And it took me a while to realise I already found my meaning of life during my art academy time only lost it out of sight along the way. In 2005, my first year at the School of Arts in Utrecht, the teachers asked us to make a prognose of what might be important in 2009, the year we would graduate.
After all these years we (the textile sector) have set good steps towards using organic fabrics, recycling and wearing secondhand clothing. It is getting mainstream. Hooray!
Now I think it is time to pay attention to local (natural waste stream) materials, slow down, adjusting to the pace of nature and minimalism. And that inspired me to make " fluffy rocks and growing textiles"
- Are we taking the time for living yet speeding up sustainability?
- Can we be soft (feminine) and hard(masculine) at the same time?
- Do we make products that are strong yet do not last eternally but biodegrade?
- Can we source knowledge globally while using materials locally?
- Is adapting a solution to the local needs possible?
These considerations inspired me to make the work of fluffy rocks and growing textiles. [Click for more photos]
Here is some more inspiration about growing textiles [30 minutes]:
Barcelona's fabricademy experimented with growing grass dress, algae shoes and kombucha textiles in 2020.