Wandschappen - Silk-Wool Plant Collection

In collaboration with Jim Thompson Silk Company
Research and project development by Anouck Hus

"You feel at home where you grow your own plants." Why do people live where they live and how do they make the place their home? Wars, suppression, hope for economic growth, change in personal relations are the most common reasons why people decide to leave their birthplace to start a new life somewhere else in the world. Either planned or sudden decision, it takes time to become familiar with the new environment and to develop new habits. But what are the signs that they settle down and plan to stay for longer time? If people succeed to adapt to the new place, they will decorate their house to make it their new home. Furniture, textiles, family portraits, religious signs, flowers and plants will be the most distinct visual elements, and the more time passes, the more personal the house becomes. Being a harbour city, Rotterdam has welcomed many ethnicity from Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe as refugees from war, forced to leave due to political problems or natural disasters, all of them looking for a new place to stay and to make a living.

For Chiang Mai Design Week 2016 WANDSCHAPPEN has developed a project which combines Thai silk from the world famous Jim Thompson Silk Company and Holland wool felt. By combining these two local fabrics, designers reflect on the high mobility of societies and the constant cultural exchange of our current times. WANDSCHAPPEN created a series of silk-wool plants based on the Orange Trumpet (Puang Sad), a typical plant in Thai landscape. The installation consist of various sizes of these plants, which combines the wool felt on the outside and the silk material inside. All elements of the installation have been hand dyed with natural colours and sewed by local craftsmen. The Silk-Wool Plant Collection project shows an ultimate collaboration and symbiosis of ideas, techniques and materials from the Netherlands and Thailand.

Apart from the gorgeous flower installation, designers paid respect for the Late King Rama IX who recently passed after 70 years of reigning Thailand. A reversible textile vase stands for the mourning process, starting from all black fabric and slowly turning into a colourful object as time passes.

Special thanks to Jim Thompson Silk Company, Punsiri Sakulwirote and Nararat Rakchang.