Besides the Bottle Vase Project (since 2009) and Bubble Buddy (2018) Foekje has worked on other projects too, please some of these projects below.
This tapestry was designed for a lady who was about to move to a new place. As a process of farewell, we collected fabrics from her old home, such as curtains and even a wedding dress. All textiles are cut and woven into this 140cm x 320cm large tapestry that refers to the tulip fields, dykes, and polder of the Netherlands.
With an interest in environmental issues and material waste, Foekje got fascinated with an ancient material called bone china; burned bones mixed with porcelain that results in the finest of porcelain. For the project, she collected waste food bones from friends and made a series of dishes that show morphed animals.
In many industries there’s still ‘waste’, Foekjes goal is to find new purposes where the waste becomes valued material; like this lamp, made from porcelain waste taken from the drain of a porcelain factory. The material is not stable and not white but perfect for this translucent lamp that looks even better at night.
During my graduation at Sint Lucas Ghent, Foekje mixed plants, fungi, and handmade objects in glass, metal, ceramic, and textile into a skin tone environment that referred to a woman’s hospital. The scene made one wonder, when does an object become a plant and when does a plant become a human? Does that hurt?