Jasmijn Wester and Calvin Kooiman are Studio JAS&CAL, a textile design duo from the Netherlands. Their interest for textiles developed at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute. They are fascinated by the endless possibilities that working with materials bring. The duo’s affinity for textiles takes them to the exploration of traditional techniques in a contemporary and experimental approach.
Calvin opts for a hands-on attitude. He enjoys how the manual process is filled with accidents that make for surprising outcomes. Jasmijn her modest and calm attitude gives the work a well-balanced and subtle character while her attention to detail makes the work eye-catching and detailed driven. The diversity of their characters makes for a surprising combination.
Their work is an arrangement of sensibility, tactility and simplicity. The exploration for a perfected harmony between aesthetic refinement and the beauty of workmanship characterizes their visual language. They examine principles such as repetition, transparency, layers, light and space. This is expressed in interesting colour use. Coupled with research and experiments in materials and surface textures the result is a fresh and smart composition.