Photographer: Nicole Uniquole

‘Maintain a stain’
Turning stains into textiles

‘Touch is our first sense. Through touch we make art, claim our possession, who and what we love. We leave traces and find our place in the world; touch is how we connect’.

Lizan Freijsen is fascinated (attracted to) by materials that invite feeling. Mastering a technique, working manually, and experiencing resistance gives a different perspective on tactility.

Freijsen’s inspiration remains fungi, they transform waste like unusable oil and plastics into a fertile material, there is a circular process that potentially enables new life. It is her mission to translate these, to the eye, slow and invisible processes into a sensory experience, hoping to increase the appreciation for microorganisms, the world of ‘the small’. 

She aims for awareness, reuse of resources and care for the immediate living environment. 

After a time when distance was the norm and touch was axed, contact seemed like something to avoid. This work is an ode to the physical world, an invitation to feel and share in kindness.



19–03–1960, Zwijndrecht, NL.


1987 – 1989: Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht
1978 – 1984: Bachelor Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam
2014 – 2017: Master Design Research W. de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam

Projects, fairs and exhibitions


– ‘Poetry Hotel’, installation in WTC Art Gallery, Rotterdam,
– ‘Radical Symbiosis’, Radius, center for contemporary art & ecology, Delft
– ‘Studio Lizan Freijsen, 2017 – 2022’, video i.c.w. Marieke vd Lippe, Het Archief, Rotterdam


– ‘Living Systems’, Big Art, Amsterdam, NL
– ‘Touchables’, Sectie-C, Dutch Design Week Eindhoven, NL
– ‘Matter Matters’, solo exhibition at NL=US Art gallery, Rotterdam
– ‘Matter Matters II’, Certosa Initiative, Salone Milano, Italy, IT


– ‘Recycling value’, duo show in Hilton Art Lab, Rotterdam
– ‘Fungi on stairs’, Masterly in Milan, installation in Palazzo Turati, IT
– ‘Fungal Wall’, commission ARTIS /Micropia Amsterdam, NL
– Art Rotterdam, international artfair in Van Nelle Factory, Rotterdam, NL
– Groupshow, ‘On Colors…’ Tripostal, Lille, FR
– Wanted Design NYC at ICFF, design fair in NY, USA


– Groupshow, ‘Kleureyck’, Design Museum Gent, BE & Tripostal, Lille, FR
– ‘Precious paradise’ groupshow in Museum Rijswijk, NL


– ‘Volta Basel’, duo show Pim Palsgraaf with NL=US art gallery, Switzerland
– ‘On organic Matter’, Commission Zuyderland ziekenhuis Sittard, NL
– Commission ‘Studio Carpet’, monumental carpet NY, USA
– ‘Naturally’, groupexhibition, Pictura Dordrecht.
– OBJECT ROTTERDAM, fair in HAKA building, NL 2019
– Textiles at CBK Oost Amsterdam


– ‘UNFADED’, project with Pim Palsgraaf for NL=US Galery, Rotterdam, NL.
– Selection ‘Best made Books’ in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
– Fungi in blue, Installation for NY, commission of carpets and rugs.
– Installations at BOON – PARIS, during the Design Week Paris, France.
– FUNGI CARPET ‘Zomersneeuw’, Arboretum Belmonte, Wageningen, NL
– OBJECT ROTTERDAM, fair in HAKA building, NL 2018


– Dutch Design Truman Brewery at LONDON DESIGN FAIR, London, UK
– ‘The Living Surface Unfolded’, solo Bergarde Galleries, Heerjansdam, NL
– Commission The Dunes, monumental carpet USA
– Masterly, during Salone Mobile, Palazzo Francesco Turati, Milan, IT
– ‘The Living Surface’, installation & book at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam icw publisher


– ‘Remains of the day’ i.c.w. Pim Palsgraaf, Pulchri, The Hague, NL
– ‘NO HOT WORK, In situ werk OBJECT Rotterdam, SS Rotterdam
– Masterly during Salone Mobile, Palazzo Francesco Turati, Milan
– Ventura NY, Wanted Design, Manhatten New York
– Commission ‘Treetrunk’, monumental carpet NY, USA

Other activities

2000 – ongoing: Tutor at (de)Fine Art department, Willem de Kooning Academy, R’dam