Silke Rys

illustration and textile artist


Graduated at LUCA School of Arts Brussels as a graphic storyteller, I focussed on telling  stories with images. My fascination for textile  brought me to the craft of handtufting rugs and turning my illustrations into spatial and tactile works.


Starting from color combinations and textures, I look for a balance between the figurative image and abstract form.



Every step of the process happens in my atelier in Leuven, starting with a design, handtufting it on the backing fabric  and eventually finishing the rug. Finding the right application and format for this work is another important step. I like to create a physical experience with what I make.

My work then ends up as a wallhanging, a chairseat or a piece of clothing.


I try to use natural, low cost and second hand materials. For example,  upcycling an  existing piece of furniture with a piece of handtufted rug  gives it a new look and a longlasting  life.

I make unique pieces, often inspired by and fitting the space it's made for, lasting a lifetime.