Interview with LIEKE VAN DER VORST:
Your childhood ambition:
When I was a very little child I wanted to be an archaeologist, I have no idea why. But a little bit later in my childhood I wanted to be an illustrator or graphic designer, it was very clear from the start for me. In my childhood I was always drawing, so when I left the high school, I studied graphic design and after that I went to the art academy.
Something you treasure:
I treasure a lot… I really cannot pick one thing, haha. I treasure Dave, my boyfriend, I love my cat, parents, grandmother, our house and vegetable garden, my job, friends, all animals, tea and good food, old pictures of my family, the plant I got from my mother what looks like a little palm tree, my two chickens, farmers markets… I think I can go on and on.
Your worst habit:
My worst habit for the people surrounding me is that I am pushing through. (I am not really sure how to explain it in English, but in Dutch we say “doordrammen”). If I have an idea I will go on with my plans, and that is not always a good thing. But I am working on it!
The aspect of your work that’s most important to you:
I think the most important aspect of my work is the details and the stories I try to tell with my illustrations.
Your first job:
My first job was when I was 15 years old. I was working in an amusement park called Efteling every Saturday or Sunday.
Someone whose work you highly recommend:
I really love the work of Christien Meindertsma: http://www.christienmeindertsma.com
View Lieke van der Vorst’s artwork here.