Design your own Shroud

with Roos Soetekouw

8 Dec 2019

Have you ever thought about what you would wear when you die? Together with different textile artists, we breathe new life into an old Dutch tradition with a series of workshops. The workshop invites participants to actively think about their passing and to design their own burial shroud. This edition is hosted by textile designer Roos Soetekouw. In her own work she experiments with modernizing traditional embroidery and stitching techniques, creating dessins and forms as a result of a personal journey.

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What you will do

First, funeral director and Still Life curator Susanne Duijvestein will introduce you to the tradition of the burial shroud, including its meaning and practicalities.

In this edition with Roos Soetekouw, you will create a shroud from pre-used fabrics and determine your personal embroidery or stitching design. The idea of this workshop is that you determine the design of your shroud, start creating and bring it back home to continue working on it. Of course, the shroud doesn’t have to be a single use object. You could for instance decide to wear it during rites of passage, or hang it as a tapestry in your home.

Roos Soetekouw

From her great love for nature and it’s unusual shapes and colors, the work of textile designer Roos Soetekouw shows an explosion of discoveries in form, color, technique and material. Her research is mostly expressed in textile designs and interior accessories, creating a personal world of textile that provides warmth and protection. Besides her own studio, Roos also teaches at the Artemis Academy.



Workshop: Design your own Shroud
Sunday 8th of December, 13:00 - 17:00
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6

Tickets: Full price €95,-| Student/Artist/Stadspas €66,50* (incl. €1 administration costs)

*We give a discount to students and artists. If this applies to you, we may ask to see your kvk nr/ portfolio or student card. For questions, please send an email to


Attendance limited to 12 people. We maintain a minimum of 6 participants.


Please note that (unless everyone speaks Dutch) this workshop will be held in English.