2021 — This “Real Dutch Woollen Delft Blue” cabinet set as artefact (“woollen art-i-fact”) of Dutch household during the 70e of the 20e age, partly covered with woollen blanket from one of the last Dutch woollen blanket factories as shared heritage of Dutch families. The fairly affordable Delft Blue cabinet set (often coming with certificate of authenticity) gave a lot of families a sense of “richness” and perhaps feeling of being part of Dutch historic identity? It was standing on the oak wooden veneer cabinet in the living room of my family home that days.
This shared heritage object has to be carefully watched and touched to feel the warm and cold tactile qualities of the natural materials used, partly handcrafted, ready made and recharged with new symbolic and culture meanings but also raising new questions…
“Real Dutch Woollen Delft Blue” – animation (2023) (show full frame!)
What about real Dutch Delft Blue as it is still traded worldwide…? Introduced and traded by Dutch VOC at the start of the 17e age. Delft Blue as a commodityisstilltitled “colonialDelftBlue” (to prove its value?).DelftBlueasa status symbol as part of Dutch identity and heritage. WhatshouldtheNetherlandsbeproudof? DelftBlueascolonialdesignandartefactsoftheVOC(mentality)? The “colonial” Dutch Delft Blue was manufactured, handcrafted in Dutch cities after being introduced by the VOC from China.
How “(un)guilty“canart,designbe? In museum, gallery or souvenir shops? Placing it in context of Dutch historie of (colonial) trade, handcraft, manufactory? Telling stories of the past and contemporary identities of people? Are there stories still missing? What stories and (new) perspectives can influence and change our look, touch, taste and appreciation of art and design? What was the function, value,meaning of DelftBlueat the timeoftheColonialNetherlandsfortheelite and their identity?Whoweretheseelite?Including slavetraders? Is there a relationshipbetweenDelftBlueandslavetrade? These research questions are now actually part of decolonisation in the Netherlands. What was the function, (personal) value,meaning of real DelftBlue, standing on the cabinet or in the windowsill, for the identity of a Dutch family during the 1970e? And still for todays worldwide trade of real Dutch colonial Delft Blue? Do we have to cancel the word “colonial” and (re)cover Dutch heritage? Decolonized Dutch Delft Blue…
“Real Dutch Woollen Delft Blue” – animation (2021) (show full frame!)
Making heritage tangible and transitional by connecting warm and cold, soft and hard, Dutch woollen blanket and Dutch Delft Blue pottery, changing symmetries, raising questions from mixed perspectives, undeniable its (colonial) heritage, still with potential beauty.“Real Dutch Woollen Delft Blue”as “woollen art-i-fact”.