Ro3kvit Lecture #8: Design by Dasha Tsapenko and Marjo van Schaik

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Thursday 24 November | 18:00 – 19:30 EEST / 17:00 – 18:30 CEST

Title: Home(Land): Design reflecting on (the loss of) Home

The land we inhabit, the land with its specific natural resources, and the ties we have built with it over generations, largely determine our identity and our sense of belonging. But what defines Home(Land), beyond the idea of a country you were born in? In Home(Land) we brought together designers from Ukraine and the Netherlands to explore these questions based on the belief that new perspectives can be found in design. We reflect on the war, its effects, the stories of today and cast a glance at the possible future. Towards a Home(Land) that we grow, repair and upcycle together.

(Home)Land was presented at Dutch Design Week 2022.

Dasha Tsapenko is a bio-designer and educator, who works with elements of art, fashion and material research. She investigates alternative production processes in (textile) design and is inspired by symbiotic relationships in nature.
Dasha collaborates with various non-human species like fungi and (edible) plants. These collaborations result in grown garments, tapestries and textile pieces.
Dasha does research on mycelium at the University of Utrecht and coaches at Design Academy Eindhoven. Her works were shown among others at Floriade (Almere, 2022), Castellum Hoge Woerd (Utrecht, 2022), MU Hybrid Art House (Eindhoven, 2020)  Radialsystem (Berlin, 2019), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin, 2019), Dutch Design Week (Eindhoven,  2017, 2018, 2019, 2022).

Marjo van Schaik is a member of the Ro3kvit team as a researcher of public space, cultural identity and public and cultural values. After 20 years, Marjo van Schaik resumed her work as a designer and maker of fabrics and clothes. She was educated at the Modeakademie Bijenveld in Amsterdam in the 1980s. She dropped out partly because of increasing commercialisation in the fashion industry. She was an intendant of international cultural projects such as Europe by People in Amsterdam and Brussels (2016) and designer of Downside up in Soledar in Ukraine (2021). Now she works with wool and other natural materials such as hemp and vegetable dyes to create new concepts. The wool she works with comes from Dutch sheep, which is considered waste. With her work, she wants to show the strength, softness and beauty of this ‘waste’.  The lecture is organised by ro3kvit urban coalition for Ukraine with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation.

Find the recordings of their previous lectures HERE or on YouTube.

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