I live and work as a Dutch artist / textile designer in India. My work explores various elements of the rich indigenous tradition of textile production, and in so doing allows its inherent aesthetic to absorb into my visual vocabulary.
It is simply impossible not to be influenced by the visual richness around me, and by the intensity and complexity that typifies life in India.
But what place does craftsmanship occupy in the culture today, what can we learn from it, and how is it shaping my way of seeing, thinking and working?
These and other related lines of inquiry guide my reflections on design and production, and inform my thoughts on the role and responsibilities of designers in the 21st century.