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Finding Beauty in Life and Death

A design of a woman with flowers, plants, birds, and bugs as hair.

Maker Spotlight: Pauline Teunissen (aka La Scarlatte)

Where do you live?

I live in the center of Amsterdam, looking out over the ships in the harbor.

Where do you look for inspiration?

Almost everywhere — but nature is what I love most. So when I get the chance, I go to the dunes and the beach, which are quite close to Amsterdam (and where I grew up), and I wander around the woods and little lakes there, photographing everything that might come in handy one day. Traveling is a great inspiration too — I’ve been to lots of great places like Costa Rica, Iceland, and the Galapagos Islands. But the city of Amsterdam has great stuff as well; I live really close to the zoo and the Hortus Botanicus, so I’m there almost every week to look up something I want to investigate for a project. And when you take a stroll or a bike ride around the canals, you can discover lots of things like small statues on facades of canal houses or antique bookshops.

A colorful design of of plants.

What emotions do you hope to evoke with your art?

Everybody experiences art differently. I hope they enjoy it in their own way, and maybe see different layers in it than I expected to express. And I hope my work conveys the joy and patience I have in creating it.

A digital painting of various flowers.

How do you find the beauty in both life and death?

I think my artwork has a serenity about it. And even though I am very interested in duality and the darker side of a beautiful scene, somehow when I try to create more edgy artwork, it still has that calmness about it. Maybe it’s my color choices or my pencil strokes, but the end result is always a space where things are delicate and movement like the wind is softly blowing. Most testimonials I get about my work are that people find it gives them a sense of daydreaming.

What words do you live by?

Keep curious. I try to constantly keep curious in everything I do, the way I work, how I spend my spare time, how I interact with family and friends. And whenever I find that something is out of balance, I find new ways to get there. So maybe “never give up” is also a good one. 🙂    

See more of Le Scarlatte’s work at her website and on Instagram @lascarlatte.

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A woman digitally draws flowers on a tablet.
A colorful design of birds and flowers.