Patternbank recently approached the art and design duo Ingrid van der Zalm and Annie Ching to find out a little bit about what inspires them and Inhabitant their recent collaborative project.
Tell us more about your latest work
Inhabitant is an art & design studio set up by us (Annie Ching and Ingrid van der Zalm). We met each other during our study Fashion design at ArtEZ School of Arts in Arnhem, The Netherlands. We both work independently as designer (Annie) and artist (me) but in Inhabitant we find each other in our shared love for materials and prints.
How did you get into designing textiles, did one thing in particular start your career?
Annie: I’m Annie Ching and I’m a knitwear designer. I used to work for own knitwear label together with my friend back in Hong Kong (It’s called Furansu www.thefuransu.com). Now I just start to work as an in-house designer. I am always impressed with textiles and I like to experiment with different materials and apply them into textiles & fabrics.
Ingrid: I’m Ingrid van der Zalm and I’m an artist and textile designer based in Arnhem. During my studies I already specialized in textiles and prints, because I love playing with materials and textures. Next to working as a designer I have been developing myself as an artist, and lately I have been focusing my research on materials in a broader sense. Our first project together for Inhabitant is a digitally printed scarves collection, consisting of 7 different prints printed on 100% silk.
Where do you get inspiration for your work? What is inspiring you right now?
Our scarves collection is inspired by sea animals like octopus and jelly fish and the art of Hans Bellmer. For the presentation of our collection we were inspired by the material polyether foam. We loved the dirty candy colours and the soft, artificial out of this world texture which matched the scarves very well. We got the opportunity to present our scarves in the windows of beautiful concept store Friday next and so we made a collage of our scarves mixed with pieces of polyether foam.