I’m Karin Vlug (Rotterdam 1990), graduated in 2014 from ArtEZ (fashion design) and the master Crossover Creativity at the HKU. Since then I have worked as a designer and researcher in the fields of biodesign, textiles, fashion, future materials & manufacturing innovation in collaboration with my much appreciated partners such as industrial designer Bas Froon and universities HvA and Artez. 

Besides my studio activities I’m a lecturer. Currently active at the HKU where I am the course leader of the Biodesign Challenge. I develop seminars and designlabs within the fields of biodesign, material & manufacturing innovation and speculative design. Learning and exploring is a never ending journey for me as well, currently I am participant of the HKU Bio Art Session and I am getting my didactical degree.

If you would like to get in touch please send me an email



Teaching experience
’17 – current 
Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht
Since ’17 Visiting lecturer at the Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts, Artez, Koning Willem 1 College, Radboud University, Elisava Barcelona and Academie Artemis.

06.’14 – current 
Creative Director at Karin Vlug (overview; research & collections)
05.’18 – 09.’21 Co-founder of UNSEAM
05.’10 – 01.’19 Design and production assistant Alexander van Slobbe & Hacked by van Slobbe van Benthem

’21 – current Didactical degree
09.’21 – 02.’22 Participant HKU Bio-Art course
’19 Participant Climate-KIC accelerator program with our UNSEAM project
‘16 – ‘17
 Master of Arts Crossover Creativity, HKU, Utrecht, The Netherlands
‘10 – ‘14 Bachelor of Arts Fashion Design, ArtEZ, Arnhem, The Netherlands

Exhibitions / shows (selection)
Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle, Design by Nature
2020   Munich Fabric Start
2019   Dutch Design Week 2019 (including Modebelofte, Klokgebouw)
2018   Battersea Power House Station Londen Design Week 2018, Londen
07.’18 State of Fashion, Arnhem
03.’18 Droog, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
10.’17 Klokgebouw & ABN Hotspot, DDW, Eindhoven and Amsterdam, The Netherlands
03.’17 Future of Fashion, Fashionclash, Chengdu, China
07.’17 Modefabriek, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
10.’16 Match Up, Tokyo Design Week, Tokyo, Japan
10.’16 Global Denim Awards 2016, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
10.’16 In No Particular Order, DDW, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
09.’16 Fashion show, House of Orange, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
01.’16 Future Generations, Amsterdam Fashion Week 2016, The Netherlands
10.’15 Its Your World, DDW, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
06.’15 Fashion show, Frans Molenaar Couture Award 2015
05.’15 OSFA, Mode en de Zee, Zuiderzeemuseum, Enkhuizen
10.’14 Modebelofte, DDW, Eindhoven
06.’14 Fashion show, Frans Molenaar Couture Award 2014

Lectures (selection)
04.’19 Pakhuis de Zwijger DDPM x Future Fashion
10.’18 Bozar, Brussel
Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts, Shanghai, China
09.’17 Elisava, Barcelona School of Design and Engineering, Barcelona, Spain
09.’17 Nacht van Kunst en Kennis, Leiden, The Netherlands
06.’16  Click/nl next fashion, Institute for Sound and Vision, Hilversum, The Netherlands
04.’16  Dutch Design Daily, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
02.’16 Embracing Fashion and Technology, Institute Neerlandais, Paris, France
01.’16  Future Generations, AFW 2016, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
11.’15 Research Center for Textile Technology, Canet de Mar, Spain
10.’15  Dutch House of Representatives, DDW, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
10.’15  Design Research & Innovation Festival, DDW, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
10.’15  Tijdelijk Modemuseum, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

07.’17 Nominee HKU Awards 2017
10.’16  Nominee Global Denim Awards 2016
06.’14  First Prize Winner of the Frans Molenaar Couture Award 2014
04.’15  Nominee Ontwerp Innovatie Prijs Gelderland
09.’14  Arnhemse Nieuwe, the eight most promising graduates from ArtEZ 2014 by Ontwerp Platform Arnhem





Here you can see a video of one of my lectures given at the State of Fashion exhibition X OPA. This presentation is in Dutch. Note: this was recorded in 2018, so not up to date.