Maaike van Everdingen is a graphic designer, curator 
& typographer.
SHE IS BASED IN LEIDEN (NL) AND HOLDS A BSA IN GRAPHIC DESIGN FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ARTS UTRECHT
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About
Known for her distinctive style and unique energetic approach. She loves work that gives a challenge,
interdisciplinary collabs, and making things

Maaike has a deep-seated desire to design like a mad scientist; with a little humour, a lot of associative thinking, and a whole lot of typography.
 As a graphic designer, she often emphasizes qualities through specialized production and a relentless flow of ideas.



EDUCATION

University of the Arts Utrecht NL | 2018 — 2022
Bachelor of Design graduated with Honors

Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Kunsten Karlsruhe DE | 2020
Imagining Tomorrow International seminar

University of Applied Sciences Leiden NL | 2015 — 2017
Propedeuse Biomedical Science


WORK EXPERIENCE

Maaike van Everdingen
Independent Graphic Designer

Exhibition space Troef | since 2023
Curator

Stichting Roem | since 2022
Freelance graphic designer 
Financial manager

WIBAR | since 2023
Bedrijfsleider

Dietwee | 2021
Graphic design internship 

Eiland Studio | 2017
Marketing Internship

please email me for any questions or collaborations, my full cv, interviews or just to say hi!
PENNYS VOOR DE PRACHTframed triptych, inkjet on Epson Luster paper
edition of 3 +3AP. Signed and numbered on the back.
80 x 60cm

Price: €1000,- per work (start price, including frame)
- €50,- per red sticker – per work
+ €50,- per red sticker – per work
Price bottom €1,-
Price ceiling €2000,-


In een meerjarige ontdekkingstocht heb ik mij toegewijd aan plekken die sporen tonen van sociale mobiliteit. Plekken die onze doorgang en dynamiek tonen. Plekken waar arm naar rijk — en rijk naar arm — zich in het landschap toont. Deze keer op het eiland Inisheer (Inis Óirr), het op één na dichtsbevolkte van de Aran-eilanden. Hier wonen circa 250 mensen. Ze leven bescheiden van visvangst en veeteelt. Maar sinds een in 2022 uitgekomen film over dit eiland, stroomt hun eilandje ineens vol met touristen en geld. Ze weten zelf niet zo goed wat ze hiermee moeten.

Ergens spiegelt dit eiland mij. Vandaar de specifieke keuze voor deze locatie. Van arbeidergezin, naar kunstacademie, naar ontwerper: Ik stroom plots vol met opdrachten. Ik weet niet zo goed wat ik ermee moet. Hoe veranderd dit de manier waarop je praat? De manier waarop je loopt en beweegt naarmate men klimt op de sociale ladder? Maar ook, hoe weerspiegelen de mentale lagen die ter grondslag liggen aan onze dagelijkse routines, percepties en ideeën? Ik vertel over de aanwezigheid — echt of gesuggereerd — van de uitdagingen die dit meebrengt.

Dit werk heeft een onconventionele verkoop. Bij de opening in het stadhuis van Leiden mochten mensen stickeren op het schilderij. Elke rode sticker haalt €50 van de prijs af. Elke zwarte sticker telt €50 erbij op. Mensen mogen het werk gratis maken. “Fuck de kunstenaar, die krijgt meestal toch geen geld” — is één van die bovengenoemde uitdagingen. Men mag het werk ook enorm duur maken. Dan wil niemand het meer kopen. Wat mij betreft prima, hij hangt mooi boven mijn bank.
In a multi-year process, I have dedicated myself to photographing places that show traces of social mobility. Places that show our passage and dynamics. Places where poor to rich - and rich to poor - show themselves in the landscape. This time on the island of Inisheer (Inis Óirr), the second most populous of the Aran Islands. About 250 people live here. They live modestly on fishing and cattle ranching. But since a film about this island was released in 2022, their little island is suddenly flooding with tourists and money. They’re unsure of what to do with this.

This island mirrors me. Hence the specific choice of this location. From working-class family to art school, to designer: I am suddenly flooded with assignments. I'm not so sure what to do with my life now. How does this change the way you talk? The way you walk and move as one climbs the social ladder? But also, how do the mental layers underlying our daily routines, perceptions and ideas reflect? I talk about the presence - real or suggested - of the challenges this brings.

This work has an unconventional sale. At the opening at City Hall Leiden, people were allowed to put stickers on the painting. Each red sticker subtracted €50 from the price. Each black sticker adds €50. People may make the work for free. "Fuck the artist, he usually doesn't get any money anyway" - is one of those aforementioned challenges. One may also make the work enormously expensive. Then I won't sell it. Fine by me, it hangs nicely above my couch.


  •      “From the heart of the city in the foyer of the Town Hall Leiden, the makers of the art-collective ROEM visualize these issues from different art disciplines. On view for three months, the exhibition will be part of various events in the city such as the Kunstroute and Leiden Art Science Week. The ongoing exhibition opens the conversation about Leiden's maker climate and the versatility of contemporary makers. With the exhibition Voor de Vorm, we take a critical look at the role of artists in a city like Leiden. What social purpose can your work serve? How does your work relate to other themes in the city? And is there room for the autonomous maker?”