Winner Lichting 2013: Henriette Tilanus
graduate of ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Arnhem

Winner of Lichting 2013!

About the Collection

Let the dust settle
My graduation collection ‘Let the dust settle in’ is inspired on the stylish world of Lady Edith Sitwell. An eccentric writer from the early twenties with an uncanny sense for drama and style. Cecil Beaton’s portraits of Lady Sitwell in her garden and house showcase her love of art but also shows a glimpse of loneliness. I envision this loneliness to be a consequence of her misunderstood beautiful creative mind.

In my perception, the world needs these creative visionaries like water and air.
My collection is a tribute to her and other kindred spirits. I collected imagery of the Lady’s outfits, interior, garden and society life and studied her poems. I imagined her in today’s time, sitting in her beautiful ancient house but part of a modern world. The prints of her outfit would have been bleached and partly devoured by moths. Her embroideries are frayed and all of it is covered in a small layer of dust.
I started experimenting with textiles; I embroidered on plastics and hand painted checks, dots and bleached stripes on denim. I ripped out threads, knitted parts and created abstract flowers from stuff I found in my atelier and in the streets. These textile experiments I translated into a womens collection; modern but eccentric, original and outspoken but wearable and up-to-date.

Photo 1: Louise Te Poele
Photo 2: Peter Stigter