With its Talent Development Grant Programme, the Creative Industries Fund NL is supporting a new generation of designers and makers with a 12-month grant to further develop and profile their own artistic talent, professional practice and cultural entrepreneurship.
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Gianna Bottema is a 2019 graduate of the Architectural Association in London and in the development year plans to form a critical analysis of the housing practice in the Netherlands from a feminist and intersectional perspective. Her research into unequal relationships in the living environment questions paradigms concerning gender and sexuality and explores the spatial possibilities for economic, political and social equality, to then translate these into alternative floor plans. In the first half of the development year, Bottema is carrying out theoretical and typological research with 'home atlas'. This is reflected in, among other things, collaborations with experts in the field of housing and gender studies and a study trip to non-European projects. In the second half, working with 'home revolution' will involve experiments with visual techniques, design studies, and speculative housing proposals. In conclusion, the work will be presented as 'home discussion' through workshops, a publication aimed at the professional audience and a website for the wider public.
Ameneh Solati obtained her Master's degree in Architecture from the Royal College of Art. She sees that refugees are forced to simplify their histories, social customs and family structures, so that cultural practices fit 'neatly' within the existing structures of the built environment. From this observation, she wonders how refugees deal with this pressure to conform. In addition to this issue, Solati will focus in the coming year on developing an interdisciplinary spatial design practice, where research, text and design come together. She is building an open-source archive that includes a lexicon, stories, artefacts, images, maps, recordings, documents and more. Solati interweaves narratives with informative essays in which she describes different kinds of environments – private, public, the productive and the spiritual – and will be experimenting with moving image as a means of representation. The media (such as digital video, animated drawings, 3D models, collages and sound) will be merged into an essay film. In addition, Solati is calling on various professionals for mentoring, participating in animation and editing courses, and receiving guidance in writing from author Priya Basil.
Lieke Jildou de Jong, a graduate of the Academy of Architecture, wants to develop as a landscape architect with a specialization in food cycles. With her design practice landscape.collected, she is working on the project 'Bodemlegger' during her development year. In this project, she researches how food culture shapes the landscape. For this purpose, she is conducting talks at an experimental farm with knowledge of soil vitality in relation to crops, with a cook who makes the food landscape edible and with entomologists who are charting the diet of insects and soil life. Subsequently, the design phase starts. In this phase, she is developing a design methodology that results in an installation that gives the public insight into the workings of an ecosystem. In order to strengthen her position in the field, De Jong will receive guidance from various experts and tutors, including Lada Hršak, who will coach her throughout the development year.
Talent Development Grant Programme
Talent Development Grant Programme
Designer Dasha Tsapenko graduated from the Master's programme in Social Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven. In her practice, Tsapenko investigates alternative production processes and designs or redesigns daily routines relating to the body and clothing. Within her holistic way of working, she borrows methods from agriculture, mycology and microbiology and nature systems. In the coming year, the designer will focus on further developing the research project 'Fur_tilize', in which she explores how to grow fur-like garments. Two plant species are central to the project: Trametes Betulina (a type of mushroom) and Cannabis Sativa (industrial hemp). During the year, Tsapenko will work with various scientists, including Professor Han Wösten (head of the microbiology department at Utrecht University), the Textiellab Tilburg or the platform 'Fashion for Good' and felting/tufting specialist Olga Mys. The result comes together in a collection of garments that will be presented during Fashion Clash Festival and DDW 2022.
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