Zeeuwse ketting bloedkoraal en witte parel - Hester Zagt

When did it all start?

I was born in 1967. On holiday we always went to Drenthe and had to cycle and cycle and cycle and walk and walk and walk. I really didn't like that. I always wanted to write stories for my sister in our holiday home, make drawings and knit sweaters. Yes, we live in the 70s, so. My nice outing during this holiday was a visit to Staphorst. I was amazed! I also wanted to wear traditional costume. I was completely mesmerized by these people with their beautifully printed clothing, I was jealous of the children who wore this dress. The highlight was a visit to the Stegeman textile shop, where my sister and I were allowed to choose a folkloric cloth, for which my mother made a duvet cover. The dream that I wanted to wear traditional costume has disappeared, but my fascination has always remained. I also like walking and cycling. That all turned out well.

  • Who inspired you when you were little?

    I regularly stayed with my grandparents. My grandmother was great with a needle and thread. I learned all kinds of textile techniques from her, such as embroidery, smocking, knitting, and crocheting.

  • What were you going to study?

    I went to the drawing and textiles teacher training course in Utrecht. It really was the best time of my life, spending almost 100% of the time doing things I wanted to do alone. Textile was a nice material to express myself in, but I noticed that there was more and more metal in my work and the work became smaller and I really enjoyed focusing on the detail.

    I went to the drawing and textiles teacher training course in Utrecht. It really was the best time of my life, spending almost 100% of the time doing things I wanted to do alone. Textile was a nice material to express myself in, but I noticed that there was more and more metal in my work and the work became smaller and I really enjoyed focusing on the detail.

  • And then?

    After my studies I got a studio and it became increasingly clear to me that I wanted to continue with jewelry, because you can work so nicely on a small scale.

    Staphorst has inspired me to take a closer look at all those other old Dutch traditions, such as the Zeeland knot, and to incorporate them into my jewelry. My interest in Dutch traditions has always been particularly intriguing since my holidays in Drenthe and has never let go.

And why porcelain?

It is a very fine material, you can work with it in great detail. The pigments can turn it into a fine powdery material. I also think the combination of pearls and porcelain is very beautiful.