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About Mirjam Dijkema

The Impossible Machine is a shop run by Dutch artist and designer Mirjam Dijkema (1984) who studied Design, Illustration and Art History.

Currently Mirjam is teaching design and art theory at Minerva School of Arts in Groningen, the Netherlands, studying at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and working as a self-employed poster designer and screen printer. Her printing career started at the famous underground music club VERA, where she has been employed since 2007. At the Vera club, Mirjam designs and screen prints posters by hand, arranges exhibition and is in charge of the print shop in general. The Vera Club has been famous worldwide since the early eighties and nineties, when upcoming bands like U2, Nirvana and Sonic Youth were booked by the programmer Peter Weening, who is still working at the Club. Since the late seventies, handmade screen prints have been a important and many-sided face of the club, where currently 12 different professional designers are active.Mirjams work is exhibited all over the world and she gave numerous lectures about the gig poster and screen printing in general. In hermaster she focusses on how printing techniques convey different (visual) messages. Together with her students at Minerva School of Arts, she investigates the limits of the screen printing technique.As a poster artist she has worked outside of the Vera Club as well and made numerous designs for bands like Soundgarden, Dinosaur Jr., Fleet Foxes, Bright Eyes and many many more. Besides her work for the poster world, Mirjam works both for clients and creates artworks independently. Her fine art works are to be found in collections of nnumerous galleries in the Netherlands and Europe. 


Recent Exhibitions and Lectures


  • Exhibition in the Error! gallery in Spain Barcelona
  • expo and live screenprint demo at Eurosonic/Noorderslag, Groningen
  • Poster fair and Exhibition at the Primavera Sound Music Festival
  • Poster fair and sales at the music festival Welcome to the Village 2016.


  • Exhibition at the Kulturfabrik in Leipzig, Germany
  • Exhibition at the Scheune in Dresden, Germany
  • Exhibition, civic hall Portsmouth, United Kingdom
  • Group exhibition with gigposters
  • Part of a group Exhibition in Brighton during the great escape festival in England.
  • Poster fair and Exhibition at the Primavera Sound Music Festival
  • Poster fair and Exhibition at the Reeperbahn Festival, Germany Hamburg


  • Flatstock #33, Exhibition and sales at the SXSW festival in Austin, TX.
  • Poster exhibtion in the graphic museum of Groningen: GR-ID, Netherlands.


  • "I am, therefore I think", Goodfoot Art Gallery, Portland, OR, USA.
  • Flatstock #40, Chicago Illinois, USA (during Pitchfork Music Festival).
  • Flatstock Europe 9 // Flatstock 39, Parc del Fòrum, Barcelona, Spain (during Primavera Sound).
  • Posters Rock! 2013. Gig poster exhibition in Casa dell'Architettura in Rome.


  • Diversity in Screen Printing Gallery Show EXQUISITE CORPSE PROJECT 2012 The Vera Project, Seattle (WA), USA.
  • Flatstock 34, Parc del Fòrum, Barcelona, Spain (during Primavera Sound)
  • Flatstock Europe 8, Reeperbahn festival, Hamburg, Germany.
  • Noorderzon, Noorderplantsoen, Groningen, Netherlands screen print demonstrations and exhibition
  • Organisation and participation in exhibition 'Vera in Posters 2011', Galerie SIGN, Groningen, Netherlands
  • The World of Music Posters, Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona, Spain.


  • Flatstock #31, Fisher Pavillion, Seattle WA. Exhibition and sales at the Bumbershoot festival in Seattle
  • Group exhibition Push&Pull @ Subwalk, Arnhem, Netherlands
  • Lecture about screen printing, designing and Vera @ the Vera Project, Seattle
  • MusicFestNW Postermart, Portland Oregon, USA. Exhibition and sales during the MFNW festival in Portland, Oregon.
  • Participation in a group exhibition & sales during Into the Great Wide Open, Vlieland, Netherlands.
  • The Art of Musical Maintenance VIII, Goodfoot Gallery, Portland OR, USA.
  • Vera/Vera Project, Seattle WA, USA. Organisation of a large retrospective exhibition in the Vera Project in Seattle.