Molly van der Weij
FRSA is a Dutch visual artist and communication designer based in the UK.
She applies artistic thinking, imagery and design tools to aid communication processes, using visual communication and design methods. The main purpose of applying her skills is both to help improve mutual understandings between parties as well as to explore and gain insight and understanding of phenomena and knowledge (aka: making sense of things).
Her professional drive is to utilise the qualities of imagery and imagination to convey and help develop ideas and knowledge. Her research interest is generally on "making visible". The focus of her work on communication, sense-making and understanding.
Molly is a RSA Fellow
and works independently for clients in private and public sector as well as for charities. She gives lectures, presentations and teaches on invitation, such as for the HKB, Bern University of the Arts
She graduated in Fashion Design and Illustration at ArtEz Institute of the Arts, Arnhem, the Netherlands and received her MA (with Distinction) in Fine Arts (Communication Design) from Bath Spa University, School of Art and Design. Her design research project on visualising people's experiences with pain won her the University's Innovation Award (2010).
Before moving to the UK (2006) Molly worked as illustrator, art teacher (drawing, design, presentation, digital media) and author (arts, fashion illustration) in the Netherlands and Germany until she accepted a position as special consultant at the FutureLab at the Norwegian Centre for Telemedicine (NST), University Hospital of North Norway (Tromsø). Here she was responsible for the visualization and visual communication of ideas, visions and knowledge applications around telemedicine, including concept and idea development within new telemedicine services, and was also closely involved in new product and service design. During her tenure at NST she expanded the use of visual communication and visualization into a powerful and effective communication tool in the multidisciplinary environment that she was part of, and used it as part of a wider set of (futures) methodologies such as scenario building.
Molly's work has received awards and is described as innovative, thought provoking and inspirational, and has instigated and contributed to a variety of research projects and new areas of interests.
Her career as visual artist has a long track record of exhibitions, commissions and other activities. Her body of work contains a number of series of drawings, paintings, photography and digital media productions.