Nienke started working with ceramics in 2008 at the Williamsburg Ceramics Centre in Brooklyn, NY. During her studies at Design Academy Eindhoven, she further specialized in mold-making and slip-casting. She worked at different ceramics studio's in both The Netherlands and the U.S. as a production assistant and teaching mold-making classes. After graduation at the DAE, she started her own design studio in Eindhoven, where she designs and produces her own ceramics.
All objects are slip-casted by hand in Nienke's studio in Eindhoven. If you are interested in collaborating, feel free to reach out!
Graduation project Design Academy Eindhoven.
This project is on show at Ventura Future - HH - A Dutch vision of Health and Happiness, during the Salone del Mobile from April 17th - 22nd.
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Explore what feels good
While our sex life is a highly personal thing, the treatment of trauma-induced female sexual problems such as pelvic muscle blockage is often clinical, focuses on physical issues, and takes penetration as its ultimate goal. Nienke Helder recognises the frustration this causes and has worked with (para)medical experts and women who have experienced this to design a therapy from a different point of view: focusing on finding pleasure. Sexual Healing is a set of sensory objects to be used away from a clinical environment. It invites women to explore what feels good to help relieve fear and pain and (re)gain a sense of security about what their bodies enjoy.
This project came together with the help of Dr. Joggem Veen, Gynecologist at Maxima Medsich Centrum, Ellen Hawinkels, Sexologist and Pelvic floor Physiotherapist at B-fysic and Mieke Meijer, teacher at the Man and Activity department at Design Academy Eindhoven.
Graduation project Design Academy Eindhoven.
Hand-crafted ceramics is made in a time consuming process. By analyzing each step in the process we designed a ceramics casting machine to make the process more efficient. Starting from the idea that one ceramist can handle about 6 molds at a time, we wanted to at least double that amount.
By pouring in liquid clay in the top four molds of the machine, the casting process is started. After 15 minutes, the leftover liquid clay is poured out into the next layer of molds. From there the same step is repeated to the third layer. The four molds of the third layer pour out into one final big one that will form into a vase.
The volumes of the pieces are calculated to give enough leftover liquid clay to fill up the next layer in line. To visualize this, see the scheme below. The machine casts 4 bowls, 4 cups, 4 plates and one vase. They each come in 4 different glazes.
This project came together with the tremendous engineering and building help of my brother Roel Helder, the educational help of Raw Color, teachers at the Man and Activity department at Design Academy Eindhoven, the outer frame was welded by Hans Habraken, the whole system was powder coated by Wycosy.
Imagine a story
'Imagine a story' is a research about peoples imagination that come with a story and how they are influenced by visual information (for example a book that turned into a film) or by being confronted with reality.
Based on a story that I once heard from a friend about a murder in Istanbul, I made a book that is illustrated by 25 different people. All of the images are made out of their imagination with the story.
In the second part of the book, I compare the story with the original location and facts. For this, I went to the murder location in Istanbul and interviewed the main suspect.
Images from top to bottom are made by:
Camille Guibaud Hyun Jo Kim Juhee Hahm Daeun Lim Misha Gurovich Wim Janssen Deger Chengiz Nienke Helder
Hand binded version available upon request. €35,- excl. shipping costs
This project is a collaboration with Paisley Fried, Kim Hou and Clemence Altabegoity.
In our opinion, the future of sex education should be much more focussed on all the possibilities in gender and sexual preferences. These dolls are part of an educational game, where you can discover the preferences of the dolls. You can change the bodies to create new genders and get attracted to other dolls by a magnet system.
The Matchstick Factory is a collaboration between Roel and Nienke Helder. Looking at production processes, they find that an object increases in value when you know how it's made. With the example of something as simple as a matchstick, they hope people realize every object comes with a story that makes it more precious.
The older people get, the more they usually seem to enjoy or need their daily rituals. For this project I wanted to use these rituals to create a more positive view on the need for appliances like canes, glasses, dentures etc. I made a display set to show how the hearing aid industry can enhance the beauty of a daily ritual.
Les Bouées de Bois
Les Bouées de Bois is a project in collaboration with 'La Cristallerie Saint Louis' in partnership with Design Academy Eindhoven.
During the visit of the Saint-Louis factory I got inspired by the way the crystal is turned and got reminded of drops of water. By hanging those 'drops' on a rope I got into a nautical theme. Slowly my project evolved into a lantern that feels like it floats on the water like a buoy. The beautiful 'royal blue' crystal reminds me of the moon reflecting on the sea at night and should be your beacon of light in the dark.
Photos by Esmee Jacobs. Objects on the group picture are made by Nick Beens, Lauren and Lennart Leerdam and Kristaps Politis.
My fellow students at Design Academy often complained about the looks of Eindhoven, but since I grew up here, I feel connected to the city. Especially the Philips builings give the Eindhoven its special characteristics. I wanted to design something that represents the features of the former Philips buildings in a product that also represents the company itself: A lamp. My father and grandfather, who both worked for Philips, collected a lot of old machines and materials, which formed the base of my home production line.