|copyright and by kindest permission of the artist a. cook|
She writes in her Etsy bio that she learned the art of origami at age four from a Japanese neighbor. This makes a great deal of sense to me when I learn more about her art and her profession - so many things can happen depending on the angle you bring to it. Later she studied architecture and found how much she enjoyed the artistic and technical marriage of the discipline. Now she and her partner run Atelier 28, their studio and instruction space, in the town of Tholen. (There is a blog to match, with looks at many more creations.) Andrea also loves to craft her own paper from waste paper and plant pulps, which I would love to try sometime.
Andrea's work ranges from the whimsy of the circular fellow above, to delicate and incisive line portrayals such as this kitty, and bright-washed views such as this beach scene. A gentleness and affection for her subjects seems to permeate all her work, as you'll see at her Etsy shop. How pleasant it would be to go to Tholen and browse her atelier. There's a studio cat named Moeki, it seems!