about us

MASieraad is an initiative of 3 jewellery designers: Gijs Bakker, Ted Noten and Ruudt Peters, art historian Liesbeth den Besten, Liesbeth in't Hout who has a broad experience in (design) education and Leo Versteijlen, who works in urban development. The 3 designers are exponents of different approaches to jewellery (industrial, conceptual and visual) and the group as a whole has a wealth of knowledge, experience and an extensive network.

Liesbeth den Besten
Independent art historian Liesbeth den Besten works in the field of craft and design, especially contemporary jewellery, as a researcher, writer, and lecturer. She lectures Jewellery History at Sint-Lucas, Antwerp. She is an Advisory Board member of the Journal of Jewellery Research. She contributes to AJF, SNAG Metalsmith, and the Journal of Modern Craft, and is the author of On Jewellery, A Compendium of International Contemporary Art Jewellery (Arnoldsche, 2011).

Photo credits: Miecke Oosterman

Gijs Bakker
Gijs Bakker is a designer, lecturer, educator, and exhibition curator. Over his career, which spans nearly five decades, he has frequently served as a jury member for international design competitions, consulted for major design firms, and has headed both the IM Masters course and the Masters Programme at the Design Academy Eindhoven. In 1993, Bakker co-founded Droog Design a Dutch collective of designers, products and information. And in 1996 he co-founded chp...?. In 2018 he received the royal distinction of Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion. Bakker is represented by numerous galleries and his work has been acquired for many public and private collections worldwide.

Liesbeth in ‘t Hout
Liesbeth graduated in 1975 at the Academy of Fine Arts Arnhem Fashion Department and started working as a freelance illustrator. In 1978 she was asked by Dutch Post and Telecom, Art & Design Department, as a curator and advisor for the companies graphic art collection. She worked since 1988 as a freelance consultant in the fields of fashion, design and fine arts, doing projects for companies as Dutch Post & Telecom, Dutch Railways, Amsterdam Muziektheater, Schiphol Airport, ANWB Wegenwacht etc.etc. Coördinated and teached at the department Man and Leisure at Design Academy Eindhoven and became Dean of the same institute in partnership with Li Edelkoort from 1999 – 2006. Was Dean of Amfi (Amsterdam Fashion Institute), part of Amsterda University of Applied Sciences, from 2006 – 2011. Thereafter she had a function at Sandberg Institute Amsterdam for 2 years as co-director an interim in partnership with Jurgen Bey and ran Fashion Council NL. She is the Hague based as a freelance consultant covering the area’s of fashion and design.

Ruudt Peters
Ruudt Peters (1950), a pioneering Dutch jewellery artist, challenged traditional definitions of adornment by pushing the boundaries of context, wearability, materials and presentation.
Peters has exerted a strong influence on the development of contemporary jewellery as artist and  professor at some universities in Europe, Rietveld Academie- Amsterdam, Konstfack- Stockholm, Alchimia- Firenze. Since 2001 Peters attracts international artists / students to his Summer School in the Netherlands, where he teaches week-long intensive workshops.

Ted Noten
Ted Noten’s designs act as a critique on contemporary life and on the history of jewellery, as well as on the wider context of product design. The underlying, recurring, theme of his work is to challenge convention and processes of habituation, the familiar and the unusual.
His oeuvre gains in depth from his idiosyncratic response to the apparent familiarity of our daily surroundings. By lifting symbols from their everyday surroundings and placing them in a new context, he doesn’t so much query the symbol itself as our perception of it. Ted Noten looks for fixed meanings in the banal and the cultivated. He debunks their essence, then reinvents them back into reality. In affecting and infecting symbolic values he actually reveals their unmistakable intangibility.

Leo Versteijlen
Leo is trained as an architect but made a career in real estate development. He has grown in the course of his career to a highly experienced principal for complex urban development projects. He combines strong conceptual skills, creativity and a passion for beauty with highly developed powers of analysis, administrative experience and business instinct. He is co-owner and Director of SITE, a consultancy office specialized in urban development strategies. 

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