Skin inspires me, it holds so much in it that keeps on fascinating and surprising me.
For me skin forms the basis of life itself. I find it a terrible shame that after death the human skin perishes, I guess this is where the interest in conserving skin comes from, I want to keep it, conserve it,...In my work I look for ways and shapes to do this, I ask questions on the origin, conditions and functionality of skin, what place or status it takes in our lives.
These are big questions that don't come with clear-cut answers. Still I go looking for them, in the emotional as well as the scientific, which generates a duality. This duality shows itself in my work, when I see skin function as a boundary, a frontier between inside and outside, life and death, attractive and repulsive,...
It's my life's work to map every inch of skin I find and draw out my vision of it, with every piece of work I try to light up one aspect to make it visible, sensible,eternal...
Amber Veel quit her job as a nurse to follow a late calling, ART academy. She first discovered the universe of skin through a medical eye, before she started seeing it as an emotional and aesthetic organ.
She intends to continue her skin-research, slowly but surely mapping every piece.
Her work comes in all different shapes and prices, be sure to take a look in the shop.
For further inquiries or collaborations please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Joris De Raedt
When I first met Joris in real life it was a grey Sunday and I was stuck in what you could call 'the dark side ' : what a harsh world, poor me, will never survive this, oh unbearable lightness of being,...' You know the feeling when your weekend is over before it started, you can't keep up with anything, spill coffee everywhere, forget to eat and can't remember where you left... everything!
In this condition I arrived in joris universe... He gave me coffee & cookies and told me stories about extinct species, orange deserts, cliffs in Norway and why baby birds have a white dot on their beak (because their mum can feed them in the dark). A humble kind of peace and quiet came over me. Going through his work I gained even more respect for him, he sits at his desk for days and days to create the perfect drawing. His technique and love for nature are admirable.
Joris is a photographer, scientific illustrator and grafic artist, but for Postuum he will offer a selection of illustrations, carefully picked out to match our philosophy. I could recommend everyone living in the city to go and take a walk with Joris in one of the natural preserves where he lives, it beats therapy, mindfullness and yoga all together. In his short carreer he already won some important titles and prices, but not nearly enough if you ask me.
I am very proud that he wanted to be part of Postuum, he is pure, talented, honest and has an excellent eye for aesthetics. I dare you to take a look at his drawings and don't go all “Is this real? Can't be. Sure it's not a photo? Really sure? This guy is crazy. I want one. “
In a way Leen and the jewelry she creates seem very similar, they make you suspect a process of strong focus, technique, silence and discipline.
On the other hand the jewelry speaks for itself, with its in-your-face aesthetics and harmonious proportions and choice of material.
While Leen doesn't really talk all that much, there is this silent, peaceful modesty around her that is both comforting and confronting.
It's clear she communicates through her work in a very authentic way.
We can only cheer for that.
For 2 months she will offer a bracelet on Postuum, custom made and exclusively available in the online store.
This gives you the time to get to know her while we are planning a joint venture behind the scenes.
Don't worry we will provide the occasional sneak peek.
As you might notice a lot of the items in store are already sold.
Well, the thing is...
that the techniques we use take time and the material isn't always easy to find.
This means that a lot of the objects on the site were made on demand.
But look at it on the bright side, It also means that you can order something, and it will be a pièce unique.
So, I suggest you look around, enjoy the aesthetics, read the stories, and send me a message if you have a question or you would like to order something that is sold out.
04 11 2013
Joke de Wilde
We just love the paradox that Joke embodies...
She refuses to work digital, but her pictures are so pretty almost like paintings, as if she photoshopped the whole thing afterwards.
To us Joke is a storyteller, first class. Her pictures are slow and sometimes so soft you want to touch them.
She is the housephotographer for POSTUUM, like us she also wants to preserve and create aesthetics.
A very good match, bound to give birth to some pretty images, hilarious afternoon tea and hard working.
She is a hyperbusy lady, working for TheWord magazine, Stieglitz Gallery and still makes time for us, for sitting, doing nothing and watching giraffes from her appartement window next to the Antwerp zoo.
I'm actually the owner and founder of Postuum.
One of the reasons I created this label was to give my own work a place to live and be seen.
I studied Jewelry design, philosphy and got involved in the art and world of taxidermy. Somehow these 3 facets always return in the creative proces.
What I love most is to go into dialogue with other artists and disciplines so new synergies can arise from these encounters.
The written word will always carry out my preference, but I am easily touched by beauty of all kinds.