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Stains, we want to remove them from our blouse or sofa as quickly as possible. Society’s values and norms ​​have decided that stains are dirty and undesirable. Stains often evoke a negative emotion, but what if we start to look at stains as something positive? In my project I look at the subject ‘the stain’ (de vlek) from 2 quite different approaches. Sharing the same love for textiles.


Approach 1: For the ‘ODE AAN DE VLEK’ print collection, many experiments have been done with fruit and vegetable waste and making prints. By playing with the concept of ‘de vlek’ (the stain) and a form of control and surprise. Zoom out and you see a colorful, natural looking print. Zoom in and see the details in the prints, the bleeding and overflowing of the natural colors, the recognizability of the material like residues and seeds. An unexpected design opportunity for patterns on the textiles we surround ourselves with.



Approach 2: On the ‘CLOTH OF LIFE’ (LEVENSKLEED) stains are a valuable addition, a reminder of a moment or time in your life. The ‘Cloth of life’ is used throughout life as a tablecloth during moments that you share with each other. But it’s not just a tablecloth; the idea is that at the end of your life you use the cloth as a shroud. How beautiful is it that you then take all those memories with you. Many designed products lose their value as the product is used more, they get old, this leaves traces and we see this as something negative. The ‘Cloth of life’ becomes more and more valuable as it gets older. The Cloth of life can also be pre-colored with natural dyes made from vegetable and fruit residues. If we start to look at stains differently, we can also see their beauty and value.

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Katja Heuveling, STUDIO VLEK