This is me, Daphne. I was born and raised in the Netherlands in a nice town called Hoorn. After high school I moved to The Hague, to study there at the Royal Academy of Art. After traveling in several countries, I met my husband in Chile. I share my time in between Chile and the Netherlands, with my Chilean husband and our daughter Lila. Being often on the road, I started to look for a way to continue creating, without the need for a studio. I found out I am a disaster at knitting, embroidery and crochet, so I started to use the embroidery scissors to cut paper.
Every day I try to reinvent myself and improve myself in Kirigami, which is the Japanese name for the trade I practice. The technique is very simple; you fold paper one or more times, and cut in it. This can be as simple or as complicated as you can imagine. The most of us know this technique from a very young age; it is often used at primary schools to cut snow flakes during winter time! I make the designs by doing, I never start with a plan. If you have no plan, there are also no mistakes you can make! For me, Kirigami is meditational; hours fly by and my mind wonders around in the silence.
Apart from the unique artworks I create, I use the patterns to make prints, cards, templates to learn Kirigami yourself and so on. If you would like to start with Kirigami, I invite you to download one of the DIY templates so you can start in the comfort of your own house, or see if I have a workshop coming up!
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in contact with me through the contact form.