Welmoed Bosch

Welmoed Bosch studied fashion design at Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. As a fashion designer she is fascinated by the translation of anatomy in clothing construction. Her method of working is grounded in the technical and tactile qualities of clothing and multi-disciplinary theoretical research. Welmoed is based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

For fashion designer Welmoed Bosch from the Netherlands the way we dress bodies is both symptomatic of and responsible for the way we think about and perceive bodies. Even when a suit is tailor-made, the measurements are translated into pattern within a pre-defined system. For this reason she aims to develop an alternative method of patternmaking which takes the concrete physical body as its foundation, rather than its abstraction in pattern. She wants to show that techniques are not neutral but have ideals designed into them. Also, Welmoed Bosch wants people to see the beautiful anatomical details that clothing negates. A suit is to her the ultimate abstraction of our bodies in clothing. The blueprint of the suit is so separate from our bodies yet modelled after an idealized male body and transforms the body into a completely inorganic, angular shape. Therefore she wants to use the time in Pforzheim to merge her alternative method of patternmaking with traditional suit tailoring.

Nga Ching Ko

Nga China Ko was born and raised in Hong Kong, graduated from Hong Kong Design Institute in Jewellery Design in 2014 and a year later completed a bachelor’s degree in Jewellery and Met-alwork from Sheffield Hallam University. After working in the diamond industry for three years, she proceeded to Hochschule Trier, Idar-Oberstein campus where she completed a master’s degree in gemstone and jewellery. She was awarded a Marzee Graduate Prize in the Marzee Graduate show 2021 with her thesis project “Inclusion”.

As part of a social structure, it is essential for people to interact with others. In her “Inclusion” series, Hong Kong jewelry designer Nga Ching Ko explores the nuances of the unsaid that make it possible for people to interact and be accepted in their social environment. In doing so, she incorporates her own experiences of settling into and integrating into a new cultural environment into her work. Her works are showing the process of her making compromises, the emotion of resistance, struggle or anger. Also, expressing the pressure and suppression that she encounters of being included in a group, explained Nga Ching Ko, who comes from Hong Kong and is living in Germany for three years. In Pforzheim she wants to deal with “empty words”. Positive comments are social language in order to make connections with others, it is not always a “real” compliment. “good”, “cool”, “interesting” are most times empty speech. People say it mainly to be polite and to prevent social embarrassment. During her nearly three years of study in Germany, she found that it is hard to hear negative judgement from European schoolmates or friends. Some compliments become meaningless for her. In Pforzheim, she wants to make her interpretation of compliments and cultural differences tangible through her jewelry pieces, working with different materials such as metal and textiles.

Liina Lember

Liina Lember is a multidisciplinary designer from Estonia who aims to bridge the gap between science, art and design. She explores subjects as broad as existing social norms, relationships with and understanding of other-than-human users, emerging technologies, anthropology, eco-systems, light pollution and biodiversity. Her practice emphasizes experimentation, research and questioning the liminal space between plausible futures and alternative realities. She graduated from interior design BA(Hons) course at the Glasgow School of Art in 2016 and in June 2021 the Royal College of Art Information Experience Design course in London. She is currently living and working London.

Liina Lember wants to use the stay in Pforzheim to continue her previous research into urban lights and colour spectrums whilst focusing on the topic of light pollution. Lina Lember explained, Light pollution is an overlooked and omnipresent global problem that affects mental health, circadian cycles and ecosystems. According to Lember, light pollution increases around 6% globally each year whilst adding to the mentioned issues and using often fossil fuel generated power. For these reasons, Liina Lember will ask questions such as: How do anthropocentric urban lights affect other-than-human species and ecosystems? Why does the light’s colour spectrum matter? How can new technological solutions, such as sensors, respond to the needs of different users and reconfigure existing urban light systems? During the three-month scholarship, Liina Lember wants to design an interactive installation and a brochure.


Amelie Marie Gaydoul/ Menswear Designer

Amelie Marie Gaydoul studied fashion design at Pforzheim University and started her career as a Menswear Designer in Scandinavia where she worked for Norse Projects in Copenhagen. Since 2014 she’s a scholarship holder of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and graduated from the prestigious MA Menswear course at the University of Westminster in London in 2019. Since then she  lived in Paris and worked in the MRTW Design Team at Givenchy. Currently she is a Menswear Designer on freelance basis for brands in London, Paris and Copenhagen.

Frederike Kintscher/ Industrial Designer

Frederike Kintscher studied Industrial Design at the Bergische Universität in Wuppertal and completed a Master of Science in Product Design at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, USA. She is involved in the Association of German Industrial Designers – VDID e.V. and is representing it in the Deutscher Designtag e.V. since 2018, as vice speaker in the Kulturrat e.V. and in the BEDA Bureau of European Design Associations, in the leadership of the Council for Europe/International Affairs of the Deutscher Designtag. She is an active campaigner for the themes of values, sustainability and future orientation through design. She runs her own studio in Berlin.

Karen Pontoppidan/ Jewellery Artist

Karen Pontoppidan born in Denmark in 1968, is one of the most renowned jewellery artists of her generation. In addition to numerous solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries worldwide, Karen Pontoppidan is also a curator and author. She is trained as a designer of jewellery and hollowware, Schwäbisch Gmünd 1991, and graduated in 1998 in the class of Prof. Otto Künzli at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. From 2006 to 2015 she was Professor of Jewellery and Corpus at Ädellab, Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. In 2015 Karen Pontoppidan was appointed Professor of Goldsmithing at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. Karen Pontoppidan lives and works in Munich.