Painted believes in the pleasure and strength of designing in collaboration and wishes to revive almost forgotten crafts, a tribute to delicate beauty.
Different handwritings unite in a personal way of developing clothes, giving each piece its own life being designed in close dialogue with the person who will wear it.
Painted Series consists of pieces made either as couture in
‘pieces uniques’ or in small series where each garment still has its own features: Painted-à-Porter.
The garments are part of an ever-growing series, like a band’s repertoire.
Unrestricted by time, place or seasons, Painted presents in its own rhythm and by invitation. A story in garments
Painted is a collective led by Saskia van Drimmelen and Margreet Sweerts. We work together with masters in nearly forgotten crafts like needlepoint lace from Bulgaria and beadwork of the Assiniboine tribe from Northern America. By sharing knowledge and the joy of making, traditional techniques breathe new life.
Saskia van Drimmelen Desirée Hammen Margreet Sweerts
Jarwo Gibson Bistra Stefanova Velichka Georgieva Rumjana Rakovska Magdalina Toneva Tom Hommes Els Beusen Erzsi Pennings Polly Kalaidjieva Alette Noordegraaf Galina Simeonova Luba Kitzova Jessica Growing Thunder Juanita Growing Thunder-Fogarty
Painted by is a series of garments in progress.
Starting points were beautiful antique Bulgarian
family pieces to which different generations
have added new elements.
We were touched by the soul
of these layered garments.
Painted by consists of unique pieces
that have grown from different signatures.
Each piece has been worked on in sequence by
Dutch designers and artisans of nearly forgotten techniques,
that have become precious beyond time.
A story in garments.