Artist in Residence in an Amsterdam Loft.
Images by Iris Dorine.
Welcome to The Loft, please introduce yourself.
Mae Engelgeer, 33 Textile designer. I usually combine colours, graphics and high quality materials to create collections of textile products like blankets, rugs and furniture fabrics. I am spending the day here together with Giulia Ferraris who works with me at the studio.
What materials do you usually work with and what did you bring today?
I love to work with wool and therefore most of my work is made from this material. I use different kinds of wool, like merino, mohair and alpaca, they all have their own quality and aesthetics. I brought a lot of samples that we recently developed at the TextileLab in Tilburg, which is where I create most of my textile work. We are developing woven panels for our upcoming solo exhibition in Milan, during the Salone del Mobile this April. Today we will be selecting the right samples to use in the panels I designed, which are inspired by my recent trip to Japan. I will design 3 different ones, creating a series that focusses on different weaving techniques, yarns, colours and graphics. This is a sort of collage technique and those are the ingredients I am always working with.
Which artist or designer is a source of inspiration for you?
The last year and a half I have been very interested in Japanese artists and crafts. I love their minimalistic style and eye for detail and combination of materials. For example Oki Sato, the designer behind Nendo is one that is very inspirational for me, I think it is because of how Nendo creates strong conceptual designs.
If you could invent a name for an art movement you belong to, what would it be?
Something with the word ‘instinct‘ or ‘intuition‘ in it. In my work this is avery important aspect. It needs to come from the designer, using their instinct and intuition to create.
What kind of work do you usually make and how was it different today?
A day at the studio is normally very busy and I always end up trying to do a hundred things at the same time. So what was really nice of working a day in The Loft is that nothing was distracting me from working with the samples. It’s and inspiring space to be in.
What will you tell your friends about The Loft?
That they have to work hard to own a place like The Loft one day…