Karin Vlug (born 1990, Rotterdam) is a Dutch designer, researcher and educator. She graduated in 2014 from ArtEZ (BA fashion design) and in 2017 from the HKU (MA Crossover Creativity). Since then she has worked in the fields of textiles, future materials, manufacturing innovation and (speculative) design.

With all of her projects she aims to contribute to dream visions of the future that we cannot yet imagine. Working from a hands-on, experimental approach. Learning and exploring is a never ending journey 🙂

If you would like to get in touch please send an email to karinvlug@gmail.com.


22 – 2023 Didactical degree (BDB completed at HKU)
21 Participant HKU Bio-Art sessions
19 Participant Climate-KIC accelerator program with UNSEAM
16 – 17 Master of Arts Crossover Creativity, HKU, Utrecht, The Netherlands
10 – 14 Bachelor of Arts Fashion Design, ArtEZ, Arnhem, The Netherlands

Work Experience (selection)
09.14 – current Studio Karin Vlug, selection of projects:
01.18 – 09.21 Co-founder of UNSEAM
with B. Froon
08.20 – 09.21 Research project UNSEAM the designmethod
02.19 – 10.19 Research project What if Lab, MycoTech Bandung Indonesia
01.18 – 11.18 Research project WEAR sustain Horizon 2020
02.18 – 09.18 Research project Lectoraat mode ArtEZ; Living Skins with A.Hoitink
08.17 – 02.19 Design and production assistant: Hacked by van Slobbe van Benthem
04.16 – 10.17 Designer COLLECT basic & coats with Lisa Konno
, Guangzhou, China
03.16 – 01.17 Research project KIEM-project “Closed loop fashion production”
09.14 – 11.15 Research project KIEM-project “Clothing production without sewing”
04.11 – 12.18 Catwalk choreographer and show director at B-different
02.13 – 06.13 Internship Preen, assistant designer, London

Teaching experience (selection)
09.22 – current Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam
– tutor at major transformation design & product design
– curriculum development,  admissions, competency assessments & plusweeks
– development and teaching electives around Biomaterials
09.17 – 08.23 Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht:
– project leader (content development and organizational) of the Biodesign Challenge 2022 (an international competition based in New York)
– development, teaching and coaching of seminars and designlabs within the fields of bio/product/fashion design, material & manufacturing innovation and speculative design for fashion/product/spatial students
– member of the examination committee fashion design
– member network: the ecological turn back
– previous: programmer of the designlab program
18 Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts DeTao, visiting lecturer for the bachelor branding, identity & public space students (invited by Michel de Boer, together with Hilary Buruma). Content development & teaching workshop week.
17 – 19   Artez, visiting lecturer for the fashion design students and content development & teaching the pre-course
16 – 18   Koning Willem 1 College, content development and teaching workshop “Fusing Materials” to fashion design students as a part of the “Excellent Program”
18 – 19   Radboud University, visiting lecturer Master course Thinking through Fashion
17 Elisava Barcelona, visiting lecturer Elisava Barcelona School of Design and Engineering
17 – 18   Academie Artemis, content development and teaching fashion students on material development and design

Awards / grants (selection)
18 Grant: Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Vormgeving

18 Grant: WEAR sustain Horizon 2020 

17 Nominee: HKU Awards 2017

16 Nominee: Global Denim Awards 2016

15 Grant: Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Talentontwikkeling

14 Award: First Prize Winner of the Frans Molenaar Couture Award 2014

15 Nominee: Ontwerp Innovatie Prijs Gelderland

14 Award: Arnhemse Nieuwe, 2014 by Ontwerp Platform Arnhem 

Lectures (selection)
04.18 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

Shows/exhibitions (selection)
21 Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle, Design by Nature
19 Dutch Design Week, New Order of Fashion
18 Battersea Power House Station London Design Week 2018, London
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
10.16 Match Up, Tokyo Design Week, Tokyo
10.16 Global Denim Awards 2016, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
10.16 In No Particular Order, DDW, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
09.16 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 Frans Molenaar Couture Award 2015
05.15 Mode en de Zee, Zuiderzeemuseum, Enkhuizen
10.14 Modebelofte, DDW, Eindhoven
06.14 Frans Molenaar Couture Award 2014

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.