On April 1st the opening of the exhibition GRAFIKI! at the 8th Montessori School Zeeburg (Amsterdam) took place. All groups, large and small, have been investigating the combination of image and language.

expo grafiki

Art teachers who work for De Rode Loper op School were invited to work with the children. I worked with five groups of children that were either 5-7 or 6-8 years old.

For the first lesson I brought a lot of beautiful second hand books about nature, landscape, space, flowers, animals. The children looked for images from different books and combined them, by cutting and pasting, into a new image that didn’t need to be possible in real life (preferably not!): a monkey in space, huge flowers coming out of a castle, a mole on a volcano, etcetera.
In the second lesson they learned how to make names for the pictures in their collages. They discovered that, just like the pictures, words could be stuck together to make new words. The monkey in space was a “space monkey”, the mole on a volcano ‘mole eruption’. They wrote their words down, then stamped them and glued them onto their collages. Eventually all children decorated their work with crayons, in order to get a nice frame, just like you see around paintings in a museum, because on April 1st, their school will be transformed into a museum too!

After School Photography Classes

fotografieles nso kinkerbuurt
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Since last month, until the summer vacation, I am teaching photography to kids aged 9 – 12 in a weekly after school art program in Amsterdam (West).

This was made during our second class.
After having experimented with macro photography during our first class, I had brought small toys to make street art photos inspired by Slinkachu‘s street installations “Little People”.

And this was during the fourth class, where the children explored shadows and reflections:

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March 15: Collage Workshop

At the end of the overview exhibition of five years work at gallery Atelier Open I gave a collage workshop.

Here’s an impression of the people at work and what they have made:

hanneke en philip
Hanneke & Philip


arjen en kees
Arjen & Kees

March 13, 14 & 15: Solo Exhibition

AO vijf jaar MJ

During the last five years Atelier Open organized several exhibitions of my work. Photos, videos, drawings, paintings, poetry, collages. And collaborations with Jaap Blonk, Max Linsen, Shelley Savor, Martijn Smit & Frenk der Nederlanden.

Gallery owner Edith Brouwer and I celebrated this with Friday evening drinks, an exhibition and a collage workshop.





Downstairs: collage, photography, poetrydownstairs

Hallway: photography, collage, drawings

Upstairs: new work for 10x10artist (stitched collage), video, photography, paintings
10x10 sirènesIMG_4538

Patroon – Group Exhibition

Patroon Group Exhibition
Sunday February 15th, 15:00
Jansbrugkelder, Utrecht

patroon opening

Participating artists:

Joris Diks, Albo Helm, Joop Nolles, Hanna Koppenaal, Krista Peters and Maartje Jaquet.

What is it that impresses artists? Patroon wanted to find out. The results of an art chain were presented in a small exhibition.
What preceded this exhibition? Patroon chose the first participant and gave him a secret piece to work from. He then gave his work to a new artist he is inspired by. This new artist used the given work as a starting point for a new work. The result was given to the next artist of his choice, and so on. In this way the development of the art project has become beyond our control and a surprise for all.
Now that the chain of six art works had come to an end Patroon put together a presentation of all creations through a mini exhibit. The makers, each of them having seen one or two works themselves (the one they made themselves and / or the one that was given to them) reveiled and talked about their part of the chain, about what inspiration the work they received gave them and what the reason for their choice of the next participating artist was.

It Might As Well Be Spring
– It Might As Well Be Spring –
My contribution, a reaction to Krista Peter’s kinetic sculpture in wool called ‘Schulp’ (±shell).

Morning Lingers On – in Amsterdam

Exhibition ‘Morning Lingers On’
January 24th – February 20th in Amsterdam

Galerie Beeldend Gesproken
De Hallen
Hannie Dankbaarpassage 23
1053 RT Amsterdam

Official opening on Saturday, january 24th at 17.00.
I will be reciting the poems (in Dutch) that I wrote to Patricia van de Camp‘s photos. The improvisation duo Kein Angst (Jan den besten & Nina van Helvert) will be performing live music.


De morgen wacht nog even (morning lingers on), a little book*) of poems, photos and music, is the result of a collaboration between photographer Patricia van de Camp with visual artist Maartje Jaquet (who wrote the poems), the musicians of Kein Angst, Nina Helvert and Jan den Besten (who made the music) and graphic artist Ellen Tolboom who did the layout.
It tells the story of a night to a day. Is it a dream? Is it reality?

*) If you like to receive this beautiful hard cover book with cd (€ 15,- shipping excluded), send me an email:
All photos and poems can be seen and read here: in Dutch or in English.

PATROON: studio visit

PATROON: studio visit

patroon studio polaroid
Polaroid by Ellen Evers (PATROON)

I participate in an art project organized by PATROON, Utrecht. Like they have done with all the participating artists, they wanted to introduce me on their website. Therefore, they visited me in my studio, where I was working on the piece I later finished and called Betta Splendens.

PATROON: studio visit
Photo by Sander van ‘t Hekke (PATROON)

To see the other photos they took go to:

The results of the project will be exhibited in Utrecht.
Exact time and address to be given later.

Betta Splendens
 Betta Splendens

Pencil Power

Pencil Power

pencil powerAmsterdam, january 8th
oneminute video


Parce que.

Parce que.

Parce que.

Je suis libre.
Je suis libre de penser.
Je suis libre de tolérer.
Je suis libre de caricaturer.
Je suis un Charlie.

Poster version (feel free to download – print):

Parce que. (poster version)

(c) Maartje Jaquet 2015

Madonna&Child Christmas Cards

Madonna&Child Christmas Cards

Madonna&Child christmas cards preorder

One set = 10 cards, 5 x 2 cards
Price will be €10 (shipping included for the Netherlands).
Other countries : €11,- shipping included.

The cards don’t have a special Christmas text on them, so they can also be used for other purposes  …

You can order through email:, please write the shipping address and the number of sets you want.

(c) Maartje Jaquet 2014

Madonna&Child cards