Sketch Cahier

Hansje van Halem

Exhibition | Graphic | Illustration

Dutch graphic designer Hansje van Halem (1978) specialises in typography and book design. Apart from that she creates alphabets, textures and patterns, both digitally and manually.

Hansje keeps track of a dizzying array of commissioned, applied, self-generated, rejected and unfinished sketches, type drawings, motifs and experiments (both successes and failures). Unused material often becomes a source from which Hansje draws further inspiration.

Hansje: “The tension between a systematic approach, legibility and (ir)regularity are appealing to me. The drawing has more to do with systems, structures and textures than it does with letter shapes. I find it equally interesting to only draw the textures and end up with patterns. These patterns are often used as end papers in hardcover books.”

“It started as something I’d do in between deadlines for book designs. I called it a hobby. I find repetitive work soothing. It calms me down and allows me some time to think about other things while being productive at the same time. I saw it as an investment in a collection of drawings that I could later on use as content. After some time I started to receive commissioned assignments based upon the detailed alphabet drawings.

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Exhibition ‘Hansje van Halem: Applied and Autonomous – Sketch Exhibition’
Piet Hein Eek Gallery, Halvemaanstraat 30, Eindhoven
30 November 2014 – 29 March 2015

Hansje van Halem offers
The first three visitors who appeal to me this Sunday between 15-18 hours during the opening of “Applied and Autonomous – Sketch Exhibition” by Piet Hein Eek and mention Dutch Design Daily, get me a Sketch Cahier. Bubbles are served and everyone is welcome!

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