Renske Herder is an artist and designer, born in Leeuwarden (1986) in The Netherlands. Renske works on various projects in the field of art, textile design and surface design.
As a child Renske always wanted to be an archeologist, which is a nice example of Renske’s interest in the ancient art and old artifacts that still are the inspiration for her art nowadays.
Renske is a graduated Master of Science in the field of product design (2011). Although Renske studied product design the drawing and painting classes always had her biggest interest in school. In the years 2012/2013 she lived on the Caribbean island Bonaire where she started off her career as an artist and had her first solo art show. The simple life on this small island provided time and peace to start painting.
Back in The Netherlands Renske followed more painting classes and gradually developed her own artistic style. In 2018, the year she became a mother, she started her label Color Cookie with handmade textile products featuring her own designs. Her interest in textile and surface design is something that influences her artwork since she likes to work on raw linen. Renske currently lives in the old beautiful harbor town Harlingen in The Netherlands where she has a small art studio at home. She likes to go for a bike rides or a walk along the beach to get in the right mood for a day of creating art in her studio.
2019: kunstroute Harlingen
2019 : 'Voor mijn tijd', Museum Heerenveen, De Pronkkeamer, duo
2018 : KEIK Harlingen (1st price, jury price)
2013 : Solo, the art of kiteboarding, Kralendijk, Bonaire
Utilizing painting, drawing and printmaking techniques, my work examines the universal and most elemental expression of the human spirit. I like to work with rustic and natural materials like unprepared linen, handmade paper, oil pastel, oil stick and oil paint.
In my paintings I’m expressing my feelings about the universe, living a simple life and love. The love for being alive, being on this planet, being surrounded by many interesting people. I’m inspired by ancient art, primitive art, folk art and textiles. Other things that interest me are the basic almost childish creative activities like stacking stones, drawing in the sand with a stick or decorating surfaces. The viewer of my artwork will recognize something universal, something that may be hidden in the core of his or her being. Considering my interests and influences it may be no surprise that the artist I most admire is Joan Miro.
A starting point of my process can often be the material itself, like linen a piece of wood or handmade paper. The pure linen inspires me to keep the work simple and to investigate the possibilities of the combination of materials. I often start with making marks and expressive gestures with oil pastel or oil stick to rub it out later or wash it into the fabric or paper with a thinner. My goal is to find the essence of the artwork without removing the poetry and without removing the joy and energy of the process of making.