Hilde Lambrechts was born in 1961 in Sint-Truiden, Belgium. In 1980 she moved to the Netherlands and obtained Dutch citizenship. She became a laboratory technologist in 1982 and subsequently studied biology at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands. She did a master in plant physiology and obtained a PhD degree in this subject in 1993. She had a number of publications in international scientific journals and was an invited speaker at several international symposia and congresses on plant physiology. In 2001 she was the co-author of a book on Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. From 1999 she had a garden designing business until she moved to Ottawa, Canada in 2002. From 2006 to 2007 she translated the biology curriculum of grade 7-12 from Dutch to English and vice versa for a Dutch company in the Netherlands. From 2005 to 2007 she was a freelance art teacher at Robert Hopkins Elementary School and Le Phare Elementary School in Ottawa. Hilde started sculpting in stone in 1999. While mainly self-taught, she attended a few sculpting workshops of Thea de Waard in the Netherlands. She started selling her work in 2004. Hilde was a student of Pamela Cockcroft-Laserre at the Ottawa School of Art from 2007 till 2009 and ever since she has developed a deep passion for the figure. In 2009 she discovered ceramic sculpture under the guidance of the great Jim Thomson. Hilde’s sculptures, drawings and paintings have been shown at several venues in Ottawa and are in private collections in Belgium, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Canada.
published in Bywords.ca May 2010