Turkish Red: Studio Formafantasma at TextielMuseum

As part of a group exhibition at TextielMuseum in Tilburg, The Netherlands, design studio Formafantasma has created a series of silk textiles inspired by the museum’s rich archives.

The work takes inspiration from the museum’s Driessen collection; a unique acquisition of print experiments made by Felix Driessen and his family at their cotton printing company, Leidsche Katoen Maatschappij, during the early 20th century.

The designers found that a particular shade of red was predominant throughout the entire collection. On further investigation they uncovered Felix Driessen’s research experiments into this unique color pigment, “Turkish Red”, which comprised sketchbook drawings, textile samples and recipes. The “Turkish Red” dye derives from the root of the Madder plant and was initially developed in India, then Greece, and later Turkey where it acquired its name.

Using Felix’s research as a starting point, Formafantasma created 17 silk material sheets, which they colored using “Turkish Red” extracted from the madder root.

“Its bright tones have intrigued different cultures, becoming one of the first examples of globalization,” explained Formafantasma in a recent interview with Domus.

The project entitled BTMM1514, takes its name from the numerical system used to keep track of books within the museum’s archives. In addition, the designers have used the visuals within Felix’s research to inform the patterns on each material piece, and have displayed them like pages within a book, inclusive of a front and back cover.

You can read more about Studio Formafantasma in our recent Influencers profile.

Turkish Red and more will run until May 26, 2013 at the TextielMuseum in Tilburg, also featuring the work of BCXSY, Studio Lenneke Langenhuijsen and Minale Maeda. – Samantha Fox

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