Zefir7: Elisa van Joolen and Our Polite Society

Fabrics + Graphics = Fashion

Thursday 12 April 2018, 20:30 hrs
(doors open: 20 hrs)
Location: Stroom, Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
Language spoken: English
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Zefir7 is the Monthly Designers Café at Stroom Den Haag i.c.w. BNO Kring Groot Den Haag.

This time the presentation Fabrics + Graphics = Fashion with Elisa van Joolen and Our Polite Society. After a presentation by KABK alumna and Stroom Award winner Yamuna Forzani in September 2016, revealing the fruitful collaboration between her and graphic designers for her wearables, Zefir7 continues to bring collaborations and cross-fertalisation of mixed disciplines.

Elisa van Joolen
Elisa van Joolen's approach to clothing design is characterised by strategies of intervention and reconfiguration. Van Joolen's projects often reflect specific social contexts and emphasise collaboration and participation. They expose relational aspects of clothing and subvert processes of value production.
Elisa's work has been recognised with a Talent Grant - Creative Industries Fund NL (2016-2017), Han Nefkens Award (2016), Fulbright Award (2010) and nominated for the Dutch Design Award (2013) and New Material Award (2014). She participated in shows and exhibitions at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Arnhem Fashion Biennial, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, New York Fashion Week, 5th Brazilian Design Biennial in Florianopolis, Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, OCAT Art Terminal in Shenzhen and West Bund Art Center in Shanghai.
Elisa holds a BA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (2006), MFA from Parsons in New York City (2012) and was artist in resident at Iaspis in Stockholm (2016). She teaches at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie.
In addition to running her own studio she is art director of Warehouse, a place for clothes in context in Amsterdam.

Our Polite Society
Our Polite Society is a studio for graphic design, type design and typographic research based in Amsterdam and Stockholm. It was founded in 2008 by Jens Schildt (SE) and Matthias Kreutzer (D) after their studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam and the Jan van Eyck Academy Maastricht.
Our Polite Society's production comprises formats such as books, magazines, posters, exhibitions, record sleeves and screens. They often design custom typefaces for their projects.
Our Polite Society have produced works for Bauhaus Dessau, the University of Stockholm, the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam, Onomatopee Eindhoven, the New Institute Rotterdam, Malmö Konsthall and Internationale Bauausstellung. Their self-initiated work investigates how typographic form mirrors social phenomena, and how it relates to ideology and the distribution of knowledge. Since 2017 they are publishing typefaces under the imprint Our Polite Society Type.
Their work has been presented at the International Poster & Graphic Design Festival Chaumont, Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam among others.
Our Polite Society are currently teaching at the Konstfack University Stockholm, the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam and the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague and have have lectured at several other art schools.

Zefir7: Elisa van Joolen and Our Polite Society
photo: Graphic design: Ruben Verkuylen
Elisa van Joolen, One to One
photo: courtesy the artist
Our Polite Society
photo: courtesy the artists