Last Sunday me and Lola Gielen went to the opening of an exhibition in the 3D PRINT STUDIO in Cuypershuis Roermond where the dolls from out graduation project "My street" are being exhibited. We are showing the process of the dolls but they were originally 3d printed, then we made molds from the printing, then a metal construction inside the mold before casting the dolls in silicon. In this way the doll became flexible and could for example sit in the theather. The exhibition is from 17th of february 2017 till 27th of August 2018.
For the last five months I've been in Iceland doing odd jobs. I mostly stayed in Ísafjörður where I worked on small projects in the village. I worked closely with the story-telling gallery/shop Skóbúðin where I met a lot of interesting people and got inspired by there work. I had a small space to work above Skóbúðin and was able to sell some souvenirs in the shop. In Ísafjörður I got inspired like always, from the surroundings, the people and the nature. Now I am back in Netherlands, with a head full of ideas and more then ready to keep on going with my design work. I will also continue working on the Peru project, you can check out there new webside: www.woofandwow.com.
For the past weeks I have started working on a project with WOOF & WOW. They are tackling a growing problem in Peru which is waste. They have developed a method to recycle plastic bottles in to a plastic yarn and they have been working with local weavers in Manchay to work with the material but there is also a big problem with unemployment. At this point I am designing a product from the plastic waste yarn that they can produce completely or partly in Peru. So what a great project! Tackling waste, unemployment and making new beautiful things. If you are interested in following the process of the project you can check out my new process blog. We are crowdfounding the start up on the project right now and you can support the project here.
In June I graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven after four years in this school. I had two project, one is called My street and is a collaboration with a good friend of mine Lola Gielen and the other one Fish on dry land that I did on my own. Me and Lola took on the topic gendered toys and designed dollhouses with an open mind for all gender. More information about the project here.
Fish on dry land is a very personal project relating to my own background and self-discovery. I wanted to find out what it was to be an Icelandic designer so I was very fixed on doing something relating to Iceland. I became very upsets about fishing gears and boats and ended up designing four furniture pieces. I had a very strong connection to the topic because I used to live in a fishing village myself and I have a long line of fisherman in my family. The furniture would be produced in this small fishing village where I used to live called Ísafjörður and was the design fit with in the frame I had there to what materials and companies I could work with. There is a problem with keeping up the employment and preventing people from moving away and to the city like in many other villages. I want the villages to live. I wanted to show that we can also use the good from the villages and use there strength and knowledge to for example produce furniture.
I got the Connection award at the graduation for this project and it's going to be exhibit at the Design Academy Eindhoven graduation show during Dutch Design week 17.-25. october.
Gosi is working on a n EP and we decided to make a special edition for couple of our friends and family for christmas. This special edition contains 9 songs and we asked those 14 people that we gave the cd too, to chose 5 songs they liked the best. The results will have a big influence on the final choses for the EP. I decided to make the cover a bit special because this cd was only made in 14 copies. I came up with this idea that you see on the pictures, it's lasecut from wood, two sides and an elastic band that holds it all together. When you open it you see the red cd on the green background but those our the identity colors of Gosi.
Last december I finished my internship at Floris Hovers. It was a great experience and I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with him. I came out of this internship full of new ideas, an obsession for color combinations and patterns. One of my favorite project that I worked on was this wooden city building blocks. I am exited to take all the knowledge I got from my internship and use it for my next big project in life, my graduation.
I will be doing two graduation project and one of them I will be doing with a good friend of mine Lola Gielen. we have worked a lot together for the past years and we are hoping to keep on working together after the graduation. Our topic is gendered toys.
In the other project, I want to become and Icelandic designer. Coming from an international school I feel that I have become international as well, witch is good in many ways but I also think it's important to remember where you come from. So I will be focusing here on Icelandic culture and habits.
For the next 4 months the graduation projects will be my whole world but there are also couple of side project waiting for my attention. More update on that later.
I am happy to announce that I will be doing my internship at Floris Hovers from September till December, just as I wanted. He is a very hands on designer, playful and interesting design, good sense of color and he has a big workshop. Looking forward to start.
In other news is that me along with Andri Pétur and Olivia Watkins are starting up new night called MÓA in TAC one saturday a month from September onwards. Our goal is to have bands and Dj's that play fun, upbeat, dance music. The first night will be held 13. September.
Finally my new portfolio is up and running and I'm pretty happy with the results. I also made a paper portfolio the other week and that came out nicely as well. On Wednesday I will finnish this 3d year of mine in Design Academy and then the search for an internship starts for real. I am hoping to find an internship around Utrecht or Amsterdam because I just moved to the lovely Hilversum. I am pretty open to what kind of a design studio I go to, always up for a new experience. Please let me know if you are looking for someone like me as an intern or if somebody knows about a place that might fit me.