The Dutch writer Sjoerd Kuyper (1952) specially wrote a short story in a matchbox for MatchBoox. ‘De heks in je hoofd’, Dutch text with supporting illustrations by Martine Brand.
Although Kuyper also writes books for adults, he is best known for his childrenbooks. In 2000 Kuyper wrote the ‘kinderboekenweekgeschenk’ for CPNB. Sjoerd Kuyper also writes televisionseries and a few of his books were filmed.
Martine Brand attended the Fashion institute for Fashion Design and the Art Academy for painting in Amsterdam. She worked for various publishers of children’s books including Kluitman, Harper Collins, Casterman and Penguin Books. In 2010 she started a partnership with Michel Haddi Studio Ltd, to create a series of illustrated magazines named Collections by Martine Brand with labels such as Chanel, Dior, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, Armani, Versace, YSL, Dolce and Gabbana and many more. The bookazine is available during Fashionweeks and distributed worldwide by Comaq Conde Nast Publications and The International Magazine Company. These magazines are located in the best stores around the world including the Armani store, YSL, Hermes Boutique, Harrods, Selfridges, Corso Como 10, Angora press, Le bon Marche, Art Museums, Escada, WHS Smith and many more. For various labels and magazines Brand has drawn portrets by Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, Donnatella Versace, Giorgio Armani, Rei Kawakubo, Vivienne Westwood and Madonna.