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    Sander Bottinga

    Sander Bottinga

    1. Where were you born and where are you from ?

    I’m from the Netherlands, born and living in Amsterdam

    2. What is your first memory connected to the art world ?

    My first interest in Art started young , going with my parents to museums to see installations, objects paintings and graphic design, going through the proces of first starting to like classic and end up in  more modern art.

    3. Have you always worked in the art/design field ?

    Yes, when I did the academy of Art and Design, I started as a designer in fashion and Interieur. From there I became a more specialized Interior designer, following that I did  Object designs for Interior companies with always a big interest in light objects.
    And I started my own studio for object design 4 years ago.

    4. What led you to the design creation ?

    I always wanted to create things or settings from very early on, drawings, interior or fashion
    From there it was a proces, first working on designs fitting the style of the companies I’ve worked for, with a growing need to design my specific own style light Objects, that has always been in my mind.

    5. How would you describe your creative process and it influences ?

    I’ve been always fascinated by light objects, forms, colors and authentic materials.
    It always starts with a shape,  from there the process starts to create
    A light objects with always in mind of Being  decorative art object on their own, but always can be used in multiple numbers of objects together to create a total new  and always different art object.
    The light function is always the ‘extra’ dimension
    About influences…I love graphic repeating structures and designs but always with a touch of decor or pattern and refined rawness.

    6. Could you describe a typical day of your work ?

    Early morning doing the ‘office’ part of the work, after this ; working on
    Objects for clients and working on new objects and designs

    7. Why did you choose the specific materials you work with ?

    I really like to work with authentic materials, like iron, brass, leather, wood, ceramic, linen
    all with their own color and structures. Sometimes I find a beautiful component somewhere, and start the design proces around that material or piece…..

    8. What are the technical particularities of your creations ?

    All my light objects are always made by myself by hand in every detail, and always a little different one to the other, hand created ceramic, hand colors fabrics, details of inlayed leather.

    9. What advices could you give to beginning artists who would like to create sculptural design works ?

    Try to a lot, never give up, persist, and when the time is right you will succeed in the way you like the objects to be.

    10. If your works had to belong to a design movement, in which one would you define it ?

    I think a bit of all of them

    11. What designers have influenced you ?

    from Bauhaus to Tony Duquette, Gaudi, Andrew lloyd wright and many more

    12. What contemporary designers do you appreciate ?

    There are so many….Alexis Christodoulou, Herve van der Straeten, Noro Khachatryan, Nata Janberidze / Keto Toloraia and many more….

    13. What contemporary artists (in any kind of art) have you been inspired by ?

    Again many designers, from Gaudi to Bauhaus , from Tony duquette to Andrew Lloyd wright And so on….

    14. If you had to summarize your creations in one word or sentence, what would it be ?

    Light objects with multiple possibility’s in composition to create total new objects

    15. Is there anything you would like to add ?

    Thank you Galerie Philia

    Proust Questionnaire with very short answers (one or a few words) :
    (The Proust Questionnaire is a set of questions answered by the French writer Marcel Proust. Other historical figures who have answered confession albums are Oscar Wilde, Karl Marx, Arthur Conan Doyle, Stéphane Mallarmé, Paul Cézanne…)

    1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?


    2. What is your greatest fear?

    Loose life

    3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?


    4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?


    5. Which living person do you most admire?

    My daughter Liv

    6. What is your greatest extravagance?

    Holiday/ Dinning

    7. What is your current state of mind?

    These are strange times…..but I’m positive

    8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

    These are strange times…..but I’m positive

    9. What is the quality you most like in a man?

    Be pure and down to earth

    10. What is the quality you most like in a woman?

    Be pure and down to earth

    11. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

    Do you know what I mean…

    12. Which talent would you most like to have?

    Singing, playing instruments

    13. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

    Be more patience ?

    14. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

    My daughter Liv

    15. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

    As a younger me, but with the knowledge of now

    16. Where would you most like to live?

    Alternate in south and north of Europe

    17. What is your most treasured possession?

    It’s not a possession But it will be Liv

    18. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

    Live in fear

    19. What is your favorite occupation?

    Designing artist with a large working budget

    20. What is your most marked characteristic?

    Positivity, down to earth mentality

    21. What do you most value in your friends?

    Honesty and open minded

    22. Who are your favorite writers?

    David Leavitt

    23. Who is your hero of fiction?

    24. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

    25. Who are your heroes in real life?

    26. What are your favorite names?

    27. What is it that you most dislike?

    Too big ego’s

    28. What is your greatest regret?

    I try not to think in regrets, it is what it is…

    29. How would you like to die?

    Old and in a fast way

    30. What is your motto?

    Live with your head in the stars but with both feed firmly grounded

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