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Masks by Bertjan Pot

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, 02 Jan 2013
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"Although seemingly these masks tell stories, this again started out as a material experiment. I wanted to find out if by stitching a rope together I could make a large flat carpet. Instead of flat, the samples got curvy. When I was about to give up on the carpet, Vladi came up with the idea of ??shaping the rope into masks. The possibilities are endless, I’m meeting new faces every day." —Bertjan Pot

More about Dutch artist, Bertjan Pot

I design products. Often they are Interior products. The way interior products relate to their users appeals to me. Interior products are not distant and hardcore industrial like power tools, cars and buildings, but also not as personal and hip as fashion. Furniture and lighting design really fits the method I work with. Working on my designs I start small, playing with and focusing on a material or a technique. I search for a system, the DNA, which I will use as building stones for something bigger. The optimal use of a material and technique make a valuable product, each ingredient humbly present complementing the others. I try to make products that can be just a bit more than the function they have to fulfill. My method is both technical and intuitive. Intuition is hard to explain and I think it is better that way. For every decision we make there are several reasons. Some are mentioned, but the best are silently accepted. My technical interest and creative fantasies are a way to push the boundaries of Industrial production. With some intelligence and a little ignorance we might be able to realize what we wish for.

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