– About –
Sonja Smalheer is a passionate designer and entrepreneur.
After completing her education in Cape Town, South Africa she immigrated to The Netherlands where she completed her studies in art and fashion.
She graduated with highest honours and has since worked for many cutting edge designers and artists.
Her AFRICAN ROOTS and the simplicity of DUTCH DESIGN unmistakably inspire her work: An eclectic clash of colours, hand-drawn details and art inspired prints.
All her products are painted, printed and made locally, mostly in her studio in Baarn, situated 30km outside of Amsterdam.
Sonja believes that artists and art play a vital part in any healthy society. She feels it is her responsibility to support artists in their development in becoming successful, thriving and happy professionals.
Sonja is an international speaker and teacher inspiring audiences to live authentic, flourishing lives.
The roles of artist and designer are unmistakably intertwined in the work of Sonja. Even though art is at the heart of her creative process Sonja uses her experience as a fashion designer to translate her artworks into innovative and practical products. Her painted and printed fabrics are sold off the roll or as a ready made product.
Sonja believes that artists and art play a vital part in any happy, healthy society. She feels it is her responsibility to support artists in their development in becoming successful and thriving professionals. She is the author of compelling and inspiring content helping artists to achieve this.
As an international speaker and animated storyteller Sonja explores her topics with honest, humor-filled engagement. She talks on a variety of subjects such as design, the creative process and art entrepreneurship. She uses personal stories and her struggles to inspire audiences to live significant, authentic lives.