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'Cabinets of Curiosity - Rijksmuseum Boerhaave' by Nathalie Nijk

Nathalie Nijk is a recent BA (Hons) Design for Textiles graduate from the university of Hariot-Watt University. Her project 'Cabinets of Curiosity - Rijksmuseum Boerhaave' is inspired by the historical phenomenon called 'Cabinets of Curiosity'.

To see more of Nathalie's work and to read more about her visit her website.

NN: "My work is inspired by the historical phenomenon called 'Cabinets of Curiosity' - private collections from 1600-1800 that showcased all kinds of peculiar objects, varying from butterflies to medical equipment and jarred specimens. These collections were designed to spark a sense of wonder in their viewers and encourage them to think about all aspects of life. The objects were often placed in strange juxtapositions to each other- without division between art and science.

For the creation of this collection I used visual studies of a Dutch museum, Rijksmuseum Boerhaave - this museum evolved from, a 1600's private collection. All elements were separately drawn by hand prior to creating designs. Emphasis of this project was on hand printing techniques.

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