a gar van d e r k nij ff

Recently graduated at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, I have an interest
in office supplies, functionality, sincerity and public art.


gerrit rietveld academie fashion show Visual identity for the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Fashion Show 2022


collage work Visual identity for the exhibition 'While We Were Waiting' by students of Photography department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie at Melkweg Expo, 2021.


Ceramic plate made in 2020 (free work)


shelve with a4 papers in plastic

page 6,7 from my thesis

shelve with rolls of adhesive

shelve with a4 papers in plastic
For my thesis 'Adminstrative art: a fascination for offices supplies', I walk around in stationery store 'nibo' in Amsterdam. Through Post-its, plastic covers, and a selection of stencils I arrive at something that feels as 'the everyday'. The supplies seem simple and sincere to me. They make me feel at ease. When finishing the writing of it, I think of the office as a setting for my graduation work. A simple place in which I can show things I run into on a daily basis.



collage work Back cover for a fashion magazine made in Precourse at Gerrit Rietveld Academie, 2016.


collage work

Sound for reader of Eye magazine (and Marshall McLuhan) in Theory class with Paul Gangloff, 2019



Video for an evening called 'Psychedelic mystery' in Butchers Tears, Amsterdam (a class by Felicia Zweigbergk, 2019)


March 22, 2020
I was outside for 7 hours today. After that I ate 1,5 burrito and did the dishes. The lilies are not yet open and I think g. is sleeping behind me.

March 27, 2020
Today, after running, we went to the supermarket. We were having two shopping carts for eight products. I found a very little drink called 'Chubby' having the taste of cola and champagne.

March 31, 2020
We went to the east, by bike. The distance decreased already. I touched their drinks, since I was the only one with a bankcard. We went to the former naval site. It was one couple and us. There, it felt like a normal spring. When almost home, I bought red cabbage and red onion. After I sliced the onion, I added some apple vinegar and sugar and put it at the top shelf.

April 3, 2020
g. told me he dreamt he was walking in the city with Biggie. He said to him: ‘You’re really nice’. Biggie told him before recording ‘Big Poppa’, he had a lot of protein shakes. g. thought that was really naughty of him.

April 9, 2020
I went for a walk in the morning. There were not so many people in the street, it was nice, nothing happened really. g. is playing Pokémon Shield on the Nintendo. The window is open and I feel fine since I had a very nice two-hour lesson about typography by my typography teacher, even though the connection was really bad sometimes.

April 11, 2020
For easter evening, we made the house's favourite dish: Spring rolls with mango, paksoi, cucumber, purslane, noodles, smoked tofu, peanut sauce, omelet and I had a lot of hoisin sauce. We were drinking orange wine. After, we moved our mattresses to the living room and watched ‘The Neverending Story’. I fell asleep after some minutes.

Fragments of daily writing in march and april 2020


2016-2022 Basicyear & Graphic Design, Gerrit Rietveld Academie

2014-2015 Master Organizational Psychology, VU Amsterdam

2011-2014 Psychology, VU Amsterdam