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First of all, excuse the poor quality of photos. I was silly to only bring my iPhone and not a proper camera… Moving swiftly along, I really wanted to share a little bit of this wonderful exhibit with you: Earth Matters at Textielmuseum in Tilburg, curated by Lidewij Edelkoort en Philip Fimmano.

 

The exhibit was very atmospheric. A certain calmness as soon as you close the door behind you.

 

100% repurposed wool rugs by Salem van der Swaagh, using the waste edges of fabric cut offs.

 

Below that, Hydrangea by Kiki van Eijk. Don’t adjust your screen, it really is pixelated. Gorgeous.

 

Orchis by Kiki van Eijk.

 

Another room transformed, this time really dark. Oki Naganode by Julia Lohmann. This piece is made of Japanese Naga seaweed, treated and stretched like leather over a frame. I just love the use of ‘new’ materials as a substitute for leather. Earth Matters features a lot of examples of these new materials. Really interesting.

 

Works by various designers and atmospheric music. Really well done and quite mesmerising, one of my favorite parts of the exhibit.

 

Sponge Stool by Forma Fantasma.

 

Woven wheat by Diana Scherer (detail), root systems grown on 3D printed subterranean templates.

 

Woven wheat by Diana Scherer (detail).

 

Reinventing materials. Detail of a display cabinet.

 

Bottom Ash Observatory, by Christien Meindertsma. Bottom ash is the residue of burnt garbage.

SO much more to see, I really suggest you go and have a look for yourself. Earth Matters runs until november 26 at Textielmuseum in Tilburg. Tip: combine with Dutch Design Week, which is on from October 21 until the 29th (revisit my reviews on DDW here: DDW – Experimental Green and DDW – New design and old favorites).

 

Don’t forget to grab a copy of the Earth Matters catalogue in the museum shop! It’s packed with information and beautiful images.

Next time I’ll show you around the Textielmuseum itself, a place worth visiting. Watch this space!

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