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 The intelligence of the hand
Working on a computer-controlled loom I have taken weaving out of its traditional context, using it for making sculptures. There is a visual analogy between anatomy and weaving, i.e. in developmental patterns and multi-layered differentiation. There is also a material analogy between organic growth and 3D-weaving as a construction technique. These observations initiated my research about the intelligence of the hand, the fascinating axis between hand and brain and into the creative process and neurocognitive aspects of making.
Informed by a scientific and hands-on knowledge in anatomy I create a personal morphology. Series titled: embryologic objects, proxyclones, neurotubes, mutants are an inquiry into the nature of forms.
Since 2015 I enlarge structures and complex material connections - like looking through a microscope at tissue matter.





 STITCH_YOUR_BRAIN
is a practice-based, artistic investigation about the hand-brain-axis in creative making.
Centre of the project is the interactive website
www.stitchyourbrain.com
SYB project has two sets of inquiries
1. About the importance of making with your hands and the possible effects on the brain and well-being.
2. About the influence of medical imagemaking on body-identity.
Throughout the ages the image of the human body in the Arts and as popular knowledge has been tied to the progress of innovative medical techniques, like the microscope, X-rays and MRI scans.
In recent years public awareness about the brain changes through wide-spread visual reproduction. What are visual representations and reflections  about the brain by participants of SYB study?
SYB was launched in 2013 at IMPACT conference and will conclude in 2017.
Preliminary results will be published in 'Crafting textiles in a digital age'  by Bloomsbury Academic in 2016.

SYB is supported by:
NIN, Amsterdam
Bloomsbury Publishers
Prof. R. Zwijnenberg, Fac. of Humanities, Leiden
Foundation Stokroos

 Theory & Author:
As writer about artist’s techniques and materials I focus on the fusion of high tech and craft practice. A trained observer, I search for new developments and spot-on questions. Words are powerful and sensitive materiaI. I write in a clear, concise and personal style. No jargon. Telling compelling stories. (Dutch, English and native German)

Each interview with a maker feeds into my reserach about the intelligence of the hand. See: peer reviewed chapter in the Bloomsbury Academic publication 'Crafting in a digital age'.

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editor of Dutch kM magazine, writer for Dutch Textil Plus, international publications and institutional commissions


 
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