Willemijn de Greef



1973, Boxtel, The Netherlands

Training / Education:

  • 2003-2006 Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, Jewelry department Amsterdam The Netherlands
  • 1992-1996 Goldsmith College Schoonhoven, The Netherlands

Work Experience:

  • Teaching jewelry design/
  • 2000 - organizer workshops at Atelier en Route France
  • 1999-2007 Teaching Jewelry design, Transarte, Utrecht The Netherlands
  • 1995-1996 Internship at Gallery Marzee, Nijmegen The Netherlands

Exhibitions (Solo & Group Shows):

  • 2010-11
    • Audax Textielmuseum Tilburg the Netherlands
  • 2010
    • Rethink ecological textiles
    • SOFA New York repr. by Charon Kransen Arts USA
    • SOFA West Santa Fe repr. by Charon Kransen Arts USA
    • Un peu de terre sur la peau, Limoges France
    • Solo, Gallery Caroline van Hoek, Brussel Belgium
    • Town Hall Utrecht, Het Wilde Oog, Vloer van memorie the Netherlands
  • 2009-10
    • Museum voor moderne kunst Arnhem, the Netherlands
  • 2009
    • Het Nieuwe versieren
    • Gallery Marzee, Nijmegen, 30th anniversary the Netherlands
    • Ringvormen, Transfo Zwevegem Belgium
    • Solo, Gallery Marzee, Nijmegen the Netherlands
    • Zuiderzee Museum, Enkhuizen the Netherlands
    • "Gejaagd door de Wind" Traveling exhibition, Het Wilde Oog the Netherlands
  • 2008
    • Gorcums Museum, In of uit de Mode the Netherlands
    • Museum of Modern Art Arnhem, the Netherlands
    • onvervangbaar sieraden en herinnering
    • Gallery Marzee, Ravary the Netherlands
  • 2007
    • CODA Museum, Apeldoorn the Netherlands

Collections (Private & Museum):

  • 2010 Halssieraad Groen, Collection assignment by Audax Textielmuseum,Tilburg Netherlands
  • 2010 Zuiderzeewerken II necklace Leguaan, Audax Textile Museum, Tilburg the Netherlands
  • 2009 Zuiderzeewerken I necklace Drijvers, Zuiderzee Museum Enkhuizen the Netherlands
  • 2009 Zuiderzeewerken,II necklace Touw gedraaid, CODA Apeldoorn the Netherlands
  • 2009 Weefsels, Brooch yellow, CODA Apeldoorn the Netherlands
  • 2006 Weefsels, necklace red, Textile Museum the Netherlands


  • 2010 Madame, Le Figaro, la éramique une matière artistique France
  • 2009 Express Styles,Terre de feu, France
  • 2009 Land of water, magazine Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen, the Netherlands
  • 2009 Museumtijdschrift the Netherlands
  • 2009 NRC handelsblad the Netherlands
  • 2009 Volkskrant the Netherlands
  • 2007 Weven the Netherlands
  • 2006 Textiel Plus the Netherlands

Artist Statement:

The language I speak is that of jewelry. I look at things with the eyes of a jewelry-maker, into detail. I magnify details, I zoom in on them. My work is inspired on Dutch traditions and costumes. The pieces refer to the demise of traditions, the traditional fishing industry and crafts but also to my personal background.