Miranda van Dijk hidden memories
Dutch craftswoman, jeweler and artist Miranda van Dijk (Puur Anders) from the city of Oud Beierland, the Netherlands loves making up stories about the relationship between nature and humankind. Different stories from old photographs hidden in the leaves and flowers framing them. Miranda van Dijk hidden memories is a nice way to keep a memory close to your heart, literally, because the items of her handmade collection can be worn as a brooch or a necklace. The photos are printed on cotton from which she makes flowers and leaves. The inspiration came from the photo album of her passed away grandmother. After graduating from Artemis Styling Academy, the heart of Miranda van Dijk lies in poetic textile art, as she herself states.
After the death of her grandmother, Miranda van Dijk looked through the her album filled with yellowed small photos. She saw her grandmother when she was young, in crazy poses, making fun with friends. “I could only guess the stories behind them. I had my grandmother’s voice there! I suddenly realized how precious such memories are and how nice it is when you can cherish them. I am a stylist and worked at that with flower corsages. Thus was born the idea of one of the photos, where my grandmother danced in a beautiful dress, to make a brooch in the shape of a leaf. Thus appeared the collection Hidden memories.
The origin of the photos varies. I use old photos of my own family, as well as buy retro photos at auctions and flea markets. I am touched by a dreamy atmosphere, blur, a story bubbling in my head. There are usually people, sometimes a landscape. People liked my designs so much that they asked me to make something of their own personal photos. So I started working on commission.
Nature is always different and always rich in shape. I like to wander through the woods, then shoot shapely trees or collect special twigs and leaves. But even a simple leaf clover in the pavement in the backyard I find beautiful.
This ready-made jewelry collection is available in the online shop. All the flowers and leaves are handmade. They are unique or made in small numbers. They are packaged in a beautiful box.