In the video series 'Makers', ARTtube visits the studios of artists who distinguish themselves by using innovative materials and techniques. How do they innovate, and what are they inspired by?
The first video in this series is 'Vase', about the work of Sebastiaan Straatsma. In his studio he gives a step-by-step demonstration how his vessel designs - his so-called 'Dustcollectors' - are made. He shows how he developed the perfect material (epoxy) and how he learned to master it over time. Curator Mienke Simon Thomas (Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen) talks about Straatsma's process and about the images featured on his newest Dustcollector, which is on show at the Hand Made exhibition.
In this Dustcollector, Straatsma depicts the famous 'Tower of Babel' by Pieter Bruegel, in the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Like in ancient Chinese ceramics, he refers to a variety of personal and political themes in his work.
The exhibition 'Hand Made: Long live craft!' was on show until 20 May 2013 at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.