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Issue 56 Aug / Sep 2010

“For us a succesful light piece is one that astonishes the viewer with its beauty and uniqueness”

Husband-and-wife team Dries Braeckman and Mireille Verroken developed their technique of blending plastics with glass just over a year ago. After a decade running a successful home design shop, the pair opted for a radical change of pace, selling up and setting off for several years of travelling. Along the way they picked up a host of traditional craft skills, such as stain glass production and glass blowing, skills which inspired them to return home and begin creating their own handcrafted light sculptures.

The pair made a conscious decision to move away from the more classic production processes they had picked up on their travels and instead looked at using plastic moulding techniques to form the basic structure for their pieces. Starting from scratch, the handmade moulds are used to produce the plastic shells that can be then coated in glass fragments to form the finished work. They are, say the team, ‘sparkling glass flakes surrounded by solidified plastics...turned into soul-charged light objects’.

By using different coloured plastics and glass, one mould can be the basis for a vast array of finished pieces making it possible to create specially commissioned sculptures to suit specific environments. “For us a successful light piece is one that astonishes the viewer with its beauty and uniqueness,” says Braeckman. “It has to create a delicate ambiance and pleasant mood.”

Not content with promoting Loemen’s own pieces, their loft studio in the Belgian town of Ronse has become an arts hub, displaying a constantly changing exhibition of work by local artists in between the colourful glowing swirls and shapes.


Pic: An-Sofie Kesteleyn
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