Caroline van Ockenburg

Caroline van Ockenburg


“Children used to call me Caroline Drawingmachine”

To me it’s important to enchant others with my work. Whether in bronze, ceramics, wood, stone or fabric, I want to delight and surprise people with a creation in which I believe wholeheartedly. People sometimes say that amazement is the beginning of insight. Every insight is new to children, that is why they can still be so wonderfully amazed. When Lienesch asked me to work with them on the children’s collection, I felt very honoured. There is nothing better than creating things that children can fantasise about.

The great thing about children is that something can still be simply beautiful. Just beautiful, without having to convey a deep meaning. It is great to receive credit for one’s creations, but appreciation from a child that fantasises about something you have created without preconceived notions, is priceless. Lienesch gave me the freedom to experiment, to colour and to combine, which turned it into a sort of game for me. I was inspired by children’s books full of sweet fairy-tales. A world of fairy princesses, dragons and cheerful colours. It was wonderful to let go of my adult interpretations and to put myself in a child’s shoes.
I previously produced children’s illustrations under the name of Caroline Drawing Machine. I created these purely by intuition. The fairy princesses are an example of that, they are typically Caroline. Playing with the assignment put me into a state of flow and that is how I arrived at the end result. The images are like tiny islands with little details that make the difference. Sweet with a bit of naughty. A creation in which I believe wholeheartedly. All to make the world that bit more beautiful through a child’s eyes.

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