To celebrate the 75 years of liberation in Limburg, Studio Europa Maastricht organised in collaboration with Fashionclash on 12 and 13 September, creative design workshops for young Belgian, German speaking and Dutch students.
Altogether, 150 students from different schools and nationalities, spoke about the meaning of freedom in their lives as well as the meaning of peace on the European continent. It was great to see that despite the language barriers, participants were able to speak and exchange views with each other on such important topics. The students translated the outcomes of their brainstorm sessions into creative designs.
We were positively surprised by the ideals that many of these young European citizens defend. We noticed that freedom is not anymore only a matter of absence of war. Instead, many expressed feeling that their freedom is being threatened by climate change and environmental pollution. Another surprising outcome were the personal stories of most young women on their experiences with individual freedom. For them freedom represents not having to worry about gender discrimination and harrassment on the workfloor or on the streets.
We invite you to scroll down for an overview of the most striking designs and stories! And don’t forget to come to the SAM-Decorfabriek during the FASHIONCLASH festival weekend from 1-3 November where a selection of these designs will be exhbitied in a special Dress to Protest installation!