July 30, 2013

SALON/Kant: Anne-Grethe Filtenborg

‘I enhance my dress with my skin’ is a knit-couture lace project by Anne-Grethe Filtenborg. The title reflects the concept in which lace is seen in its essence of transparency, creating a dialogue between skin and dress/cell, pixel and stitch, reflecting the eternal fascination and obsession with skin.

 The body of work consists of a series of delicate dresses and tunics. The essence is to be found in the textile development; light yet rich in tactility, interacting with graphics and optical effects. It includes mesh-lace and the designer’s innovation of 3D jacquard knits in which the graphics become optical, ever changing contrast and color intensity in accordance to the wearer’s movements as well as the angle from which perceived. Silhouettes and details are kept minimal and pure, taking their cue from the textile aspects in terms of drape, floating aspect, plasticity or sculptural effect. Each model incorporates a graphic design which enhances the inner and outer silhouette. The pieces are crafted in the finest Italian luxury yarns. The fibers used are silk with metal, a viscose composition with an extraordinary matt/luster effect and extra fine cashwool.

KNITWEAR FOR PEOPLE AND PLACES © by Anne-Grethe Filtenborg is a pop up label which deals with knitwear design for various settings, including projects addressing the body as well as space and interior projects. Anne-Grethe Filtenborg is a Danish Amsterdam based fashion and textile professional. She has a BA in Textile Design from Danmarks Designskole in Copenhagen as well as a BA in Fashion from Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.
Next to her work for her own label she has a standing career as a design tutor and leader in Art en Design education within several of the Dutch academies, including AMFI, ARTEZ Fashion Masters and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie where she was also head of the Fashion department.

July 29, 2013

SALON/Kant: Mimi Berlin

Mimi Berlin’s Fashion-Fest #2. Digital print 4,50 x 2 M. On exhibit during SALON/Kant, at Kabinet, Amsterdam

Mimi Berlin’s Fashion-Fest #2. Digital print 4,50 x 2 M. On exhibit during SALON/Kant, at Kabinet, Amsterdam

Mimi Berlin’s Fashion-Fest #2. Digital print 4,50 x 2 M. On exhibit during SALON/Kant, at Kabinet, Amsterdam

Mimi Berlin’s Fashion-Fest #2. Digital print 4,50 x 2 M. On exhibit during SALON/Kant, at Kabinet, Amsterdam

Mimi Berlin’s Fashion-Fest #2. Digital print 4,50 x 2 M.
on exhibit at Kabinet in Hotel Droog, Amsterdam (July 2013.) From left to right: Mimi Berlin.
Mimi Berlin’s Fashion-Fest II is a photo collage. The women are wearing VintageDeluxe outfits designed in the 1970′s by Dutch artist Fong Leng. All the portrayed Mimi Berlin are Style Engineers in art and/or fashion.
We really would like to thank the following people very much for their kindness, time and knowledge. Hair was done by Taco Stuiver for 1027 @ House of Orange. Make-Up by Vannessa Chan @ House of Orange using Clinique. The clothes by Fong Leng were collected by Ferry van der Nat.
Click for details concerning what Mimi Berlin is wearing in this photography collage.

July 24, 2013


She has worked close with Lidewij Edelkoort and has been a part of the extended family of artists of SALON/ for almost two years. Femke van Gemert revalidates lace like no one else. Green, sustainable, serious and decorative are just a few of the comments on her black and white installation at the Oude Kerk.

After her time at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht (HKU), she graduated in 1993, she took her belongings and left for Paris. Following her dream of becoming an artist, she started developing prints for the world-renowned trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort. A prestigious job for a graduate. She stayed for four months researching inspirational images and making prints to eventually becoming a trend forecaster at the Bijenkorf for twelve years. Nowadays she focuses on sight specific projects and has years of experience as an art teacher.

What did you make for SALON/KANT?
From old lace I have made an installation. It is all used and lived and that makes it much more interesting for me to use. I have a lot of old pieces from the Amsterdam Museum, which were used in the repair studio they altered and fixed the costumes in. The wee bits were sometimes broken, white or beige. I washed it first and hanged it outside to dry. Looking from a distance to the clothesline I got the inspiration. For me it was like a line of stories. As the parts came from different costumes they represented the outfits of a variety of characters. Like a bride, a catholic and there was also some underwear.

What else did you see?
I also saw different associations. White is lovely and virgin, whereas black is sex and thrilling. Because of these associations I choose to make two colours. Black and white. I let it remain in the purest form. I just died in black and white and hanged it in a wooden frame for people to have their own association experience with.

By Martino Bidotti


Femke van Gemert’ work 'Dreaming' is exhibited at Oude Kerk, Oudekerksplein 23.

July 18, 2013

Interview: JEF MONTES

Jef Montes graduated in 2012 with honors from ArtEZ as a bachelor in fashion design. He considers his time as an intern at Dutch fashion label Klavers van Engelen as a highlight of his time at the academy. Unfortunately the design duo, famous for their intriguing fashion ideas, had to bring an end to their fashion label right after Montes left. "I saw for myself how difficult it can be and what it takes to stay afloat in this business. But I'm still just getting started and full of ambition.

You are participating in SALON/KANT.
Manon Schaap asked me to be part of SALON/KANT. I am very pleased to have been asked to join as I think the last editions of SALON/KANT were very inspiring. The participants in the past were very interesting, I’m happy to be a part of it now myself.

Why are you participating?
SALON/ is a great platform for talents from all disciplines. Amsterdam is a great city to present your work as a young artist. SALON/ offers a great choice of locations.

What's your personal connection of kant (lace)?
I had a lace-period, literally, at the academy. I got dressed up in lace pieces. I liked to go to Paris and stroll down flee markets and pick up beautiful second hand lace. There was plenty of it. It’s fun to do something experimental with lace.

What are you exhibiting at SALON/KANT?
I am presenting a showpiece from my collection ‘Encarnación’. I made it a year after developing my graduation collection because I felt I didn’t finish telling that story. Using Encarnación I exposed the back side (achterkant) of my collection. All prototypes of the first collection were developed into a new one. It's about transparency, different textures and craftsmanship.

What are those lit up crosses on the piece?
I bought a priests jacket in Spain once and I discovered a bunch of handmade embroidered crossed buttons in it. I had to break them in order to examen the way they were made. The buttons inspired me to make futuristic charms, I thought it was interesting to embroider the charm half open. The lower part of the embroidery, which makes it stay put, in this showpiece is a acrylate pattern. I designed it myself. The patterns were milled 120 times and embroidered by hand, piece by piece. When I finish the whole collection I would like to exhibit it in a dark room and hang a black light that will lit up all the white parts of the charms. You would enter the room thinking that the some embroidery is lighting up, but when you get closer and your eyes are used to the dark, you will see they frame a transparent plastic garment.

What are you doing at the moment?
I am really busy with designing my new collection “Illuminosa’. For this collection I was inspired by my Spanish grandfather Gabriel. My grandpa was an artisan, he made very small ships, model ships. As a child I had a fascination for his ritual when offering them as a present to friends and family. Everyone in the family has one now. I am taking the patterns of the sails of the ships and develop them into contemporary coatdresses. The rest will remain a surprise.

What would you like to achieve, career wise?
I would love to combine my own label with working at a fashion house.”

By Martino Bidotti

Jef Montes is on display in the attic of Ons’ LieveHeer op Solder, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40.

July 7, 2013

Workshop bobbin lace (kantklossen)

Images of the workshop bobbin lace with lace-expert Gon Homburg.

(photocredits JW Kaldenbach)

July 4, 2013

Holland-Turkey Street Solidarity Presentation

Here are some images and a video of the presentation.

After the presentation the public went into a little discussion voicing their feelings and emotions of the tragedies happening in Turkey.

July 2, 2013

SALON/Kant: Opening Oude Kerk

Last Friday on a lovely and sunny afternoon we welcomed friends, acquaintances, artists, designers, and everybody else that wanted to come and see the works exposed in the oldest building of the city, de Oude Kerk.

By opening the biggest location of SALON/KANT all exhibition spaces are now open for the public. 

Artists on display in Oude Kerk are: Ernst van der Hoeven, Irene Fortuyn, Femke van Gemert, Robin Kolleman, Mieke Kuijpers, Henny van Nistelrooy, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Alet Pilon, Edward Clydesdale Thomson, Hansje van Halem, Demakersvan, Danny Cremers, NOMAN  Clifford Portier, Dorhout Mees, Merel Boers, Louise te Poele, Lizan Freijssen, Yildiz Hoolwerf, Jan Willem Kaldenbach and Maartje Jaquet.

To see work in progress at the Oude Kerk GO HERE

SALON/Kant; at the Launch of You Are Cordially Invited

Launch of the art magazine "You Are Cordially Invited" Including the Wooden floor dress by Antoine Peters which is part of SALON/Kant.
SALON/Kant; at the Launch of You Are Cordially Invited

Discovered in one space, embraced in the other, Antoine Peters gives the floor a leading role in his newest project. With the parquet floor as reference the designer created the Wooden floor dress. Playing with the notion of 'normal' en how the world of art brings new perspectives, Antoine lifts the floor up and elevates it to a dress.

Peters created the Wooden floor dress especially for the cover of You Are Cordially Invited, a two dimensional exhibition space for contemporary art, which is manifested in a glossy magazine. The goal is to discover the context and meaning of modern art and its surroundings.

Antoine Peters: "I am proud of my Wooden floor dress. In this project I could let my creativity run free. With a certain visual approach the magazine focusses on touching a wide audience with contemporary art. My Wooden floor dress is a part of that ambition."

Until the 18th of August you are able to visit ViaHenri where the Wooden floor dress is exhibited.
From Wednesday to Friday from 13.00 - 17.00.

Henri Polaklaan 13.

SALON/Kant; at the Launch of You Are Cordially Invited

(photocredits: JW Kaldenbach)

Holland-Turkey Street Solidarity Presentation

The street visuals of the Uprising in Turkey
Holland-Turkey Street Solidarity Presentation

July 3, Wednesday, From 2pm to 4pm 
Oude Kerk, Amsterdam
Oudekerksplein 23, 1012 GX Amsterdam 

Holland-Turkey Street Solidarity is an open collective composed of artists, academicians, students, NGO representatives, workers and activists. The collective has been formed in the Netherlands during the Uprising in Turkey in order to initiate solidarity actions with the resistance, and share the updates with the public in the Netherlands.

The resistance on the streets produces its creative language; immediate, critical and humorous. This presentation will share the street visuals of the Uprising, and discuss the various motivations of the resistance. The presentation will be followed by  a Q&A session.


Maral Jefroudi (PhD Researcher at the International Institute of Social History)
Deniz Buga (Filmmaker and Artist)
Robin Celikates (University of Amsterdam, Dept. of Philosophy and ASCA)

Hollanda-Turkiye Sokak Dayanismasi / Holland-Turkey Street Solidarity Facebook Page