I love living in East London, and have done so since the late 70s, when I came here from Holland. I love the multicultural aspect and specifically in East London the amazing creativity that is here. I feel very much at home. I love design and set up an organisation called Hidden Art that promotes and supports designers /makers. Initially only in London but later on all over the UK. Still a large percentage of designers/makers are still based in East London. We have also gone to the Milan Furniture Fair once a year.
In the 90s East London was a rough no go area, but organisations like Hidden Art have contributed to change this over the years. Now it is the coolest area in London. (website hidden) just recently opened a campus in the area, and in addition to the design cluster there is now also a strong digital cluster - young people who are extremely creative with digital technology. I am very interested in the design and digital clusters working together, and in addition to renting out a room in my flat, we are also in the process of renting out desk space in our office. The office is based in an old Horse Stables, next to the lovely Geffrye Museum of domestic interiors which I love.
I spent many years facilitating exchanges between creative designers and crafts people which included countries like Peru, Mexico and Cuba.
I often travel by bike, a trusty Dutch bike, all over London and to work.
I love cooking, travelling, local history and photography. When I travel I enjoy staying with local people as it gives you more of an insight in the place.
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