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Identification Embroidery

for Sightless Seeing #4 - Acquisitions

by Sarah van Lamsweerde

2020 - Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam - Gemeentelijke Kunstaankopen


For the exhibtion of proposals for the museums collection titled In The Presence Of Absence, Sarah developed a tour through the works which deal with what is commonly left unseen.

The perfomers Alicia Hoost and Leroy de Böck live with visual impairment. Sarah and I invited Alicia and Leroy to respond with visual output to sensory input such as touch, smell, sound, taste etc.

I transferred personal characteristics of their lines to embroidery as a way to identity one another through a sense other than the eye.

To challenge the idea of being visible, I dyed the clothes in the same blue as the carpet landscape which invites audience to sit rather than experience the exhibition strictly vertically.

The flip-flop/sock ensemble is a constant in the uniforms of the experts in Sarah van Lamsweerdes performative tours, making an appeal for a sense of empathy as well as a science fictional approach to uniform.







Plant and Feather outfits

for The Moving Forest

by Why Not Festival in collaboration with Julidans

2020 - Offsite venue, Amsterdam

Centre of the Moving Forest is Ibelisse in feather collars, holding space for audience dancing in foliage apparel.

The feathers for this urban forest rave I have collected from two Egyptian geese shot in the farmland 10 km north of Amsterdam.

A second collar is made with four years of feathers I have collected in the Netherlands and Belgium.

foto Nick Chesnaye








Marionet Flower Shade Structures

for New Dionysian Festival

by Irina Lavrinovic, Asher Lev, Laura Eva Meuris

2020 - Greenhouse, Belgium

On the hottest hours of the hottest days around the full moon of August I've assembled floral patterned fabrics into modular adjustable shade structures.








Elastic Habitat Bodies

for Elastic Habitat

in collaboration with Helena Dietrich

2018-2019 - several theatres in Belgium and Netherlands; a.o. Kaaitheater Brussels/ Buda Kortrijk/ Brakke Grond Amsterdam

A collection of ten wearable bodies are translations of interviews with people on how they experienced their bodies translated into textile.

Elastic Habitat Trailer


Elastic Habitat Documentation










Pixel Animal Patchwork

for Ask The Birds

by Mehraneh Atashi

2018 - Palais de Tokyo Paris, Graz Kunstverein and other exhibtions

Skai patchwork animals, finished with velvet and ribbon trimming








Below a selection of collaborations with and assignments for artists, activists, choreographers, theatremakers and more. Apart from stains and holes, my expertise lies in flying carpets, leather catsuits and tents.


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