Artist in Residence n.04

Eva Vrieling is our fourth Artist in Residence. A true artisan practicing the craft of upholstery, she used a full day at the Vaudeville Theater to work on an upcoming project and we had to chance to ask her about her work and inspiration.

Welcome to The Loft, please introduce yourself.

Thank you! My name is Eva Vrieling, I’m the founder of Evafae: a multidisciplinary label specialised in the craft of upholstery. I approach furniture form a bodily perspective, both via performance and textile construction techniques such as smock and origami. I try to enhance a more sensory experience of furniture.

What materials do you usually work with and what did you bring with you today?

The start of my work is always already existing furniture, either found at the garbage or at the thrift shop; or a client’s favourite piece that is in need of restoration and re-interpretation. I brought some fabric samples, tools for upholstery and needles and thread for fixing the pleated fabric. And off course my Japanese scissors, I would be nowhere without them.

 Which artist or designer is always a source of inspiration for you?

I really appreciate the work of designer Patricia Urquiola. She is one of the few designers who really puts the emphasis on the upholstery of the furniture. I love the way she uses volume and colour to create inventive products that radiate comfort.

If you could invent a name for an art movement you belong to, what would it be?

My applied practice, the furniture I create for Evafae, is supported by poetic and research-based projects in which I reflect on the value of time, attention, physical presence and ways of stimulating the imagination. This results in dance pieces and performed rituals of craft. I try to provoke an experience of aesthetic sensory enlightenment.

What kind of work do you usually make and how was it different from today?

The work I’ll do today is not very different from the work I usually do. It’s just a  bit more compact and precise, which is perfect! Detailed work in this gigantic space, that makes for a really nice opposition. I will be working on a commissioned piece, a very elegant dining chair, for which I will create a new design for the surface of the seating by exploring different ways of pleating the fabric.

What will you tell your friends about The Loft?

The openness of the space in The Loft somehow creates a special kind of concentration. Originally trained as a dancer, I’m very sensitive to how we relate to the space around us. The Loft reminded me of some of the theaters where I’ve performed. Sometimes I feel that the more open the space, the more naturally a certain meticulous attention to detail starts to flow.

For more on Eva and her furniture pieces:

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