Birgitta de Vos

The Dutch autodidact discusses her second start as a bookmaker.

  • Words Harriet Fitch Little

Birgitta de Vos works from a studio in the Dutch countryside and lives on a converted cargo boat in Amsterdam, christened The Iron Lady in honor of its huge rusting hull. But the former trend forecaster and fashion designer insists that inspiration can strike anywhere: her limited-run books—which collage together art, photography and poetic texts—are generally the product of settings and sensations she encounters while traveling. To mark the publication of her third book Omnipresent | Beyond Borders, De Vos is hosting an exhibition at The Kinfolk Gallery.

With their cohesive handmade covers, your three books certainly seem like a series. Is there an overarching theme?
I ask myself the same question! I think all my books are about waking people up in some way. In this book [Omniprese...

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