Universal Pattern explore theory credits

      “Case study 2” – Universal Pattern  
      Yvonne Dröge Wendel interviewed by Maaike Gottschal  
Maaike Gottschal (MG): Where does your interest in Brabants Bont1 come from?
Yvonne Dröge Wendel (YDW): In 1992, I was travelling in India when I came across Brabants Bont at a market in Mysore. The stall-holder claimed that the material was made in India, while I was sure it had been imported from Europe. This triggered a discussion. Back in Holland, I decided to question other people about the source of this red and white checked pattern. It seemed everyone had a different idea about it. read all

      The “Medevi Square” – Classical Swedish?  
      by Mikael Traung, art historian and restaurator from Stockholm/Sweden  
...Eventually one can say that it was IKEA, the truly global Swedish enterprise, that confirmed the squared patterns path from a peripheral role to a major decorative part of a “classical national” style.
This was done through IKEAs special design-line “classical Swedish” consisting mainly of updated versions of Gustavian style furniture and textile, of course with
the red-white squares... read all

      "Roots and Routes"  
      ongoing email-conversation by Alexandra van Dongen and Yvonne Dröge Wendel  

...Presenting the perspective that 'routes' are historically more honest than 'roots' is of course quite a political statement. I assume there will be protest against this. People are naturally looking for their 'roots', especially in connection with stolen cultural identities connection with political and racist suppression. Understanding this complex process shows that claiming cultural property is exactly part of all the sociological and political issues involved and it will bring out the phenomenon of appropriation in all its confronting aspects... read all