Marrije is Dutch-born with a heritage of seafarers and explorers.
As a child, she was immersed in the sounds, smells and tastes of Middle Eastern, African and Caribbean food. Her love for discovering new cultures and native art, such as Hopi craft and Haida carvings, later blossomed from those early experiences.
Marrije has travelled to most corners of the world and is inspired by the connection between people and nature in art, and in life. In her twenties she became interested in contemporary art, inspired by expositions at Mendini’s Groninger Museum, exploring further while being on city trips with her friends in London, Paris, Madrid, Boston and Stockholm (and her favorite museum, Fotografiska). She loves the work of David LaChapelle, Natan Dvir, Erwin Olaf, Jaime Hayon, Bjarke Ingels, Richard Estes and Zaha Hadid.
She used to live the corporate life, innovating financial management and customer services. Like many, she found herself struggling with relevance, energy and purpose. In 2016 she decided to change course by starting up her own consultancy agency. The agency generates innovative services for its clients, enabling them to disrupt their industries. Her life since then has become somewhat of a nomad’s!
A trip to New Zealand in 2019 after her loving mum passed made her fall in love with the beautiful nature and the sense of pioneering opportunity. This trip became the stepping stone for a new, exciting journey: to support the launch of Mamakan Studio while living and working in-between New Zealand and The Netherlands in 2020.
Marrije has an MsC degree in Business Strategy (Marketing and Organizational Development) and holds masters degrees in Retail Marketing, Lean Six Sigma Change and Customer Experience Management.
She strategizes on the business side of the studio, is responsible for project and artist management, and collaborates with the studio team and partners on creating immersive art experiences online. Her wish is to build a loving community to support the beauty of contemporary botanical art.
Marrije’s up for a good coffee anytime, loves rock music, new vineyards and wholesome food!