It's Wednesday!! That means Featured Designer Day on LPS. Today we have an amazing mixed media scrapbooker called Janine Pikoleit as our featured designer, you can see lots of her work on her blog and find out a little about here right here. I don't know about you but I am staring at these artworks and wondering 'just how she did she do it?'
I live together with my boyfriend in the Netherlands in a small town called Breda. Though I live in the Netherlands I am not Dutch. I was born in Berlin Germany, lived there for about 20 years, moved to the US, then back to Germany and then I moved to the Netherlands for study. During the last 13 years I have moved around quite some bit, I have lived also in other countries as well such as Austria and the UK.
I started Scrapbooking at the end of 2011, when I came across a mini-album someone made for a friend of mine. I was so impressed with what you can create with so little. That is when I was infected with the Scrap-virus. Since then I tried many things, layouts, mini-albums, altered scrapbooking, mixed media ...I feel a little like I am still searching for my true scrapbooking-Me. Mostly I just love working with paint, sprays, masks, and everyday things in combination with paper/canvas. And I love to try new techniques - sometimes it does not work out as I hoped for and other times it does. I mostly make layouts or canvas-pieces to keep track of the everyday chaos.
3) 5 favourite things to use on a layout?
I just love to use a combination of masks with sprays, paints and sewing yarn and vellum paper.
4) Do you have a favourite technique?
Not really…Most of my layouts are quite ‘busy’ since I cannot leave an empty space (that is something I still try to learn). I love to try new things and techniques each time. I love strong colours and structures so my layouts are usually very colourful and have multiple layers of paint, sprays and paper.
5) Who are you inspired by?
I really like the style of Janna Werner (http://jannawerner.de/), though she has a very different style then I do. Many of my works are inspired by her work (though you might not see that in the end). There are also many other wonderful designers but someone I have recently discovered is Kim Stewart (http://happylikeyellow.typepad.com/blog/). I just adore her work. I also love the work of Lucia Barabas (http://www.luciabarabas.blogspot.nl/)
6)What is your scrapbooking kryptonite (your biggest challenge)?
I mentioned it before, I have much difficulty to leave a creative empty space on my layouts. I think it can be very beautiful not to make your design too crowded. Though for me often it is rather difficult not to put too many things on one layout.
7) Tell us a bit about your life in general?
Well, in daily life I live with my boyfriend in a beautiful 1930’ terraced house. When we bought it we had to strip it and renovate as well partly rebuild it. But now we have the house we dreamed of. My boyfriend is Dutch and I was born in Germany though after living here for more than 10 years partly I feel Dutch as well. I work for a small research company therefore I have to do with numbers basically every day. I love my work but it is for 95% behind a computer and I guess that is also a reason why scrapbooking is my hobby. Scrapbooking is the opposite to my daily work, it means working with my hands and being creative. I love to discover other countries, places and cultures. I also love languages in general and love to learn and use them. Sometimes when my inspiration for scrapbooking is on a hold I also love to cook and make delicious food.
8) What makes you happy?
The sun makes me happy, I love the summer and spring. I also love good food and trying new things. I love those evenings with friends, sitting together catching up on old times or philosophizing about all kinds of things. And of course scrapbooking makes me happy, it calms me, lets me forget about the daily stress and I can just focus on the project at hand. Oh and shopping makes me happy too ;-).
9) Where can LPS readers see more of your work and connect with you online?
Thanks for sharing with us today, Janine, I loved finding out more about you and seeing your terrific work.