Inez de Rijke (She/ her)
I am a multidisciplinary communication designer interested in people, place and pattern. My practice deploys photography and textiles for reapplication into printmaking, collage and installation. I enjoy creating playful and thoughtful intersections between objects, environments and representation.
‘Manhattan Transfer Dot Collages’ is a three-part collage series responding to John Dos Passos’ novel Manhattan Transfer. The novel is illustrated with text extracts preluding each chapter. Whilst each passage varies in plot, character and scene, the author pieces together fragments of a city characterised by ruthlessness, movement and power.
The response is three A1 screen prints. A configuration of dots move across the prints in an algorithmic pattern where the white circles predict the movement of the brown circles on the following print. The cycle is locked in repeat, with the last collage connecting back to the first. Like the vignettes of Manhattan Transfer, the individual prints appear abstract but together form a unified whole.
A Dot for Every Occasion
Combining a fascination with the halftone process for screen print, and limited access to workshop facilities due to the pandemic, this project investigates the role of circles in printmaking. Through the development of ‘manual bitmapping’ I was able to explore various circular gird formations without needing access to specialist workshops.
Below, a series of A3 collages illustrate Gestalt principles of design. The following developmental collages explore the use of circles and the manual bitmap process further, through both digital and mixed media.
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Ma-10 for Queen’s View
The Ma–10 is a motorway spanning the Serra de Tramuntana, a mountain range that forms the Northern backbone of the Spanish island of Majorca. Here in Scotland, it has been introduced to the Lowlands using live collage.
This work considers the limitations of traditional landscape photography in capturing the essence of space. The photograph is repurposed into textile installation, allowing shape, pattern and light to hold equal importance to the image itself. Negative space allows a dual perspective, merging both landscapes into one environment.
A Chair Is
What is a chair? A place to sit, a piece of art, or an object of wealth? This tongue-in-cheek work plays on the idea of cultural capital within modernist design circles, investigating the relationship between chairs as functional objects, pieces of design and symbols of status. The fabric drapes and cardboard cut-outs reappropriate popular modernist designs, and allow designer chairs to feature in any home.
Historical Knitting Label
Knitwear designer Amy Llewellyn asked me to design a label specifically for a series of garments inspired by historical fashion artefacts. The clothing line replicates historical garments utilising modern knitting techniques. Alongside the label, I photographed the knitwear pieces for her website and to be fashioned into unique postcards made in the style of the garment’s era.
The monogram is designed to be in-keeping with the historical style of the work, whilst also acting as a project classification, allowing the garments to adopt a space outside of her commercial work.
Puzzle Place Mats
Dining together might ordinarily end with a game.
Why not begin with one as you set the table?
Eight 40cm x 50cm organic cotton place mats.