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Chromatic Atelier

for textile and surface design
Design (Research):
Collaborate with me for bespoke designs or in-depth design research tailored to your brand. From product development to unique site-specific designs and groundbreaking material research.

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Kukka Collection:
Dive into my collection of artworks and limited edition designs, available through my online shop and select locations. Be inspired by my creations and let’s translate them into custom-made products for your interior, brand, or hospitality.

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Mission & Vision:
My mission is to contribute to a world where colour is not only beautiful but also sustainable and meaningful. I envision a future where colour has the power to drive positive change, from replacing petrochemical dyes with biodesign to softening technology and meeting the needs of an aging population.
Philosophy:
My design philosophy revolves around changing perceptions and telling stories through colour. I aim to involve you in a colourful and fulfilling life, valuing sustainability and high-quality craftsmanship.
About Me:
My journey began with a deep love for pattern and textiles, rooted in a background in communication and fashion. With over a decade of experience in the creative industry, my studio Kukka has evolved into an innovative award-winning practice in the realm of colourful design. As a speaker on platforms such as TEDx and author of a chapter on Smart Colour, I have shared my vision for the future of coloured textiles with a global audience. As the founder and creative mind behind Kukka, I remain committed to finding a balance between modern technology and traditional methods, social responsibility, and creating a world where colour takes center stage in our daily lives.

Clients

Projects and Partnerships

I believe in collaboration and partnerships. Working alongside craftsmen, creatives, scientists, and industrial partners, I aim to create a sustainable and meaningful colourful world

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Awards & Achievements

Awards

2023 · DNA Paris Design Awards · winner · category Best Graphic Design: Colourful Project

2022 · Isola Design Awards · shortlisted · category Best Textile Design

2021 · Dezeen Awards · shortlisted · category Best Homeware Design
2021 · Dezeen Awards · winner 3rd place in Public Vote · category Best Homeware Design

2019 · Greenpact Impact Award · winner · won by our ACT-students team from Wageningen University & Research for “Living Colour” research

2018 · Future Fashion Pioneers · nomination · by Dutch TV show VPRO Tegenlicht for project “Living Colour”

Exhibitions

03.2024 · Warchild presents Secret 7″  · group exhibition · NOW Gallery · London · United Kingdom
02.2024 · OBJECT  · curated design show · HAKA Building · Rotterdam · The Netherlands

11.2023 · Design Passage · curated design festival · The Hague · The Netherlands
07.2023 · Puur Talent · group exhibition · with Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design · North Sea Jazz Festival · Ahoy · Rotterdam · The Netherlands
05.2023 – 06.2023 · Designing Circularity · group exhibition · Central Market · Hong Kong
05.2023 – 09.2023 · Chromarama · solo exhibition · Côte du Cool · Rotterdam · The Netherlands
02.2023 · OBJECT  · curated design show · HAKA Building · Rotterdam · The Netherlands
01.2023 · A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes · group exhibition · Fresno Art Museum · Fresno · USA

10.2022 · Dutch Design Week · group exhibition · Fashion Tech Farm · Eindhoven · The Netherlands
07.2022 – 01.2023 · A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes · group exhibition · Fresno Art Museum · Fresno · USA
07.2022 · Chromarama Vol. 2 · solo exhibition · De Wasserij · Rotterdam · The Netherlands
07.2022 · North Sea Jazz Festival · with Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design · Ahoy · Rotterdam · The Netherlands
06.2022 · Techtextil  · tradefair · Messe Frankfurt · Frankfurt · Germany
06.2022 · Isola Design Gallery · group exhibition · Milan Design Week · Milan · Italy
04.2022 · Isola Design District x Catawiki · contemporary design auction · Catawiki · Milan · Italy
04.2022 – 10.2022 · To Dye For · group exhibition · TextielMuseum · Tilburg · The Netherlands
04.2022 · MaterialDistrict · tradefair · Werkspoorkathedraal · Utrecht · The Netherlands
04.2022 · Artbooster Noord · group exhibition and art auction · Neck of the Woods III · Rotterdam · The Netherlands
03.2022 · International Creatives for Ukraine · charity design auction · Marcin Rusak · Warsaw · Poland

10.2021 · Dutch Design Week: Embassy of Inclusive Society · group exhibition · Ketelhuisplein · Eindhoven · The Netherlands
10.2021 · Dutch Design Week: It’s In Our Nature · group exhibition · Klokgebouw · Eindhoven · The Netherlands
10.2021 · Dutch Design Week: The Exploded View · group exhibition · The New Block · Eindhoven · The Netherlands
09.2021 – 10.2021 · Female Artists · group exhibition · Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design · Heusden · The Netherlands
09.2021 · Fabrique Mozaique: The Circular City · group exhibition · Huidenclub · Rotterdam · The Netherlands
07.2021 – 10.2021 · Design by Nature · group exhibition · Museum de Fundatie · Zwolle · The Netherlands
07.2021 · OBJECT ·  curated design show · HAKA building · Rotterdam · The Netherlands
06.2021 · Fashion and Design Festival Arnhem · online group exhibition · Arnhem · The Netherlands
06.2021 · 22Rooms&Artists · group exhibition · The Student Hotel x Pottage Foundation · Rotterdam · The Netherlands
05.2021 · Analog Eco Festival · group exhibition · De Grafische Werkplaats · The Hague · The Netherlands
04.2021 – 09.2021 · Showroom Limburg · group exhibition · Discovery Museum · Kerkrade · The Netherlands
02.2021 · Chromarama · solo exhibition · De Wasserij · Rotterdam · The Netherlands

10.2020 · Design and Utopia: from manifesto to action · group exhibition · Abierto Mexicano de Diseño · Franz Mayer Museum · Mexico City · Mexico
10.2020 · Dutch Design Week · virtual group exhibition · Eindhoven · The Netherlands
06.2020 · Design to Fade · PUMA biodesign exhibition · Milan Design Week & Fuorisalone (online due to Covid-19) · Milan · Italy
04.2020 – 07.2020 · Dezeen Virtual Design Festival · London · UK

10.2019 · ArtEZ Labyrinth of Sustainability · group exhibition · Embassy of Sustainability · Dutch Design Week · Eindhoven · The Netherlands
09.2019 · Raw Assembly · group exhibition · Melbourne · Australia
09.2019 · Barrett Barrera Projects at Seattle Art Fair · group exhibition · Seattle · USA
09.2019 · Biofabrication in Fashion, curated by Open BioFabrics · group exhibition · Avantex · Paris · France
05.2019 – 09.2019 · A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes · group exhibition · MoPOP · Seattle · USA
04.2019 · Raw Assembly · group exhibition · Sydney · Australia
02.2019 · Design Shanghai x Neuni Group · group exhibition · Shanghai · China
01.2019 · ColourNext 2019 · group exhibition · India Design ID · New Delhi · India
01-2019 · Future Fabrics Expo by The Sustainable Angle · group exhibition · Victoria House · London · UK

11.2018 · Circular Experience · group exhibition · Corporate Fashion Award · Hulstkamp gebouw · Rotterdam · The Netherlands
10.2018 · Bioneers Conference · group exhibition · The Change Makers Fair · San Rafael, CA · USA
10.2018 · Fashion? Future Design for the Present · group exhibition · Dutch Design Week · Campina Melkontvangst · Eindhoven · The Netherlands
10.2018 · Work in Process · group exhibition · Dutch Design Week · Klokgebouw · Eindhoven · The Netherlands
09.2018 · Colour Via · group exhibition · London Design Festival · Surface Matter · London · UK
09.2018 – 10.2018 · Fashioning the Future · group exhibition · Impulse · Wageningen University & Research · Wageningen · The Netherlands
06.2018 – 08.2018 · State of Fashion – Searching for the New Luxury · group exhibition · Melkfabriek · Arnhem · The Netherlands

09.2017 · Night of Art and Science · group exhibition & workshop · Leiden · The Netherlands
08.2017 · Future Flight Movie Night · exhibition & talk · BlueCity · Rotterdam · The Netherlands
06.2017 · Fashion Innovation & Sustainability · group exhibition · Venture Café · Rotterdam · The Netherlands
06.2017 – 07.2017 · Fashion Makes Sense LAB · group exhibition & workshops · FashionClash Festival · SAM Decorfabriek · Maastricht · The Netherlands
06.2017 – 11.2017 · Earth Matters · group exhibition · TextielMuseum · Tilburg · The Netherlands
01.2017 · reVISIONing textile · group exhibition · Schatjes art + events · Amsterdam · The Netherlands

07.2016 · FashionClash Festival · designer market · SAM Decorfabriek · Maastricht · The Netherlands

09.2011 – 11.2011 · Bring it On · group exhibition · Ship of Fools gallery · The Hague · The Netherlands

Books

2023 · Kleerkastvasten; de textielketen ontrafeld· Sarah Vandoorne · featured project “Living Colour” · Uitgeverij Vrijdag

2022 · Smart Clothes and Wearable Technology · Jane McCann, David Bryson · written: chapter 10. Smart colour: textile innovation in colouration from manufacturing techniques to applications for smart clothing and wearable technology · Woodhead Publishing
2022 · Der Stoff Aus Dem Die Zukunft Ist · Markus Petruch, Dominik Walcher · featured project “Living Colour” · FinanzBuch Verlag

2021 · The Colour Bible · Laura Perryman · featured project “Living Colour” · Octopus Books / Ilex

2020 · Unfolding Fashion Tech · Marina Toeters · featured project “Living Colour” · Onomatopee Publishers

Grants

2023 · Creative Industries Fund NL · Design grant “Bouwen aan Talent” · project “Blended Fibres” (work in progress)

2021 · European light industries innovation and technology (ELIIT) project · European grant · project “BInc” in cooperation with Living Colour and Vienna Textile Lab
2021 · Droom & Daad Foundation · Design grant · project “Chromarama 2.0” in cooperation with Tegendraads

2020 · Creative Industries Fund NL · Design grant · project “Chromarama”
2020 · Stokroos Foundation · Art & Design grant · project “Chromarama”

2019 · Creative Industries Fund NL · Voucher foreign presentation · project “Living Colour” at Future Fabrics Expo London

2018 · Bankgiro Lottery Fund · project The Future of Living Materials in collaboration with CoE ArtEZ Future Makers and Wageningen University & Research (WUR)

Residencies

2020 · Taskforce Fashion · Residency for Responsible Fashion

Talks

10.2023 · “Redefining Sustainability” · panel discussion · Ox Space · Rotterdam · The Netherlands
06.2023 · Designing Circularity · “Designing Circularity: Fashion” · podcast

10.2022 · Designplatform Rotterdam · “Designer Talks:  Colour Blindness with Pat Bloom and Laura Luchtman” · podcast

10.2021 · “Inclusivity Talks: Visual Impairments” · Dutch Design Week · Embassy of Inclusive Society · Eindhoven · The Netherlands
05.2021 · “Textile/Fiber Design – Collaborating with Nature” · webinar · Fiberspace Gallery · Stockholm · Sweden
05.2021 · Analog Eco Symposium · De Grafische Werkplaats · The Hague · The Netherlands
04.2021 · “Maintaining tradition in a transitory world“ · webinar · Center for Culture and Development · Rotterdam · The Netherlands
02.2021 · “Chromarama: the role of design in colour blindness” · online · Rotterdam · The Netherlands
02.2021 · Renske Mennen · Future Visions ep.4 “How bacterial dyeing can change the toxic fashion industry” · podcast

11.2020 · BlueCity · The Growcast ep.5 “Natural textile dyeing with bacteria” · podcast
10.2020 · Webinar “Design Method: Working from personal fascination” · Center for Culture and Development · Rotterdam
10.2020 · Dutch Design Week Talk “To Reassure Reality · Online · Eindhoven · The Netherlands
10.2020 · Dutch Design Week Talkshow by NBTC Holland Marketing · Effenaar · Eindhoven · The Netherlands
10.2020 · Guest lecture Material Futures · HKU Fashion Design · Utrecht · The Netherlands
06.2020 · BNR News Radio · De Ochtendspits · live interview project Design to Fade: PUMA x Living Colour
06.2020 · Omroep Wetering · interview project Design to Fade: PUMA x Living Colour
06.2020 · Dutch talkshow Studio Circulair
01.2020 · BNO IMG LAB: Fashion · Het Nieuwe Instituut · Rotterdam · The Netherlands
01.2020 · Future of Fashion; a panel discussion · Erasmus University · Rotterdam · The Netherlands

11.2019 · Dutch Fashion TV show Hip voor Nop
11.2019 · Getting Closer Fashion Festival panel discussion · De Wasserij · Rotterdam · The Netherlands
03.2019 · TEDxRotterdam: Raising the Bar · Theater Rotterdam Schouwburg · Rotterdam · The Netherlands
02.2019 · The Future of Living Materials · round table · Avantex · Paris · France
01.2019 · Embassy Lab Water Conscious Fashion · Neonyt · Berlin · Germany

12.2018 · guest lecture for 3rd year biological and medical laboratory research bachelor students · Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences · Rotterdam · The Netherlands
11.2018 · Colour Materialized Symposium · Avans University of Applied Sciences AKV|St Joost · Breda · The Netherlands
10.2018 · Design Research & Innovation Festival (DRIVE) · NatLab · Eindhoven · The Netherlands

11.2017 · TextielCommissie Symposium Natural Dyeing · Cultural Heritage Agency · Amersfoort · The Netherlands
08.2017 · Future Flight Movie Night · BlueCity · Rotterdam · The Netherlands
06.2017 · Fashion Innovation & Sustainability · Venture Café · Rotterdam · The Netherlands

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