INTERVIEW WITH THE DESIGNER OF OUR FIRST COLLECTION - DEBBY VAN DER VEER
Tell us a bit about your background - where did you grow up and what did you study?
I was born and raised in The Netherlands. I was always drawing and my dream was to be an art teacher. My parents supported my passion and I was lucky enough to go to art school. I graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, The Hague. In my four years there I had a great time mastering all the techniques - from silkscreening to sculpture. My work was very conceptual during this time.
How would you describe your work?
My print designs have an over the top look and feel. Visually they are big, bold and colourful. They can be drawn, painted or computer generated - full of colour and detail!
I have a few different styles - my best is mixing my styles together. This is where my design studio name BLANDAT comes in - it means mixed in Swedish.
Can you give us a little insight into your creative process?
I start a collection by putting my feelings and thoughts into a mood board - it clarifies what is going on in my head and this is where my visual aspects come together.
What inspired the Temple of Reason collection?
Temple of Reason is all about summer - I wanted to combine exotic and edgy for this collection.
What does a typical day at work involve for you?
It starts with coffee then some social media to get my blood flowing followed by emails and admin. After that is all done I work on my art, whether its working on a print or doing technical drawings for products. I always end the day with a very chaotic studio!
What other designers, artists or creative people are you loving at the moment?
In the fashion world I’m in love with Marni - their minimal bold prints are amazing. Ricardo Tisci produces garments with incredible details. And I can’t get enough of Gucci’s Alessandro Michele’s work. On the whole I am fascinated with fashion - how fast it moves, changing all the time and how it reflects what is happening in the world.
Trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort is a fantastic person to follow - her view on trends and where they come from are very inspiring.
What are your top resources for creative inspiration?
Daily life. Nature. Fashion. Observing the world around me - both via social media and on the streets.
What does Blandat have in the pipeline for 2016 and beyond?
Too much! We are launching a full interior line - wallpaper, upholstery fabric and home ware. As well as a collection of prints on luxury silk and crepe de chine. And lastly a capsule collection of garments - simple shapes with exciting prints!