The Amsterdamse Joffers

The Amsterdamse Joffers, 6 pages story, 9 biographies, 2016



(above: detail from page 1. The Amsterdamse Joffers)


The Amsterdamse Joffers was a group of women artists who worked from the end of the 19th century well in to the 20th century in Amsterdam.  My documentary comic is a ‚herstory‘ investigating the world these women lived in and questions what the real legacy is they left behind.

I draw parallels to the work we do as a collective with Chicks on Comics and within that context I include personal thoughts about perspectives now and then.


(above: page 2. The Amsterdamse Joffers)


The second part of the work is called „Nine Biographies“ and outlines the concise biography of the eight Amsterdamse Joffers and also that of Theresia „Sorella“ Ansingh, Lizzy Ansingh’s little sister who had a biography interestingly intertwined with that of the Joffers.

(above: biographies of Marie van Regteren Altena and Sorella)


The comic was created for the Chicks on Comics exhibition „Long Distance Relationship“ in Fundacion PROA in Buenos Aires, Argentina. All of the Chicks on Comics artists produced works that focus on a different genre in the arts. The exhibition opening end of December 2016 is combined with an extensive programme of work-shops, live mural painting, web publishing and more, running into February 2017.