One more time with feeling
Knowing the story behind a work, makes you look at it in a completely different light.
Elise dives into her creative process and how 'Kashan' came to existence.
Archive of ideas
During the day, Elise illustrates for clients such as De Morgen or Klasse Magazine, where things go very quickly and a story has to be told; she creates personal work as relaxation and exercise in between.
“I take my sketchbook, colored pencils and crayons and let myself go. These exercises form my archive of ideas, which in turn serve as the basis for my client work."
A lot can go wrong
“I see drawing as a sport, where I need lots of practice to be able to run a competition and meet tight newspaper deadlines. If, after a while I am still satisfied with a personal work, I might work it out as a print."
"In this playground, it’s important for me to experiment: I use screen printing, risoprint, glycée print, crayon or pencil drawing, painting or a mix of techniques.”
“I started drawing on the train to relax on the way to work, and that's how ‘Kashan’ was born. It’s part of a series in which I experimented with light and shadow. A year later, the drawing still spoke to me, and I prepared it for screen printing."
"This technique is inspiring to me: the old-school transfer from image to paper makes it very real, perhaps so because a lot can go wrong. You create the image on paper, color layer per color layer, with a squeegee and a sieve. Pressing the last layer is the most magical moment: only then everything comes together and you see the result.”
I feel the afternoon sun in this work
“I mixed the colors myself; I could only see what they looked like when everything had dried. Take a a good look at the next screen print you can get your hands on: look at the colors nicely layered, the texture of the screen and all the imperfections that arose during the making process.”
“I called the work ‘Kashan’ after a city in Iran that I have fond memories of. It’s the hottest place I’ve ever been: I feel the scorching afternoon sun in this work.”