Anne Margot Stapert

Anne Margot Stapert (1993, Jorwerd) studied illustration at the Minerva Art Academy in Groningen. She collects images from (fashion) magazines and nature books. She uses these images as inspiration and material for her digital collages. During her studies she did an internship in New York at The Society of Illustrators and other places. After graduating in 2016, she founded the illustration collective 'Knetterijs' together with a group of friends and they worked for several clients, such as Trouw and Hanze Hogeschool.

For citybooks Leeuwarden she made a visual portrait of the city in the summer of 2018. She immersed herself in the history of the city and mixed that with contemporary cityscape images in a series of digital collages.

She found her inspiration in the Leeuwarden Historical Center, where she read about the history of the city in old newspapers and books. In the Leeuwarder Courant, for example, a series of stories from the municipal archive was published, describing horrific but also bizarre fires, murders and disasters from the 17th to the 20th century.

She chose twelve incidents in which a specific location in the city is described that can still be found nowadays. In her drawings she contrasts these contemporary cityscapes in color with gray, face-less shadows from the past. This makes the past shine through at places where people are currently shopping or walking their dogs not knowing what happened on that very spot centuries ago.