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Can you take us through
through your creative process?
on becoming an artist
Explain your journey
"I used to be excited to
go home from school
just to draw stuff."

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Who and what inspires you
and in what way?
play a role in your childhood? 
In what way did creativity

Inspiration: Light diffusion research sketches, Neri Oxman and the MIT Mediated Matter Group's Aguahoja.

Various inspirational natural structures from graduation project

I graduated from the design department of the Amsterdam Fashion Institute with a collection that included fabrics and unique pieces that had emerged from my broad research and the use innovative techniques. 

By experimenting with laser cutting I developed a technique in which the fabric is cut into small puzzle pieces that form the basis of the design process. This is suitable for many applications such as jewellery. But the first wearable piece was a dress I made for a museum exhibition made from about 1,400 puzzle pieces.

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I wasn’t an exceptionally creative child, but I did like creative subjects more than natural sciences. People sometimes ask me if I’m good at maths because of what I do. I wasn’t really good at that, but I do have a good spatial insight. Natural constructions fascinate me with their ingenuity and resilience.

on becoming an artist?
What was your route

"Natural constructions fascinate me with their ingenuity and resilience"

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Textures and fabrics intrigue me, I always want to touch everything. I’m not inspired by specific artists, or styles, but colour does play an important role. I would like to develop my own prints on the right kind of fabrics that are suitable for my work. I'm still searching for the right partner for this. The biggest issue are that I don't need large quantities and the printable fabrics that are available today are too thin. 

Because my technique is quite specialised, and the designs are mainly coming to life through the construction I make, they are usually not premeditated. And if they are, then it’s always a test if it really works and if the result is what I thought it would be. 

With some experiments I’m sure the drawing/puzzle is correct but then while making it I find out it doesn’t work. Luckily, I know my core puzzle piece very well, and because of the modular system only the baselines vary (bigger shapes puzzled into the design to create strength and wearability), the puzzle piece is always the same in the jewellery collection. 

I have designed many other puzzle pieces but not everything is wearable, some shapes only create straight lines for instance. With my hexagon shape I can work more roundly. 

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your the modular system?
How did you come to

In my graduation project I was looking into biomimicry. Especially natural structures and connections that are organic but very graphic and smooth lined. Like the moire effects in a bug's eye for instance.

The modular puzzle piece that I mainly use is a hexagon shape and is inspired by a honeycomb structure. Creating a modular puzzle piece is not so complicated, making it wearable into all kinds of shapes is an ongoing process which keeps on evolving. 

Every year my collection keeps on expanding with new puzzled items, all from the same puzzle piece. I have worked with other shapes in the past and maybe I will develop them further in the future as well.

 Iris working on a Superb necklace  

Capture of fabric taken out of the laser cutter after cutting 

The multi-colour surround necklace, put together piece by piece

Who and what inspires you
and in what way?

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Walking to the ‘Growing Pavillion’ set the stage for me to be amazed. It was enormous, and nothing like what I expected from the information I researched on the DDW website. I prepared myself for the smell you would expect from a fungus based building. 

The Growing Pavilion
fungal vila
galore

But there was nothing of the sort. Inside, other artists inspired by the same theme such as: Aniela Hoitink, Christien Meindertsma, Diana Scherer, Eric Klarenbeek, Martijn Straatman en Huis Veendam also shared their work. 

Societal challenges such as climate change, subsidence, CO2 emissions and the scarcity of fossil fuels require new, sustainable solutions. The call for a more biobased and circular economy is becoming ever greater and is necessary. 

That is why  Company New Heroes and the Dutch Design Foundation, entered the experiment to build an iconic biobased pavilion for the Dutch Design Week 2019 together with other pioneers. This became ‘The Growing Pavilion’.

with Iris Nijenhuis

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"Natural constructions fascinate me with their ingenuity and resilience"

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I started my visit to the DDW at the stand of my friend and designer of medical insects, Merel Slootheer. She pointed out the stand behind her, belonging to Iris Nijenhuis, and her amazing leather jewellery, at least I thought it was leather.

Iris' creations look like leather, feel like leather but, instead, are a combination of  scuba fabric, neoprene and the finest forms of artificial leather. Her designs are puzzles that feel like a living being. They adjust themselves to you as a person would, and truly embrace nature in all its glory.

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