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Iris Nijenhuis

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The handmade puzzle collection

Lazer - cut textiles, puzzled together by hand

Iris Nijenhuis is an Amsterdam based designer with a passion for laser 

cutting and a wide interest in experimental shapes and structures. In 

2011 she graduated from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute with a 

collection of fabrics and unique pieces that emerged from a broad 

research into the use innovative techniques. She tried to extend the 

value of textile by extracting the essence and adding functionality to 

the fabric. By experimenting with laser cutting she developed a 

technique in which the fabric is cut into small puzzle pieces that form 

the basis of the design proces. By connecting the puzzle pieces together 

manually, inspiring shapes and structures are created that can form 

various products.


In co-operation with the Fund for the Creative Industries, MOTI (Museum 

of the Image) approached 10 designers to create an innovative piece that 

captured the future of fashion. This project, Te[ch]x(t)iles, was a part 

of the exhibition Couture Graphique (2013). Iris Nijenhuis dismantled an 

old Chesterfield armchair and cut up the leather into hundreds of small 

pieces and a few larger patterns using a laser cutter. She manually put 

all the pieces together that resulted into a large Master piece, which 

contains about 1400 leather puzzle pieces! Trying to make this technique 

more suitable for wearable items Iris Nijenhuis developed an accessories 

collection. Different types of textile are cut by laser, washed and 

dried and then she puzzles it together piece by piece into necklaces, 

bracelets and earrings. You can play with the shape and size of your 

necklace by removing or adding pieces and create your own unique piece.

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