The April edition of the KABK Research Club was also the Finissage for ‘Touching: An Exhibition of Material Research Samples and Recipes’

KABK Research Display Space, Prinsessegracht corridor + Textiles Workshop

Wednesday, April 13, 17:00-20:00

On Wednesday April 13 we all gathered for the finissage of ‘𝗧𝗼𝘂𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴: 𝗔𝗻
𝗘𝘅𝗵𝗶𝗯𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗠𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵 𝗦𝗮𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗥𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗲𝘀’ and what an inspiring meeting it was!

In the company of the curator of the exhibition Laura van Santen, tutor, BA Interior Architecture & Furniture Design and several of the participating students, alum, and workshop instructor-researchers we spoke about all the samples that make up the exhibition, the importance of exchanging research & recipes as well as the dream & need for a KABK material archive to collect and preserve material research.

Participant of the exhibition, assistant to the curator and graduating Textile & Fashion student Marcos Kueh Sheng Pang welcomed us in the textile workshop to take a look at his current projects-in-progress. Not only were we introduced to an abundance of great work and the research that grounds it, but we were also introduced to the machinery and had the opportunity to give it a go ourselves.

Thank you to everyone who joined us, we greatly look forward to the next Research Club meet up!

Even though this event marks the end of the exhibition, the project continues in the form of a book, an online repository and in curriculum development across the Academy. We are particularly interested to find out what sorts of questions researchers within the KABK ask of the materials they work with and how touch contributes to alternative modes of knowledge production. If you conduct research into/through matter and materials — whether you work with clay, pigment, synthetic spider silk, sunflower-stalk fibres, wood shavings, or combinations thereof — please stay in touch!

List of exhibitors and material/ process samples:

Cynthia Bruinsma, BA IA&FD: Hempcrete and Rammed Earth Crystallizing

Cara Domscheit, BA IA&FD: Clay Slip Processing

Dolores Hilhorst, 3D Lab: Plywood Kerf-Bending

Youbin Kang, BA IA&FD: Tactile Information Printing

Moe Kim, BA IMD: Electro-Luminescent Wire Weaving

Marcos Kueh Sheng Pang, BA Textile & Fashion: Plastic Fabric-Fusing & Waste Embroidering

Erco Lai, MA Industrial Design: Calcium Carbonate Geopolymerizing

Chiel Lubbers, BA IA&FD: Biomaterial Cooking & Plaster Mouldmaking

Marlot Meyer, BA IMD: Broken Electric Heater Hacking

Marcel van Nispen, 3D Lab: 3D Print Filament Dyeing

Lucie Ponard, MA Industrial Design: Ceramics Fly-Ash Glazing

Courteney Reitz, BA IA&FD: 3D-Printed Magnet Embedding

Jan Sagasser, BA IA&FD: Wood Self-Tensioning Joinery

Leonie Schneider, Metal Workshop: Copper-Surface Hammering

Maria Tyakina, BA IA&FD: Steel Colour-Tempering

Exhibition credits

Curatorial concept / design: Laura van Santen, tutor, BA Interior Architecture & Furniture Design

Production: Marcos Kueh Sheng Pang, Luke Tarleton

Art direction / graphic design: Niels Schrader

Typeface design: Niels Schrader and Martijn de Heer

Design Lectorate coordinator: Martha Jager

Project advisor: Bart Vissers, KABK Head of Technical Services

Material breakthroughs require that you put faith in the process of experimentation’.

Marcos Kueh Sheng Pang, BA Textiles & Fashion

The Research Club is a forum organized several times a year by the Design Lectorate for tutors, heads, (research) staff, workshop supervisors and PhD candidates and students from the KABK and Leiden University. Research can take the form of scholarly investigation into art or design as subject matter, or it can be practice-led, using art or design as the method and means of enquiry.

During these meetings, participants are invited to share their research in progress and engage in discussion about shared points of interest in research such as methods, approaches and references as well as in practical matters such as funding, organisation, publishing and dissemination of research. The aim is to identify and nurture emergent and developing research projects, share findings and best practices and create a network of potential collaborators and mentors.