As Chief Marveler at Maike's Marvels, Maike van Wijk creates wall collages incorporating her love of nature, found objects, photography, words, rubber stamps, and encaustics. She also creates steel wire jewelry incorporating waxed paper, vintage ephemera, and decorative wire. Her art is an expression of the joy and gratitude she finds in everyday living, with an aim to share that tranquility with others.
Maike launched Maike’s Marvels in 2011 to focus on the artistic and creative life full time. Since then, her pieces have been exhibited around Chicago in various group shows. After a wax and wire workshop, Maike’s collage work shrunk into necklace pendants, wire collars, bangle bracelets, and earrings, which supplement the collages she continues to create. You can find Maike’s unique gifts on Etsy, at The Collage Cafe, and See Jane Sparkle in Evanston, and at various pop-up events, which she announces in her monthly newsletter and on her web site. She is busy creating new pieces for the March 18 show with Melanie Deal at Creative Coworking.
Maike is Dutch with German family ties, and moved to the United States as a teenager. She serves as the President of FUSEDChicago and is a co-founder of the Network of Entrepreneurial Women, a women’s business group rotating around Chicagoland suburbs on a monthly basis.