Born in New York into a creative family and growing up in England and the Netherlands, an exciting and globally oriented life defines this 21st century artist. Bibi van der Veldens' international background was a powerful foundation for her later creative expressions.
It did not take long for her to choose a life passionately dedicated to fine arts. Through her mother, accomplished sculptor Michèle Deiters, she became acquainted with the world of art at a young age. As her earliest childhood memories are those of freshly cut stone, it was not surprising that sculpting became her vocation.
Bibi studied fine arts in Florence, Italy. She developed her skills further at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and finally at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague.
It was already in Florence that her interest in jewellery design grew. Bibi was collecting remarkable antique objects and wanted to do something with them. At the age of 25, she started her Wearable Works of Art jewellery line in 2005, using unique pieces, antiques and personal belongings.
Bibi’s jewellery pieces have a craftsmanship-meets-design aesthetic, featuring an unusual blend of materials. Every piece arises from a creative journey that might start with a vintage pocket watch, a family heirloom, or 40,000-year-old mammoth tusk.
The handmade creations can be seen as a natural outgrowth of the English countryside where she grew up. She now divides her work across several continents and has studios in The Netherlands, Switzerland, France and Thailand.
Bibi carefully combines historical materials with innovative ideas, newly developed techniques and a great dose of creativity. Jewelry pieces with twirling balls, rings that can be opened to reveil a hidden ring inside, two different earrings that form one asymmetrical pair... It's always brilliantly surprising.
Another important element is consciousness. Using sustainable materials and creating awareness for a better living environment, Bibi wants to achieve a balance between luxury and sustainability in a way that chimes with the mood of the modern consumer.
Bibi is known for her sense of fun and sharp appreciation of everyday beauty, mixed with a strong love for nature and sculptural form. This unique combination has fuelled Bibi’s design into globally acclaimed and desired works of art.