Maaike recently graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven and is now working for herself doing props, film, performances and developing concepts for others. With her work she is able to turn random objects, or things we might see as waste, into fascinating new designs. Everytime I step into her world she blows me away with her ideas and fantasy that seems to have no limit. I admire her for being able to open my eyes and let me look at things through a different perspective.
I asked Maaike to fill ‘My Infinite Home Tool’ with her most treasured items, and to tell me something about them. It took her quite a while to select, since she is a person who lives closely together with her collection of objects. In the end she decided to make a ‘sleep-over suitcase’, because she is only living here temporarily. Very important to her is Harold, her parakeet who is always with her. Besides that a few items she needs to feel at home; her snail lamp, pyjama’s, her musical intruments and some objects her friends gave her like her ‘boyfriend doll’.
Before this weekend I’d never spend more time in the Red Light District then a quick walk through it, but it was fascinating to suddenly spend two days living in the middel of it. To look down on the whole scene from a window high above the street and to exit the house through a door that’s located right next to several windows with women wearing ‘sexy outfits’. It turned out to be not as scary as I thought, although it must always stay a bit strange to have a neigbour who’s bathing in red light.
Find out more about Maaike on www.maaikefransen.com