So tell us a bit about yourself?
Hi, my name is Amber Willemztijn, 23 years old and come from Utrecht (the Netherlands). I’m a student at the ArtEZ Fashion Design department and currently working on my graduation collection. Subcultures have always been a big inspiration for me, as well as great (historical) female figures.
How would you describe your work?
My work has always been very feminine. I like to play around with colours, materials and shapes society connects to femininity.
What materials and disciplines do you work in?
For the most part I work with the fabrics and sewing machine or whatever material gets the shape you want. Other techniques I use are embroidery, needlework, crochet, laser cutting and silkscreen printing.
Where do your influences come from?
Most of my influences come from subcultures. Whenever I find a subject or subculture that interests me, I really like to dive in to it and I try to become an expert about the subject/subculture. I find it very important to treat every subject/subculture you choose with respect and get rid of the prejudgements it may have. Aside from this I also get influence by movies, art and historical clothing.
Could you tell us a bit about your recent collection?
A big inspiration for my pre-collection is Belle van Zuylen, a Dutch/French feminist writer from the 17th century. She hated everything that made you a ‘good wife’ in this era. Being a ‘good wife’ included embroidery, chastity, subservience etc. Even though she creates characters in her books that would have none of it, in her own life she couldn’t really life like she wrote.
In my pre-collection I found it very important to create looks that shared Belle’s spirit.
What projects have you worked on recently/are working on at the moment?
At this moment I just started working on my graduation collection, which will be shown on the 7th and 8th of June in Arnhem (The Netherlands).
What projects are you working on/looking forward to doing in the future?
After my graduation I want to set up a good portfolio, apply for jobs so I can gain more experience in the fashion industry. I’m also very interested in doing collaborations with other designers and/or artists. Having a label would be a dream as well but I like to set that goal for a further away future.
Designer: Amber Willemztijn
Photography: Suzanne Waijers
Model: Zora Hamers
Hair: Geert-Jan Damhuis
Make-Up: Elvira Hilgevoord.