Sigrid Van Krieken
What is your job?
I am a chef at Waddingtons at Kergunyah. I make up my own dishes and put my own twist on things. Jan at Waddingtons and I are a good fit because we have the same ideas about food – we like that freshness.
Tell us about your background.
I was born in Holland and emigrated with my family to New Zealand when I was ten. I grew up there until I was 20 and then came to Australia. I was setting out to explore the world. The idea was to go to Asia and Europe, but that didn’t happen because I ended up having children.
How do you come to be in the Valley?
I worked in hospitality in many parts of Australia, mainly Sydney, Noosa Heads and Hamilton Island. In Noosa my favourite restaurant was The Jetty at Boreen Point. One of the chefs there was a wellknown person at Falls Creek – they called him Mumbles. He told me about Falls and I wanted to come because I missed the seasons that we had in Holland. Straight away I noticed the air quality; it was so different from anywhere else. It was a good lifestyle for my son and me.
Tell us about your art.
I used to spend hours drawing from when I was very young. Mostly they were female images. I believe many girls do that. I was drawing from my imagination to express my female self-image. When I turned 50, an age when a woman often questions who she wants to be, I thought about whether I was honouring the dreams I had as an eight-year-old. I found an image of a woman’s face which called to me really strongly. I found the artist, who lived in the States, and I travelled to the States to do a course with this woman, called ‘Intentional Creativity’. It was a step-by-step method for exploring yourself, find- ing who you are and your work in the world. This changed my life. I learned the teaching method and began to hold regular workshops in this area and beyond. My dream is to have art retreats on my farm in the Kiewa Valley and wherever they are needed. The same method was used to develop the mural I am painting at Nourish Whole Foods in Tawonga South.
What do you love about the job?
We use universal symbols in art to express what we need in our journey at this time, and about implementing changes. Every person has their own creativity and the means to do this art. It then informs every day of your life. If you have a problem you can start thinking of things in a creative way. You can start defining what is important to you and how you want to live your life.