Why did you develop your felt plants?
They represent the continuous migration of people from all over the world, fleeing from wars, natural disasters and poverty. When these people settle down, they will decorate their new houses and buy plants, because you feel at home where you grow your own plants.
How important is your city in your creative process?
Rotterdam is of great importance for worldwide migration and our work as artists is also very connected to this subject. We’re convinced we need each other, no matter where we come from. Attention to people and to crafts is the subject that links everything we do.
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How would you define what you do?
We make textile art objects with a strong identity. With our work we tell stories that give people a new perspective on things they already know, but have forgotten to appreciate. We love to express our ideas, telling unexpected and surprising stories.
How do you blend tradition and innovation?
The tradition of sewing by hand, like tailors do, gives strong value to the objects we develop and produce. Our handmade objects take a lot of time and attention to make, and this is a traditional aspect of the work, but can also be considered quite innovative.