Molly van der Weij
is a Dutch visual artist and freelance communication designer based in the UK.
Molly applies artistic thinking, imagery and design tools to aid communication processes, using a wide variety of visual communication and design methods. Her professional drive is to utilise the qualities of imagery and imagination to help develop and convey ideas, and make knowledge 'visible'. The main purpose of applying her skills is both to help improve mutual understanding between parties as well as to gain insight and inspire the process of innovation and business development.
Molly 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 (see Research
) won her the University's Innovation Award (2010).
Before moving to the UK in 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 visualisation 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 visualisation 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. She works independently for clients in private and public sector as well as for charities and gives lectures, presentations and teaches on invitation. Her career as a visual artist has a long track record of exhibitions, commissions and other activities. Her body of work consists of drawings, paintings, photography and digital media productions.
As well as her native Dutch, Molly speaks English, German and Norwegian.