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Matronae Lopica

This is a story about a historical, philosophical, spiritual, scientific, ecological, and practical journey I took, as cheesemaker, through my beloved polder, the Lopikerwaard, in the Netherlands.

On the journey I found a universal wisdom by listening to the ancient whisper of the triple Goddess, the Matronae:

HARMONIOUS COEXISTENCE between HUMAN and NATURE through a dynamic state of GRADUAL TRANSITIONS, is not only possible, but a pre-requisite for a next FERTILE FUTURE.

My polder has become an inspiration, and a source of ingredients to model my own holy trinity, the Matronae Lopica. Bringing them alive has been an act of:

  • Honouring the versatility of our polder and its people
  • Visualising the passage of time and the existence of gradual transitions
  • Celebrating the harmonious coexistence between human and nature
  • Embracing the next fertile future

My triple Goddess represent, embody, and protect the combined energy of man and nature in the Lopikerwaard.

I have discovered, worked, crafted, grown, and fabricated with their spirit in mind:

  • I clean, purify, and repurpose
  • I take and give back
  • I worship local
  • I search for coexistence at the material level
  • I use precious resources scarcely
  • I count my blessings



Project booklets

From polder history to project concept

Science of local polder waste streams

Bioscoring system for polder materials

Materials derived from local polder waste streams

Matronae Lopica derived from polder materials

Last update: 2023-03-27