2016 | Nadine Jeffries, Canada | About her experiences at the Guest Studio The residency was a lovely experience and a great introduction to Amsterdam. I am still in touch with the director, Lino Hellings, who I consider a friend, and an inspiration! During my residency I was painting on canvas exploring new colour application techniques, and researching printable organic fabrics. I am now beginning the process of designing fabric based on the images in my works of art. These original textiles will be used in the production of a unique streetwear collection, under my independent fashion label, DFLYMtl.
2015 | Eve Kalyva, Greece | About her experiences at the Guest Studio My stay at the Guest Studio was absolutely amazing. Within the first week I met everyone there – well, almost everyone because it is a big place! I was really thrilled to be surrounded by so many creative people and from different disciplines including theatre, music, fashion and visual arts but also crafts and woodwork. As an artist, I find that very important: It is not just the place that matters but also (or in some cases, even more so) the people, their energy and input. And at the Guest Studio one finds all sorts of inspiration. The other attractive quality of this place is its social outlook: It’s social awareness and sensitivity towards bigger issues such as the environment and global injustice, and an applied interest in communal living and sharing. So don’t miss out the ‘work weekend’ when people get together and take care what needs taking care of, from fixing the garden to putting new slabs on the roof to installing electrical wires. I have certainly added the latter to my skill set. In more practical terms, both the location and the place is great. There is a very comfortable living space with a lovely view and a good sized studio to explore. The studio can also function as an exhibition space, which is what I did at the end of my residency period. If one wants to go bigger, there is also a cafe in the building and a very big hall with high ceiling, the Dokzaal. I have done other residencies and I really appreciate the flexibility and support that is offered. It is a very versatile and inspirational space and it gives you a good introduction to the local cultural and social life.
2013 | Robert Batyko, Hungary | About his experiences at the Guest Studio I liked the location of the building (beautiful area, calm but close to the city centre). More important than that I really liked the community of the dokkers just like the room and the studio. There was a lots of activities around, rehearsals and shows at the Dokzaal, exhibitions and concerts at the cafe. I enjoyed being a bartender for the first time in my life. It was a pleasure being a stranger at the Plantagedok. I don’t think that I disliked anything. Honestly the only bad thing was that I had to leave the place after 5 months. What can I say? Open the cafe every day :). I created a series of oil paintings and in the end of my residency I made a show at the wonderful Dokzaal. I also made collage works, photography. I was very satisfied with the conditions of the guest studio! Afterwards I created a catalogue of what I’ve done during my stay and I presenter the works I made at my hometown in Budapest. Thank you Plantagedok!