I research the desire to be uniform, but at the same time the desire to dissociate oneself from uniformity.
To be recognized, to stand out, to be seen. But also being forgotten, unnoticed.
A constant search of an equal or a group. Adapting yourself to find, but also getting lost in seeking. AA
burning desire, a hunt.
A feeling i often have, and see around me.
I translated this feeling into items. By taking things out of proportion i want to show a more playfull image
of the well known and serious garments.
Almost like a kid in an adult suit.
In this collection i worked together with Rein Klomp, an illustrator who designed all the prints.
Together we talked about what kind of feeling the prints should illustrate, and where they should be placed to tell the story.
The story of feeling trapped, lost and trying to fit in.
Over the years i have developed an interest and love for tailoring.
My work is about craft and it's history. I like to work on the small details, things that are invisible at first glance,
like the way the inside of a welt pocket is stitched. With references of past silhouettes and old crafts, i create new items to tell a story.
A story often about acceptance and equality. The references i use are known items with a large history and stereotypes.
By keeping the craft but breaking the stereotype, i bring a modern image and write a new story with an old tale.
The uniform is something they had to respect, take good care of and only wear when necessary.
I remember seeing my dad wearing one of his uniforms for the first time, and feeling that it was a special moment.
I always admired it and thought it was beautiful, I also wanted a uniform like that.
My name is Rein Klomp, a fairly recent alumni from HKU Illustration, based in Utrecht. My work consists of an eclectic mix of straying from perfection, alienation and playful discomfort. Mostly portrayed in illustrations and paintings by hand, with a subtle digitalised touch. Sometimes my work carries a clear narrative, other times it can be unprejudiced; open to interpretation.
You are more than welcome to take a look on my website and socials to see a wider variety of work.
Rein Klomp, Instagram @rein_carnatie, @rein_klomp
Eddy Segard, Instagram @eddysegard
Special thanks to
Lotte Walrave and Landhuis Oud Amelisweerd
Looking for collaborations of all sorts. if interested feel free to contact me.