Nienke Hoogvliet sea-me / re-sea-me

Some months ago we wrote about Nienke Hoogvliet and her blanket collection. This collection was inspired by skin and a feeling of protection.

Another project she worked on is called SEA ME. SEA ME is a rug made of sea algae yarn, knotted by hand in an old fishing net. Nienke wanted to draw attention to this rather new material. A yarn made of sea algae could perhaps offer a solution for the sustainability issues in the textile industry. Sea algae grow much faster and need less nutrients then cotton for example.

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After this discovery, Nienke wanted to do more research to increase the usage of sustainable materials in the industry. She discovered that fish skins are a waste product of the fishing industry, while you can also make them into beautiful leather. This was the start of RE-SEA-ME and shows the duality between plastic waste in the oceans and the sustainable materials the oceans have to offer.

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Nienke went to fish shops to collect their waste and discovered a way of tanning the skins without any chemicals. By using an old technique, that requires a lot of manual labour, she created a strong, sustainable and beautiful material that can be used like regular leather. To show the abilities of the leather, Nienke designed a small stool with fish leather seating. To continue the SEA ME collection, she also designed a conceptual rug where the fish leather is sown into a discarded fishing net.

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We are inspired by her way of looking at the textile industry and its sustainability issues!

images via Nienke Hoogvliet
photography Femke Poort

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