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Crafts Council Nederland


All week at Veem | Floor 2 | Strijp-S

Together with partner Dutch Design Week, Crafts Council Nederland has been putting the spotlight on making for years. With the inspiring group exhibition HOW&WOW in VEEM at Strijp-S, we present the importance of crafts.

From wood carving to polyurethane moulding and from young maker to seasoned craftsman; HOW&WOW presents all dimensions of making.

Crafts Council Nederland is the platform and expertise center that strengthens, innovates and broadens creative craft, both in the Netherlands and internationally. We ensure a revaluation of crafts and make them future-proof. We do this together with a large community of maker-designers, craft professionals, museums, workplaces, companies, the government and academies.

During Dutch Design Week 2019 we highlight the meaning and power of making on the basis of five current themes:
- Innovation from tradition
- New materials and new applications of techniques
- Sustainable materials and production processes
- New future heritage & cultural identity
- Social innovation

Anna Stringer

In Anna Stringer's studio sculptures and ornaments are still carved using original techniques. Stringer also restores wood carvings including furniture, mirror and picture frames and interior paneling in a traditional way. The craftsman reconstructs lost wood carvings on the basis of photos or drawings. But she also makes new designs in historical styles. Like a rococo mirror frame; a new design based on 18th century examples, adapted for a fireplace in a monumental building.

Beatrice Waanders

The Happy Sheep Project
Waanders is founder of felt label The Soft World and makes large-scale felting work from local old sheep breeds for interior and architecture. Happy Sheep is an XL rug with the colour marks of the ram still in the wool. This parts of a sheep fleece is normally thrown away as worthless wool unsuitable for dyeing. Waanders gives it a prominent place.

Bianca Koevoets

De Zadelwerkplaats
De Zadelwerkplaats is the only traditional saddlery in the heart of Amsterdam with a small hidden horse museum. Saddle maker and historical researcher Bianca Koevoets introduces you to the craftsmanship of saddle making, harness, saddle restoration, repair and historical riding art. She also gives saddle training and master classes. With the Society of the Natural Art of Riding (SONAR), Koevoets is committed to promoting saddling and safeguarding the heritage.

Emma Wessel

The Shelly Twister
Shelly is the sister of the Brady Twister chair that Wessel developed for HOW&WOW - cooperazione! by Crafts Council Nederland exhibited last year during Dutch Design Week. The Shelly Twister rack is a result of playing, experimenting and trying things out on an existing hardware store rack. Shelly is playful and has its own character. An ode to personalizing standardization.

Erno Korpershoek

Friese kerfsnee
Erno Korpershoek has been active as a woodcarver for many years, it is a tradition in his family; his grandfather was also a wood carver. Korpershoek delves into the history and technique of this craft, collecting antique wood carvings and writing books about the motifs. Korpershoek now is a key figure in Frisian woodcarving. He drew hundreds of historical motifs, as a guide for contemporary cutters.

Esmé Hofman

Basketry master Esmé Hofman was one of the prize winners of Hokuriku Kogei, a leading crafts award in Japan, in 2017. During HOW&WOW she shows objects from her Out Of The Comfort Zone (OOTCZ) series. These objects are part of a coherent series of round shapes without immediate use. They can be considered as independent objects in her research into lines, structures and forms.

Fleur Peters

The Light Conductors
Fleur Peters is fascinated by light and colour that translates into glass work, in which she investigates the relationship between craftsmanship and contemporary design. Peters believes it is important to develop traditional crafts. "The Light Conductors" is a material research into light and colour in glass, with the aim of conserving traditional glass techniques. Peters experiments with screen printing, engraving and painting on glass and laminates this like safety glass.

Floor Nijdeken

At a time when individuality and speed are becoming increasingly important, Floor Nijdeken presents #SUPEREGO. An excessive installation of self-portraits in various techniques, as a follow-up to his social embroidery installation "Crossover Collective", with which he tries to connect people through embroidery and tradition. With #SUPEREGO he breaks a lance for the ME culture. With a cheerful pronounced colour and form language, he simultaneously expresses his appreciation for craftsmanship.

Handmade Industrials

Impose Series
Impose Series is a collection of unique and colourful objects made with a bio-based thermoplastic and eps grains. Both materials, like in the industry, are moulded using heat and pressure to obtain their eventual shape. However, instead of using traditional, metal moulds, the design duo takes a different approach. They found that using flexible balloons as moulds instead of rigid metal allowed them to create these unique objects.

Heleen Sintobin

Heleen Sintobin is inspired by ancient and future making methods, her work strives to convey the power of materials in a contemporary design context.
The DIGI-TERRA COLLECTION explores the aesthetic language of digital crafting within contemporary ceramics. The collection showcases CNC milling on wet porcelain and clay exploring the fingerprint of the machine.

Hyunjee Jung

Bricks, tiles, and blocks
Hyunjee Jung's textile works are based on reinterpreting traditional techniques and material in a contemporary way. They are made with Korean traditional silk fabric and also inspired by Bojagi which is one of the Korean traditional textile crafts. The projects are inspired by an imaginary space and objects from her dreams as well as the recombination of things that she encounters from ordinary life.

Jan Hovens

Jan Hovens is the grandchild of a carpenter, from an early age he was fascinated by wood. He has been a full-time wood turner since the mid-1990s and possesses a wealth of knowledge as well as many historical materials. Hovens mainly uses waste wood and wood that has been damaged by rot-mold. The first phase of the decay process creates new colours, stains and stripes in the wood that can turn a normal piece of wood into an extremely beautiful object.

Marieke van de Ven

Marieke van de Ven researches various crafts such as print, embroidery and basketry. Amphorae, a collection of tailor-made vases is influenced by the juxtaposition of
historical and archetypical ornamental elements. A re-appropriation of the Ancient Greek vessel in combination with the costume construction of an 17th-century sleeve. Using embroidery, print, basketry and pattern construction the ornamental pieces are a re-thinking of the ready-made to form a new framework of ideas.

Marjolein Grotenhuis

Vals Plat
As a designer Marjolein Grotenhuis uses colour not s a detail but as the essence of her work. The aim of her collection is to let the audience experience that colour had depth and texture. In this collection all the ingredients that feature Grotenhuis’ work come together: silk screen printing, colours, textile and paper. The collection was developed intuitively while using screen printing techniques. Grotenhuis designed her own paint scrapers to manipulate the printing process.

Merlijne Marell

Merlijne Marell believes in fairy tales and works in her studio on shaping her own mythology. This takes shape bit by bit in fabulous picture books and narrative designs, whether or not commissioned. Marell has a clear preference for detailed craft techniques and refuses to choose between woodcut, embroidery, delft blue and monotype.

Moe Kim

Textile designer Moe Kim uses an array of hand weaving techniques combined with low tech materials. She is inspired by her personal perspective on modern day social and cultural issues. Growing up in the city of Seoul (South Korea), high tech and artificial light had encompassed her life. To create that sense of home, Kim combines conventional crafts techniques with technology in her fabrics.

Nynke Koster

Elements of Time
The work of Nynke Koster is about memories and space that she casts in a very special rubber. She makes molds in unique places and takes parts of these embracing places with her as her 3D memories. Koster wants to pass these tangible and immaterial relics from the past on to future generations. Elements of Time focuses on architectural fragments of time. Koster examines the ornamentation in architecture through the ages, piece by piece, building for building.

Said Belhadj

Raphia develops shoes and loves natural materials. Founder Said Belhadj works together with Moroccan craftsmen and women on the development of a shoe made from completely natural products: dried palm leaves of the Raphia taedigera, a palm tree that grows mainly in tropical Africa, soles of natural rubber or leather, and natural pigment such as madder, walnut shells , onion skins and indigo. Raphia combines these natural products with traditional techniques and design.

Renate Vos

Renate Vos experiments with different materials to create new substances. The LOEV series consists of hand-moulded objects created by an unconventional combination of materials. It is the result of experiments with recycled cork, rubber and natural pigments. A design full of contrasts. Not only in terms of material, but also in terms of shape; the collection looks hard and cold, but is flexible, warm and soft and surprises by its tactility.

Ruben van der Scheer

Afgewezen Werk
‘Afgewezen Werk’ exists of discarded works that wood artist Maria van Kesteren has collected in her shed for years. She could not renounce it, but also no longer use it. Van der Scheer was allowed to choose a box full of shapes for new work. At first he wanted to 'turn over' the wood piece by piece into new works, but it was precisely the shapes that appealed to him. Van der Scheer keeps the works in their original form and uses these as historical building blocks.

Saar Scheerlings

Talisman Sculptures
The Talisman sculptures are among the most recent props for a new, fictional culture that Scheerlings designs. Inspired by ethnographic collections in museums, textile crafts and construction methods, the work is a search for a sense of inspiration and meaning as we know it from ancient cultures and religious artefacts such as Talismans. For this collection Scheerlings mixes everyday forms and materials with traditional crafts, both from the Netherlands and other places in the world.

Sandra van Riet

Cross Over
Sandra van Riet is a ceramist, she always examines form and material. Her ceramic objects are made from black clay. For the coatings, she works with plant ash and mineral oxides. At first sight, the works form a contrast with the work of Esmé Hofman. Yet there are numerous parallels to be found and the materials complement each other in a wonderful way.

Seungbin Yang

Lacquered Forms
Designer Seungbin Yang applies the very costly and rare Ott-chil lacquer technique from Korea to a different base: paper. For centuries, this technique was only used for ceremonial objects and luxury furniture. Yang explores the possibilities of paper and the lacquer technique and creates a union of various contradictions in one object; the luxurious and the everyday, and the strength of the lacquer versus the fragility of paper. It pays homage to the disappearing craft Ott-chil technique.

Sho Ota

According to the Grain
Sho Ota highlights the quality of the wood grain; which character is often neutralised in industrial processing. By chiseling down 12mm from a flat surface and freeing the knots, its texture becomes tangible. Underneath the surface, there are hidden secrets of materials related to their origin. By actually revealing this, Ota shows that the grain pattern is not just a graphical pattern but a part of a structure.

Simón Ballen

Suelo Orfebre
Lured to the Americas by El Dorado tales, conquistadors exploited gold mines in Colombia for centuries. Gold is still central to the identity of the Marmato mining region. ‘Suelo Orfebre’ is a community project that explores social and economical values by transforming Jagua, a waste product currently discarded into the rivers. With the community and a glass blower, Colombian designer Simón Ballen built a glass-oven and produced glass objects from minerals left behind after gold is processed.

Sofie Leenen

Braided Weave
With the Braided Weave, Leenen researches the similarities between weaving and basketry and combines these two techniques in her work. Weaving has many similarities with basketry, but often one is two-dimensional and the other 3D. This inspired Leenen to experiment with the function of a woven fabric. The Braided Weave has a flat surface in the shape of a circle.

Szu-Yi Wang

Unfolding Folding Ritual
Szu-Yi Wang asks if the paper folding craft can 'unfold' its own ritual scenarios. With its expressive folding visual, this papercraft series is developed with triangular folding elements derived from a typical technique generally used in making religious objects and sculptures in Taiwan. The work offers an alternative perspective on the tradition behind the religious paper crafts. By extracting them from context of ritual scenes, the colours, shapes and symbols are transformed to new metaphors.

Weixiao Shen

Wrap Away
Weixiao Shen investigates the history of the Japanese Temari ball and questions the conservative view of women in Asian society; how do we continue to fight against the persistent expectations of women in contemporary culture? She therefore applies the time-consuming Temari technique to contemporary objects that are associated with femininity and homeliness: a rice cooker and sewing kit. By using this technique, the functionality of the objects disappears.

Willemiek van Kuijlenborg

Orion Tent
Trained as a fashion designer, Willemiek van Kuijlenborg does not dress people, but lampshades. Techniques such as pattern making remain the same. She finds the frames on the second-hand market and inspiration comes from her own environment. This lamp is covered with the Orion bungalow tent from the seventies, where Van Kuijlenborg spent many vacations in Drenthe. Her work pays a lot of attention to detail and because of the used fabrics and frames, each shade is unique.

Yoon Shun

Undernamed Chair
Yoon Shun researches the relations between language and object. People use language as a tool for communication and to understand images. They identify the image of an unfamiliar object with familiar images that they already experienced, and this perception gives a definition to the object. In this project Shun translates consonants in shapes and vowels in colour. With this newly created alphabet, he can transform words into 3-D shapes and ‘rewrite’ the form of existing objects, like a chair.


ZwartFrame investigates materials that expand due to temperature changes. By combining materials with different properties under specific conditions, they create objects that form themselves. At eighty degrees below zero they attach flexible thin plates to metal, after which they allow it to reach room temperature. While warming up, the material starts to expand and to slowly form itself, creating a new, light but also sturdy sheet material.


Klaas Spel & Simón Ballen & Bianca Koevoets
Klaas Spel is 78 years old and has been working as a brush maker in the Zuiderzeemuseum for 36 years. It is difficult to find successors; next to Spel, only 1 volunteer still works there. Simón Ballen and Bianca Koevoets collaborate with Spel on new forms for brush making techniques. Spel is a traditional brush maker who makes his brushes by "pulling the hair by hand". The Zuiderzeemuseum is committed to the survival of these crafts, so a new generation can innovate from tradition.

Almeerse Wolunie

The Almere Wolunie was created in 2014 through a collaboration with Stad en Natuur Almere with the aim to stimulate and promote the use and processing of wool. Brigit Huijbens developed extensive expertise in the field of natural dyes. At HOW & WOW she presents her research into the dyeing of Almere wool with madder. This complicated dye has to grow for three years before it can be used. The intense colour ranges from brown to light pink to deep aubergine-purple.

Erik van Schaften

Heracleum Mantagazzium re-introduced
Erik van Schaften tells a new story new about the infamous giant hogweed and transforms the invasive plant into a series of new material applications. The material options offer a replacement for various traditional materials; this way he changes the weeds into a potential new crop.

Jacqueline Jimmink

Jacqueline Jimmink is a hand engraver. She did her training in the Netherlands, Belgium and in Italy, where she had a studio for a long time and worked together with leading engraving workshops. Here she also experimented with the most refined Italian techniques with "bulino" and magnifying glass. Back in the Netherlands she likes to share the knowledge of Italian masters.

Daan Veerman

Digital Craft
Daan Veerman is a designer and writer, but above all a digital craftsman. For several years now, Veerman has been researching how 3D printing can evolve into a contemporary craft. What happens as soon as the 3D printer is operated by human hands instead of a computer? Doing so 3D printing can be converted into a new ‘digital’ craft.

Nikkie Wester

Nikkie Wester is a concept designer with a great passion for textiles and develops concepts, textiles for interiors and textile products. She is committed to keeping craftsmanship alive and sets it as her goal to design our “future heritage” together with architects, interior architects and graphic designers


Forbo creates healthy spaces for indoors and contributes to a sustainable world outside. Forbo also collaborates with young and established designers and well-known design brands. Forbo regularly initiates collaborations with international design academies in which students are challenged to experiment with linoleum. Forbo presents the Furniture Linoleum at HOW & WOW. This material is flexible and due to its special properties can be used in many surprising ways.

Crafts Council Nederland

Crafts Council Nederland (CCNL, 2013) is the all-encompassing platform for contemporary craft. It is the place where art, fashion, design and heritage all unite and where craftsmanship is nurtured and passed on to a new generation. Crafts Council Nederland works together with all key players within the crafts domain. As researcher. As initiator. As catalyst. As guide. As concept developer. As unifier.