Serigrafie en serendipiteit
, Harmen Liemburg zeefdrukt zichzelf
Add Magazine (Belgium) About Print & Other Media 11/2012
For #6 – The Boring Issue, O.K. Periodicals asked me about the 2008 project in the Smith-Lesouëf library (France).
Interview in Design Popular Imagination = DPI Magazine (Taiwan), Spring 2011
Interview through email in the web-zine of Associazone Italiana Progettazione per la Comunicazione Visiva (AIAP), February 2011.
Interview with Maddalena Dalla Mura
Published in Graphic Design Worlds/Words
July 1, 1966
Lisse, the Netherlands
Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam,
Graphic Design department, graduation (BA) 1998
University of Utrecht,
Social Geography/Cartography, graduation (MA) 1992
Harmen Liemburg (NL 1966) started his career as a cartographer. To keep his appetite for graphic representation alive, he sought a larger menu of expression. He went to the Gerrit Rietveld academy and became a member of a new breed of designers, one that is closely linked to the world of art, education and museums.
Liemburg is obsessed with screen printing, and uses the medium to create unexpected results. His style emphasizes the narrative aspect of images and the occasional beauty of everyday vernacular like logos and packaging design, that are woven together through collage techniques.
His projects are primarily linked to the transformation of exhibition spaces through the use of printed matter, linking digital tools to analogue methods of printing. Besides being a graphic designer and artist, he’s currently supervising the screenprinting shop at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.
Harmen Liemburg (NL 1966) begon zijn carrière als kartograaf. Op zoek naar een manier om zijn grafische uitdrukkingsmogelijkheden te vergroten, ging hij naar de Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Daar werd hij onderdeel van een nieuwe generatie ontwerpers, één die nauw verbonden is met de wereld van beeldende kunst, musea en onderwijs.
Liemburg is geobsedeerd door zeefdruk, en gebruikt het medium om onverwachte resultaten te bereiken. In zijn werk benadrukt hij de verhalende kant en de overwachte schoonheid van alledaagse beelden zoals logos en verpakkingen, die door middel van collagetechnieken met elkaar worden verweven.
Zijn projecten richten zich vooral op de produktie van drukwerk, dat hij gebruikt om tentoonstellingsruimten te transformeren. In dit proces wordt digitaal gereedschap aangesloten op analoge drukmethodes. Naast zijn praktijk als grafisch ontwerper en kunstenaar, beheert Liemburg momenteel ook de zeefdrukwerkplaats op de Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.
Hello, my name is Harmen Liemburg.
I’m a graphic designer, screenprinter, educator and design journalist based in Amsterdam.
Usually regarded as one of the applied disciplines, I like to see graphic design as a vehicle for imagination, storytelling and self-expression, regardless if it’s a job or a self-initiated project. And, I choose to believe it’s a place for romaticism, ecstacy and humour as well.
Much of my graphic output is based on collage-techniques. Inspiration often comes from elements that already exist in the physical world.
In addition to a strong interest in graphic techniques, I feel a special fondness for the so called vernacular. I see beauty in everyday traffic signs, logos and packaging designs that most people just take for granted or maybe don’t even notice at all.
The visual buildingblocks that I’m constantly collecting, are typically redrawn in Illustrator and adjusted for the screenprinting process. The separate elements are given a new role and meaning by combining them with others. Together, they’re telling a new story.
Over the past years, my role has shifted from being the proverbial ‘problem solving’ designer, to somebody who’s mostly following his own agenda.
Sharing knowledge and experience, educating, and possibly entertaining and inspiring others, has become my major business. Contrary to what many people simply assume, I still enjoy working for clients as well!
And finally, when the work is done, you can usually find me somewhere outside on a bike, in a kayak, or camping out in the wild…
Every week, students looking for an internship, or young design professionals looking for a job, send me nicely crafted portfolios and CV’s.
As a soloist with a small studio at home, I’ve never felt the need to have an intern or assistant yet. Most of the work I do, needs to be done by myself within my own atmosphere. There’s hardly any division between private/business or work/free time. I just wouldn’t know how to keep you busy all day day long…
I’m always open to meeting people and looking at physical portfolios though, so if you happen to be in the area, and I have time for you, please drop by for a visit, okay?