vrijdag 1 juni 2012

Lidewij Corstiaans, Annemarije van Harten & Tessa Wagenvoort join forces for Fashionclash Maastricht 2012!

Collage by Lidewij Corstiaans
1. Please introduce yourself to our readers. (Who are you, where do you come from and what is your field of specialization?)
We are Lidewij Corstiaans, Annemarije van Harten and Tessa Wagenvoort, three designers based in The Hague, The Netherlands. Corstiaans is very much the material researcher, where van Harten’s designs are about construction and moulage. Wagenvoort has found her own way to edit textiles, using different techniques.

2. Why did you decide to create a collective project? 
We’ve joined forces for this project because we feel that our work affects each other in a positive way.

3. What makes it special and what is the common ground the 3 of you meet on? 
Each one of us manages a label of their own. The stage on which we are in the development of our entrepreneurship corresponds. Also we all live and work in the same city, The Hague. Our common ground is our work process. We start a project working from concept, research and always search for a balance between wearability and conceptual design.

Textile samples by Tessa Wagenvoort
4. Do you share the same design aesthetics? 
Our aesthetics meet and we appreciate each other’s work. We attach great importance to the expressiveness of our work. Refinement, details and the love for textiles are always visible in our designs.

5. What fascinates you about fashion design? 
Lidewij: The way fashion and materials could reflect the spirit of the time. Society’s perception and needs, and the development of these into ideas for the way people would dress.

Annemarije: With that in mind, creating new shapes, stories and images.

Tessa: To go through a process of manufacturing textiles, playing with colors and prints, using different techniques and convert ideas and inspiration into something tangible.

Atelier Annemarije
6. Why did you choose a hanging construction to present your work? 
We searched for a way to give our designs free space and we like to invite the public to come close and take their time. We created a situation whereby our work can interact with each other. The objects hanging from the pendants keep each other in balance, for us that is the content of a collection.

7. How do you personally define „fashionclash“ or „ a clash with fashion“ for yourself? 
Lidewij: A cooperation and understanding of specializations, and a sharing of views. The challenge between mass fashion meeting public needs, and high end fashion corresponding to aesthetics and the creative view of a designer label.

Annemarije: For me a clash often results in a merge, and new insights.

Tessa: A clash between materials, colors, techniques, inspiration and ideas, results in new designs.

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