Study trip to Japan on invitation of the Dutch Crafts Council for the project Indigo:Sharing Blue to work with local textile professionals.
In Japan, I learned about the traditional Kurume-Kasuri technique and chose rope as a framework to implement new knowledge. This resulted in the collection NAWA: a series of ropes, cords and objects.
Photography first image: Lonneke van der Palen, last image: Thijs Adriaans
An ongoing research dialogue by artist-designer Aliki van der Kruijs and curator Lenn Cox.
We know each other from the bachelor Fashion Design at ArtEZ University of the Arts. Since then, we explore our own attitude and rhythms for alternative (fashion) systems to shape the future. Aliki by making, Lenn by curating (curare, taking care). Sharing a fascination for the ritualised behaviour of people, their body, space and environment. With Band Essay №1 we investigate through material, words and images our personal connection with the Japanese cultural and natural environment, an interest that we share together and implement in our daily life.
Band Essay №1 conceptualised when Lenn proposed Aliki to ping pong about the research during her study trip to Kyushu to work with local textile professionals.* In collaboration with photographer Lonneke van der Palen we made an essayistic collection images that is based on our research and dialogue.