2010 – 2016
The VanVelzen fanwebsite VanVelzenVrienden.nl (previously VanVelzenFans) is a project that I started working on somewhere in 2009, together with Anne van Ruitenbeek. On the website we wrote newsarticles, kept an up to date calendar and made sure that everything that could be found about VanVelzen on the internet, was on there. Through the years the website has had a lot of different looks coming from my hand, and you can look at the current version over at VanVelzenVrienden.nl.
Apart from the website we also gave ourselves a big project for quite some years: To make a big birthday present from a big group of fans. This is something I’ve done with a lot of pleasure from 2009 until 2015. In the last years we made a website, a book full of recipes from fans and a documentary. You can take a look at all the projects over at roelisjarig.nl.
Not just the idea (original, thoughtful, thought through), but also the implementation (careful, creative, beautiful) are incredibly well done.
I dare say that this is the most beautiful gift a Dutch artist ever got from their fans!
Through years of following, making the website and the birthday projects we gotten quite close with Roel and his team, which made that we also got asked for help: for example brainstorming about merchandise (resulting in new bracelets and keychains), and helping to organize the yearly fandays by documenting the entire day or creating a ‘VanVelzenVrienden’ passport.