative film’ layer I made the digital version an opposite version of the original sketch.
What will you tell your friends about The Loft?
Having the chance to work in the Vaudeville theatre for a whole day was such an exceptional, creative experience. I felt right at home and got inspired straight away by the stunning interior, botanical plants and ambiance. The location of the Vaudeville theatre is above the flower market and gives a panoramic view over one of the busiest parts of Amsterdam. I could sit at that window the whole day and let sounds of the city be like music to my ears.
Read more about Lara and Crisp sheets at www.crispsheets.nl
All pictures by Myscha Oréo www.myschaoreo.com