I am Heleen Rittershaus. For me it's all about creating peace of mind and inspiring awareness about the fact that we always have a choice

The first 20 years of my life I spent in 4 different continents.

In 1995 I left 4 years of Art School (studying photography) behind and applied for a job as a flight attendant. 17 wonderful years later I felt the urge to re-invent myself, so I chose to resign from this job and to tap back into my creativity. I am inspired by the journey of life itself and I am enjoying this journey so far :).

Connecting the dots

Looking back and 'connecting the dots', it became apparent to me that creating visual mindfulness, had become a red thread within my creative expression. The pocket camera my parents had given me when I was 12, became my 'organising eye'.

Collecting memories photographically, as a tangible overview of my life, has helpt me to get a grip on the constantly changing surroundings and people around me. 

More recently I came up with my 'Flight Safety = Life Safety' concept which communicates through printed tee's and sweats. It expresses the same need for clarity of mind. How helpful are the simple airline reminders in daily life!

RITTRSHAUS: creating awareness

RITTRSHAUS is about sustainability in the broadest sense. Experiencing your own 'response-ability'. Making a positive difference through the choices you make, for yourself as well as for your surroundings. 

Creating awareness about your mind-set, realising what you stand for and how everything you do, say, buy, eat or avoid, has an impact. And that it reflects your mind, your character, your heart and your soul.

 
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Exhibitions

2018 --         Re:Set Film -- Inspirational Talk as introduction to the movie "Tully" -- Ex-Airhostess, Motherhood, Shirts & Photography -- FC Hyena, Amsterdam
2017 --         Nyhavn -- Conceptstore -- Sustainable Fairtrade Products -- Shirts -- Haarlem
2017 --         School of Life -- Shop & Café -- Products to inspire the mind.. -- Shirts -- Antwerp (Belgium)
2017 --         Soul Salon -- Sustainable Fashion Trade Show -- Westergasfabriek -- Group -- Shirts -- Amsterdam
2017 --         Pause Fashion Hub -- Sustainable Fashion Events -- Posthoorn Church -- Group -- Shirts -- Amsterdam
2016 --         TOON Amsterdam -- Platform for Creative Entrepreneurs -- Group Exhibition -- Photography & Shirts -- Amsterdam
2016-2017 -  Loods 5 -- Interior Design & Art Shop -- Affordable Fresh Art -- Photography -- Amsterdam
2015 --         Local Goods Market (now Makers Market) -- De Hallen -- Market for locally produced (fashion) products -- Shirts -- Amsterdam
2015 --         Czaar Peter Festival -- Street Festival/market with local shops & products -- Shirts -- Amsterdam
2015 --         Pop-Up Store @home -- Shirts -- Amsterdam
2015-2016 -  Vintage of the Future -- Interior Design Shop -- Solo Exhibition -- Photography -- Amsterdam
2014 --         Bar Moustache -- Cafe/Restaurant -- Solo Exhibition -- Photography -- Amsterdam
2014 --         Hutspot -- Conceptstore -- Group Exhibition -- Photography -- Amsterdam
2013 --         Qahaw d'Or -- Coffeshop/cafe -- Solo --Photography -- Amsterdam
2005 --        Wolvenstraat -- Cafe/Restaurant -- Solo -- Photography -- Amsterdam
2004 --        Walls -- Art Gallery -- Group -- Photography -- Amsterdam
2003 --        Special Talents -- Photo competition on behalf of Amnesty International -- Photography -- Amsterdam
2003 --        Walls -- Gallery -- Group -- Photography -- Amsterdam
2002 --        Scheltema, Staircase Gallery -- Book store -- Solo -- Photography -- Amsterdam
2002 --        Het Paleis -- Cafe/Restaurant -- Solo -- Photography -- Amsterdam
2002 --        Foam (Photography Museum Amsterdam) in the Vondelpark -- Outdoor Group Exhibition  -- Photography -- Amsterdam
2001-2002 - Kymzou -- Hairsalon -- Solo -- Photography -- Amsterdam 

 
 

Sales and Publications

2016 --         Odeon Theatre -- Theatre Cafe --  'New York Skyline/Brooklyn Bridge' photo --  Zwolle -- Sold
2014 --         Private Sale -- Chinese Tea Pot & Book (Shanghai) -- Utrecht -- Sold
2013 --         Private Sale --  'Toronto, Man & Carpark' -- Amsterdam -- Sold
2004 --        Government Tax office -- Photo printed on large screen/room divider. -- Hoofddorp -- Sold
2002 --        Foam Magazine -- As part of Outdoor Exhibition in Vondelpark -- Amsterdam
2001 --         Van Doorne Lawfirm -- Advertising Campaign -- Amsterdam -- Commissioned
1999-... --      Several private Sales -- Amsterdam, Blaricum, USA, Paris.