Workshop: Desirée Hammen

Embroidering Species

with Desirée Hammen

22 Oct 2021

Along with fashion designer Desirée Hammen you can create a fabulous animal in mixed media. With her help, you embroider skins, tracks, veins and other patterns and textures in textiles and also work with very fast techniques to make patterns.


Making a species-inspired embroidery - During the workshop "Embroidering Species" that is part of Inhuman Carnaval at Dutch Design Week, participants create nature-inspired embroideries that depict various species with the help of fashion designer and artist  Desirée Hammen .  Caroline Aravicius, Desirée Hammen

Desirée Hammen

Desirée Hammen graduated from Artez Institute of the Arts in Arnhem, 2003. She works as a fashion designer and artist in her hometown Eindhoven. Her current work consists of a series of free-knit cardigans, installations and autonomous embroideries, her speciality. She just finished her training at the famous Ecole Lesage in Paris. In her work Desirée is combining haute couture techniques with her own DIY skills, exploring the beauty of imperfection. Her work is being described as ‘poetic, chaotic, intense and playful’. With her indoor and outdoor installations she is disrupting reality in a gentle way. With her handmade one-of-a-kind clothings she is stressing the personality of the person who is wearing it. Over the last years Desirée participated in exhibitions and projects in Amsterdam, New York and Shanghai.

The Workshop

In this workshop, you and Desirée crawl into the skin of other life forms, seeking inspiration in the forms and lines of the other. You learn embroidery techniques in the broadest sense of the word: from embroidering with natural materials to experimenting with repetitions and patterns. Together with Desirée and the other participants you make a large work of art that is created through experimentation, improvisation and observation

For whom?

The workshop is for everyone! Young, old, experienced or inexperienced.

What is to be learned

Depending on what you want you will learn:

- Haute couture embroidery techniques
- Embroidery improvisation techniques
- Experimenting with natural and unnatural materials.


Tickets are €5


Inhuman Carnaval at Dutch Design Week
Embroidering Species
18th October 2021, 12:00-17:00
Natlab, Eindhoven