Annemarie Piscaer

Waste based Designer

What is your passion?
Re-valuing waste materials, with a specific fascination for the waste Dust.


What is important for you?
Contributing to a Sustainable future.


How do you Label yourself?
Curious mind with Sustainability in Focus.


Describe your work in one sentence without using the word ‘design’.
My work is about upcycling waste materials (Studio Dust). I’m always searching for the sensitive boundaries of what we see as waste and pollution, and how this can be transformed into new material. For instance can even Fine-Dust be used as material as well? I’m interested in the transformation of the esthetics of the waste material that happens when it is revalued.


How do you relate to the field of well-being?
Well-being is the air I breath!


What is well-being for you? How does it reflect in your work?
For me Well-being is integrated in all little things. It is about a mentality that is not only influencing the outcome of my work, (Upcycling waste materials) but also part of the process. For instance: I like knitting textile, and by doing this repetitive movement, I’m able to reflect and think (almost like a monk).


Well-being is Human Centered. How to reach people and connect?
With my work I belong to a big circular ecosystem that is interdisciplinary, and connects to a lot of people. This is shaped in a project where I’m part of called BlueCity010. This project is developing a Lab for the circular economy in the former swimming pool Tropicana in Rotterdam. Here different entrepreneurs are experimenting to create a system without waste, by connecting the left-over products from one company as food for another company. This connectivity also generates a cross pollination of ideas for innovation.
I’m also working as a teacher, where I use the mentality of Well-being to connect to students.
What do you do for the world & what is your input?
Small things, can make a big change. I believe in the power of small things. They will be embed in other developments, and create a snow ball effect on the long term. Like water drops can create holes in stones, or dust cloud can destroy lands.
I do this by teaching, upcycling waste materials with “Studio Dust”, shaping the knowledge Lab of “BlueCity010”, and working as part of “Stadslab Luchtkwaliteit” on solutions for air pollution.


How would your work influence the future?
My work is a gathering of small particles. Some of the things I do can start a chain reaction, that can influence the future on the long term.


How do you explain to your family what your doing?
I’m a waste based designer and I’m part of the circular economy. I explain them, that I think that waste and pollution are strange inventions of man-kind, and that I want to contribute with my work as a designer to a system without pollution.


To whom do you feel connected and target your work?
People whom are mindful in the objects they want.


How do others benefit most from what you do?
Opening perspectives.


What is your way of working regarding the research you do & the strategy you have to reach your audience?

I’m guided by my curiosity. This results in open, but very clear research. I have a very clear goal in my investigation. In my work the stage of research and experimentation plays a very important role. I’m investigating not only context (concept) but I also try to experiment with materials. I love to search for the transition of where waste material can become something new. And where the material has a new esthetic value and doesn’t relate to the life it had before.

For instance I designed a Carpet made from small left over threads from an industrial yarn manufacturer. All the small threads were knitted together into a Carpet, and were secured with a silver coating. This changed the material quality, where the textile is looking more like metal then like a soft textile.
By playing with different material qualities I try to revalue waste material. I think that this is also giving different purpose to waste, and showing the beauty of Waste. This gives the audience a moment to reflect on waste materials.


How do you structure your life?
I structure my life organic. My work and life are very much connected. All the various things I do are like a lot of small particles that belong to the bigger cloud. I do not have one big focus in life, but I’m guided by my curiosity, and end up doing a lot of small things that are all connected. All these things are humble on it’s own, but belong to this bigger cloud that has a meaning and value in the bigger scale. I stopped trying to control every bit in my life, and realize that sometimes my “dust cloud” is going where the wind takes me. .


When talking about design what do you want to be associated with.
To create new esthetic value to waste material, and show the beauty of waste.


What kind of media are you working with? (skills & programs you use)
Skills: Textile Crafts, Ceramic Crafts, Hand Drawing
Programs: Adobe Photoshop, -Illustrator, -Indesign, Sketch-up, WordPress, Office,


What type of assignment do you feel comfortable with? (keep your ideal client/ project in mind!)
Ideal projects have as a base Mutual Trust!



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