Iris van Dyck
Iris van Dyck is 35 years old. She grew up in a village in Brabant, where she enjoyed a free childhood and spent her childhood. During this period she painted and drew as much as she could, she had a rich imagination and could spend hours in dreamland. She didn't think then that she would ever make this her job.
While studying Tourism, she moved to Richmond near London for a months-long internship, where she was fascinated by the beautiful landscape on the Thames. Both the unspoiltness and the clumsiness of this special environment will forever influence the rest of her life and everything she creates in it.
From London she moved to Amsterdam, where she first studied for a year at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and later at the Photo Academy. In 2007 she graduated as an autonomous portrait photographer with the series “With closed eyes” and she exhibited her work in Loods 6 in Amsterdam. Photographing women who were "scarred" by life was her great passion.
During the years after the Photo Academy, she was mainly active in the commercial sector in various positions. Not so much because that's where her heart lay, but much more because she chose to develop as broadly as possible in all kinds of areas, but she always missed creative thinking and being busy.
In 2015 she started drawing again. Here she received such positive reactions that she decided to drastically change course and stop working in the commercial sector. She read from hundreds of children's books in the past year, which opened up a world for her. The impact of that reading, that magical moment when children are mesmerized listening to your stories, that fascinates her. It's wonderful to see children listening open-mouthed and taking them into a world where fantasy brings words to life.
In 2016, Iris van Dijck retrained herself as a graphic designer and she currently works as an illustrator.