Dialog mit einer Knolle / dialogue with a garlic bulb

Johanna Karwen

September / September - 2020

Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle

Bachelor of Arts


Starting point for my design process during my bachelor degree was the intense engagement with garlic. A material is able to stimulate constructive processes - scientific or creative kinds – by opposing something to the creativity, challenging it and making it concrete. It also comes with its own deep world of experience if one does not reduce it to a forced use. What has the garlic to offer, when taken out of the culinary context and unfolding its full potential. I wanted to find out, so with an aimless exploratory urge and a radical state of not knowing, I started a personal dialogue with the bulb of garlic during my bachelor semester. I distanced myself from a result – in my case, the making of a fabric – and worked process orientated. This led to a series of different experiments and a transformed designer’s point of view.