Exploring the flying carpet as a vehicle for fantasy, storytelling or travelling, Janneke Raaphorst (Terneuzen 1981) interweaves text, textile and context. She lives and works in Amsterdam.
Both in her texts and in her textile works she brings to light equivalences, looking for connections and harmony. At the same time she keeps record of things falling apart, celebrating the face of deterioration; the patina of the world.
Constantly reformulating the invitation to shift the focus from the mind to the body through appealing to the senses, mainly the skin, she aims to open up ways of identification with the body. Throughout her practice hand washing is a recurring ritual she performs in combination with palm reading.
Working on both the chemical level of the fibre as well as with the threedimensional potential of material and infusing experience with meaning, the material and the mythological realm overlap.
With this fascination for transformation during the life of material she specialises in the performative aspect of textile. For example melted plastic bag folding out into a T-Shirt, a catering service with dissolving shirts, or a patchwork silk QR quilt, acting upon scanning as an analogue portal to the digital virtual realm.
As a costume designer she collaborates with visual artists, choreographers and activists like The Yes Men, Greenpeace and Brussels based artist Helena Dietrich with whom she developed the immersive installation Elastic Habitat. The audience journeys under someone elses skin, by wearing textile sculptures which are translations of a research on how one experiences their body.
Century 3000 Catering
Performance with watersoluble fabric at Textile Innovation Centre, Ronse/Belgium 2011
Printing with plastic bags since 2005
Meeting In Water
video with community, Kortrijk/Belgium, 2011