About Me

Picture of Aster wearing a black turtleneck and a bright yellow apron.
I was born on a Wednesday in 1991. Two years later, my sister stole my thunder by arriving the day before my birthday and we’ve been a close-knit duo ever since. Some twenty-two years after that, I graduated from theatre studies at Utrecht University, having previously studied costume design at Utrecht School of Arts. I’ve always worked alongside my studies, amongst other things as a vegan chef. Since then, I’ve integrated the durational aspects of embroidery into slow recipes and fermentation, be it sourdough, nut-based cheesemaking with mould (the good kind), or various fermented drinks. I am sharing the recipes (in Dutch) one by one at Smashing Dishes. There you’ll also find a vegan helpline, where you can get in touch with all your baking and cooking questions. Right now, I’m hard at work learning to throw pots and building a pottery studio, with the goal of crafting handmade tableware and fermentation weights.

CV

Education:

Utrecht University (UU) — MA Theatre Studies, 2015-2016 (3.81 GPA)

Utrecht School of Arts (HKU) — BA Theatre Design, 2009-2013 (with Honours)

Christelijk Gymnasium Utrecht (CGU) — 2003-2009

Work & experience:

I’m currently working as recipe developer at smashingdishes.nl and developing a pottery practice step by step.

My sister and I worked together as vegan caterers at Zus&Zo from 2009-2021. I still work as one of her support people and as co-director of her daily support network.

Past projects and designs are featured on the portfolio page, including written works with a summary. A more encompassing summary of my MA thesis was published in the 9th issue of Danswetenschap in Nederland.

Other:

IELTS says that my English is as good as it can get according to their test: Band 9, Expert User. My French and German are nowhere near as good, but I did take them in high school. My Spanish is purely fictional.