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Weaving

Weeflab in Amsterdam Noord
profiles ‘weaving’ as a combination of skills, networking and research.

It explores contemporary weaving with a focus on both
making and critical reflection, i.e. the weaver as the protagonist of our times.

Weeflab is based on:
A sustainable agenda and manual skills:
weaving on hand- and computer-controlled looms,
serial and industrial work, printmaking with silkscreen,
material sensitivity and dexterity.


Weeflab is informed by a hybrid background of art and science:
spatial weaving and anatomy, layered prints and 3D growth,
textiles and tissue, grids and microscope.


 
Research

Practice-based investigation about the hand-brain-axis and neurocognitive aspects in creativity.

Stitch Your Brain project

Two sets of inquiries
1. The importance of making with your hands and the effects on the brain and well-being.
2. The influence of medical images on body-identity

lecture at KNAW, Royal Academy of Sciences, april 2017
about: The intelligence of the hand

SYB is supported by:
Foundation Stokroos

 
Writing + Teaching

Informed by a background in medicine and artistic studio practice I write about making, artist’s techniques and materials.
Commissions:
2019 contributing editor Surface Design Journal on Soft Borders
2016 'Crafting in a digital age' peer-reviewed article on the hand-brain-axis and well-being.
50 interviews about the creative mistake at the EKWC.
Profiling crafts with 100 selected Dutch designers, 6 articles by experts.

        
Teaching design - masterclasses and coaching. Based on hands-on knowledge in selected techniques and a rich archive of examples the challenge is to nurture and nudge talent.

 
ontwerp: bureau gras