Born in Germany, I spent most of my youth in South Africa, Sweden and Luxemburg. I am now living in the Netherlands.
My passions are textiles and colours. I guess it all began when I lived in Johannesburg. Every day on my way to school, I admired a group of ladies sitting under the trees, making and selling their crafts: embroideries, beadwork in all forms and sizes, jewelry and small furniture made of woven grass. Everything was boldly coloured in combinations I had never seen before. Of course I wanted to learn how to make these things!
Later, I studied Industrial Design and got my MA at Universität der Künste Berlin and a PhD in Design from Delft University of Technology. Since then, I work as a designer, researcher and teacher. Working with textiles, especially weaving and embroidery, however, remains my favourite. I love to combine state-of-the-art tools, such as image editing software, computer-driven looms and embroidery machines with traditional techniques.
The tension between craftsmanship and industrial design intrigues me. Which role do crafts play in a world that is completely industrialised and digitised? The knowledge on textile design is shifting: new techniques arise which enhance the efficiency of processes. On the other hand, technical knowledge that does not lead to faster and cheaper production is getting lost at a fast pace. This also has a deep impact on the aesthetics of textiles.
I am exploring the interplay of crafts and industrial design and their possible meaning: making fabrics that look industrial, but can only be realised in time-consuming artisanal work. Or digitising hand-made fabrics into complex embroideries that are carried out by a computer and can be mass-produced endlessly.
You can find more about me on TextileArtist.org, the platform for textile and fiber artists.
One of my works will be on show at the 9TH INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL EXHIBITION “SCYTHIA”, June 6-21, 2019, Ivano-Frankivs’k, Ukraine. www.scythiatextile.com