Global Innovation Design (MA)
I am a Dutch multidisciplinary designer. My work combines design, art, science, engineering and culture. I am passionate about challenging people’s understanding of the world to shape a positive future.
• MA/MSc Global Innovation Design, Royal College of Art & Imperial College London
• BSc Industrial Design, Delft University of Technology
Before studying Global Innovation Design I worked as a designer and creative facilitator. My experience includes working at In4Art in Rotterdam as a designer and art exhibition architect (internship). At Stand Out Now I worked as a creative facilitator, where I designed creative workshops, organised events and did visual strategy to kickstart innovation for larger companies or institutions in the Netherlands. In Peru, I worked as a designer, together with two other students, on a project about plastic waste in collaboration with L.O.O.P (Life Out Of Plastic) (Peru) and The Better Future Factory (Rotterdam). This was part of the minor international entrepreneurship & development.
Recognition & Exhibitions
• 2020 DE Summer Show, Dyson School of Engineering, Imperial College London
• 2020 Work In Progress Show, Royal College of Art & Imperial College London
• 2018 Scholarship (Cultuurfondsbeurs), Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
• 2018 Dove hackathon 2nd Place, London
• 2017 Scholarship, Stichting de Fundatie van de Vrijvrouwe van Renswoude
I use design to re-story the relationship between humans and the rest of nature. In the Anthropocene we need to change our concept of nature; Living in nature instead of on top of nature. Design is a powerful tool to change perceptions, to provide different understandings of reality. I want to use and facilitate the use of this tool to work towards a better future. The value of design should not be measured by market value but by the impact it has on the planet and all living beings. I believe in more than human design.
Through exploration and collaboration with different experts I combine many disciplines to have a very holistic approach to design. This allows me to work on the very complex and wicked problems we face today.
For thoughts, questions, collaborations or just a chat, please don't hesitate to contact me! I would love to meet you.
If stories of human exceptionalism brought us to where we are today, might stories about living in symbiosis with nature bring us to a better future?
In the forest — This forester is exploring the language of trees through fungi.
Tool #1 — See which trees are connected
Tool #2 — Listen to the soundscape that represents the communication between trees
The main exploration in the forest includes:
1. Which trees are communicating?
2. What are they communicating?
3. What does that mean?
Tool #1 Is attached to trees. Through different points on the tree, the tool traces the incoming and outgoing communication of the tree. It shows which trees are connected and whether the tree is sending or receiving information.
Tool #2 is plugged into the mycorrhizal mycelium hotspot that is connected to the trees that are communicating. The detected signals are transformed into a soundscape that can be heard and recorded.
The Netherlands 2035 — Living in nature
Forester — In forest with tools
Foresters: People who care for, look after, and protect the forest. In the interest of the forest. The forester does everything possible to understand and communicate with the forest in order to educate and inform society.
Science | Mycelial Network — Trees communicate with each other through mycorrhizal fungi
Science | Hypha — Fungi can pass resources and signalling molecules between trees
Experiment | Mycelium — Visualising the transfer of nutrients through mycelium
Experiment | Plant + Mycelium — The creation of symbiotic association
Immersion in Nature | Finding Fungi
Immersion in Nature | Forest
Immersion in Nature | Roots
Immersion in Nature | Mushrooms
Immersion in Nature | Listening
Immersion in Nature | Explore
Design experiment: Immersion in nature. Answers to the following questions were found through ethnographic research. Is it possible to listen to trees? How can we see fungi? We can find mushrooms the fruiting body, but can we also find the mycelium? This informed the story of future and what is possible today.
Initial experiments were executed with the aim to show the transfer of nutrients through mycelium and the creation of symbiotic association.