Diek is a sculptor.
Diek doesn’t use his ears for making his art. But every work he ever made does have its own tone, and its own sound. But this is after the fact, it’s not something he puts into the work deliberately.
After coming up with an idea for a new sculpture, the first way Diek visualizes it is by using a pen and paper.
Diek’s work is very visual. Proportion, colour, texture all have to be judged. So of course his eyes are very important.
Diek doesn’t need his feet for making his sculptures.
His hands are most important. Diek uses them for sketching, for drawing, for making his sculptures, for testing their texture. For the complete process after coming up with a concept. He wished his fingers were longer.
Diek’s comes up with a concept before he starts making it. He thoroughly thinks it through. He also uses his head to discuss his ideas with Joke, his partner.
Diek has a wonderful workshop, but this table — which he made himself — and this chair — we he made himself as well — is the place where he works most of the time. Thinking, sketching, drawing.
It all starts with a naïve, childlike enthousiasm. And it always starts with an idea.
I’m going to make a canoe! This enthousiasm is slowly replaced by a more and more critical stance. The details of the work change during the making process, but it always stays true to the concept. Diek has a rather methodical way of working. Of course there’s also a certain amount of vanity involved:
Of course I can make that!
Diek uses a lot of tools. They depend on the kind of sculpture he’s working on. But all of his works start out with this single tool, a 0.5mm 2b pencil.