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Mourning Materialized

RENS X ZUIDERZEEMUSEUM

One of the most conspicuous traditions and customs in the

Zuiderzee region was the characteristic costume in times of

mourning. People who had lost a loved one wore regulation

colours in shades varying from deep dark blue or black

immediately after the death, to red when the mourning period

was concluded.

 

Dutch Design Research Studio RENS TAPESTRIES Zuiderzeemuseum

The moment when one could switch from one colour to the other was laid down in codes and regulations. Further the duration of the period of mourning

was determined by the relationship that the bereaved had with the deceased. In this way everyone could see without being told in what stage the person in

mourning was, as well as the seriousness of the lost.

 

TAPESTRIES AS BIOGRAPHIES

This was the central idea that the designers duo RENS used as a point of departure for a study that resulted in an unusual exhibition: here tapestries are displayed dyed according to traditional methods and manifesting both the different stages and the duration of the mourning costume.

RENS made a profound study of the lives of inhabitants of the Zuiderzee region, whose moments of mourning they translated into a visual presentation like grooves. The tapestries, the length of which reflects people’s life span, this represent a unique biography in colour and material.

Year: 2014

Photography: Lisa Klappe

Dutch Design Research Studio RENS TAPESTRIES Zuiderzeemuseum
Dutch Design Research Studio RENS TAPESTRIES Zuiderzeemuseum
Dutch Design Research Studio RENS TAPESTRIES Zuiderzeemuseum
Dutch Design Research Studio RENS TAPESTRIES Zuiderzeemuseum

For the love of Red

RENS has been and continues to be enamored by the allure of colour. In the early 2000s, the designers embarked on a series of experiments, daringly applying exclusively red pigments to a diverse array of materials: textiles, wood, metals, plastics. 

Red has a beginning, but it seems to have no end: read about the shared history of red and RENS.

Dutch Design Research Studio RENS TAPESTRIES Zuiderzeemuseum
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