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5 Minutes with Nienke Sybrandy

She balances on the line between art and design and has been busy photocopying flowers for her latest project. spoke to young talent Nienke Sybrandy.

By Cassandra Pizzey /asdf 20-04-2012

This is your first time exhibiting in Milan, what are your expectations?

Yes it’s my first time here, it just never really happened before but I’m going to go with the flow. My work is exhibited at Spring and Tuttobene, each with a very different aesthetic so that should be interesting. I’m excited to meet lots of international visitors, press and producers.

Your work is on show at the Spring exhibition, how was it to be chosen?

I was very honoured to be chosen by Makkink & Bey as a new talent. Many people have already seen the exhibition in Eindhoven and now it’s come to Milan. The concept is strong; fifteen inspiring and inspired designers. I like the fact that the exhibition gives something to future designers, it’s not static but shows how a different generation looks at things differently.

Your other work is on show at Tuttobene, could you tell us about that?

My work focusses on how we relate to nature and that is what my tablecloths are about. They show flower bunches, because we all want flowers on the table but how can we capture them? I decided to take fresh flowers and lay them under a photocopier, transferring them from 3D to 2D and making them abstract. It felt a little weird to do.

So why the tablecloths?

I have a background as a textile designer and had made various floral patterns. I had been busy copying flowers for a while and had built up an archive of personal taste and seasonal changes. At the Textielmuseum in Tilburg I transferred the black-and-white photocopies to textile and transformed them into tablecloths and napkins. I am working on four tablecloths which represent the seasons.

What message would you like to convey through your work?

I want people to take a different view on flowers and nature as a whole. Take my preserved flowers, they change their colour but will keep for ever while normally flowers wilt and die. By keeping something fleeting alive, you force the viewer to think about it.

How does Milan compare to The Netherlands?

It’s a lot bigger. You have different conversations with people here, visitors to Milan have different views than Dutch visitors. Overall I find the atmosphere good.

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