“Creating a connected world.”

The work of Joeke van der Veen (1994, The Netherlands) can be described as sensitive, inquisitive and connecting. After her studies at the Willem de Kooning Academy, Joeke started her own company: Meekit. Meekit empowers young children to use their creativity, through products, workshops and an online platform. By working together with children and their families, Joeke discovered the urgency of feeling connected in a fast, digital and capitalistic time. Not only for the youngest generation, for every generation it’s of utmost importance to feel connected to yourself, the other and the world surrounding you. Therefore, Joekes projects are focused on creating a more connected world.

Info + education

Joeke van der Veen


Download the full portfolio in PDF here:
Full Portfolio 2018

Joeke on Giphy
Joeke on Instagram

Master of Arts ‘MADtech’ at the Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen
2019 – present

Bachelor ‘Lifestyle & Design’ at the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam
2012– 2016

Work + experience

Researcher at Joeke van der Veen, creating a connected world
2018 – present

Founder at Meekit, building a community of young makers
2016 – present

Workshop assistant at Bouwkeet Rotterdam, makerspace for underprivileged youth
2016 – 2018

Steward at Stadslab Rotterdam, makerspace of the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences for creative technologies
2015 – 2016

Volunteer at Printroom Rotterdam, presentation space and publisher dedicated to artists’ publications and riso printing
2014 – 2015

Residencies + internships

Summerschool ‘Science Through Theatre’, Greece

Graduation internship at Waag Society, Amsterdam

Artist in Residency at Pier 9, San Francisco

Internship at Studio Claudy Jongstra, Spannum

Publications + presentations

Contributions for The Future Society NL
2018 – present

Lecture ‘Creating Creates Happiness’ at Shanghai Toy Fair, STEAM Convention and several primary schools, China
In cooperation with Irma Smegen

Printed article ‘Co-Design With Children’ in STEAM Magazine

Online article ‘Human as Resource: How human materials can help us reconsidering our production system’ at Waag.org

Self-published article ‘Frameworks: How participatory design transformed the designer into a developer of frameworks’

Exhibitions + installations

Installation ‘Draw It Together’ at the Eindhoven Maker Faire, Twente Maker Faire, Makkum Art, Into The Great Wide Open, Vlieland and Kinderboekenweek, Rotterdam
2017 – present

Exhibition ‘Finals’ at the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam

Exhibition ‘Digital Craft’ at art and tech center V2, Rotterdam