Secrets of making
For the first time, the TextielMuseum is showing in a group exhibition how artists, designers and fashion designers work together with the technical experts, product developers and yarn specialists of the TextielLab. The exhibition offers a glimpse into the creative process of creative makers such as Otobong Nkanga, Koen Taselaar and Tess van Zalinge.
Every day, artists and designers come from far and wide to work in the TextielLab; the specialist workshop of the TextielMuseum. Unique to the TextielLab is that museum visitors can look over the shoulders of the creative makers and technical specialists. They see up close how the textile works come off the machines. But how do these projects come about? For the first time, the TextielMuseum shows how artists, designers and fashion designers work together with the technical experts, product developers and yarn specialists of the TextielLab, in the group exhibition ‘Secrets of Making’. With work by Otobong Nkanga, Koen Taselaar and Tess van Zalinge, among others.
Creatorship comes to life
Divided over two spaces in the exhibition, creatorship comes to life. Imagine yourself in the first room in the workshops and studios of the makers and discover their methods and sources of inspiration. On display are, for example, sketches, working drawings, tests and threads. In video fragments, the product developers, yarn specialists and technical experts from the TextielLab explain the manufacturing process and explain how they created the textile works together. In the second space of the exhibition, the (interim) results of the creative production processes can be seen: from innovative sun blinds and meter-high tapestry samples to furniture constructions made with trimmings and garments that respond to weather conditions.
‘Secrets of making’ shows the inspiring creatorship of fashion designers, artists and designers Alissa + Nienke, Sigrid Calon, Jef Montes, Otobong Nkanga, Suzanne Oude Hengel, Ines Sistiaga, Tanja Smeets, Koen Taselaar, Geo Wyeth and Tess van Zalinge. The designer collective Envisions also contributes and is also responsible for the spatial design of the exhibition.
Exhibition ‘Secrets of making’
Artists and designers in the TextielLab
June 26, 2021 through May 8, 2022
Photos: Ronald Smits (Envisions), Josefina Eikenaar (TextielMuseum)