Joana Schneider

Joana Schneider (DE) graduated at the Bachelor Textile and Fashion department of the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) in 2018. She is the winner of the Keep an Eye Textile & Fashion Award 2018.

Graduation project 2018


The idea of my project derived from ‘Pluis’. Pluis is the material that is used by the netmakers and fishermen to protect their net from sharp stones and friction on the bottom of the sea. It is supposed to surround the net with a soft layer Polyethylene threads, that will wear off during deep sea fishing. The Pluis on a fishernet lasts for about two weeks, then most of it has worn off and it has to be replaced. I was very intrigued when I first saw a Pluis netting, it reminded me of a festive and luxurious tapestry, due to it’s richness in texture, technique and the royal blue, yet I felt repulsed by the idea of this non biodegradable material consciously being thrown into the sea in order to maintain our fishing industry.

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