De Vitrine, Kolenkitbuurt, August 2015
Inspired from the traditional Japanese technique of Shibori, “the memory of a fold” is a pleated textile saturated with beetroot extracts. As beetroot pigments are not resistant to the UV present in daylight, their bright pink colour will slowly fade away during the exposing period in De Vitrine. After 6 weeks, the complete surface of the fabric will be unfolded, exposing an overlap of patterns created by sunlight and time.
From 1961 to 1962, Jacques Bourlanges led a research on the oxidation of beetroot juices and their change of colour depending on pH and temperature, which inspired the work we present at De Vitrine.