Get To Know | Bea van Frankenhuyzen

Bea van Frankenhuyzen

Graphic designer Bea van Frankenhyzen is screen printing like crazy to get her serie 'Fictionality' done for her exhibition that starts on Thursday 16th of august. Between creating this beautiful serie of screen prints we asked her some questions. If you like to know more about Bea and her work come over to our Afkijken event on Thursday the 16th of august. 

Where and when did your interest for graphic design sparkle?
When I was a kid I used to draw a lot, something I didn’t practice that much at the Art Academy anymore—maybe because I felt more pressured and finding it harder this way to enjoy letting my spirit flow— since it was a way to express myself.  In high school I scored best in creativity and languages so my teachers advise was to continue exploring more creative processes and techniques —to figure out how to make money out of this—what I am still doing today.  

You have your own screenprint workplace located in Utrecht –  did you miss such locations in the city and what are your plans with it for the future? 
Before there was such a cool place as Kapitaal, my first impression with screen printing was at the Academy of the Arts here in Utrecht. I fell in love with this magical technique so I kept on experimenting even after graduating and the rest is history. 

A year ago I got the opportunity to take over a screen print machine from the Academy, this is when it all started to flow into a direction of having my own screen print possibilities. I consider myself very lucky with this print studio and I am planning to produce a lot more prints, collaborations and other cool stuff and furthermore explore the potential with this amazing studio. 

Bea van Frankenhuyzen | Screenprint

How did your new project ‘’Fictionality’’ arise? 
Actually I started this ‘form’ experiment last year, when I struggled with applying for a real job in Graphic Design. I wanted to create something very intuitively because this was not always my way of working anymore. Even though I did not have really much in mind of how it should shape, I got myself restricted into using only a scissor and a four-colour palette. 

In your work colour always plays an important role. Do you use specific techniques to create colour palettes, contrasts and how do you apply that in your design?
Believe it or not, there was a time when I was afraid for bright and vibrant colours. As a teenager I felt save wearing black and grey. Since then I developed a taste influenced by colour and texture. It interests me to experiment with the power of colour in my designs to create a certain feeling, another reality or forecast a new trend.

With screen printing you have to blend the colour you are looking for— to me this is one of the most exiting parts in the proces!

We are very much looking forward seeing the Fictionality works at the event - off-line – which made us think, how do you see the function of a graphic artist in a world that seems to mostly occur online?
I think an Graphic Artist should always be inspired by both analog ad digital worlds and seek to learn from one and other. I would feel it as a limitation when I would only work for analog or digital purpose. The online world is exiting and new for everyone. We can only understand the range of possibilities by practice and reflection. Visual Artists should always be exploring many mediums and techniques and connect these certain realities. 

Bea van Frankenhuyzen | Fictionality
Tessa Pals