Back in issue 103, Frame first introduced Nienke Hoogvliet's interest with undersea vegetation which manifested as a knotted carpet of rugged seaweed yarn entitled Sea Me. Since then, what began as an interest has progressed into an ongoing research with offshoot projects along the way.
With the support of the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Hoogvliet continues explorations with the sea-borne material in the hopes of formulating a large-scale, closed cycle process which includes harvesting, manufacturing and production with zero waste by directing leftover material towards other processes.
When naturally dyed with seaweed, fabrics present a wide range of hues with subtle variation. From greens to greys and pinks to purples, the tints are as diverse as the specimens which are collected. Paint with similar colouration as well as a strong yet flexilbe bio-plastic also emerged from the Delft-based textile designer's ongoing research. To put the palette of materials to the test, Hoogvliet implements a chair and table to further grow the Sea Me collection.
Photos Femke Poort