Help us to design ‘The New Domestic Science School’: a school with a curriculum that begins at home. Our homes, our food and our belongings are directly connected to the major climate issues surrounding agriculture, industry, transport and construction. How we deal with these issues has consequences for the planet and for ourselves.
Ecology literally means ‘the study of the household’. We need to embrace that again. Building a wall from seaweed, printing a missing part for a repair, cleaning with the help of bacteria, getting a feel for textile structures, maintaining a compost heap. In the Neuhaus Domestic Science School we will build, knead, dig, tear down, cook, preserve, wait, repair and party.
Knowledge is gained by doing and by involving all the senses. With the cooperation and ideas of Neuhaüsler – be they young or old, professionals or just curious – a school will be designed that will make everyone proclaim: it must be built!
Heleen Klopper is a product designer. She researches the materiality of textile in relation to the body and as mediator between people and their environment. Repair, sustainability and tradition are key elements in her practice. Klopper received critical acclaim for her repair product Woolfiller. She won the Doen | Materiaalprijs in 2009 and Time Magazine listed Woolfiller as one of the best inventions of 2010. Klopper graduated cum laude from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and was connected to TXT, the textile department of the Rietveld Academie for many years.