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. All throughout my studies I’ve worked as a vegan chef and as a carer. Since then, I’ve integrated the durational craftspersonship that came with embroidery into slow recipes and fermentation, be it sourdough, nut-based cheesemaking with mould (the good kind), or various fermented drinks. I have been working on finalising and sharing recipes and how-to’s for a few years now, and the countdown to launch has finally started. You can sign up to get a reminder for when we go live at Smashing Dishes, for either the Dutch website, or the English one.

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:

My sister and I have been working together as vegan caterers at Zus&Zo since 2009.

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.