Ingrid Dijkers is a Michigan artist. Our paths haven't crossed for very long but I'm certainly glad that they have now. I love her colors. I love the intricacies of her work. I've always thought that bookbinders are special people because they must have the capacity to be creative as well as very precise hand skills in order for their work to work. Using both sides of the brain all the time. That is quite a talent!
She will be doing some teaching very soon (check her blog) so you could meet and learn from her in person.
What is your art education?
I have a degree in the Fine Arts, but consider my real education to have come from my parents and my upbringing. With both parents having Masters Degrees in the Fine Arts, I was brought up with a love for the Arts and travel. It has always been a lifestyle I appreciated and have been thankful for.
Have you always been an artist or are you “new” to it?
What is your specialty? And, have you always worked in this medium?
For the past 20 years I have been mostly a contemporary doll maker and worked as a shop owner and Artisan for the Michigan Renaissance Festival. Throughout my life I have explored weaving, pottery, painting, collage, jewelry, and wearable art. However, at the moment my specialty is visual art journals. I have become truly passionate about making and sharing them, to the point that I have put my lovely Renaissance Festival shop up for sale. This was a very difficult decision, one I agonized over for about 2 years. I can’t make dolls, be a shop owner AND make and teach journaling.
Alice In Wonderland Tunnel Book by Ingrid Dijkers
Soon an article about my Journal “Over the Edge” will be featured in Art Journaling Magazine (scheduled for the Summer 2010 issue) and an article about my Artist Trading Cards will appear in ATC Quarterly (scheduled for June 2010).
How can you be contacted about your work?
My work and teaching schedule can be seen on my website and blog.
And, I can be emailed at Dijkers@ameritech.net or Ingrid@IngridDijkers.com
Many thanks to Ingrid for letting us into her world for a bit. She might be teaching in your area. Check out her blog for her soon-to-be whereabouts, including the big kahuna of journaling, Journal Fest in Port Townsend, Washington.