The monologue of the “shell-ter”

Are you surprised to see me?
A pinkish knitting space, showing up in your eyes out of nowhere.
I’m here as a protector for the nijntje statue.
But not only that.
Now keep the monologue with you and walk toward the canal.

You’ll find another me, in a green, lively and beautiful street.
Before we come closer.
Let me introduce myself in a full shot scenery.
I’m a “shell-ter”.
I’m attached to a window which belongs to someone’s home.
Are you curious about what’s behind the window?
Wait 🙂
Before you go in, I wanna share the story behind me.

I was built by a girl.
The girl often feels insecure, when she gets out of her safe place, the place, which she calls home.
She has many emotions to deal with, since she had to face a big change of life, living in a strange, unfamiliar country, all alone.
Hiding is her instinctive reaction.
So she built a shelter and protects hersel finside.
She hides her emotions in it.
Staying in the shelter brings her a feeling of home.
I’m not only a mental shelter for her, but like a shell, I’m attached to something, protecting the inside.

The girl places her emotions in crafting.
Knitting is a gesture of caring.
Each stitch stores time, gesture, caring out the emotions.
Surrounded by the knitting, she felt the warmth.
Like a hug, from the person she loves.

Since we met, on this good day.
I want you to experience it.
Now walk towards me.
And sneak into the knitting “shell-ter”.

You will find my other half. It is inside the house, on the other side of the window.
The window is the border of a private space and a public space. Meanwhile, I’m a personal space in public.
And you, you’re observing everything through the knitting, in a hidden perspective.
Are you safe? Do you feel safe? Or the other way around?
Maybe I’m bringing you, somewhere in your memory.

The way I was built, was inspired by the childhood of the girl.
And you’re now in the nijntje pleintje.
So try to explore me, with the eyes of a child.
And just enjoy your moment here.

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Credits: Annelies Verhelst

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Credits: Annelies Verhelst

Credits: Annelies Verhelst

Credits: Annelies Verhelst

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Credits: Annelies Verhelst

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Credits: Annelies Verhelst

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Credits: Annelies Verhelst

Credits: Annelies Verhelst

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Credits: Annelies Verhelst

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Credits: Annelies Verhelst

Credits: Annelies Verhelst

Jean Chan

Jean is a material-oriented scenographer with a fashion design background. She believes clothes are also space for the body. Making garments is like making space. Fabric is the most common material in her work.

Her practice is about translating emotions into the material and creating a spatial experience. She likes to explore material by deconstructing, rebuilding and assembling it. The process of making is transmitting the state of mind to the material. She aims to evoke the same feeling for spectators when experiencing the space with materials.