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Back Amsterdam: creativity along the water canals

Amsterdam accommodates over 160 canals built in the 17th century, also known as the Dutch Golden Age. At the time, the canals stimulated the city’s textile, wood and diamond trade, and nurtured emerging flower designers, fabric and glass sculptors, jewellery and furniture makers. On our itinerary you will find contemporary artisans who continue to craft along these canals and whose creative vision is shaped by the city and its fairways.

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1 Master Artisan Eva Klee Weaver For those wishing to experience the world of weaving and working with different threads, colours and patterns, Eva offers a beginners class in Amsterdam’s art district. NDSM-plein 21,
1033 WC Amsterdam, Netherlands
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2 Rising Star Iris Nijenhuis Fabric sculptor Iris creates puzzled textile jewellery, interior and fashion pieces that she cuts with laser and assembles by hand, without using glue, thread or sewing machines. Prinseneiland 24 A1,
1013 LR Amsterdam, Netherlands
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3 Master Artisan Marcello De Simone & Bruce Wayland Ceramicist After establishing their creative collaboration in 2009, Marcello and Bruce started using slip casting to create porcelain and stoneware panels, as well as ceramic dishes and plates. Elektronstraat 12 Unit 25C,
1014 AP Amsterdam, Netherlands
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4 Master Artisan Katya Hutter Flower designer Flower designer Katya, who covers botanical traditions from French bouquets to Japanese gardens, invites experienced florists to create arrangements, centrepieces and tablescapes. Korte Prinsengracht 16E,
1013 GS Amsterdam, Netherlands
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5 Master Artisan Siba Sahabi Fabric sculptor The translucent fabric sculptures and installations of Siba, made with glued and coiled felt strips, build on her German-Iranian roots and often explore the history of European craftsmanship. Krelis Louwenstraat 1 B29,
1055 KA Amsterdam, Netherlands
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6 Master Artisan Marleen Hengeveld Jewellery maker Following in the footsteps of her goldsmithing family, Marleen uses filigree technique and intricate detailing on every piece to create romantic yet minimalistic jewellery. Tweede Leliedwarsstraat 10 H,
1015 TC Amsterdam, Netherlands
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7 Master Artisan Umut Lucas Espenaer Furniture maker A self-taught carpenter, Umut Lucas creates bed frames, side tables and other furniture pieces, inspired by the 20th century design styles, from reclaimed or salvaged wood. Dr. Jan van Breemenstraat 1A,
1056 AB Amsterdam, Netherlands
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8 Master Artisan Barbara Nanning Multimedia sculptor Barbara enjoys mixing different materials and techniques in her sculptures, and she works with glass, ceramics, as well as fusing, gilding and painting techniques at the same time. W.G. Plein 21,
1054 RA Amsterdam, Netherlands
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9 Gallery Galerie Rob Koudijs Founded in 2007 by graphic designer Rob Koudijs, the gallery is dedicated to modern art jewellery and displays eccentric pieces with sculptural qualities from both Dutch and international artisans. Elandsgracht 12,
1016 TV Amsterdam, Netherlands
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10 Master Artisan Marc Barreda Glass sculptor Scientist-turned-glass sculptor, Marc exercises his innovative spirit and reinterprets traditional glass blowing techniques to make three-dimensional mosaic glass vessels. Falckstraat 6f,
1017 VW Amsterdam, Netherlands
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