Sunday 8 November

Therapy Session 01: Crafting Comfort

Crafting Comfort with Berend Brus and Giovanni Brand

How do you create a wearable safe space?

On November 8th, State of Fashion will kick off the Therapy Sessions, a new series of workshops within our programme‘This is an Intervention’. For this edition we’re inviting fashion designer Berend Brus and performer Giovanni Brand. In response to the challenging times we are living in, they invite you to take part in a virtual embroidery circle, to discuss the role of fashion in dark times whilst simultaneously working on your ‘wearable safe space’.

This first Therapy Session is inspired by ‘For Dear Life’, the ongoing project of Berend Brus:

“For Dear Life is about the dark corners of your consciousness. Your brain wants to return to these thoughts during moments of mental health weakness. It's about perseverance and starting over after being victorious. To choose life over the paralysis of despondency. A combination of hanging on for dear life and a love letter to life, dear life.

We live in a time with endless insecurities and negative stimuli. How do you deal with insecurities? How can you use fashion as a tool to create a safe space that you can carry with you? How can you find a moment peace in a tsunami of shit?”


Research has shown that when you’re working with your hands your brain is active in a different mode:

The repetitive, rhythmic motions of stitching create a state of contentment and focus. “It actually alters brain chemistry,” says Psychologist Emma Kenny. “Levels of stress hormone cortisol get lower when we are focused on a creative task.” The concept of focus is really important because it keeps the mind engaged on a task and less likely to be distracted by negative thought processes that fuel anxious or depressed minds. By remaining engaged, the mind cannot spiral.

During the Therapy Session you are invited to create an embroidery on a piece of clothing whilst sharing personal experiences with Berend and Giovanni. Cosy up in this virtual embroidery circle, join the conversation and create your own wearable safe space!

Join The Therapy Session free of charge! Send us an email at events@stateoffashion.org with 'Therapy Session' in the subject to confirm your spot.

Comfort Embroidery

Designer Berend Brus

Fashion- and costume designer Berend Brus finds his inspiration in people who create their own reality. His motivation for his label is his urge to talk about sociatal issues. It often starts with a question of disbelieve about a subject, for I Haven't started yet it was 'why should we continue this way?' and from the answer 'because previous generations said so' grew a collection questioning the norms that were set. Even though his work touches upon serious subjects, he wants to use his work as a dialogue starter with a light note. Brus' sees his work as a celebration of freedom, induviduality and expression. Let's celebrate our differences and find each other in similarities.

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Berend Brus by Marta Musial

Giovanni Brand

Giovanni is a Rotterdam based performer, writer, director and singer. His work always starts from the attempt to create something out of my most intimate stories. Therefore he feels very rooted in my own work. He feels the urge to work without boundaries because he believes life does not have boundaries either. In his work there is no line between private and public. Making performances is a drift for him and during the presentation he tries to put those drifts against the world. Unheard against heard, small against immense. His work has an invisible dark side, a presence that lies underneath the visible light and accessible side of it.

"When I started my acting degree I felt lost in the standard roles that I had to play. I therefore switched to a performance degree in which I could create new yet non existing roles. I suddenly felt connected with my inner world. Connecting worlds is not something I only strive for in my work but also in my life".

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Therapy Session 01: Crafting Comfort


  • Sunday 8 November 11:00 – 12:30


In February 2021 we will organize Therapy Session 03 in collaboration with Warehouse. Follow our channels or subscribe for our newsletter to stay updated about our program and coming events!