PIP was born in a small village by the sea as the youngest child of the family. She has three older brothers and a Love bird, or to be more specific, a small African parrot from the genus Agapornis. The Love bird is called Tjommy and it can say its name. Tjommy always sits on her head or shoulder and goes everywhere with her. PIP’s real name is Catharina, but everyone knows her by her nickname. PIP was the first word that she ever spoke and her brothers just started calling her that. The rest of the family soon followed and these days no one knows any different.
After PIP graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, she bought a dilapidated old Victorian house on the outskirts of town. There was no longer any paint on the house and the garden was a wilderness, but PIP fell in love with it the moment she saw it. The house’s most unique feature, to her mind, was the intense northerly light that lit it up when the sun shone and that reminded her of the village where she was born.
PIP created a studio in the attic of her house and dubbed it the PIP studio.
If you ask PIP’s friends what she is like, they will give you the following answer, roughly speaking: “Pip is honest and genuine. She cannot stand injustice, it makes her blood boil; she has an unusually highly developed sense of ethics. PIP enjoys life to the full and, although she has a relaxed manner, when designing her creations she does her utmost, and then a bit more. As regards her work, she knows exactly what she wants and how she wants it and will go through fire and water to achieve it. While PIP does listen to the opinions of others – at least, those she respects – she will ultimately follow her own intuition and do what her heart dictates”.
PIP designs products she would like to buy if she could find them, which is usually not the case. Her vision on her designs is actually quite simple, practical and sincere: “If I make a product, it has to be so good that I would like to keep it myself or if I give it to a friend or member of the family it must bring a little bit of joy and happiness. Without this emotion, it cannot be a true PIP product”.