why I make

Meta Heemskerk ArtistIn making my art I can combine the need to express myself in a free and intuitive manner and my love for crafting, which usually requires more patience and concentration.

I am currently exploring the possibilities of metal, in particular copper, but also steel, aluminium, zinc, or brass.

I work with this metal as if it was fabric, patinating it with different surface design methods and applying simple textile techniques to make unique objects. It’s interesting to combine the copper with for instance fabric, coconut fibre, wood or concrete.

I like the challenge of using non-textile materials in a textile way and to work with fabric in a non-textile way, e.g. instead of needle and thread I use hammer and nails.

Another medium I work with is beeswax, with which, in combination with oil paint, I make small etch-like pieces of wall art.

My inspiration initially comes from the materials that I use. I love experimenting and am often pleasantly surprised by new discoveries that I make. One of them was finding a way to patinate copper with text or images through screenprinting.

I often work in series, when I make one, I make more. New work can either evolve intuitively or the starting point can be a particular subject that I research, develop and allow to evolve into a personal interpretation. The titles that I give my pieces usually refer to the initial idea behind the work.

Please feel free to leave me a note if you have any questions or comments.