Desiree Hammen is a visual artist, haute couture embroidery specialist, florist, dedicated gardener and artschool teacher.
She graduated in 2003 at the fashion department of Artez in Arnhem and gained her master degree in embroidery at the famous Ecole Lesage in Paris in 2012.
She was part of Painted collective between 2008 and 2011 and later on participated in several Painted project such as Golden Joinery and The festival of sadness. This festival is initiated by Margreet Sweerts (director) and Tina Fisher(singer).
With her work Desiree investigates the beauty of imperfection. Her work has been described as poetic, chaotic, intense and playful. In her embroidery work she combines haute couture and freestyle techniques.
She had soloshows in Eindhoven, Vienna and New York and participated in groupshows in Beijing, Shanghai, Istanbul and Paris. In 2018 and 2019 she gave masterclasses at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Textielmuseum, Het Nieuwe Instituut and at Lowlands Festival.
From 2012-2015 Desiree was Creative Director of GardenMania, a community garden with a cultural program at Strijp-S, Eindhoven. In 2019 and 2020 she ran projects in homes for seniors, which resulted in huge collectively made tapestries. Desiree currenty teaches Innovation and Textiles at KABK in The Hague, where she also has set up an experimental lab for bioplastics.