Steam gave rise to an industrial revolution. It created opportunities for machine-produced products and new speeds in transportation. For the textile industry steaming became a method to fixate the dye in the fabric.
The project ‘Steam’ uses these known qualities of water vapour to simultaneously create and fix the print onto the fabric. Unlike contemporary print methods, where intricate details and sterile regularities are dominant, ‘Steam’ demonstrates an enchanting dialogue between control and coincidence. The created patterns and shapes are the imprint of the steam on the fabric, records of an ephemeral moment
The fractal patterns on these silk scarves are created by the hydrophobic reaction between water and oil based pigments. Due to this reaction a subtle pattern arises on the surface of the water, I captured and fixated this FLUID PATTERN OF LIQUID TENSION on delicate silk.
A fascination for the old Japanese Suminagashi technique forms the basis for the experimental methodology where the hydrophobic reaction between water and oil based pigments is used to create a unique graphic pattern. Due to this process of discrepancy a fractal motif arises on the surface of the water. This fluid pattern of liquid tension is captured and fixated on delicate silk and fine ceramics. A fleeting two-dimensional surface transforms into a tangible and solid whole.
Photography: Raw Color
DEMENTED ARCHETYPICAL OBJECTS
In the movie " Forgotten memory" you step into the world of dementia. An invisible and hidden world is exposed. How look everyday things through the eyes of someone suffering from dementia. How do they experience their environment? What is a teapot if you don’t know what a teapot is?
The earliest characteristics of our civilisation can be seen in treated bones. Bone is a material that has historically been used to make tools jewelry and other products. Today bone is viewed as waste; it is crushed and burnt. Michiel and Jetske are giving bone another lease of life by highlighting its beauty.
These images show a collection of shapes made from cow bone. With this research they examine the characteristics of the material and explore its usability. SEARCHING FOR A WAY TO USE THE OLD SKELETON AND CREATING A NEW FRAMEWORK.
A collaboration between Jetske Visser and Michiel Martens
Soot mainly consists of countless pure carbon molecules. An essential element for life and at the same time one of the main causes of the hothouse effect.
BY EXPLORING THE BORDERS OF THIS MATERIAL NEW POSSIBILITIES EVOKE.
THIS COAL-BLACK MATERIAL IS USED AS A PIGMENT TO TINCTURE PURE SILK.
In the oillamp, in which oil is burnt, slowly arises a layer of soot. The lamp gives the possibility to collect the black material and use it as a pigment.
This project was especially designed for the exhibition Untouchables by Dutch Invertuals 2011
INDUSTRIALLY PRODUCED, LOCALLY SOURCED FABRICS
Because of the substantial water consumption, the chemical dyes and worldwide transport, the textile industry is a serious pollutant. Jetske Visser had studied new production methods using locally sourced materials. Excess and waste materials from the local industry around National Park the Biesbosch, combined with natural resources, have formed the starting point for the yarns, dyes and new dying techniques. Raw Materials, collection Biesbosch is an industrially produced, locally sourced collection of fabrics.
Oak gale painted linen, cotton washed with iron ore, brushed linen and madder painted cotton. All materials where found in National Park the Biesbosch. 2010
By deconstructing different objects, piece by piece, Jetske Visser and Michiel Martens revealed every little detail and show their beauty in a new image.