Jacqueline Nieuwendijk was born in Amsterdam (1964). During her training as a fashion designer in Amsterdam she developed a preference for incorporating existing fabrics into refined new clothing. Working with fabrics challenged her to use it in different ways, for example in combination with paper and paint and sometimes surprisingly innovative pieces were created.
After a training in mixed techniques she has discovered her love for mixed media and she lets her creativity completely run free. ‘Every piece of paper or fabric has its own personality and character. It is like a brushstroke waiting to be placed in the right place’. She finds it a challenge to transform ordinary pieces of paper and fabric into unusual pieces of art that draw your attention from far away and surprise you from up close.
Jacqueline loves bold colours and keeps on going until everything in her idea is in perfect balance. In her works she likes to process prints from sheets, fragments from books, strips of wallpaper, prints, fabrics from old clothing, etc. The thrift shops, second hand websites and old barns and attics provide her with endless inspiration to create new things; give the discarded a new destination.
If the idea is in outline on the canvas, the creation process begins. The result is never fixed. She starts with the eyes so that she can connect to the subject and then starts building the composition. During construction she goes through different processes and often incorporates elements of her work into it. This way her works remains recognizable and authentic.