Tracing a Lifetime
By focusing on extending the lifetime of our clothes by the simple means of repairing (for example small damages like holes, stains or broken seams), we can eliminate all those steps of a new production cycle, and reduce the amount of waste we generate.
I have created a clothing-collection made up by second hand, repaired garments of good quality, presenting an alternative to throwing away those garments which still have great potential to be used and valued.
The repair will become an embroidery and a statement; a new aesthetic of repair based on traditional repairing techniques like darning.
In a culture of consuming faster then our clothes break, the purposely visible repair will be a sign that this is a piece of clothing worth repairing.
Village of Ethics
Since 1909, there have been name-plates on the houses surrounding the prisons in Veenhuizen, with moralistic sayings on them that would remind the prisoners how to be «a good human being».
I asked the current inhabitants of Veenhuizen; what would you have written on your nameplate if you could choose?
Based on conversations that emerged,
I have made a collection of bricks, engraved with a variety of ethics or core values.
With the aim of making the visitor of Veenhuizen reflect on their own ethics and core values, and look at Veenhuizens history in a different way, they would be encouraged to choose one brick- and have it placed in a designated place in Veenhuizen.
I envision a growing path made by the bricks going through the village, creating a timeline and a worldly collection of ethics; truly making Veehuizen a Village of Ethics.
One of the original nameplates in Veenhuizen :
“Order and dicipline”
A nameplate based on what I could imagine my
generation would choose:
“Fit and vital”
“Knowledge is Power”
The Art of Undressing
Lingerie designed with the aim of slowing down the undressing, prolonging the foreplay. To take the underwear off you pull the end thread and unwind the whole piece- until nothing is left except bare skin and threads.
Watch the video below.
(The password is: theartofundressing)
“In a city like Madrid most of the nature we can find is controlled and maintained by the cities inhabitants.
But where did the wild nature go?
Does it exist in the city as well?”
Psychologically humans need to be surrounded by not only by nature and green, but the wild nature, which we have moved away from as urbanisation of the world grows.
When we weed out all signs of wilderness in our lives, it shows itself in our physic, often in form of panic and anxiety.
By welcoming areas in the city that would be allowed to be wild, we can hopefully gain a more balanced life.
«Wild City» is a guidebook that will show you the wild nature in the city, giving you both information on the subject and tools on how to participate on re-wilding the city.
Textile made out of recycled cardboard and textile fibers like wool and cotton.