Who is Tineke?
Tineke Van der Eecken is a Belgian-born Fremantle (Western Australia) based artist. She established ‘Tineke Creations’ in 2002 as a sustainable business and has been designing and exhibiting jewellery in Australia, Belgium and the United Kingdom for over 15 years.
Born in 1967 in Sint-Niklaas (Flanders, Belgium), Tineke grew up with a healthy obsession with art and culture. She has lived and worked in many countries, including Burundi, Zambia and Australia and travelled to remote parts of the world such as Papua New Guinea, Easter Island and Madagascar. The family, including Hannah (23) and Toto (20), and their dog 'Moose' live in Fremantle, Western Australia.
Tineke studied Jewellery Design and Fabrication at the West-Australian TAFE as a mature-aged student and quickly developed her own style. She combines working with wire with traditional jewellery–making techniques and setting of stones, and ‘organic casting’ to recreate original forms from nature in previous metal.
Tineke Van der Eecken has exhibited her jewellery at various galleries around Perth with solo exhibitions at Monart Studio and Gallery, Elements Gallery and Gadfly Gallery among others. As a member of the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Western Australia (JMGA WA) she takes part in group exhibitions and the annual Bazaar.
Tineke is also a writer and lover of languages. She writes poetry and travel memoirs. Find out more about this here.