rENs

20th November 2013

Working obsessively with the colour red Studio rENs have just unveiled their latest projects further exploring the meaning and uses of red.

'Mourning Materialized' explores the narrative of colours and especially red for the Zuiderzee region (Northwest of the Netherlands). During mourning people would wear regulation colours in shades defined by the time since death - black immediately after death to red when the mourning period was finished.

When moving from one colour to another each was laid down according to the regional codes and regulations and acted as an indicator to the state of mourning.

rENs used this as the narrative for their 'tapestries as biographies' which are dyed according to the traditional methods that would have been used and tell the story of the life and death of the Zuiderzee people.

Continuing their love affair of colour and red, they also collaborated with Cor Unum a ceramics producer to celebrate their 60th anniversary. Asked to update a classic bowl they played with its colour and form and used an organic dyeing process placing the objects in pigment and letting it naturally stain the porcelain over time resulting in each piece being totally unique.

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