In 2022 I graduated from the KABK in The Hague as a textile designer. In my generation in which recycling, up-cycling, sustainability and other ecological terminology have become commonplace, I have been inspired by everyday materials that are often overlooked. The materials I use are sustainable and recycled for a new purpose.
Living in the largest female student house in the Netherlands with 36 girls, I got my inspiration from the daily household, researching different materials, ecosystems and waste. Amazed by the daily production of this waste, I want to create awareness by taking the materials out of their original context and producing something new. Looking at the energy consumption of such a large household and placing it in the broader context of this time. I came across the fluff of the dryer, which are in continuous use in this house. Collecting this fluff gave me an insight into the clothes worn every season of the year. With the full harvest of 2022-2023, my work shows up close how a hectic household compares, not only in clothing waste but also in hair residue and leftovers from the house.
With the tufting technique I put the machine to the test during material research, I see many possibilities. I converted plastic supermarket bags, garbage bags and old clothing into material. Each work contains a hidden text with a typical student saying. With the chosen material and the daily packages of clothing that we receive in our household, I want to emphasize the polluting aspects of the clothing industry, which has a great influence on every day life.