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2011 - Comments Off on Masks | 2010 – ongoing

Masks | 2010 – ongoing


Although seemingly these masks tell stories, this again started out as a material experiment. I wanted to find out if by stitching a rope together I could make a large flat carpet. Instead of flat, the samples got curvy. When I was about to give up on the carpet, Vladi came up with the idea of ​​shaping the rope into masks. The possibilities are endless, I’m meeting new faces every day.
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The Masks were published by Heads Collective 

2011 - Comments Off on Autoreflector | 2011

Autoreflector | 2011

autoreflector_1_SBP_LR Sometimes people reveal themselves by the books lying around on their coffee table. Over-organized houses make me suspicious and wonder what they hide. This super-slick coffee table is made of glass covered with 30% reflective window film. The Autoreflector is one of those things that gets confusing because of its simplicity and is even harder to fathom with content. (h:35 w:100 d:60 cm, edition of 5 )


2011 - Comments Off on Font of the Loom | 2011

Font of the Loom | 2011

When you are asked to design a product you start exploring the function, imagining what it could be. This assignment for the TextielMuseum in Tilburg (NL) didn’t start with function but it involved a specific machine. For me, this immediately enlarged the possible outcomes of the project. The machine I’m talking about is a computer-controlled jacquard loom (Dornier). The Dornier is well known amongst designers because the museum regularly commissions designers to create a tablecloth on it. Most designers have an image transformed into a fabric binding. They make you step back to admire the big picture. I found it interesting to reverse that and to show, by looking closely, that each thread performs an important role in building an image. Text really fits this way of looking, better than a picture. We developed the smallest possible font. One line of text can be woven with just nine wefts. The font has been digitized and put into a font program. Basically, everything that can be created with a font can be directly converted to the loom. When the font was finally there, we didn't know straight away what we would write with it. We successfully designed a typeface that can easily be woven, to be honest, the content was not that important. After all we chose our favorite Wiki-pages. On the napkins, the font becomes a pattern. We definitely see more things happen with ‘Font of the Loom’ in the future.

Material: Biological cotton and lurex. Washable at 60 degrees, when washing 5% shrinkage.
Dimensions: l:280 w:160 cm, napkin l:50 w:50 cm.

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2011 - Comments Off on Zwervende tentoonstelling; ‘Why a conversation between Tonio and Bertjan takes such a long time’, Schieblock | 2011

Zwervende tentoonstelling; ‘Why a conversation between Tonio and Bertjan takes such a long time’, Schieblock | 2011


‘Zwervende Tentoonstelling’, an exhibition held during Art Rotterdam and Object Rotterdam, brings art to unusual & unexpected locations. Laboratory for urban development, ‘Schieblock’ temporarily transformed from an office building into an installation where my work met with that of Artist Tonio de Roover. Tonio creates a deeper layer in his work, he searches. Me, I sort of run into things. Despite our different approaches, the ou

tcome of our work often looks alike. That’s why we took the challenge to make this exhibition together. At first we tried to create a work together especially for the exhibition but we ended up just talking endlessly about our mutual interests, influences and fascinations. As we both like confusion, we decided to fill a room with our stuff where it is hard to distinguish which work is whose. The question: “What is art and what design?” became irrelevant, more important was: “Does it appeal to me / is it good?”