Sunday, 19 June 2022

Sandberg Instituut Graduation 2022

Anouk van Klaveren

Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam presented the work of 78 graduating students from its five main departments (Critical Studies, Design, Dirty Art Department, Fine Arts, and Studio for Immediate Spaces) and two temporary programmes (Disarming Design and F for Fact).

Graduates presented their work to the public between June 9 and 12 at various locations in Amsterdam-Zuid.

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Yamuna Forzani, Iris van Herpen

Designing Material Futures

Exhibition — 26 May until 4 Sep 2022
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

The Stedelijk spotlights the greatest challenge of our time: the climate crisis. The exhibition It’s Our F***ing Backyard shows that designers can make a compelling difference: through innovative experiments or by drawing on ‘forgotten’ knowledge, they invite us to look at materials in a radically new way and offer us design that is both responsible and aesthetic, comfortable and accessible. Eighty selected projects by designers and companies from all over the world shed light on an array of strategies that explore innovative uses of materials. The exhibition also looks at how soil depletion relates to practices of colonialism, which are still continued by some multinationals.


Claudy Jongstra
Designers recycle all kinds of waste materials for new products and use the power of nature to create unusual materials. Design studio Bentu, for example, produces furniture from ceramic waste, Tamara Orjola manufactures textiles from pine needles and Basse Stittgen came up with tableware made of cow’s blood. The innovations range from experimental research to new applications of ancient craft techniques. Claudy Jongstra introduced medieval natural dye recipes into Viktor & Rolf’s fashion designs, and Seok-hyeon Yoon used the traditional ottchill lacquer technique to make recyclable ceramics. Maartje Dros and Erik Klarenbeek experiment with diatoms (micro-algae), which bind CO2, to make glass. Other projects focus on generating energy in ways that are less harsh on the environment, or forgo the addition of material by switching to a loan economy. Other initiatives focus on tempting users into think differently. All the projects on display give new impetus to the industry and make us more aware of our footprint.


The exhibition showcases experiments and prototypes as well as products already on the market. It includes work by Fernando Laposse, FormaFantasma, Christien Meindertsma, Shahar Livne, Donghoon Sohn, Alexandra Kehayoglou, and by manufacturers such as Vitra and Ikea. Designers are also forging new alliances. For example, together with DJ Peggy Gou, the Balinese design studio Space Available designed a chair from 20 kilos of plastic waste collected in Indonesia.
Tjeerd Veenhoven

It's Our F***ing Backyard shows works by

Alexandra Kehayoglou

Adidas, Adjaye Associates (Sir David Adjaye OBE), Belén (Brecht Duijf en Lenneke Langenhuijsen), Bentu, Biotrem, Circuform / Ineke Hans, Claudy Jongstra / Viktor & Rolf, Crafting Plastics Studio (Vlasta Kubušová en Miroslav Král), DRIFT (Lonneke Gordijn en Ralph Nauta), ecoBirdy (Joris Vanbriel en Vanessa Yuan), Fairphone / Bas van Abel, FormaFantasma / Dzek (FormaFantasma: Andrea Trimarchi en Simone Farresin), Ikea, Jacob de Baan en Tejo Remy, Krill Design, LENA Library (Elisa Jansen en Diana Jansen), Luis Fernando Barrios, Rafael Sánchez Brizuela Ochoa, Viridiana Palma Dominguez, Aniela Mayte Guerrero Hernández, Oscar Andrés Méndez Hernández, Naoto Ricardo Kobayashi Utsumoto. (Ontwerpers van the Solar Project onder leiding van Moisés Hernández) Mameluca Studio (Alessandra Clark en Nuno FS), Myenergyskin by / Kiki & Joost (Kiki van Eijk en Joost van Bleiswijk), Ocean Bottle / K8 Design, Reef Design Lab Studio / Sydney Institute of Marine Science (Reef Design Lab Studio: Alex Goad), Shahar Livne / Balenciaga, Space Available / Peggy Gou, (Studio) Bart Vernooij (Bart Vernooij), Studio CTT (Carissa ten Tije), Studio Ekaterina Semenova (Ekaterina Semenova), Studio Klarenbeek & Dros (Maartje Dros en Eric Klarenbeek), Studio Seungbin Yang (Seungbin Yang), Studio Thomas Vailly (Thomas Vailly), Studio Tinus (Martijn Straatman), Studio Yoon Seok-hyeon (Yoon Seok-hyeon), The Ocean Cleanup / Yves Béhar, The Slum Studio (Sel Kofiga), Van.Eko / NPSP BV / HeijltjesAkkaya, Vepa / Plastic Whale / LAMA Concept (Yvonne Laurysen en Erik Mantel), Vitra / Barber Osgerby (Barber Osgerby: Edward Barber en Jay Osgerby), WNDR (Matt Sterbenz)

The Slum Studio
And by the following designers Kosuke Araki, Marjan van Aubel, Aldo Bakker, Simón Ballen Botero, Yasmin Bawa, Cheick Diallo, Teresa van Dongen, Anne Fischer, Yamuna Forzani, Ting Gong, Iris van Herpen, Sae Honda, Elisa van Joolen, Alexandra Kehayoglou, Dirk van der Kooij, Agne Kucerenkaite, Don Yaw Kwaning, Janne Kyttanen, Joris Laarman, Roxane Lahidji, Fernando Laposse, Audrey Large, Savvas Laz, WooJai Lee, Mae-ling Lokko, Christien Meindertsma, Stine Mikkelsen, Tamara Orjola, Leo Orta, Océane Romanet, Diana Scherer, Joana Schneider, Yuiko Shigeta, Donghoon Sohn, Basse Stittgen, Tjeerd Veenhoven

Ting Gong

Elisa van Joolen

Friday, 20 May 2022

Curation Hour platform launch

CURATION HOUR - A NEW PLATFORM TO AMPLIFY THE VOICE OF FILMMAKERS Curating the Best Content Across Fashion, Music, Design, Dance, Art and Contemporary Culture 

Curation Hour is a platform dedicated to curating the best video content across fashion, music, design, dance, art and contemporary culture. The online platform encourages film directors, productions companies and content creators to submit their latest commercials, short films, documentaries and animations within these categories. 

Donnie Dix - Directed by Sascha Taylor Larsen

Curation Hour functions as a PR tool for filmmakers looking for additional visibility. Production companies and independent filmmakers can enter their work to be featured on the platform and its social media channels. The submissions scoring highest are then forwarded to the Curation Hour network - a growing web of journalists, festival programmers and awards directors. 

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Zlin Design Week 2022

The Best in Design – Best of ´22 exhibition opening

After two hybrid years, affected by Covid-19, Zlin Design Week returned in full force. From May 6th until May 13th, the extensive program of exhibitions, workshops, fashion shows and conferences took place at various locations. I was able to attend the program for the first three days and that was enough to leave the city with a positive impression.

Zlin is mostly known as an industrial town. The development of the modern city is closely connected to the Bata Shoes company and its social scheme, developed after the World War I.

Perhaps not the first thing one would think when entering the town, a large part of the town is urbanistically and architecturally valuable and is protected by law as an urban monument zone.

The Headquarters of the Bata Shoe Company until World War II was in Zlin, Czechoslovakia. This is the town where Tomas Bata set up his business in 1894, by the 1920’s he had built not only a vast factory complex but also housing for the workers. The architecture of Zlin is of the Modernist Style and was designed by some of the top Architects of the day, Karfik and Gahura being two of them. The General design layout was then used for other Bata Communities around the world.

Although perhaps an unknown destination for many foreign design enthusiasts, the city of Zlin with its industrial past, manufacturing industry and strong educational network has the perfect ingredients to function as a platform for design thinking and showcasing. The program is not only extensive in its set up but especially the multi-layered attention to quality and content.
In addition, the program has a strong focus on inclusive design, which is not so far-fetched at all; Bata's socialist ideal and caring for workers provides a foundation for this narrative.

"Miriam van der Lubbe, Creative Director of Dutch Design Week, recently said that designers are now influencing our future more than ever and can change the world for the better. This is a huge opportunity and a responsibility, and that is why we want to be a platform where such opportunities can be openly discussed. And to support those who can contribute to such a change, "comments its director, Jitka Smolíková.

Led and designed by a mainly young and enthusiastic team, Zlin Design Week breathes potential; which hopefully will permeate the city's policies. Because let's face it, it's not a city to put on your bucket list. But the very well organized design week is worth a visit.

Fashion show - Zlin Design Week

designer Šárka Zejdová, photo Vojtěch Plhák

On Sunday evening May 8th , Zlin Design Week presented a live fashion show for the first time.
The event took place at the Zlín Castle and featured collections by Lukáš Krnáč who studied at the Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Michaela Hriňová (Aimoffcl), Tamara Koperová, Studio 3 a collective of three designers, Miyogiji, promising brand Famale Official by Petra Famlerová, Šárka Zejdová, Alexandra Kondačová and Zuzana Ľos-Božiková who is currently a 4th year BA student at the Fashion Design Studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava.
Singer Giudi
supported this year ZDW with her live performance, which added a nice element to the packed fashion show.

Saturday, 16 April 2022

DressUndress - Modemuseum Hasselt

To conceal or to reveal?

26.02.2022-20.11.2022 - Modemuseum Hasselt

Revealing the (naked) body is again permissible. That has been amply proven by recent fashion weeks: naked dresses, miniskirts and crop tops are all the rage. Some celebrities, nevertheless, favour outfits that cover them from head to toe. What are your own beauty ideals? How do you reflect your norms and values in your outfit? And above all: what influences you in that choice?

For centuries fashion has been alternating between concealing and revealing. What is acceptable in fashion today was unacceptable yesterday and vice versa. In the one era a glimpse of a bare ankle is shocking, but in another it is a naked back… What triggers this ebb and flow? How have designers past and present responded to it? In the exhibition DressUndress Hasselt Fashion Museum searches for answers to these fascinating questions.

A quick glance at fashion history reveals that this tension between concealing and revealing is influenced by time-specific values and norms. An era’s prevailing ideas about gender, physicality, beauty, sexuality, modesty and decency are therefore reflected in its fashion. How? By either concealing the body – or parts of it – or by emphasising and highlighting it.

scenography by Maison the Faux

To Dye For - Textielmuseum

To Dye For

9 April 2022 till 2 October 2022
Textielmuseum Tilburg (Netherlands)

Textiles come in every colour imaginable. But have you ever wondered what makes your favourite jeans blue? Discover the world of textile dyeing in the exhibition ‘To Dye For’: from the origin of dyes and the stories behind them to their impact on people and the environment.

Yellow, blue and red form the starting point of ‘To Dye For’, which features work by artists and (fashion) designers such as Claudy Jongstra, Antonio José Guzman & Iva Jankovic, Nienke Hoogvliet, Aboubakar Fofana and Nan Groot Antink. Spanning centuries and continents, the exhibition provides a glimpse of the beauty and dilemmas of colour in textiles. Learn about the challenges that artisans, artists, designers and scientists have faced over the years as well as the creative solutions they have found. Discover which plants can be used for dyeing in the museum’s Dye Plant Garden.

Friday, 18 March 2022

Third edition 202030 - The Berlin Fashion Summit

Regenerative Fashion Systems - How we achieve sustainable positive effects with circular methods

From March 15th to 17th, 2022, the third edition of 202030 - The Berlin Fashion Summit took place under the title "Regenerative Fashion Systems - Implement Positive Impact" as part of Berlin Fashion Week. For the first time since the Summit was launched in early 2021, 50 leading experts met in a hybrid format, both digitally and on-site at the Metropolenhaus in Berlin. They analyzed regenerative mechanisms and fashion systems from a global and local perspective, and discussed possible tactics of implementation in existing systems.

Wednesday, 16 March 2022

Open Call for Entries - 14th edition FASHIONCLASH Festival

14th edition of the international and interdisciplinary FASHIONCLASH Festival will take place from 25 - 27 November 2022 in Maastricht (The Netherlands).

During this three-day hybrid (on- & offline program) festival, a new generation of designers and performing artists from all over the world are given the opportunity to show their work to a broad (inter)national audience. The program with exhibitions, performances, talks, workshops and fashion film screenings, showcases projects that explore, contextualize and celebrate contemporary fashion culture.

FASHIONCLASH Festival is all about discovering, stimulating and co-shaping current developments in fashion and opening up these developments to a wide audience. The festival focus is on developing and presenting a cross-border program that demonstrates that fashion is more than just clothing and that it can be a new world in which all kinds of different disciplines and voices merge into a new narrative. Participants of the festival belong to a generation of designers and artists who explore and question the boundaries of their discipline. With their works they move between the transdisciplinary domains of fashion, social design and visual arts.  

OPEN CALL for entries is now online and open for everyone!

FASHIONCLASH Festival 2022 will consist of 3 main program parts which will all be open to the public and additionally will be filmed and broadcasted online as part of the digital program of the festival.

  • Exhibition (New Fashion Narratives)
  • Fashion Film & Video (including Award for best film)
  • Performance (The Clash House - performative presentation with coaching trajectory)

More information about conditions and how to apply: 

There are 2 d
eadlines for submissions:

- Submission for Performance (The Clash House) before Sunday 24th of April 2022
- Submission for Exhibition (New Fashion Narratives) and/or Fashion Film & Video before Friday 1st of July 2022   

Take a look at the Aftermovie of the previous edition.


FASHIONCLASH Festival is an initiative of the Maastricht (Netherlands) based FASHIONCLASH Foundation, an interdisciplinary showcase and development platform and a worldwide network of new generation fashion makers and (performing) artists. Since 2009, the FASHIONCLASH has realized more than 200 projects in the Netherlands and abroad.

Tuesday, 15 March 2022

Kara Walker - Museum De Pont

Kara Walker
A Black Hole Is Everything a Star Longs to Be
19 February 2022 - 24 July 2022

In the exhibition A Black Hole Is Everything a Star Longs to Be, Kara Walker (1969, USA) opens her private archives containing more than 600 drawings that she has carefully kept hidden from the outside world for the past twenty-eight years. De Pont is presenting these unknown treasures, along with brand new works and a series of animation films, in Walker's first major solo exhibition in the Netherlands.
Walker, who initially caused a sensation with large-scale silhouette cut-outs, is one of the best-known American artists at the moment. In provocative and obscene, but aesthetically pleasing works on paper executed with extraordinary technical finesse, she portrays racism, gender, sexuality and violence. For Walker, drawing and the written word are the perfect vehicles for satire and caricature, for pamphletism and subversion and for the movement of the imagination. With subjects ranging from the American history of enslavement to the presidency of Barack Obama, she challenges the viewer to question established views and deeply ingrained myths. Fearless in her analyses, she investigates the origins of collective self images as well as her own identity.

The exhibition has been organized by Kunstmuseum Basel, in collaboration with Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt and De Pont Museum in Tilburg.

Long Live Fashion!

Long Live Fashion!
25 September 2021 till 27 March 2022

How do we extend the lifecycle of our clothing? How can we repair and reuse? And what does sustainable couture look like? In the exhibition ‘Long Live Fashion!’ you can discover how pre-loved textiles are transformed into new fashion and get hands-on with repairing and upcycling clothes. Celebrate and experience sustainable fashion, with work by Ronald van der Kemp, Duran Lantink, Matty Bovan and Christien Meindertsma, among others.

We have heard about the problems of fast fashion before, but how do we contribute to a circular textile chain? In collaboration with designers Christien Meindertsma and Harm Rensink and textile recycling company Wolkat, the TextielMuseum presents an exhibition that positively inspires to use our clothing more sustainably. Discover the large amount of raw materials that are used for our clothes in a space-filling installation, actively (learn to) repair clothing in Fixing Fashion, and have a custom fashion item made with recycled textiles in an actual Microfactory. Of course, renowned fashion designers and emerging fashion talents also inspire us with innovative and eye-catching couture made from recycled textiles.

Hundreds of garments
The exhibition opens with an installation by Christien Meindertsma. The renowned product designer, known for her curiosity about the origin of products and her meticulous research into processes, analyses hundreds of discarded garments for the exhibition together with a group of volunteers. Each of the garments has been photographed and examined in terms of composition. Using hundreds of unique information cards on the wall, Meindertsma visually provides insight into how many raw materials are used in our clothing. For her research, the designer delved into the collecting and processing operations of Wolkat, the Tilburg textile recycling company that supplies the discarded textiles for the exhibition.

Sustainable haute couture

As a celebration of sustainable fashion, ‘Long Live Fashion!’ of course also offers a stage for established and emerging fashion talent that transforms post-consumer and post-industrial textiles into couture or streetwear. Exemplary of this are the beautiful couture pieces La Fée Volante and La Robe Peinture à Franges from the couture collection SS 2021 by Ronald van der Kemp (RVDK). Duran Lantink also stirs the imagination with his eye-catching Oscient Otiose Dress from his unique Springsummerautumnwinter 2021 collection. With this collection, he disrupts the regular seasons of the fashion world and as a statement introduces an unusually long fashion season. You can also admire beautiful outfits by Bethany Williams from her collection No Recourse to Public Funds, as well as sustainable fashion creations from 2021 International Woolmark Prize winner Matty Bovan.

Circulaire creaties uit het TextielLab
The TextielMuseum also commissioned the development of new circular fashion items in the TextielLab, including yarns developed by Wolkat made from discarded textiles. Promising talents Matthew Needham and Stina Randestad have been nominated for these commissions by New Order of Fashion, a platform that links international design talents to the fashion industry. In the exhibition they show the (interim) results of their work in the TextielLab.

Sunday, 13 March 2022

Taskforce Fashion Results exhibition- Textielmuseum

Taskforce Fashion – Residency for Responsible Fashion 

20 January - 27 March 2022
Textielmuseum Tilburg

Commissioned by and in close collaboration with the Creative Industries Fund NL, Taskforce Fashion started in 2018, as a unique, multidisciplinary and research-based collaboration between fashion platforms FASHIONCLASH, M-ODE and State of Fashion. In co-creation with Dutch design talent and in dialogue with the (inter)national fashion field and other disciplines, the three platforms investigate the transformative role of fashion in relation to social issues with various experiments.

In the autumn of 2020, a second experiment was launched under the title Residency for Responsible Fashion. The designers were challenged to question the current reality and the fashion system, in order to eventually offer possible solutions for the future. Through field trips, desktop research and in-depth conversations with experts from the field, the teams investigated the social-cultural challenges of the cities Tilburg, Maastricht and Rotterdam. 

Corona challenged our designers to find new ways of presenting their design-through-research. Rather than merging the different team projects into one presentation, each team created their own local platform. This way, the projects could be presented in a meaningful place with a close relation to the research. From an exhibition space to a primary school class: unconventional and creative solutions were thought of.

Results are presented in a short documentary in which the participants reflect on the process and methodology. In addition, the research is depicted in, among other things, photography, workshops, textiles and jewellery.

Tuesday, 1 March 2022

Mijo - An Ode to Mexican Fashion of the 40s

Mijo is a young dreamer, suddenly blessed with the gift of King Midas. However his ability has a unique twist: whatever and whoever he touches is stylishly pimped up.

Shot in the uncharted streets of Mexico City, Mijo is a colourful and fun fashion film inspired by the pachucos fashion from the 40s. The film is a collaboration with independent local artists, showcasing traditional Mexican tailoring, fashion, music and illustrations all in one project. Channeling the city's edgy and urban spirit, Mijo reinterprets the myth of King Midas through a modern Mexican lens. 

“The film is a tribute to my love for magic realism. I wanted to create something with a narrative, but with a touch of surrealism to it. I also wanted to make sure that it reflected the Mexico of today, where tradition and modernity meet, and showcase the wonderful creative talent we have here.”- Mazdey Snob

Mijo from Snob Solutions on Vimeo.

Saturday, 5 February 2022

Mother(Land) - Currents #9

Emilia Chinwe Brys
Currents #9

30.01 to 06.03.22 at Z33 in Hasselt (Belgium)

Ten recently graduated artists are focusing on their own family tree. In Mother(Land) they show that your identity is shaped by your personal history and the places where that history has taken place.

When we look at our parents, and their ancestors, at the land they walked on, the cities they lived in, the work they did or the struggles they fought, we come across stories that still live within us somewhere. Those stories are alive right now; crawl through your skin, feed your tastes, and define your perspective. They form a family tree, as it were, an idea that carries through to all the works in this group exhibition. Sometimes literally, sometimes in the form of religions that characterized their youth, the country of origin that no longer exists or old friendships that have come to feel like a family. At times with sculptures or costumes, at other times with photography or ceramics.

Participating artists: Anne Arndt (GDR), Sigurrós Björndóttir (IS), Emilia Chinwe Brys (BE), Lou Cocody-Valentino (MQ/FR), Doris Kolpa (NL), Telma Lemarchand (FR), Denys Shantar (UA/CH), Seppe Vancraywinkel (BE), Joppe Venema (NL) and Theresa Weber (DE)

Curators: Fenne Saedt (NL) and Lieneke Hulshof (NL) In collaboration with Marres and FLACC.

Currents Currents is an annual group exhibition of work by recently graduated artists from art schools in Belgium, North Rhine-Westphalia and the south of the Netherlands organized by Marres in Maastricht and Z33 in Hasselt.

Seasonal Neighbours - Z33

Seasonal Neighbours
Our Invisible Hands

Each year, millions of seasonal workers from southern and eastern Europe come to the west to work in local fields and greenhouses. Their much-needed participation in the harvest contributes to the rich agricultural economy that feeds all of Europe and beyond. Our Invisible Hands visualizes this rural reality in all its nuances.

The travel restrictions during the corona crisis made the vulnerability of the system clearly visible. Borders closed and the call for local help during harvest was launced. The Seasonal Neighbours collective gathered sixteen artists, writers, architects, filmmakers and designers who saw the opportunity of this situation. They temporarily went to work as seasonal labourers, and used this personal experience as the starting point for artistic projects about living together and seasonality at the European countryside.

Our Invisible Hands shows the impact of temporary labour in the agricultural sector, and the perspective of the working man in the rural landscape. Starting from the real-life reality in the field, the exhibition develops themes of rituals, boundaries, communication, identity, coming home, and the relationship between humans and plants. Seasonal labor comes and goes, and is local. How can we understand this ever-recurring migratory flow from within?

Artists: Anastasia Eggers, Pia Jacques de Dixmude, Collectif dallas, Karolina Michalik, Claire Chassot, Ines Marita Schärer & Caroline Profanter, Jonathan De Maeyer, Ciel Grommen & Maximiliaan Royakkers, Mona Thijs, Yacinth Pos, Ioana Lupascu

Curators: Ils Huygens and Annelies Thoelen

You can find more info on the Seasonal Neighbours website.


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