Kukka is a textile and surface design studio based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
I founded Kukka in 2010 out of love for prints and patterns. Kukka specialises in designing custom prints for fashion & more.
Over the past two years my mission has developed and has become more purposeful. By that I mean that I feel the need to contribute to a positive change in the textile and fashion industry. An example of this is my work Living Colour; an innovative, sustainable biodesign project.
I grew up in the southern part of The Netherlands, on top of a hill, surrounded by meadows, horses and woods. My fondest childhood memories are of playing in the sunny garden, climbing the big cherry blossom tree and going to the beach on holiday. Ocean view to me means freedom. I can gaze at the horizon for hours while listening to the soothing rolling waves. Running my own business means freedom as well.
In 2008 I graduated as a Fashion Stylist. Not long after I was offered my first job in fashion. Until 2015 I worked as an in-house designer for several companies where I designed intimate apparel, accessories, womenswear and of course prints. Often I felt that my work was being judged by the amount of hours I spent sitting at a desk. That wasn’t for me.
I knew I could offer more value to the world by starting out on my own. Now I enjoy being at the receiving end of positive feedback from satisfied clients.
My design style can be described as fresh, minimalistic (not ornate or incredibly detailed) with a slight twist. All my designs I create myself. Sometimes I collaborate with other designers, like on the Living Colour project and I also take on interns. I have a real soft spot for designing for rebellious, sustainable and Swimwear brands.
When I’m not designing you can find me at concerts and festivals, I’m a big music lover.
I love to dive in and immerse myself with information before starting a project. I’d like to know as much as possible about your brand or idea and what impact you want to make. A concept is much stronger when it is built upon your values.
Developing a design concept is just as much fun for me as the designing itself. I base a concept upon trend research, design style and your story. The concept will be visualised through mood boards; showing colours, materials and design elements.
When designing custom prints, I always keep the end product in mind. We’ll create a perfect harmony between your products and my designs.
06.2017 – 11.2017 · Earth Matters · group exhibition · TextielMuseum · Tilburg
07.2016 · FashionClash Festival · designer market · SAM Decorfabriek · Maastricht
06.2017 – 07.2017 · FashionClash Festival · Fashion Makes Sense LAB · SAM Decorfabriek · Maastricht
09.2011 – 11.2011 · Bring it On · group exhibition · Ship of Fools art gallery · The Hague
01.2017 · reVISIONing Textile · group exhibition · Schatjes art + events · Amsterdam