Elisa van Joolen
is a designer and researcher based in Amsterdam.

Her approach to clothing design is characterised by strategies of intervention and reconfiguration. Elisa's projects often reflect specific social contexts and emphasise collaboration and participation. They expose relational aspects of clothing and subvert processes of value production.

Elisa's work has been recognised with a Talent Grant – Creative Industries Fund NL (2016–2017), Han Nefkens Award (2016), Fulbright Award (2010) and nominated for the Dutch Design Award (2013) and New Material Award (2014). She participated in shows and exhibitions at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Arnhem Fashion Biennial, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, New York Fashion Week, 5th Brazilian Design Biennial in Florianopolis, Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, OCAT Art Terminal in Shenzhen and West Bund Art Center in Shanghai.

Elisa holds a BA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (2006), MFA from Parsons in New York City (2012) and was artist in resident at Iaspis in Stockholm (2016). She teaches at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie.

In addition to running her own studio she is art director of Warehouse, a place for clothes in context in Amsterdam.




An ongoing project that examines and challenges the fashion industry’s prevailing value systems and proposes new methods of production.

Warp & Weft

A workshop in collaboration with Aimée Zito Lema.

Technik 2012

Technik 2012/2013

Installations made in collaboration with Vincent Vulsma.

This website is made in collaboration with Jakub Straka. Typeface: Favorit by Dinamo

Last update: January 2018