Turkish red & more:  Merel Boers

Turkish red & more: Merel Boers

Based on a very personal world of girls, black and white flowers, birds, gossamer threads and structures, Merel Boers’ work – in which fashion and illustrations are intertwined – provides an enchanting escape from reality. For the TextielMuseum, she was inspired by examples of tatting and macramé from the museum collection.The library has a collection of craft books from the 19th and 20th century which Merel found very inspiring.

Merel Boers designed ornamentation, which was embroidered onto water-soluble material using a high-tech embroidery machine. When the material dissolved, graceful flowers and plants made from black threads were left behind. Derived from the aesthetic language of Art Nouveau, they recur in the resulting delicate outfits. The designer’s refined signature style is unmistakably evident in the final product. She offers us a glimpse into her imaginary world, where her sketchbook seems to have come to life.

In the exposition you can see the beautiful Art Nouveau fabrics which inspired Merel. Designs for batik, damask, upholstery, wall hangings, and curtains with butterflies, flowers, asters, swans, dragonflies, stars, and rosehips by influential designers from the start of the 20th century: Theo Nieuwenhuis, Michel Duco Crop and Chris Lebeau.

Merel Boers (1981) graduated in 2006 from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. The charming icon from her graduation collection, Miss Blackbirdy, has been the central figure in her designs and illustrations ever since.