Sam Linders recently graduated at the Design Academy Eindhoven, department Man and Identity. During her study she did internships at Trend Union in Paris and at ECCO Leather in Dongen. At this moment she is working for both companies. Sam developed Soft blues and the Wobble-up project. The latter was exhibited at Trailerpark I/O 2016.
"The love for material, shape and color is something that is always shown in my work. Creating new materials by and combining, mixing and using different techniques".
Sam specializes in: material design, research and trend development and interior fashion design.
Conversation with Sam Linders
Where are you from and where do you currently live?
I was born in the Netherlands in a small town called Uden.
Currently I live in the Netherlands in the city Breda. (Because of my fulltime job that is close by)
When did you become an artist and what was your first project?
I became an artist after my graduation at the Design Academy in Eindoven. I graduated in June 2015. My first projects are Soft Blues and Wobble-up.
Did you study art in school, if so where?
Design Academy in Eindhoven.
What inspires you? Any particular artists?
I get inspired by many things actually. A lot of artists and photographers inspire me. But also colors and structures in nature like plants and animals.
I also get inspired by architecture and how it’s built.
What are some of the ideas behind your work?
My projects always start with a research of materials or products where I see this can be improved or can be done in a different/better way.
In the project Soft Blues I had the idea to use the leather fibers to build new materials, without adding any additional materials that create more waste again. Leather is a very expensive material that comes from living animals. Also it’s a very strong and durable material. I think it’s a pity if not everything of the animal is used and when it’s thrown away as waste material.
In the project Wobble-up my ideas were totally different. Nowadays cities are growing and expanding. Apartments and houses are getting more and more expensive and spaces to live in are becoming smaller.
Next to this fact I see that the functionality of spaces in a home are changing. A bedroom is not only a bedroom anymore, but also a sort of living room or even a work space.
Because of the smaller spaces the functionality of furniture in the living area of the house is changing. How will it be like when furniture has more than one function? And how will this look? This was the start of my research for the Wobble-up. Carpet tiles that can transfer to objects to sit in.