Analogue, curious and a visual thinker –
I am Michèle Degen, a young Swiss designer graduated
(2016) from Design Academy Eindhoven. I dare to
question what seems obvious.
With an open-minded and intuitive approach
I am searching beyond the visible.
I am trying to break norms and overcome deadlocked
ways of thinking. Through clear observations in a highly visual and experimental way.
I am asking for new values in the society of today and like to
imagine how the world could be tomorrow.
Research, concept development
and writing play an important role in what I do.
Design is about connecting disciplines and merging
thoughts, translated into a communicational outcome.
Analogue, curious and a visual thinker – Michèle Degen is a Swiss designer graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven. In her work she dares to question what seems so obvious. With an open-minded and intuitive approach she is searching beyond the visible. She is trying to break norms and overcome deadlocked ways of thinking by clear observations in a highly visual and experimental way, asking for new values in society. Research, concept development and writing play an important role in her work. Design is not only about creating things, it is about connecting new disciplines and merging thoughts, translated into a communicational outcome
This sneaker is made entirely from Drents heath sheep. The grazing sheep maintain the landscape and are used for their meat, but the rest of the animals remains unused. Researching and experimenting possible ways of using the leftover material, Josef Trojan and Michèle have introduced a sustainable and environmentally friendly product – the sheeker: sheep sneaker. The production offers an alternative to the oil-based polymers, widely used in the footwear industry; the sole is made of bioplastic, composed of bones and collagen, and the top part is created from felted wool in its natural colour. The project gives a new impulse to the local industry, bringing producti - on back to the region.
Sheeker - more than a sneaker
Why do women still feel ashamed of their vaginas?
Why is it still a taboo to talk about it?
Surrounded by images of manipulated perfection,
we are lead to believe that even vaginas should
match a certain ideal. All vaginas are different, but
since a woman rarely sees her own vagina, how can
it even be compared with others? How does a women
know what a normal vagina looks like?
VULVA VERSA was created to change perception, not
only for the woman herself but also as a conversation
piece for an open dialog. It allows for viewing from a
different angle and will ease the preconception of
indecency, allowing for an open and healthy conversation.
VULVA VERSA allows women to discover themselves,
to dissolve the shame via an intimate exploration
and appreciation of her own body.
Photography by Juliette Chrétien
In the past, farmers`wives in the rural Netherlands (Drenthe) would create carpets in their best rooms. Every Saturday the living room floor was painstakingly decorated with an intricate temporary sand pattern. Inspired by this tradition, sand was experimented with. By shaping the surfaces, a series of silkscreen prints were created which focus on space, colour, and perspective. The material research has led to the design of a series of patterns that can be applied as covers or stand alone as unique pieces
THE VALUE OF A STONE OR
«ansehen kreiert das Ansehen»
Value of nothing, or the genuine reality of a stone.
We tend to disregard the obvious and forget to
behold ordinary things such as a stone.
A regular stone does not seem valuable; it is one
amongst many. But what is the value of a stone? By
seeking ways of value creation within things, the
stone was looked at from different perspectives.
In total, 44 stones were collected and described
objectively. Certain questions were posed on the basis
of the observed characteristics, which lead to
subjective thoughts, interpretations and reflections - poetic
stories for each stone.
These discoveries shed light on the fact that value is
connected to perception, agreement and need; they
are then shared in the book «ansehen kreiert das
Ansehen». The reader looks at something that seems
meaningless, yet stimulates thinking and triggers the
imagination. Nothing should be taken for granted.
From a band logo to a font, from stamps to
postcards. I like to create playful graphics with a
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