Marjolijn Fossen

I make designs for interior textiles, wallcovering and other architectural surfaces.
The designs are all made by myself; I dye, weave, draw, paint, spin, and also make digital designs.
The images on this website show original samples and products from clients made with my designs.

For me the essential part of the design process is experimenting and playing with materials and exploring the possibilities of different techniques. That goes for digital designing as well.

My aim is to make uncomplicated, well-balanced designs that are interesting to look at but can blend in as well. I love both the bold and the modest, the hyper graphic and the simple structure.

I studied Fashion Design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.
After graduating I specialised in machine knitting and worked as a knitwear designer for several fashion brands.
I also launched a collection of handmade shibori-dyed, felted and machine-knitted scarves. In that period I started to experiment with felting and shibori dyeing

In 2002 I had the opportunity to make designs for the interior textile industry. Since then I have been making all sorts of designs for well known interior textile companies and editors in Europe, the USA and Japan.
In 2011-2012 I developed a range of machine-knitted textiles for upholstery and home products at the TextielMuseum Tilburg.

One of my modern shibori designs that was made into upholstery and wallcovering by Designtex is now in the permanent collection of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York.