3rd International

Printmaking Symposium

November 12-15, 2015

in Bentlage, Rheine, Germany

Museum TwentseWelle inspires, makes suprising links, and makes you think. What does a loom have to do with an ASB flash drive? A pigeon with a fire detector? Or tinder fungus with a lighter? At Museum TwentseWelle you will be eye to eye with a mammoth and discover what happens in an Indian woman’s wondrously magical living room. You can discover a flint axe that is thousands of years old, but also a high-tech machine used to grow artificial noses.

The museum is located in a former textile factory in which old and modern architecture have been integrated in a surprising way. You can stop by the neighboring museum restaurant Bij Royendaal for drinks, lunch, and dinner. The museum building is located in the center of the unique, youthful neighborhood of Roombeek, only a 15-minute walk or 3-minute bus ride from the Enschede city center.

Museum TwentseWelle is part of Roombeek Cultuurpark, an association including Rijksmuseum Twenthe, TETEM Kunstruimte, Concordia film en theater expositie, and AKI ArtEZ Institute of the Arts.

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Pattern Experience

After they had finished their study at the AKI Academy of Fine Art in Enschede, Christine van der Heide and Alke de Kroes started the design and print studio for fabrics called Studio BonBon. The print studio closed in 1988, but during Snap³ they will exhibit their work together again at the museum Twentse Welle. The exhibition is called Pattern Experience.

Christine produces unique silk scarves in the Japanese Katazome technique. This technique is the predecessor of silkscreen printing. It is one of the most exciting ways to print. Choices for colors and patterns are made during the printing process and bring surprising results. The true colors will show after printing, fixating and rinsing the fabric. A process that will easily take a few days! The stencils Alke produces for printing have simple patterns. She combines them in different arrangements and creates new patterns every time she prints. The colors are bold. Choices for colors and patterns are made during the printing process. In this way she doesn’t reproduce the same prints but make unique pieces of textile which she carefully puts together in a scarf.

For a longer period of time Alke is occupied with archievating a collection of designs that Twentse Welle has in its possession. This collection of fabric designs dates back from 1950’s up to the 1980’s and inspired Alke to make new designs for tablecloths.

Alke: “The table is a prominent place to sit down at : – to talk with each other, have discussions and exchange views. I use the tablecloth as a ‘conversation piece’, a means draw the attention to the designs of the past textile industry in Twente.”

A selection of the designs from Twentse Welle that Alke uses for her own work, will be shown at the exhibition.