UPCYCLED DENIM DOLL
2018 - From denim leftovers, I created the denim sculpture “FEEL”.
HXWXD 120X50X50 cm.
The textile sculpture was exhibited on a bed. The bed was decorated with text & drawings, accomplished by students from the St. Joost Academie Breda.
Doors of perception
The denim sculpture has a cripple and sad appearance. In an era of digital overconsumption, we receive an overload of information. Our brains have limited resources. When constrained and overwhelmed with thoughts, they pursue well-trod paths of least resistance, trying to efficiently bring order to chaos. Information overload keeps us mired in noise... “Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?” T.S. Elliot.
The denim doll is holding the book " Art & Lies" by Jeanette Winterson. Besides the bed, an old overhead projector was placed with the intro text from this book. It explains the alienation and the timelessness of art:
The nature of a work of art
is not to be a part, nor yet
a copy of the real world,
but a world in itself,
independent, complete, autonomous
and to possess it fully
you must enter that world,
conform to its laws,
and ignore for the time the beliefs,
aims, and particular conditions
which belong to you
in the other world of reality.
(Oxford lectures on poetry: Professor Bradley in the year 1901)
2017 - Outdoor textile graffiti for the garage @ateliercomplex Lola Lik
"It is not to be the best in the world but to be the best for the world."
MIND YOUR FASHION FOOTPRINT
ONE-OFF UPCYCLED DENIM COLLECTION
2014 - My first no-waste challenge! As I discovered all the wrong ingredients the market provides us and how these harmful products damage our planet, I started to rethink. How to re-use materials. By collecting old garments and textiles (mostly jeans, as this is the most commonly worn garment of this ànd the last century) there is plenty of material available in my studio.
FAIR FASHION NON-TOXIC
Little dresses, skirts, vests, and accessories. All made from waste material. Unique items with still the feel of vintage. Green ethical fair garments will make everybody happy: the maker, our nature, and the consumer.
I focus on the blends (the polyesters mixed with cotton), they are so nice stretchy! Mechanical recycling is still a challenge for blend fabrics.
CONNOISSEURS CLAIM THAT DENIM, LIKE WINE, IMPROVES WITH AGE
To upcycle is meaningful, you will contribute to a better environment, it will reduce your carbon footprint because the product does not produce extra CO2 emission.
The recycled denim mini dress "voodoo dolls", was part of the exhibition organized by the Textile Museum Bussemakerhuis.
Photography: Lola Mooij - Models: Lisa Timisela & Robin Hids
"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night."
Edgar Allan Poe