It all started in 2006 when I visited Gambia. I was overwhelmed by many things but sadly mostly by an orphanage and a huge acrid smelling waste dump just across the road from it. All day they
were burning the plastic waste. The smell and the fumes were unbearable and for sure very unhealthy.
And that was when it hit me, we need to reduce our (plastic) waste! And we need to find a better solution for all the plastic that is already there.
In 2010 I decided to take packaging materials as the base materials and inspiration for some product designs and started Pou-Belle Design.
Only a few months later Pou-Belle Design won the Ernst & Young sustainable entrepreneur challenge. In 2014 my design BottleCapButton won the Sustainable-designbattle of the TV show For Tomorrow’s World.
Early 2020 I decided to focus on illustration art beside my theatre work. I stopped making product design, and no longer work under the label Pou-BelleDesign. Nevertheless I will keep upcycling!
Sweet Concrete, Vase. Made from discarded plastic soda bottles and concrete.
No longer available
RawCutJerry, pendant lamp. Made from discarded plastic milk containers.
Available on request
BottleCapButtons, buttons (price-winning). Made from discarded plastic bottle caps.
Still available on request. PLease send me an email and we talk about it.
A pair of commissioned artworks for the opening of the new buildings of (left) Re-Share and (right) Circulus-Berkel in Deventer 2020. Made with plastic bags from the Deventer streets and discarded textile collected by Re-Share.
Nature, artwork made for the art contest of TextielPlus 2020. Made from discarded plastic bags and threath.
Birds, series artworks made from discarded plastic bags I found on the Amsterdam streets.
I like to use materials and objects that already had a life. Sometimes I make an old thing new by adding or removing things, sometimes I only use it in a different unexpected way to make it new.
I find my old-soon-to-become-new-things in second hand stores, waste bins or abandoned houses.