The Living Surface: An Alternative Biology Book on Stains is an intriguing look at the work, artistic practice and materials used by Dutch designer and artist Lizan Freijsen (b. 1960). Her practice has evolved from painting, mixed media and public spaces to photographic research where her fascination with dried stains from everyday environments take a central place. Within the framework of a masters study in design research (201416), Freijsen rekindled her interest in the lost craft of hand tufting, incorporating these organic patterns in her handmade carpets, tapestries, blankets and other textiles, which have been crafted over the last eight years. This publication features the timeconsuming production of carpets by means of this hand-tufting technique, combined with form and color studies; an overview of her extensive photo archive of stains, fungi and mildew cataloged by location; and a section that lists their CMYK formula.