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It is time for another Bestseller on the Etsy interview. Today I want to introduce Joyce Overheul. She is from Nieuwegein, Netherlands, and is the owner of the VliegendeHollander Etsy shop.
She has more than 200 patterns there. You can find all sorts of different designs from food to robots, monsters, hats, animals, pillows, letters, funny crochet, and much more.
You can visit her shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/VliegendeHollander.
Joyce sells crochet patterns on Etsy to raise funds for her art projects.
She is a very versatile woman. She photographs, writes, cooks, and designs crochet patterns; even her 21-year-old cat has her Facebook page.
She has done a significant number of exhibitions all over the world, in the Netherlands, Los Angeles, Portugal, Iran, Nepal, Honk Kong, Germany, Pakistan, Mexico, and more.
You can see her art here: http://www.joyceoverheul.com/.
Joyce Overheul studied Fine Art at the Utrecht School of the Arts and later on earned her master’s degree in Artistic Research in 2012 at MaHKU.
Her artistic practice mainly focuses on the use of social experiments, documentary-styled video projects, performances, fabric objects, and photography. Overheul doesn’t confine to just one medium of work but prefers to see which medium suits each concept best.
How did it all begin? Tell us your story.
Joyce: My grandmother taught me how to knit when I was 6 or 7 years old, ever since I’ve been a knitter. When I was in art school, I became interested in crochet, since you can easily create large 3D shapes with it.
I learned how to crochet via YouTube, it took me about a week before I could create my first amigurumi. It was a little fish, which I gave to my cat for a toy. Soon after that, people started approaching me if I could crochet hats and scarves for them, and slowly I started to make and sell my own designs.
First, I only sold the scarves and cowls themselves, but then someone from the USA approached me. She wanted to have the cowl but was a bit shocked by the high shipping costs (shipping from NL to the USA is crazy expensive), so she requested the pattern instead. From that moment on, I started selling crochet patterns.
What inspires you?
Joyce: I like all kinds of animals, weird things, and nature. I keep a little notebook with all kinds of crochet ideas, and every time when I want to make something new, I just pick something from the book.
How does your every day look like?
Joyce: So, since I’m not only a crocheter but also a visual artist, I have to divide my time between my artistic practice and crocheting. I mainly work from home, but I also do artist-in-residence projects abroad. Last January, for example, I was an artist-in-residence at a gallery space in Tehran, Iran.
I start my day by checking my email, my Etsy and updating my to-do-list. There’s always something to work on, lol! My art takes up most of my day, and if I have some spare time in the evening, I like to crochet. I don’t crochet often during the day, only when I have to take photos in daylight. My days are often very full, so it’s nice to end with something relaxing.
What is your favorite yarn?
Joyce: At this moment, I’m a huge fan of Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran! All my current designs are made with that yarn. It’s an acrylic yarn, and their colour palette is beautiful.
I also like it that everyone from around the world can purchase the yarn. I used to work with a Dutch yarn you could only buy in stores in The Netherlands, but customers sometimes ask me where I get my yarn, so I want to work with something they can purchase themselves too.
Joyce has shared some amazing free patterns with us.
I am so grateful I can interview such a fascinating woman. Joyce really is one of a kind. And just in case if you were also wondering, the man with the crown is not the same man whos photo Joyce took with a little umbrella between his but cheeks.
Which VliegendeHollander pattern do you like the best? Did any of them surprise you?
Thank you for reading, and make sure you check the VliegendeHollander shop.
Enjoy crocheting, and have a beautiful day.