grants issued

Talent Development Grant Programme

Don Kwaning

Don Kwaning completed the bachelor's programme Man and Well-Being at the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2018. In his practice, he is involved in both artistic and industrial material development as well as the design of end products. In his graduation project 'Medulla', he developed circular materials from the soft rush (Juncus effusus), a common weed in the Netherlands. In the coming year, he will continue this project and he wants to develop further into a craftsman in materials development. He will investigate which soft rush materials are most suitable for further development for the commercial market, whether the plant can be grown as a wet crop, to combat subsidence, and whether the materials made from these plants can provide a revenue model for farmers. He is being helped in this by the Green Chemistry Campus. In addition, he will start two new projects in which, based on his artistic interests, he will carry out material experiments with flexible aluminium and compromised wood. For this purpose, he will collaborate and receive advice from basket weaver Esmé Hofman, product designer Bertjan Pot, and various 3D designers. By making his material experiments more personal, Kwaning aims to strengthen his identity as a designer and better position his practice within the design sector. The results of his projects will be presented at the Milan Design Week and the Dutch Design Week.