Designer and artistic researcher Billie van Katwijk is fascinated by nature: that endlessly shapeshifting growing, blooming, dying, sprouting phenomenon. From these natural cycles, all sorts of materials emerge. Some are treasured (gold, oil, diamonds), while other materials remain unseen or unappreciated. Billie van Katwijk unravels the beauty of these materials. Slaughterhouse waste becomes a luxury leather. A residue from the sewer shows its hidden colours when turned into a glaze. Cremation ashes are transformed into delicate porcelain. Van Katwijk believes in showing contradictions and taboos, but she doesn’t judge. Her projects seduce people to think and to engage in a dialogue. “My concepts are completed by the user, with his or her thoughts.”
Van Katwijk graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven (NL) in 2017 and since has her Studio based in Amsterdam. Next to her design practice, she teaches at Amsterdam Fashion Institute and currently, she is pursuing the Artistic Research Master at the University of Amsterdam.
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