Your Dryland project is part of the Embassy of Water during Dutch Design Week. What can you tell us about this project?
Dryland is a carpet that depicts the consequences of the drought in the Netherlands. The project arose from my own fascination with the landscape. I grew up in the Deurnese Peel area, and over the past five years, I have seen the high peatlands change due to desiccation. For me, that was a reason to start a project about this.
The Dutch landscape is associated with large amounts of water, splashing ducks, green linear grass fields, grazing cows, dikes, many canals and turning windmills. It’s hard to imagine that there’s a quiet and slow desiccation going on. With Dryland, I investigated the origin of the desiccation and what the various consequences of the desiccation are. For this, I interviewed various experts and the four consequences of the desiccation have been translated into a landscape carpet.
The carpet has undergone several treatments to depict the four consequences as clearly as possible. For example, the first step was to tell the story of the origin of the “desiccation” by first setting up the channels. The height of the thread that’s set up at the factory tells the story of “sinking”. Where the groundwater is too low, the ground sinks a few millimetres per year. The story of the “loss” of plants and crops is told from the perspective of a farmer. Parts of the carpet have been cut away. Finally, there is the “burning”. Parts of the carpet I burned with a weed killer. This reflects the wildfires that occur during prolonged drought.