Our studio creates a small collection of handmade and plantdyed (bridal) clothes, entirely made from organic and eco-friendly fabrics. After the party is over, they can be styled differently, which makes them a joy to wear for at least a lifetime. An added quote, matching accessories or embroidered embellishments tell both your story and the garment’s.
Marijke Bongers (1963) loves designing, sewing and doing embroidery. She likes to create surface designs and is well versed in the history of both fashion and art. Her professional background is that of a qualified haute couture seamstress.
Dyeing textiles with (local) plants is a different passion of Marijke’s. The dyeing processes she uses are grounded in excellent research which she conducted herself; besides that, Marijke has trained with India Flint and Michel Garcia.
Having been a teacher her whole life, Marijke sees the importance of teaching the younger generation about textiles, the impact of the global fast fashion industry and how to make a change.
Besides teaching Marijke is also available as a consultant for up and coming small fashion brands that focus on sustainability.
Marijke gives several master classes and workshops a year. For a consultancy session, an hourly fee is applicable. For inquiries, please visit our contact page.
Caitlin (1997) is the studio’s expert on fibers, spinning Alpaca, knitting and weaving. She is pursuing an education in professional illustration at the Art Academy in ‘s Hertogenbosch. As she lives away from the studio currently, she is involved in studio projects as far as her free time allows.
The Eco Textile Studio started out as an art project. Marijke used to be a textile artist, and as such had exhibitions in galleries and museums. But as she was building her collections, she noticed that sitting at her spinning wheel in front of the studio was a better way to tell her stories, pass on her skills and share in her desire to make the world a better place. Recently Marijke has been asked to partake in an exhibition again, which brings all of her passions together. Combining art, textiles and fashion, she researches the things she marvels at. Getting her inspiration in current affairs while being grounded in a vast textile tradition, she translates the whole of this unique mix into design that is very markedly her own.
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tekst: Nanda Behari