Earlier this year, the Rijksmuseum —the Dutch national museum dedicated to art and history — collaborated with innovative Etsy designers to create works inspired by the museum’s illustrious collection. Well, we’re at it again! Today we’re proud to share the Guild of ‘14 Exhibition. Nine international Etsy artists and designers have created contemporary interpretations of their favorite work in the Rijksmuseum, with astounding results. As participating designer Angie Johnson said, “The artisans from hundreds of years ago and the artisans today have much in common, and I think drawing parallels between these two worlds helps the public understand that what we do is not mass fashion or mass production, and that’s where the value lies.”
Today we’re sharing these amazing designs, as well as original works that inspired them.
“I complete all elements of my designs myself from start to finish, starting with research, design development and print design, right through to pattern cutting, sampling and manufacturing.” — Joanna Pybus
“It feels so special to be able to work with my sister and have so many adventures together. Our business is blooming.” — Lotte and Janneke Ursem of de Krantenkapper
“I felt very honored to be asked by Etsy to create something inspired by the Rijksmuseum. I visited the museum just a few months ago and was enchanted with the visit. The Dutch Golden Age is an amazing period in art, and I felt very inspired by the scenes, the atmospheres, the colors and textures. I find the collaboration between Etsy and the Rijksmuseum to be really fantastic, as it opens a gate between modern craftsmen and the ancients, who are today considered as the masters of their times.” — Daniele Alarco of NinnApouladaki
“The partnership between Etsy and the Rijksmuseum is a great way to show the quality of professional designers and artists who sell on Etsy.” — Karolien Severins of Kornelia
“Can you turn tacky into beautiful? Yes! I play with style, mimicking the ostentation of luxury displayed by certain Ukranians, with hopelessly gaudy results.” — Masha Reva of SNDCT
“Working on this project has been such a pleasure, and in many ways a sort of ‘creative vacation’ from the everyday grind of running a business, even a creative one! It’s easy to forget the roots of craftsmanship and artistry that we all start out with as handmade artists, with the pressures that come with modern entrepreneurship. The opportunity to take the time to wade through the collections and reignite inspiration has been amazing.” — Angie Johnson
“I was very inspired by this assignment. Working as an independent designer means creating your own inspiration sources and developing them alone. This assignment has thrown me into a totally different mindset, and I enjoyed it very much.” — Tamar Shalem
“We created a modern god’s garment, and its freedom of movement recalls the doomed love dance in the lush forests of antiquity.” — Mirte Engelhard & Neel Diekema of Mirte Engelhard
“All of my creations are handmade in my workshop, sometimes made-to-measure. My hand-dyed knitting is carried out in an artisanal way. In this way, all of my creations are unique.” — Clara Apolit of Les Mailles de Paris
Getting inspired? You too can create works using images from the Rijksmuseum. The Rijksstudio is the Rijksmuseum’s online digital depot — 200,000 masterpieces can be accessed and downloaded for free to be used as inspiration for artists anywhere. For more examples of Etsy pieces inspired by the Rijksstudio, check out the Rijksstudio page on Etsy.
All photos by Ester Grass.