Lizan Freijsen

Portret door Joke ter Veen, Zwijndrecht.

‘Maintain a stain’
Turning stains into textiles

Lizan Freijsen is fascinated by fungi and our attempt to ban moulds and moisture spots from our everyday environment.
In the project ‘Decay on demand’ photos of leakages were transformed into wallpapers and installed primarily in new houses in order to give them a history. Changing something ugly into products of value is Freijsen’s way of recycling what is already present.

Traces of decay find their way back inside also as interior objects, in order to remind us of what we tend not to see.
For the production of these unique, hand made carpets and blankets for floors and walls, Freijsen collaborates over 7 years with Hester Onijs & Karen Zeedijk of the Textile Museum in Tilburg. (2009-2016)

By turning moisture stains into textiles, Lizan Freijsen focuses on these blind spots and visualizes their beauty.
Embracing imperfection is in fact a respond to the overcontrolled society in which we live. Witnessing the beauty of slow growing processes and being surrounded by urban nature connects inner time with a sense of home.



19–03–1960, Zwijndrecht, NL.


1987 – 1989: Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht.
1978 – 1984: Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam.
2014 – 2017: Master Design Research WDKA, R’dam.

Projects, fairs and exhibitions


– ‘ORIGEN, a botanical touch in textiles’ icw. Aleksandra Gaca in De Hortus,  during GLUE, Amsterdam connected by design, NL
– Groupshow, ‘Kleureyck’, Design Museum Gent, BE
– ‘Precious paradise’ groupshow in Museum Rijswijk, NL
– OBJECT ROTTERDAM, fair in HAKA building, NL 2020


– ‘Volta Basel’, duo show Pim Palsgraaf with NL=US art gallery, Switserland
– ‘On organic Matter’, Commission Zuyderland ziekenhuis Sittard, NL.
– ‘Natuurlijk’, groupexhibition, Pictura Dordrecht.
– OBJECT ROTTERDAM, fair in HAKA building, NL 2019
– Textile & Design at CBK Oost Amsterdam.


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


– ‘THE LIVING SURFACE UNFOLDED’, Bergarde Galleries, Heerjansdam, NL
– Dutch Design Truman Brewery at LONDON DESIGN FAIR, London, UK
– MASTERLY during Salone Mobile, Palazzo Francesco Turati, Milan, IT
– Commission The Dunes, monumental carpet USA
– ‘THE LIVING SURFACE’, installation till 15-5 and bookpresentation at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam.


– ‘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.
– D’Days at BOON Design, Paris


– Salon/ D’Days Parijs, St Ouen, Frankrijk
– Commission ‘Treetrunk’, monumental carpet J. Kaufmann in NY
– OBJECT Rotterdam, SS Rotterdam.
– ‘Aire de repos’’, La Terrasse, Nanterre, Parijs, Frankrijk.


– ‘Unter zwischen’, Ampelhaus, Oranienbaum, Dtsl.
– Salon Dantel, groupshow Istanbul, Turkije.
– ‘Schilderkunst Op Drift’,  Solo Stedelijk Museum Schiedam,
– ‘Natuurlijk’, Installation in het Chabotmuseum, Rotterdam.


– ‘Salon BJ’, groupshow Design Week Being, China.
– Tuttobene 10 years in the Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam.
– ‘King Size’, groupshow Ampelhaus, Oranienbaum, Duitsland.
– OBJECT Rotterdam, in Het Nieuwe Instituut/ NAI R’dam.
– Tuttobene,  Salone mobile, Milaan, Italië.
– L’art dans les chapelles ‘2013’, Saint Trephine, Pontivy, Bretagne, Fr.
– MU ‘Small gestures’, groupshow Strijp S, Eindhoven.


– ‘Use it again’ , Groupshow in the Ampelhaus, Oranienbaum, Germany.
– OBJECT Rotterdam, Las Palmas, Rotterdam.
– ‘Oranienbaum’, Dutch Design in Palace, Germany.
– ‘Kids 4 kunst’, Groupshow Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam.
– ‘L’art dans les chapelles 2012’, Saint Trephine, Pontivy, Bretagne, Fr.


– ‘Fungi’, Installation in ‘Paddestoelen Paradijs’, Mediamatic. Amsterdam.
– ‘Growing archive’, solo in 38 CC Delft.
– ‘Salon 2’, Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam
– ‘The making of…’, summershow Textielmuseum, Tilburg.

Other activities

2000 – ongoing: Teacher / Coach / Coordinator, Fine Arts Department, Willem De Kooning Academy, Rotterdam.