The artwork ‘Enlighten me’ brings tradition and technology together

WEMELDINGE – Needle artist Minke van de Zande unveils ‘Enlighten Me’ on Friday 15 July at Luximprint in Wemeldinge. In this work of art, the company’s optical 3D printing technology and textiles come together with traditional needle art.


The presentation of ‘Enlighten Me’ is a climax after more than three years of research and design. “After a long search for a party that knew what I was looking for, I went to Wemeldinge with my threads, patches and scissors, and that’s how technicians and needle artists found each other,” says Minke van de Zande. “We have come to an exchange. I made a picture for them and they will now do their best to give me 3D printed water, organically shaped water droplets and droplets that are actually spraying.” To lift a corner of the veil on her artwork, Van de Zande reveals that it is illuminated by Luximprint. “In addition, ‘Enlighten me’ means something like ‘tell me your story’. And there is a lot to tell about this project. The symbol of the animal world that represents this is reflected in the work of art. “

Japanese prints

Van de Zande was born in Utrecht in 1974 and has worked creatively for years alongside his full-time job as a civil servant. She did needlework in her youth, and when her son asked her to sew an appliqué on his bathrobe a few years ago, she rediscovered this hobby. “I like to cuddle and mess around. But I can’t draw, so I was looking for pictures to imitate. ” As she explored the Internet, she was impressed by Japanese prints. “They are made with an ancient woodcut technique. Quite complicated, but that’s what I liked about it. ” She wanted to know more about this tradition and even dived into the museum’s archives. “The Rijksmuseum’s depot in Amsterdam is accessible as usual. Nice not? I just did not find anything there, but I found it in the ethnological museum in Leiden. The curator told me that due to discoloration and fading, the prints no longer looked like they were originally made. It stimulated me to find out what they would have looked like. ” Before that, she worked with the curator and did internet research, which resulted in her first exhibition ‘Surimono in silk’. Van de Zande translated ‘forgotten’ Japanese prints from around 1830 into silk and embroidery techniques. “I was allowed to exhibit seven embroidery screens of 70 by 70 centimeters at the Kantfabriek Museum in Horst. When many people came to it, I did not know what was happening to me. Did they like my work or not? “Fortunately, it turned out to be the first. Van de Zande’s needlework and weaving and embroidery techniques have now also crossed the border.

New Dimension

For ‘Surimono in Silk’, she wanted to build a bridge between the old tradition of lace making and the modern era, and she does the same with ‘Enlighten me’. Traditional needle lace, embroidery techniques, Smyrna tying techniques used to tie rugs, and the new art form print-optical art are mixed. “Textile and embroidery are always associated with thread. For my water project, I wanted to make something that is separate from each other. ” Through, among other things, a glassblower, makeup artist and epoxy expert, she ended up at a spectacle printing company in Belgium. “They referred me to John and Marco from Luximprint.” And then their collaboration was born. “The availability of Luximprint’s core technology, the setting and flow of drops of optically clear material, opens up new possibilities for artists,” said John Gerrits, Luximprint’s technical director. “An artist can now play with artificial light and daylight and thus add a new dimension to a work.” Luximprint founded the print-optical art platform, which will be officially launched later this year. “In addition to Van de Zande, the first ‘print-optical artists’ from the Netherlands and abroad have now arrived.”
After the presentation in Wemeldinge, ‘Enlighten me’ travels to the Kantfabriek Museum in Horst, where it can still be visited in 2022.

More information

The unveiling of the artwork on Friday, July 15 is open to artists and other interested parties. To register, send an email to expo@printoptical.art or visit www.printoptical.art for more information.

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