Monday, 24 August 2020

Rose Family Factory

Rose Family Factory, Ada Van Hoorebeke 
Photos: Helmut Claus

Rose Family Factory

Rose Family Factory turns leaves into dye and berries into jam. It resambles a batik studio fused with a marmelade manufactory. Dye baths are made from oil barrels mounted on wheel barrows and industrial berry puree containers.  In the Rose Family Factory textiles are dyed with leaves from plants belonging to the rose family. These are: blackberry leaves, strawberry - and raspberry leaves. The leaves of red fruits contain tannin, which results in different shades of earth colours ranging from pale ochre to black, when used in combination with different mordants such as alum and rust. 

Apart from large scale batiks to minuscule samples, the installation presents an edition of home made marmalade with a batik lid as well as a batik workshop which is open to the public.

Rose Family Factory by Ada Van Hoorebeke was first shown at the group exhibition:


along with work by Okka-Esther Hungerbühler, Sonja Yakovleva and Ulrika Segerberg.

30 August - 1 November 2020 at the Städtische Galerie Nordhorn

With a batik workshop on 18-19 September.

More info here (German)

Batik Sample and stamp




still: 10001, Team S, 08/02 (first video)

I am participating to 10001 a colaborative virtual project organised by Undercurrent and co-organized by the European Union National Institutes of Culture’s New York Cluster. I am paired with artist Luisa Muhr to start a collaboration.  Our thoughts and work in progress can be followed here:

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Fake Calligraphy #4

 Fake Calligraphy #4

Ada Van Hoorebeke, Maartje Fliervoet, Kato Six, manoeuvre and participants

Kunsthal Gent 

Lange Steenstraat 14

Friday, March 6, 20:00
opening and introduction by the artists

On view in Kunsthal Gent on Saturday and Sunday until 22 March, 11:00-18:00.
Activation sessions in presence of the artists: Saturday 7 & 14 March, between 14:00-16:45

Fake Calligraphy is a sculpture that can be activated as a working place to create batik patterns inspired on writing. Since 2016 Fake Calligraphy has been developed by Ada Van Hoorebeke and Maartje Fliervoet with participants and Manoeuvre art center for craft, co-creation and diversity in the Rabot in Ghent. Previous activations of the sculpture took place at Wiels in Brussels and CC De Ververij in Ronse. For Fake Calligraphy #4 at Kunsthal Gent, the sculpture is adapted to the context of the Kunsthal and its past as a monastery. A number of working tables in co-creation with Kato Six are integrated in this setup. In addition to a working environment in full activity, previous cycles of Fake Calligraphy can also be seen at the Kunsthal.

>>>more info

photo's: Michiel De Cleene 

Fake Calligraphy #4 
metal, mortar boxes, wax batik with natural dyes on cotton, batik tools,  iron gall ink on paper, overhead projector,  paper backdrop (orange).

Private Fountains - Public Baths - Zine

Private Fountains - Public Baths 
Kato Six & Ada Van Hoorebeke 
poster artwork with Katja Mater, printed with Colorama, Berlin, 2020
8p folder, 100 copies 4 colours, Risograph on paper 115 gr

Thursday, 9 January 2020

What a Fine Production Line

Kato Six/ Ada Van Hoorebeke

Opening: January 17, 17:00 – 19:00

Zine launch: February 29

January 17 – February 29
Fridays from 13:00 – 17:00
or on appointment: 
Kraijenhoffstraat 34, 
1018 RL Amsterdam 

Photo´s by Maartje Fliervoet and Ada Van Hoorebeke

The collaborative sculpture Private Fountains – Public Baths (Six/Van Hoorebeke, in dialogue with guests) suggests a meandering of matter and ideas. Somewhere along the garden hose, between dye-bath and stamped sign, personal authorship dissolves into an exchange on routines of household industry. Creating a synecdoche par excellence: the whole gets confused for its separate parts. (Manifold Books)

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Framing a Wheel Well

Fender is the American English term for the part of an automobile, motorcycle or other vehicle body that frames a wheel well (the fender underside). Its primary purpose is to prevent sand, mud, rocks, liquids, and other road spray from being thrown into the air by the rotating tire.

Photos: Spoiler & Ada Van Hoorebeke

Lace Simulations - Framing a Wheel Well 
Installation details: metal print (80x100cm) batik with natural dyes, clay, ceramics, props, papier macher, pomegranates, instax photographs, riso print (wall paper in collaboration with O Schrauwen.)

Esra Altin, Marielena Stark, 
Johanna Klingler, 
Ada Van Hoorebeke, Olivier Schrauwen, 
Peter Odinzow, 
D'Andrade & Mahmoud Ismail.

Quitzowstraße 108, 10551 Berlin 

Friday, 26 July 2019

Goods & Services

Ada Van Hoorebeke

August 31 - September 27, 2019
Opening August 31. 18:00-21:00h

with laundering activities before sunset (19-20h)


Ada Van Hoorebeke Goods & Services 2019
Installation with batik textiles, wax, natural dyes, pomegranate peels, pomegranate juice, urine, indigo, car parts, metal print, linoleum, ceramics, pillow lace, newspaper edition, drying racks, clothes airer 

Photos: Joe Clark

Photo: Anastasia Muna

Photos: Joe Clark

Ada Van Hoorebeke Goods & Services 2019

Installation with batik textiles, wax, natural dyes, pomegranate peels, pomegranate juice, urine, indigo, car parts, metal print, linoleum, ceramics, pillow lace, newspaper edition, drying racks, clothes airer 

Detail: Goods g, 2019 glazed ceramics batik with natural dyes cotton and fabric.

Details: urine indigo collection for personalised items 2014, 2015 & 2019

Detail: Laundering Activities, performance 2019
by Ada Van Hoorebeke, video 4:10 min; editing: Peter Odinzow

Laundering Activities 31 August 2019 by Ada Van Hoorebeke
performing with Esra Altin

Photo: Florian Denzin