Annelies Nuy - repair artist & kintsugi-repair training

Annelies Nuy( 1960) is a versatile Dutch fashion designer, concept developer, and artist, renowned for her significant contributions to the fashion industry, her exploration of abstract art and her inspiring work as a repair artist.

She graduated in fashion and 'new media' at the prestigious Academy of Visual Arts ARTEZ in Arnhem, showcasing a commitment to excellence in both traditional and contemporary artistic practices.

In 1997, Nuy made a groundbreaking move by launching one of the earliest fashion websites, demonstrating her forward-thinking approach and innovation in the industry. This initiative earned her recognition as a pioneer in the digital realm of fashion.

In 1998, she founded FashionForward, a pioneering Dutch fashion platform that included a sales module. This platform operated until May 2002, further solidifying Nuy's influence and leadership in the Dutch fashion scene. Subsequently, she joined the Professional Association of Dutch Designers, aligning herself with fellow designers and illustrators in the Netherlands.

Later on in her career she joined the Koninklijke Academie in The Hague as head of the fashion department and, among other initiatives, ran for about ten years her own fashion label 'Der Kommissar'. Her collections, presented at renowned events like: Boudoir Berlin, Glasgow-fashionweek, Interfilière Paris, Amsterdam Fashion Week and the Arnhem Fashion Biennale, showcased her distinct style and creativity.

During the 2019 pandemic, when sourcing materials was a challenge, Annelies Nuy conducted an intriguing investigation into Japanese repair methods and the philosophy behind them, exploring the concept of wabi-sabi: the 'perfection of imperfection', which is the essence of the Kintsugi philosophy. 

Since then, more than 200 students from different countries have attended her workshops. For many of them the workshop not only introduces some of the skills to repair pottery and porcelain, but also happens to have a healing effect on unprocessed emotions.

In addition to the workshops she delved last year into abstract art, introducing her creations in an immersive space. This transition marked a major milestone in her artistic journey, demonstrating her adaptability and willingness to explore new realms of creativity.

Annelies Nuy divides her time between Amsterdam and Milan, reflecting her engagement with the vibrant fashion and art scenes in both cities. Her career exemplifies versatility, creativity, and a continuous willingness to evolve within the dynamic worlds of fashion and art.