I am Janneke Ursem, a Dutch designer born in Leeuwarden in 1983.
I was trained as a Graphic and Audio Visual Designer and received my degree at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam.
I developed my illustration skills while working with one of my sisters, Lotte. We presented ourselves as de Krantenkapper and designed quite a large selection of stationery. Along the way I picked up screen-printing again and noticed how satisfying it can become once this technique is under control. Some serious concentration is required and this made me super-aware of myself and how my body should behave while printing. I liked it.
This selection of wallpaper was designed and printed by hand. By me.
After every 21 centimetres I pulled the screen up, inked it, measured my developments, rolled the paper out and placed it properly in the grid. I pushed the screen back and the ink through the mesh again. All this twice for two colours.
That’s why I love this wallpaper so much. It came out of my fingers from start to finish and picked up some of my excitement along the way.
Thank you for taking your time viewing my work. I sincerely hope you’ll fall in love with these wallpapers too!
Each design starts with a sketch. Drawn in a grid to help me visualize how this design should repeat.
The sketch mostly turns out to be the actual design when it's traced with a fineliner, scanned and fine-tuned in Photoshop.
When the pattern is right. Twisted, turned and scaled to a suitable size, I am ready to prepare my screens.
I do this at Atelier Indrukwekkend in Delft. A nice place where I can work the machines myself.
I rinse, prepare, illuminate, rinse again and finally dry my silkscreens.
Carefully packed, I carry them back to my studio to start printing.
Dreaming up a colour scheme for each design can be a tedious task!
I aim for three different combinations per design and make sure their hue's match with a world wide colour system. The PMS system mostly.
I use acrylic paint for printing and keep a journal with mixing recipies to make sure my mixtures are reproducable.
Since every design has its own repeat and ended up not entirely level on the screen, I spend a lot of time measuring and aligning the design with the paper.
It's very rewarding to finnaly have a print that matches perfectly.
When everything is prepared. When I have tied my apron in place and ushered all the cats to a safe distance, I can finally grab my squeegy and start printing.
My designs usualy measure 52 cm. wide x 21 cm. high. This means for a roll of 10 metres I am lifting the screen about 48 times.
I sincerely love this. Creating applied arts with craft.