On Instagram, I came across the page of Magdalena Sophie. She uses her page, called “Magdalena Sophie Orlande”, to display, and sell all kinds of embroidery. I asked her a few questions to find out how artists like her work with digital platforms.

– How would you describe your current work situation? Are you an artist? Or a creator? And why? On your page, you state that it is about the process?  

In July 2019 I graduated in the Master course Conceptual Textile Design. Since then I have developed my master project further in developing contemporary lace with material experiments. I would describe my work as a mixture of design, art, and experimental examinations. I don’t want to commit myself to one description because every project has a different focus and I learned that it helps to be as open at the beginning of a process as possible. 

The fact is that I try out everything that is in my head with my hands, and I do a lot of research about traditional techniques and find my way of interpretation through this. So I am also a maker in a way.

‘It’s all about the process’ is like my personal mantra. No project can grow without struggling, rethinking, and letting ideas go. As I struggle in every single project this sentence reminds me of it.

ByvandenBelt - Magdalena Sophie Orland
ByvandenBelt - Magdalena Sophie Orland

– Since when are you into handweaving and designing? 

I have been interested in handwork and crafts ever since and started studying in 2013. Now I am a professional Textile Designer (B.A. 2017, M.A. 2019). Honestly, I’m not into handweaving that much. My favorite techniques are screen printing, embroidery, and material experiments.

– What are the difficulties in reaching your clients? And are you comfortable using the digital space to promote/showcase your handmade work? 

Until now there are not so many difficulties. I noticed that showing my work online helps a lot and that I reach many people which is great. But the ‘real’ network is a strong and important one, too. I try to trust in my way. I don’t want to do anything else as Textile Design and kind of know that everything will happen when it has to.

Felix van den Belt

Felix van den Belt

Give Felix an assignment about carpets and he will go for it. He listens and asks questions. What is the history and what makes certain rugs unique? What can be said about social life around the carpets? Felix's passion for carpets prompts him to discover these questions like no other.