Textile, product, and conceptual designer Nienke Hoogvliet
has an artistic preoccupation with vulnerability. To be vulnerable,
by definition, is to be susceptible to physical or emotional attack or
harm — everyone and everything experiences this feeling in some way.
Nienke seeks to explore the notion of fragility and susceptibility as it
relates to the human individual, society as a whole, and as it occurs in
nature. Through her work, she aspires to raise awareness surrounding
problematic sustainability issues about which she feels particularly
passionate, taking special interest in natural materials and responsible
production processes. As a textile designer, she feels it is important to
help change the way her industry approaches production, as the textile
industry contributes greatly to the pollution of our planet, yet there are
great possibilities to turn sustainable materials into durable, life-long
products. Before establishing her namesake practice, Studio Nienke
Hoogvliet, in Delft, the Netherlands, Nienke was educated at the Willem de
Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, graduating with a degree in
Lifestyle & Design and a minor in Textiles. To date, her work has
appeared in numerous international design publications and media,
including Dezeen, Elle Decoration, Frame, and Form Magazine.


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