zondag 6 november 2011
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Elke van den Berg
With Bread Bowl, two bowls for preparing bread, Elke van den Berg wants to communicate her double love of clay and food preparation. "The bowls can be used to knead the dough, allowing people to work with their hands and with the ingredients." Bread Bowl can be used at home to make traditional, home-baked bread. The bowls can be used for every step in the progress: kneading the dough for the bread, letting it rise, baking and storing it. When you are finished, hang your bread on the wall, like a still life, a piece of traditional art.
Instead of just a quick slurp from an old mug, drinking tea should once again become a relaxing ritual, believes Femke Roefs. In the great tea-drinking cultures of Japan and the Middle East, the beverage does more than just quench the thirst, it also fulfills an important social role. With this in mind, Roefs created a mobile bamboo tea trolley, complete with hand-crafted copper kettle and accompanying heat source, plus room for cups, saucers, sweets and all sorts of teas. In short, the trolley acts as a luxurious centrepiece to reinstill this age-old drink with a sense of occasion, transforming the mundane into an experience to be savoured.
In the movie " Forgotten memory" you step into a world of dementia. An invisible and hidden world is exposed. I wonder how daily things look like with the view of a demented person. How do they experience their environment? What is a teapot if you don’t know what a teapot is?
The table is to be used as any other; except that it does not matter if the surface is damaged in anyway. In fact it is encouraged. The table serves as a visual repository for the events that happen on it. Once the tables surface is damaged enough, you can simply plug the table into the mains electricity and the surface will melt and repair itself.
We think of wood as a solid material only. But what if wood could be made flexible? This is what Lenneke Langenhuijsen set out to do as part of her ongoing search for innovative materials. Her quest has taken her to the South Pacific island of Tonga, where locals beat the bark of the Paper Mulberry tree to make cloth. As part of her Wooden Textiles project, she has documented this ancient craft in a short film and expanded the basic principle to create a new, flexible fabric. Experimenting with techniques often only applied to textiles, such as dyeing and embroidery, she displayed them in an 'inspiration book' to showcase the full potential of wood as a basis for fabric. Moreover, she created a collection of interior textiles as well as a set of wooden stools formed and 'upholstered' with multiple layers of her fabric. A unique property of the material is that, unlike regular textiles, it can be moulded to hold any given shape, until it seamlessly assumes 3D characteristics.
Nyke van Bijnen
Down in the deepest waters things are dark and impenetrable. Creatures there seem te flaunt every law of nature. Bodies are transparent, organs are visible and tentacles extend beyond the length of the actual beast. Nyke van Bijnen likes to see the objects surrounding her as creatures. Table Creatures is a collection of organic vases based on these miraculous deep-sea creatures. Each vase has it own characteristic expression: while one has freckles, another wears a collar. The vases developed out of experiments involving textile and epoxy; transparency and different layers add a unique colour to each vase.