Bernadine Ypma



Hollandse Toren 24 3511BN Utrecht

Studio Bernadine Ypma

Instagram @studiobernadineypma

Vlam Pipe Street 84 SP0.3 3534AR Utrecht

Chamber of Commerce 89469739 NL004734202B87


Studio Bernadine Ypma portrait photo


Jewelry has always been my greatest interest. In 1999 I started at the art academy in Maastricht and continued studying contemporary art at the University of Amsterdam. I enjoyed working in a Utrecht gallery, with Dutch Design collections and with the jewelry collection at the CODA museum. After a switch to management positions in heritage, I have returned to the arts after ten years. As director at the Parkvilla cultural center (film house, theater, creative courses, cultural education and festivals), but especially as a maker, designer and goldsmith.

At the end of 2022 I founded Studio Bernadine Ypma and since 2023 I have had a studio in Utrecht at the creative hub Hof van Cartesius. There I create my own collections and work on commission. How wonderful to be working with my greatest love again!


When I walk through cities I am fascinated by how the architecture and art surrounds me. I want to be able to carry that feeling with me, the impressive, creative and powerful one. That's why I make jewelry inspired by my favorite art and architectural styles. Architecture and art that you can carry with you, that surrounds you.

Examples of the design process

I write blog posts to explain to my customers the process of making my jewelry. On my website page Work in progress I take them from inspiration through design to the final piece of jewelry.


The Brut collection

For men and women

The Brut collection was designed with the ambition to create a collection that appeals to both men and women.

Bold and powerful

Brutalist buildings are striking, imposing and geometric. The architectural movement Brutalism was popular from the 1950s to the 1980s. I love this functional and raw style of architecture. It inspired me to design a collection that is bold and powerful.

The Pop collection

Freedom and cheerfulness

The Pop collection is a cheerful collection inspired by pop art and Memphis design. The character of Memphis Design that started in Milan in the early 1980s was one of liberation and joy with bold colorful and geometric patterns.

A festive collection

This cheerful collection is designed to radiate the festive energy of Pop art and Memphis Design.

The Lumen collection

Elegant and fresh

The Lumen collection is an elegant and fresh collection. Natural gemstones in spring colors combined with timeless silver necklaces, earrings and rings.

Color and light

During my visits to museum exhibitions, I am struck by a bright light in the residual space of an image, the relief of the painter's touch and the use of color, contrasting or soft. At such a moment the design process for a new piece of jewelry begins.

Curriculum vitae 


03-2023 / present Studio Bernadine Ypma | Designer and goldsmith (Utrecht) Hof van Cartesius
  • participation Hoog Cartesius and Hof der Zotheid
  • participation Atelierroute Utrecht 2023
  • exhibition project Museum Woerden (2023/25)

09-2021 / 01-2024 Director Parkvilla Cultural Center (Alphen aan den Rijn) (24 hours per week)

01-2020 / 08-2021 Director-manager CBG | Center for Family History (The Hague)

  • Member of science committee International Institute for Social History (IISH) (KNAW)
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the War Sources Network (NOB)

02-2017 / 01-2020 Deputy Director – Head of Audience and Presentation | The Utrecht Archives (Utrecht)

02-2012 / 02-2017 Director Regional Historical Center Vecht and Venen

2010 - 2012 Archivist collection Jewelry CODA (Apeldoorn)

2008 - 2010 Registrar Dutch Graphic Designers Archive

2006 - 2008 Art advisor Galerie De KunstSalon (Utrecht)

Additional functions

2021 - present Expert for one-on-one conversations with master students at the Fontys Academy of Arts research days

2019 – present Member of the Kargadoor Board (Utrecht)

2019 – 2023 Member of the Advisory Committee of the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund (Utrecht)

2015 - 2021 Member of the Advisory Committee Reinwardt Academy Amsterdam University of the Arts

2016 - 2020 Editor-in-chief Archievenblad (trade magazine)

2014 - 2019 Chairman of the Circle of Utrecht Archivists

2011 - 2018 Treasurer of the Archive Publications Foundation

2013 - 2015 Secretary of the Vechtcord Foundation, Vechtstreek


2021 – 2025 Goldsmith training (Zadkine Schoonhoven)

2023 Entrepreneurship Route (Culture and Entrepreneurship)

2021 Course 'Art as politics' (BAK Utrecht)

2018 Inspiring leadership (De Baak)

2016 Digital Heritage Management Program (DEN)

2015 Master Course Enterprise Architecture (PBLQ)
2015 IT Audit Essentials (AuditIT)
2014 ICT developments course (SODnext

2008 - 2011 Archival Science & Archival Studies A University of Amsterdam Master

2001 - 2008 Art History – Modern Times University of Amsterdam Bachelor and Master

2003 – 2006 Reinwardt Academy, University of the Arts

2000 – 2001 Social Pedagogical Assistance Fontys University of Applied Sciences

1999 – 2000 Academy of Visual Arts Maastricht

Publications and presentations

2020 - 2021 Lecture and participation board of reflection Fotodok (exhibition Pass it on)

2021 Interview GENmagazine

2020 Television program More than the picture RTV Utrecht

2020 Column Museum Level about collaboration

2017 'Art in the office' Interview in Elsevier about art and leadership

2017 Conference presentation ' Archive on display. Exhibitions and education at the Amsterdam City Archives, National Archives and The Utrecht Archives'

2016-2020 Editorial column Archievenblad

2015 – 2017 Article and lecture based on new work Doina Kraal (Touche a tout). FOAM and Onamatopoeia.

2009 About archives as an art form. Essay Cultuurmarketingprofessional.nl

2009 The private archive of the graphic designer as cultural heritage (article) magazine Simulacrum