PeLiDesign is proud to announce to be part of the exposition

Hand Made – Long Live Crafts
9 March – 20 May 2013

Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

The curator of the museum, Dr. Mienke Simon Thomas selected our champagne cooler “UnBearable”.

Here the full text of the expo:
In the exhibition ‘Hand Made: Long Live Crafts’, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is putting the
spotlight on six centuries of handcrafted objects. The exhibition aims to clear away the jumble of
romantic clichés about crafts and craftsmanship. Curator Mienke Simon Thomas: “With our rich
collection of handcrafted objects and all the knowledge we have amassed about them over the years,
we want to raise the discussion about crafts to a new level and enrich people’s image of
‘Hand Made: Long Live Crafts’ is a unique survey of the most extraordinary objects crafted by human
hands over the past six hundred years. In the spring of 2013 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen will
exhibit more than five hundred handmade objects. The exhibits come from the museum’s own
collection and important collections in the Netherlands and abroad such as the Textile Museum in
Tilburg and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. They range from a medieval copper cauldron
and refined seventeenth-century Venetian glass to an inlaid screen by Studio Job, a jumper made
from the wool of a single sheep by Christien Meindertsma and a metal fence with a bobbin-lace
pattern by Demakersvan. Short videos in the exhibition show the process of making the exhibited
objects. And the exhibition incorporates two studios, where craftspeople will continuously
demonstrate a wide range of craft techniques.
Seven clichés about crafts
In ‘Hand Made: Long Live Crafts’, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen presents age-old craft
techniques alongside contemporary fusions of craft and design. The hundreds of objects in the
exhibition are not arranged chronologically, but are centred around popular clichés that exist about
the concept of ‘crafts’: honesty, unique, virtuosity, artistic, traditional, professional and handicrafts.
The chosen objects show that the clichés often have a kernel of truth, but it is also possible to show
that the opposite is true. For example, the practice of crafts is not necessarily ‘fair’ and imperfection
has not always been a universally valued property of handmade products. From this critical
perspective, Hand Made gives the term ‘crafts’ a historical context and offers a glimpse of the future
of craftsmanship.
Press preview
On Thursday 7 March 2013 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is organising a press preview of de
the exhibitions ‘Hand Made: Long Live Crafts’ and ‘Christophe Coppens’ from 10.30 am until 3.00 pm
(reception from 10.15). Please register via the Marketing & Communications Department:
pressoffice@boijmans.nl of +31 (0)10 441 9561.
Demonstrations by craftspeople
In the exhibition there will be continuous demonstration by various craftspeople. The products they
make during the exhibition will be on sale in the museum shop.
The craftspeople
JONGHLABEL: modern jewellery with traditional crochet work
Dutch HealthTec Academy: sneakers made according to traditional techniques
DVDV Design: 3D printing
Roosje Hindeloopen: traditional Hindelooper crafts
WANDSCHAPPEN: felt plants
Ulrike Wiebel: violin making
Daan Brandenburg (& Frans van Kuijk): wooden clogs machine
Sara Vrugt: textile installations and community projects
Digna van der Put: video animatie
De Papierderij: paper making, printing and bookbinding
Artis Causa: gold- and silversmiths
Weefnetwerk: contemporary design with weaving techniques
Esme Hofman: basketry and wickerwork
Amber Veel: working with animal skins
Frans Dingemans: woodcarving
Pro Mozaico International: mosaics
Handsome Wardrobe: making leather gloves