Maria Blaisse (NL)

The Emergence of Form

September 1st – September 7th 

Maria Blaisse Netherlands

Maria Blaisse (born 1944) studied textile design at Gerrit Rietveld Academy. Since 1985 she works as an independent designer and international visiting professor, sharing her way of working in projects on “material, form and movement”: “My work is based on a continual investigation into the possibilities of a material. This process produces many possible applications of a material. Essential factors are simplicity, clarity, beauty, sustainability and an optimal use of the material and its qualities. Ultimately: to incite the flow of continuous creation, no waste, no loss of energy alert and alive.” Maria Blaisse taught textile design for 17 years at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. For many years she has been at the forefront of research and education in craftsmanship in textiles and flexible design. She created a language in forms that can be universally understood – an Esperanto of rubber, gauze, felt, leather, glass, and bamboo – all based on one specific form.

Blaisse’s interests lie in the intersections between art, fashion and architecture and incorporate video, performance and photography as well as an exploration of sculptural performance with the body as a critical element in the animation of material and form. At present she works with flexible bamboo constructions for architecture.

She collaborated, amongst others, with Issey Miyake, Paula Abdul, ISO Dance NY, Camper, Goods, and SlowLab Research.

Maria Blaisse participated in major design exhibitions in Kyoto, Paris, Perth, London, and Amsterdam. Recent exhibitions include shows at the Noguchi Museum and the Pratt Manhattan Gallery, both in New York, as well as “Slow Dialogues: Time, Space and Scale” at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Recent publications include: The Emergence of Form (2013). Maria Blaisse lives and works in Amsterdam.

The Emergence of Form

September 1st – September 7th

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The Workshop

We will start at zero and look for materials around us – which might also be immaterial such as light or wind – in order to then make a choice which ones we wish to explore deeper. We want to find out their various qualities and work with them towards their open possibilities.

From there a precise proces is going to lead us into structures, forms, and movements that take you to your very own expression.

Then there is the choice to create an object, to work with the body, or on a larger scale. In any case, our discovery of solutions is guided by the inherent qualities of the materials we work with.

A photographer and film maker registers this emerging process of each participant and adds a layer of reflection and clarity which might be integrated into your final presentation. This presentation might show moving objects, structures, or body pieces.

The workshop’s open and interdisciplinairy way of designing enables each participant with an intense focus. In just five days a very condensed, clear, and precise process becomes visible. Finally this is all about being most efficient with energy, “inciting the flow of continuous creation – no waste, no loss of energy, alert and alive".

Student: €944 TTC

Normal: €1264 TTC


  • Accommodation & food are included
  • We can accommodate for special catering
  • All participants sleep in dormitories
  • To book a private room or bring additional guests, get in touch:


  • Our staff are available to help you conceptualize & produce your designs
  • Tools & materials are provided by Boisbuchet
  • All workshops are taught in English
  • The number of participants is limited to 22