Urine is a sterile by-product of the human metabolic system. It contains ammonia which historically was used in textileindustiries while it both cleaned and fixatied pigments during the textile dying proces.
In the 1920’s, in tilburg, The Netherlands, the male-workers of the textile factory would bring a bottle containing their morning urine for the cleaning and dyeing process of the fabric. They were called ‘Kruikezeikers’, which translates to “people who urinate into a jar’. The workers were honoured to contribute their bodies’ by-product in the dyeing process. The factory closed down after the first half of the 20th century but the Kruikezeikers name is still proudly used during yearly festivals in The Netherlands. The celebration of the ability to use urine and contribute to something larger is the inspiration for Peeing,Processing, Producing.
With a growing world population and increasingly scarce resources, it is pertinent to consider new relations between the consumption and production of bodily biomaterial, their informative content and potential uses.
Approaching the textile industry with historical traditional uses, personalised and informative production Peeing, Processing, Producing aim to stimulate appriciation and understanding regarding our daily consumption and by-production.
Informative self-produced textile dyes
Societal relation between our consumptions impact on our by-production and enviroment