Radical Embroidery

with Desirée Hammen

12 Feb 2022

Do you think embroidery is reserved to stitching flowers? Or that you can only embroider on fabric? In the last decades, embroidery has evolved from a traditionally feminine and domestic practice to a powerful tool of self-expression and empowerment, as well as a stepping stone to start deeper conversations. 

Join fashion designer and artist Desiree Hammen in her practice of combining haute couture and DIY techniques and explore what radical embroidery can be; can we embroider on spoons, books or old furniture? And how about challenging norms and taboos through stitches?

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Creating a piece of erotic embroidery - At Beftival  during Museumnacht 2021, participants join artist Lizette van Hecke  for an erotic embroidery session.  Caroline Aravicius

What you will do

During this workshop, you will be guided by artist and fashion designer Desirée Hammen to create your own piece of radical embroidery. You will learn some basic stitches and techniques as well as engage with embroidery in its transformation as a craft, its subversive nature and explore how it can be used to bring forth taboos, uncomfortable topics and challenge social norms.

We believe embroidery can be radical through the theme and representation of the design, but also through the use of unusual material and experimental techniques. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to create and embroider on upcycled fabric, but also to incorporate a used object of your choice in your piece. We will provide fabric and small objects for you to (re)use, but you are welcome to bring your own materials, be it old clothes or personal items. We encourage you to bring something personal, especially if it holds a special (or even uncomfortable) meaning to you, so that you can transform and re-signify it by turning it into a piece of unique radical embroidery. 

Desirée Hammen

Desirée Hammen is a Dutch fashion designer and artist based in Eindhoven. Desirée’s current work involves of a series of free-knit cardigans, installations and autonomous embroideries, her speciality. In her work, Desirée combines haute couture techniques with her own DIY skills, exploring the beauty of imperfection. Her work is described as ‘poetic, chaotic, intense and playful’. With her indoor and outdoor installations, she is disrupting reality in a gentle way. 


Full price €112.10 | Discount price €78.70

We give a discount to students, artists and Stadspas holders. If this applies to you we might ask to see your kvk nr/portfolio or student card for this option.


12th of February, 12:00-16:00
Attendance limited to 12 people. We maintain a minimum of 9 participants.
Please note that, unless everyone speaks Dutch, this workshop will be held in English.
For questions please e-mail

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