Sunday, January 10, 2010

Interview: Nina van de Goor

Name: Nina van de Goor
Occupation: student and designer
Location: the Netherlands
Etsy shop:

1. What kind of art do you make?
My favorite medium is ceramics/dinnerware, I make my own as well as redecorate beautiful vintage items with my screenprints. I really love screenprinting, and I also make collages and other kinds of prints. Photography is another thing I really love.

You can read all about it on my blog or see flickr for ceramics
and prints.

2. What do you enjoy most about working in this medium?
I really like the functionality of ceramics and dinnerware, I like to make something that's both useful and beautiful. Also, I like to work with bright colors and graphic shapes, screenprinting is a really good medium for that. In my ceramics, I like to combine beautiful vintage pieces with my own designs, I love how they combine and become something new.

3. What challenges have you found in your work?
Oh, many! ;) First of all there are all kinds of technical challenges: how to create what you have in mind? Making ceramics is pretty challenging, cause the firing process can always come with all kinds of unexpected surprises, and not always good ones! Of course there are also my own limitations: I'm self-taught in some of the things I do so I often have to find out how things work. I also find the business side of this all pretty challenging: how to generate a proper income, how to 'produce' without losing the fun and originality...

4. Where do you find inspiration?
Mainly in everyday life, in the streets, in all kinds of graphics and typography, in books and magazines and while reading blogs...

5. What are your favorite artists, designer or blogs.

Oh I have so many, I don't know where to start...
I love Elisabeth Dunker and Sandra Juto and their blogs... I like reading blogs such as Bloesem, Oh Joy, Door Sixteen and Decor8. When it comes to designers, I have a huge love for mid-century modern, so designers such as Arne Jacobsen, Stig Lindberg, Eva Zeisel, Finn Juhl and Charles and Ray Eames are still my favorites.


The Sunday Times Market said...

We absolutely love Nina's store ninainvorm. Her pieces are a true breath of fresh air as is her blog! Way to go Nina!

mandi said...

oh! i LOVE LOVE ninas use of primary colors to make such fantastic pieces! thanks for introducing nina to me!

Fine Little Day said...

How nice to get to know Nina a bit more.
And thank you so much Nina, the same to you :)!