Ineke Heerkens develops Shifting Mass partly in the TextielLab
Shifting mass was my theme and plan during my residency at Sundaymorning@ekwc, the European ceramic work centre in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. The moving of mass or the displacement of volumes was the starting point of my dynamic experiment with form, material and colour.
Shifting Mass: ‘My hands work and push the clay. Clay accumulates, re-shapes around my fingers. Clay is curling into all directions. Frayed edges, pleats, crinkles...The imprint of my fingertop in clay is opening up like a flower’s bud.’
The results of this intensive period are ceramic elements: beads in the widest meaning of the word. In the Textile lab – Passementerie I will take the next step in my research towards wearable jewellery. The cords have to be subordinate to the ceramic pieces. Yet the cord determines how the elements connect with each other, how they move, if they are fixed in one place or not, even which sound they make when the wearer moves around.