Animal Skin

Year: 2013
Material: various textiles

“Animal Skin” was a commission by the Textile Museum Tilburg as a part of the Talking Textiles exhibition curated by trend forecaster and design curator Lidewij Edelkoort. For the exhibition, Edelkoort describes, “after a reaction to the increasingly digital landscape of our lives, a craving for tactility and dimension has led designers to reconsider the role of fabrics once more. The near future will see the overwhelming return of textiles in our interiors, covering floors, walls and furniture in an expansive and personal manner. These textiles will speak loud and clear to become the fabrics of life, narrating stories, designing pattern, promoting well-being and reviving the act of weaving.”

At the museum’s experimental textile production laboratory, Baas created two fantasy skins of which the “fur” and the shape were created by the weaving machines.

“Making fake fur is a challenge for textile designers. Once the faux-fur is made, the next question would be: if the animal existed, what would it look like?”

Collection: Audax Textile Museum, Tilburg, The Netherlands