Elisa van Joolen & Our Polite Society / 12 APR 18

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Fabrics + Graphics = Fashion
Elisa van Joolen + Our Polite Society
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Open: 20:00
Start: 20:30

Elisa van Joolen’s approach to clothing design is characterised by strategies of intervention and reconfiguration. Van Joolen’s projects often reflect specific social contexts and emphasise collaboration and participation. They expose relational aspects of clothing and subvert processes of value production.

Elisa’s work has been recognised with several awards and she has had exhibitions in Amsterdam, Arnhem, Rotterdam, New York, Florianopolis (Brazil), Hamburg, Shenzhen Shanghai.

Elisa holds a BA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (2006), MFA from Parsons in New York City (2012) and was artist in resident at Iaspis in Stockholm (2016). She teaches at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie.

In addition to running her own studio she is art director of Warehouse, a place for clothes in context in Amsterdam.


Our Polite Society is a studio for graphic design, type design and typographic research based in Amsterdam and Stockholm. It was founded in
2008 by Jens Schildt (SE) and Matthias Kreutzer (D) after their studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam and the Jan van Eyck Academy Maastricht.
Our Polite Society’s production comprises formats such as books, magazines, posters, exhibitions, record sleeves and screens. They often design custom typefaces for their projects.

Our Polite Society have produced works for Bauhaus Dessau, the University of Stockholm, the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam, Onomatopee Eindhoven, the New Institute Rotterdam, Malmö Konsthall and Internationale Bauausstellung. Their self-initiated work investigates how typographic form mirrors social phenomena, and how it relates to ideology and the distribution of knowledge. Since 2017 they are publishing typefaces under the imprint Our Polite Society Type.

Their work has been presented in Chaumont, Leipzig and Amsterdam among others.
Our Polite Society are currently teaching at the Konstfack University Stockholm, the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam and the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague and have have lectured at several other art schools.


Fashion as an editor. A after a presentation by KABK alumna and Stroom Award winner Yamuna Forzani in September 2016, revealing the fruitful collaboration between her and graphic designers for her wearables, we continue to bring collaborations and cross-fertalisation of mixed disciplines.

Please join us at
*Stroom Den Haag*
Hogewal 1-9 Den Haag

Doors open: 20:00
Lecture starts 20:30
Free entry

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