Rop van Mierlo is best known for his picture book ‘Wild Animals’, which won a Dutch Design Award in 2011.
Van Mierlo is intrigued by the human need to control nature. Using a wet-on-wet technique, he paints animals that he can’t control. He studied at Design Academy Eindhoven and graduated cum laude in 2008.
He works with various mediums but starts his process mostly with drawings or paintings.
Control – or the absence of it – is an important part of his work.
His books are sold in MoMA in New York, Design Museum London and (late) Colette in Paris, amongst others.
Van Mierlo has collaborated on projects with Hermès, Marni, Head Porter and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
For his Wild Animals project, Van Mierlo experiments with his paintings in new techniques and materials. The first result is a Panda rug, handtufted in collaboration with TextielLab (which is specialised in textile research and production) at the TextielMuseum, located in a former textile factory in Tilburg, The Netherlands.