Sturkenboom was formerly a welder before graduating with honors in 2012 at Artez, Institute for the Arts in Arnhem. Sturkenboom is trained as a designer but now acts as an independent artist. Design is a word that can mean a great deal of different things depending on the time, place, and context that one chooses to view it. The Oxford English Dictionary defines design as: “Purpose, planning, or intention that exists or is thought to exist behind an action, fact, or material object” Perhaps that’s his only tie with design; Sturkenboom creates purposeful, intentional objects. In doing so, he works together with devoted craftsmen and artisans around the world. His work is part of public and private collections and exhibitions worldwide.