A few weeks ago we visited Schrank 8. A home exhibition held by designer Hansje van Halem. She has an old german display cabinet which she opens for designers and artists to exhibit their work. This time the work of Koen Taselaar was displayed. The posters Hansje designs to promote her Schrank8 exhibitions are quite amazing. So we wanted to ask her some questions about her life and work.
What made you start as a designer?
Coming from a family with artist-parents who both had their work space at home I was used to a house filled with materials like endless amounts of paper, drawing utensils, fabric and sewing machines. Making stuff was just a very natural thing to do. As a kid I always said I wanted to study first and then go to art school. I kept up with a university study for six weeks and ended up in art school any way.
What do you like about designing posters?
I was quite hesitant designing posters for years. I love designing books and understand them as objects. In posters I missed the tactility, hand held interaction and the sense of designing an object. Being introduced to silk screen by Michiel Schuurman brought back the tactility in technique and material.Now I really enjoy the effect of a poster. There's much more effect of hanging 15 posters around town than having 15 books stored on a shelve of a bookshop.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Deadlines are really inspiring. I'm tempted by technique, the making process, material and my own curiosity. I love repetitive actions, textures and lines. And yes, they inspire me too.
What makes a poster a good poster?
A poster needs contrast, so it can stand out from the crowd, so a if a poster is good depends on it's surrounding.
What are your three favourite (series of) posters - done by someone else?
At Museum Hilversum I saw the work of Zeloot. She makes amazing beautiful posters. Silk screened with an amazing sense of color.
Because I haven't been looking around lately, here's some last year highlights...
Posters by Mevis&Van Deursen for the Temporary Stedelijk Museum.
Poster with a bug by Koen Taselaar for Graphic Detour.
Which designer do you admire and why?
Although my work shows no resemblance to their work: Experimental Jetset. As my teachers they showed me what it could be like to be a designer and whenever I'm in graphic need, I try to think what Jetset would do. The past year I shared my studio with Michiel Schuurman and Job Wouters (Letman). That has been of great influence.
What's the most exciting design project you ever worked on?
My stamp design (2007 and 2010). They might not be the best designs I've ever made, but the effect is still present. I haven't gotten used to coming across my design in the wild.
What design project are you currently working on?
Currently I'm working on the design of a brick facade for a housing complex in Almere.
See more of Hansje her work at www.hansje.net
This poster project is
an initiative by
He works together with Kim Triesscheijn as
NotJustAnotherTeam . Most of the time they
make communication for brands at Selmore
Besides that they do a lot of other creative stuff.
Like Taaltintels their twitter account. But that is
in Dutch. Check their site.