Illustrator and designer for print Nick Liefhebber takes us on a tour of his home studio
Utrecht-based designer Nick Liefhebber shows us around his print-filled home studio
My studio can be found near the city centre of Utrecht in The Netherlands. Handily, it's connected to print studio Kapitaal, with only a glass wall and door dividing us.
I've known Carlien and Ramon, who run Kapitaal, for a while, since I also screen printed a lot of work for use in their previous location. I'm really lucky I got this place as there's really only room for one person to rent it out. It used to be part of a parking garage, but they're developing parts of it for different use; it's on the first floor and below me there's a small bakery/coffee place.
As you can imagine, I'm really lucky there's a print studio right in front of my door. Screen printing, riso printing, etching – it's an inspiring place to print anything I need, as I get to talk to people that work here, plus those dropping by.
One side is basically a glass wall providing lots of light, and the other is a glass wall looking into the print studio. I never thought daylight made a lot of difference, but it gives me so much energy. Where possible, I still choose to hide a lot behind my screen though.
I've been here for one year now, and there's always a lot going on. The neighbourhood is changing with new initiatives, restaurants and bars; the print studio is organising talks, exhibitions and parties that are great to be a part of. And everything in my own studio is slowly falling into place.
Before coming here, I used to work in a studio in a building that had a property guardianship deal. It was a big space, full
of small studios that could also be rented for festivals and events. My own space, however, didn't have any daylight. There was a great atmosphere in the building, but I don't miss the cave vibe.
Since I do a lot of screen printing, I am slowly building a nice collection of inks (1). This is good as I like to have them around for colour inspiration.
Most of my illustrations (2) are made like a collage of paper cut shapes. So pencils for sketching, scalpel knives and scissors are a big part of my workflow.
I buy books (3) and I love my careful selection, and the ability to flip through pages whenever I want. This is a recent selection close to my computer monitor.
I like to have my own work (4) around because otherwise I may forget the little inventions I previously made. This way it's easier for me to build on previous work and improve on it for next time.
With my setup (5) you'll find that it's full of my own screen prints that change a lot, plus plants, cutting mat, loads of books and boxes full of riso prints.
Nick Liefhebber is a Utrecht-based designer, specialising in the creation of bold, fun and colourful illustrations for use in print applications. www.liefhebber.biz