House 17

Coney Island / Conyne Eylandt

Dutch fashion collective Painted (Saskia van Drimmelen, Margreet Sweerts, Desiree Hammen) in collaboration with Pascale Gatzen and IDC fashion students of Parsons The New School for Design in New York, Native American bead masters Joyce, Juanita and Jessica Growing Thunder, and local lace makers.

The empty house is seen as a body and the various makers are dressing it by making ‘couture’ doilies -little treasures- to protect, to heal, to ornament, and to accentuate it. The new collaboration of makers consider the house as a present and their gift to the house is their work. Imagining a new first meeting between Native Americans and people from Europe, Painted envisions an encounter through the beauty of their traditional techniques and mutual respect.