Welmoed Bosch, Nga Ching Ko and Liina Lember are Selected for the International Scholarship Program Designers in Residence in Pforzheim 2022

Published: 16.12.2021
Welmoed Bosch, Nga Ching Ko and Liina Lember  are Selected for the International Scholarship Program Designers in Residence in Pforzheim 2022.
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Freedom to try out own ideas, financial independence, and a wide network of creative professionals - with the "Designers in Residence" scholarship in Pforzheim, three young international designers will have the opportunity to work on a project of their choice at EMMA - Creative Centre Pforzheim from April to June 2022. "Designers in Residence" has been announced since 2016 by the city of Pforzheim in cooperation with Pforzheim University and the Design Center Baden-Württemberg.
For the seventh time in a row, the international scholarship program "Designers in Residence" offers three young designers the opportunity to devote themselves to a project of their choice for three months and to network and exchange ideas with creative professionals and experts. "Designers in Residence" has been offered since 2016 by the city of Pforzheim in cooperation with Pforzheim University and the Design Center Baden-Württemberg. Last week, the top-class jury selected three designers from over 220 applications from 55 countries, who deal with very current topics in their projects: Welmoed Bosch from the Netherlands is developing a method to reflect the diversity of people in patterns, Nga Ching Ko from China/Germany addresses the challenges of language in intercultural communication through her jewelry, and Liina Lember from Estonia/UK explores light pollution against the backdrop of planet centric design. We received applications from all over the world, I was very impressed by the variety and also the high level of the applications, said jury member Dr. Karen Pontoppidan.

The Corona pandemic has also had an enormous impact on young designers, many of whom have been unable to graduate or have been delayed due to the closure of universities and workshops, and many of whom have been deprived of international work experience and exchange due to travel restrictions. We are therefore very pleased that in 2022 we will once again be able to offer three outstanding designers the freedom to work on an independent project.
/Almut Benkert, head of the creative industries department at Eigenbetrieb Wirtschaft und Stadtmarketing Pforzheim.

Welmoed Bosch

For fashion designer Welmoed Bosch from the Netherlands, the way we dress bodies is both symptomatic of and responsible for the way we think about and perceive bodies. Even when a suit is tailor-made, the measurements are translated into a pattern within a pre-defined system. For this reason, she aims to develop an alternative method of patternmaking that takes the concrete physical body as its foundation, rather than its abstraction in the pattern. I want to show that techniques are not neutral but have ideals designed into them. Also, I want people to see the beautiful anatomical details that clothing negates, Welmoed Bosch explains. A suit is to her the ultimate abstraction of our bodies in clothing. The blueprint of the suit is so separate from our bodies yet modelled after an idealized male body and transforms the body into a completely inorganic, angular shape. Therefore she wants to use the time in Pforzheim to merge her alternative method of patternmaking with traditional suit tailoring.

Through her work, Welmoed Bosch creates a new approach to the perception of bodies and the function of clothing. Her concept of focusing on people's bodies in their diversity and individual anatomy and taking them as the basis for a new kind of pattern development was convincing. Already in her portfolio, through the selection of models and the presentation of her collections, the seriousness of this approach becomes clear. Amelie Gaydoul explains.
Welmoed Bosch studied fashion design at Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. As a fashion designer she is fascinated by the translation of anatomy in clothing construction. Her method of working is grounded in the technical and tactile qualities of clothing and multi-disciplinary theoretical research. Welmoed is based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Nga Ching Ko

As part of a social structure, it is essential for people to interact with others. In her "Inclusion" series, Hong Kong jewelry designer Nga Ching Ko explores the nuances of the unsaid that make it possible for people to interact and be accepted in their social environment. In doing so, she incorporates her own experiences of settling into and integrating into a new cultural environment into her work. My works are showing the process of me making compromises, the emotion of resistance, struggle or anger. Also, expressing the pressure and suppression that I encounter of being included in a group, says Nga Ching Ko, who comes from Hong Kong and is living in Germany for three years.

In Pforzheim she wants to deal with "empty words": Positive comments are social language in order to make connections with others, it is not always a “real” compliment. “good”, “cool”, “interesting” are most times empty speech. People say it mainly to be polite and to prevent social embarrassment. During my nearly three years of study in Germany, I found that it is hard to hear negative judgement from European schoolmates or friends. Some compliments become meaningless for me, explains Nga Chin Ko. In Pforzheim, she wants to make her interpretation of compliments and cultural differences tangible through her jewelry pieces, working with different materials such as metal and textiles.

For Nga Ching Ko, jewelry is a form of political expression. Through her powerful jewelry pieces, she conveys messages and cultural differences with a painful sarcasm that is often only visible at second glance, said jury member Karen Pontoppidan.
Nga China Ko was born and raised in Hong Kong, graduated from Hong Kong Design Institute in Jewellery Design in 2014, and a year later completed a bachelor’s degree in Jewellery and Metalwork from Sheffield Hallam University. After working in the diamond industry for three years, she proceeded to Hochschule Trier, Idar-Oberstein campus where she completed a master’s degree in gemstone and jewellery. She was awarded a Marzee Graduate Prize in the Marzee Graduate show 2021 with her thesis project “Inclusion”.

Liina Lember

Liina Lember wants to use the stay in Pforzheim to continue her previous research into urban lights and colour spectrums whilst focusing on the topic of light pollution. Light pollution is an overlooked and omnipresent global problem that affects mental health, circadian cycles, and ecosystems, Liina Lember explains. According to Lember, light pollution increases around 6% globally each year whilst adding to the mentioned issues and using often fossil fuel-generated power. For these reasons, Liina Lember will ask questions such as: How do anthropocentric urban lights affect other-than-human species and ecosystems? Why does the light's colour spectrum matter? How can new technological solutions, such as sensors, respond to the needs of different users and reconfigure existing urban light systems? During the three-month scholarship, Liina Lember wants to design an interactive installation and a brochure.

Liina Lember is dealing with a very current topic that only a few designers have dealt with so far. Her approach to planet-centric design was convincing - she not only wants to investigate the effects of light pollution on humans but also focuses on non-human species and ecosystems, says Frederike Kintscher, explaining the jury's selection.
Liina Lember is a multidisciplinary designer from Estonia who aims to bridge the gap between science, art and design. She explores subjects as broad as existing social norms, relationships with and understanding of other-than-human users, emerging technologies, anthropology, ecosystems, light pollution and biodiversity. Her practice emphasizes experimentation, research, and questioning the liminal space between plausible futures and alternative realities. She graduated from the interior design BA(Hons) course at the Glasgow School of Art in 2016 and in June 2021 the Royal College of Art Information Experience Design course in London. She is currently living and working in London.
The three designers will stay in Pforzheim from April to June 2022 and work on their projects at EMMA – Creative Centre Pforzheim. For the duration of the scholarship, the designers will receive free accommodation and a monthly financial grant. In addition, the scholarship holders can use the facilities of the Faculty of Design of the University of Applied Sciences Pforzheim. The results will then be presented in exhibitions at the EMMA - Creative Centre and the Design Center Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart.

About the Jury
Amelie Marie Gaydoul studied fashion design at Pforzheim University and started her career as a Menswear Designer in Scandinavia where she worked for Norse Projects in Copenhagen. Since 2014 she’s been a scholarship holder of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and graduated from the prestigious MA Menswear course at the University of Westminster in Lo don in 2019. Since then she lived in Paris and worked in the MRTW Design Team at Givenchy. Currently, she is a Menswear Designer on a freelance basis for brands in London, Paris and Copenhagen.
Frederike Kintscher studied Industrial Design at the Bergische Universität in Wuppertal and completed a Master of Science in Product Design at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, USA. She is involved in the Association of German Industrial Designers - VDID e.V. and is representing it in the Deutscher Design tag e.V. since 2018, as vice speaker in the Ku turret e.V. and in the BEDA Bureau of European Design Associations, in the leadership of the Council for Euro-pe/International Affairs of the Deutscher Design tag. She is an active campaigner for the themes of values, sustainability and future orientation through design. She is running her own studio in Berlin.
Karen Pontoppidan, born in Denmark in 1968, is one of the most renowned jewellery artists of her generation. In addition to numerous solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries worldwide, Karen Pontoppidan is also a curator and author. She is trained as a designer of jewellery and hollowware, Schwäbisch Gmünd 1991, and graduated in 1998 in the class of Prof. Otto Künzli at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. From 2006 to 2015 she was Professor of Jewellery and Corpus at Ädellab, Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. In 2015 Karen Pontoppidan was appointed Professor of Goldsmithing at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. Karen Pontoppidan is living and working in Munich.

About EMMA Creative Center
EMMA Creative Center is the central platform for Pforzheim's creative professionals. Located in a former Art Nouveau swimming pool on the Enz River, the creative centre offers 3,000 square meters of workshop and coworking space, studios, offices and exhibition areas. The city itself is also characterized by a lively creative scene with a focus on design. Numerous university graduates, start-ups, freelancers and companies from the creative industries work in Pforzheim and enliven the location.
"Designers in Residence" is supported by Sparkasse Pforzheim Calw, C. Hafner GmbH + Co.KG, Rotary Club Pforzheim-Schloßberg, Witzenmann GmbH, La Biosthétique, Klingel Gruppe and yellow design gmbh.
Alexandra Vogt
Wirtschaft und Stadtmarketing Pforzheim
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