Het Gat in de Heg /
Annie M.G. Schmidt School 

In collaboration with Stroom Den Haag, 2023

‘Het gat in de heg’ (or ‘The hole in the hedgerow) consists of twelve window-illustrations that were created for a primary school in The Hague. 

The name of the work refers to the first chapter of Jip and Janneke, a famous Dutch childrens’ book. In this story, one of the two main characters crawls through a hole in the hedge, and they meet for the first time.
In addition I took inspiration from childrens’ games like ‘hide-and-seek’ and ‘the floor is lava’. 

This resulted in a visual language that is graphic and versatile, using play and imagination as core elements. A circle can be a sun, a flower, a thought - or sometimes it’s a hole to disappear into. Where the drawing ends, your imagination continues.  

The illustrations are printed on ultra-clear foil, and are spread out over the windows of two different hallways. 

All pictures by Sander Foederer 

© Femme ter Haar 2023