Steven Vander Meer is the owner and operator of Meer Image, located in Manila. As a solo operation, Steven makes rubber stamps for a variety of customers and has a versatile artistic background, which also includes figure drawing, hand illustration for moving pictures, wood burning, and an academic background in photography. If you’ve been to his studio, you know he’s been making modifications for some time, and seeing the thought put into every detail of the space is incredibly telling of his artistic process.
Steven’s Experience with Open Studios
- Between my endless inquiries about each of his projects and walking through what can only be described as an artist’s playground, Steven answered some questions about his previous experience with NCOS.
- He’s been involved with Open Studios for well over 10 years.
- He usually gets between 80-100 visitors despite his studio being off the main path, in Manila.
- As many others do, he creates business and post cards for visitors to take home.
- Steven keeps a blog and posts works in progress, allowing website users to pre-order stamps before they’re officially available.
- He uses Tumblr and YouTube to show his animation work in the form of full videos or .gifs.
- Before his studio is open, Steven will lay out the different steps of his process for visitors to use as a visual aid while he explains the steps.
- However busy it gets, he does his best to talk to everyone and make them feel welcome as soon as they arrive. Part of doing this is letting visitors know who is hosting the studio, as this isn’t always clear if you aren’t already covered in ink, paint, charcoal, or what have you.
An exciting development for Steven this last year, and Lynn Jones from Just My Type Letterpress (profiled here, for North Coast Open Studios) as well, was that they both received the Victor Thomas Jacoby Award from Humboldt Area Foundation. With the funds, Steven plans to explore animation through his in-progress film project BOOMERANG.