Springsnow in woord en beeld

Springsnow in woord en beeld (= in word and image)

Onze trap ziet eruit als een bed in de ochtend
Met het licht op het dek en de geur in het huis
Alles keurig in plooien er ligt geen blaadje verkeerd
Alsof alles hier wacht tot jij terug bent gekeerd *)

Every year, Amsterdam’s elm trees scatter the city’s streets with a blanket of blossom that has come to be known as ‘spring snow’. A true celebration of spring, the Springsnow Festival, organized by Tijdmakers, is set to return to the city from april 21st until may 21st. This year it’s the sixth edition. The Festival opened  in the Rietveld House in the Amstelpark with a the presentation of Springsnow Scarfs created by Barentsz Urban Fabric as a tribute to Johanna Westerdijk and, outside the Rietveld House with an exhibition of poems by Ronald M. Offerman written to a series of photographs made by Maartje Jaquet and designed by Monique Wijbrands:  Springsnow in woord en beeld (Springsnow in word and image). It’s in the open air, the entrance is free and it will stay there until the end of the festival, May 21st.

  The Rietveld House

 Saskia Hoogendoorn speeching

 Springsnow in word and image

 Walking, looking, reading, talking
Photos of the opening (c) Judith Koning 2017

*) Photo  Maartje Jaquet. Poem Ronald M. Offerman.
English translation:

Our stairway looks just like a bed in the morning
With the light on the sheets and the smell in the house
All neatly in folds every seed in its place  
As if everything’s waiting for you to come back



Drawing assignment: portraits

Drawing assignment: portraits
I was asked to make portraits of journalist and writer Paul Arnoldussen‘s children, while they were all chatting and having dinner with their dad at Café Scheltema, Amsterdam.
(Click to view large)



ARGUS – exhibition

ARGUS – exhibition ‘the reader of the newspaper’, Wassenaar public library, March 18 – April 15. With photos, cartoons and drawings by: Eddy Posthuma de Boer, Bert Nienhuis, Daniel Koning, Michiel Wijdeveld, Maartje Jaquet en Bert Verhoeff (who all work for ARGUS). My contribution is a triptych of drawings of my husband Rogier van der Ploeg.

ARGUS – Passanten

ARGUS – Passanten
Very happy with my own drawings section on the back page of the beautiful new Dutch national author’s newspaper ‘Argus’. I just received the first issue at the festive presentation in Café Restaurant Scheltema in Amsterdam. From tomorrow the first subscribers  will receive their paper magazines in their letterbox. More information (in Dutch) on www.argusvrienden.nl

#Passanten #AmsterdamseMensen #WeAreOnePeople #ieder1

Nasty Women Amsterdam

Nasty Women Amsterdam Art Exhibition
Don’t miss it. Bring money. Buy art. Be good.
Exhibition at Josilda da Conceição Gallery from March 4 – 12. The opening reception was a blast, people waiting in the street to get in. More than 240 art works have been donated by 186 participating artists (f/m). My donation consisted of a series of three ‘Nasty Women’ collages, all of them have already been sold, together with 130+ other art works. The exhibition continues until march 12th, so there’s still a chance you can acquire art for low prices (€1 – €200) and for a good cause. All profits go to causes like Women on Waves, COC Amsterdam and She Decides.

Josilda da Conceicao Gallery
Wormerveerstraat 15
1013 SJ Amsterdam

Dump Trump Artist Protest Amsterdam

Dump Trump Artist Protest Amsterdam
WG Kunst, Marius van Bouwdijk Bastiaansestraat 28, Amsterdam
Saturday, February 25, 13:00 – 17:00
Sunday, February 26, 13:00 – 17:00
More than 20 artists have created an artistic statement for art gallery WG Kunst (Amsterdam). It will be a varied exhibition with paintings, videos, cartoons, three-dimensional work, texts, poems and more.
My contribution is a mix of “Subway Line Drawings NYC & Metro Line Drawings Amsterdam” in solidarity with the people of the United States, and also because the need to show the humanity of us people here just as much, with the upcoming elections in March I keep my fingers crossed …

CD Jan Nijdam Kwartet

CD Jan Nijdam Kwartet: Bij de Dieren Thuis
Modern Jazz music composed by Jan Nijdam (double bass). The other musicians are Michiel Scheen, Alan Purves and Tobias Delius.
Drawings and graphic design by me, music by Jan Nijdam.

Website: www.jannijdam.nl
Distribution: www.toondist.nl


Kortweg – Miniature Poetry

Kortweg – gedichten & Het filosofendebat – Amforismen

Eric van Loo & Gerard Beentjes (editors), Laren 2017

Three weeks ago I participated in the Miniature Poetry Festival in Laren 2017, which was also the book presentation of ‘Kortweg’ (‘In short’). I just received sent this package with (already!) the second edition. Containing forty miniature poems by twenty poets (in Dutch). If you turn this 10 x 10 cm booklet you can read The philosophers debate ‘Amforisms’, a philosophical conversation between the young and the old philosopher.
All for just € 5 (plus shipping).
If you like to you can order a copy from me through mjaquet@xs4all.nl

The participating poets are, in order of appearance:
Mariet Lems, Nynke Geertsma, Marion Sturgeon, French Terken Kate Schlingemann, Gerhard to shop, Maartje Jaquet, Jos van Hest, Inge Boulonois Martin of Vijfeijke Anneke Wasscher Ineke Holzhaus, Margriet van Bebber, Stout Doornbos, Ineke Riem Mia Wittop King, Robert Grijsen Gaston Bannier, Gerard Beentjes and Jaap Lemereis.

Here are my contributions, with an English translation:

asphalte sensuelle

toy pink sweet soft and swollen
lips lie waiting warmly
do i want you
hot under my feet
onto your cushion may i come

i’d love
to stay
no touching
nor loosing

(c) Maartje Jaquet 2017

Assegas Amegaz, Azul Ay’Imazighen for 2967

  From cold  Amsterdam, wishing all Imazighen, wherever you are, a good New Year – Assegas Amegaz, Azul Ay’Imazighen for 2967 with lots of love and warmth  


EEN – Albert Cuypmarkt, 12 januari 2017

Herman Divendal Award – nomination

Herman Divendal Award – nomination

In honor of Herman Divendal (1948- 2015), In den vreemde, will be holding a yearly award ceremony on February 8, starting from the year 2017, two years after Herman Divendal’s death. Herman Divendal was a big support for persecuted, refugee artists, an inspiring personality and a passionate and tireless bridge builder with sincere commitment, humanity and solidarity.

The award will be given to one of the twenty people that are featured on the longlist. The nominees are artists or cultural media who are working from the Netherlands, and, in a similar way as Herman Divendal has been doing during his life, are visibly active and committed as bridge builders between people with different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. To be amongst the twenty people that have been nominated this year, to me already is an award in itself.