The unity and diversity of life captured in eye-catching fiber art

My expressive style reflects a dynamic synergy of opposite worlds, visible through the combination of measured geometry and fluid organic shapes, detailed photographic assemblages and abstract illustrations, and the implementation of digital techniques and tactile fiber crafts. Through exploring, interchanging and harmonizing contradictions and perspectives, conceptually and visually, I aim to underline both the unity and the diversity of life.

Within projects and associated relations I prefer to depart from an open-mind and unrestricted point of view, aspiring to let mutual understanding shape the outcome. True collaboration, whether with galleries, (production) companies or creatives, is something I deeply care about. All with the primary goal to create uplifting artworks that inspire, connect and bring across stories.

In 2022 I presented my first autonomous collection The Art of Living Together in The Netherlands, which was thereafter presented to the world at Rossana Orlandi Gallery during Milano Design Week. And since 2023 I’m represented by Todd Merrill Studio, New York.

Background   In 2009 I graduated with a Bachelor in Fashion Design from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute. During these studies my passion for patterns, prints and textiles was born; my collections consequently focused primarily on the development of these surface designs. Upon graduating I started my own design practice, working on diverse projects in fashion and meanwhile leading a workspace for creatives in Amsterdam. I also gained valuable experience through my work as freelance editor and stylist for the international WeAr Global Magazine.

From 2014 to 2016 I was employed by Marcel Wanders Studio, specializing in surface pattern and graphic design for bespoke product and interior projects. Thereafter I continued working independently on custom projects for companies like Moooi, Ted Baker and Studio Marcel van Doorn. During these years I traveled extensively while collaborating with clients remotely and at times working with local interior firms in Cape Town, South Africa and Luanda, Angola.

Presently I live in Oosterwold (NL), a revolutionary neighbourhood near Amsterdam. The inhabitants can design their own sustainable form of housing inside urban agriculture and biodiverse areas. Living in harmony with neighbours and with nature was the main reason for me to settle down in this flourishing town. 

portrait photo Rachel Schraven

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