Peek inside with Marth

Peek inside

Who doesn't want to take a look at someone else's house to get a good dosis of inspiration? In the last couple of months we have come into contact with various interior bloggers, fashion bloggers and artists to see where and how they actually live and work. Today we went to see the artist Marth Craandijk.


Meet Marth!


Marth Craandijk received her education at the AKI (Academie voor Kunst en Industrie [Academy for Art and Design]) in Enschede and the textile design department of the Rietveld Academy.

In 1983 she did an internship with the famous textile designer Jack Lenor Larsen in New York. She designed patterns for De Ploeg and tiles for Sfinx in Maastricht, but increasingly developed as a painter from the end of the 1980s. Marth's work stands out for its refined and sophisticated use of color.

Follow Marth Craandijk
The dinner table
The living room
The hallway
The fireplace
Her workplace
The bedroom
The bathroom
My work is mainly about color. It is decorative work that I make. Lots of exercise, little pretension. Marth Craandijk
Where do you get your inspiration from?

In your work it seems as if nature is a recurring subject, why is that?


From nature. The naturalness of the seasons. I find the colors and the movement in nature fascinating. No leaf has the same shape or color and each leaf even also changes color.

The trees are like friends. I walk twice a day with my dog ​​in the peace and quiet of a forest.

How important is developing your own style as an artist?

How would you describe your own style?


Very important, you have to distinguish yourself. Watch and learn from the work of other artists. However, continue to determine your own direction. Make sure your work is honest and original. My work is mainly about color. I create decorative work with lots of movement and little pretension.

Are your artworks always your own ideas or do you also make it on request?

And do you have any tips for a starting artist?


In the beginning I also worked on commission but I stopped doing that. Write down all your ideas, draw a picture alongside them and read and review these regularly.

Ask yourself questions: what do you want to show, what do you want to tell. Take a good look, ask yourself: I think this is beautiful, impressive or interesting and why. Develop your taste.

What is your favorite artwork

of yourself?


Oh, that changes so often. If you look at your own work through a mirror, it looks different. This way you can also see what is wrong. (this is also a tip for a starting artist!)

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