donderdag 28 februari 2013


Christien Meinderstma recently made 
an incredible book about the work of Loes Veenstra.
This lady made over 500 knitted sweaters, that had never been worn,
until a few weeks ago.
While making the book, Christien came to the idea of organizing a flashmob.
All the inhabitants of the neighborhood were involved in it,
each wearing one of the beautiful knits.
The result is a overwhelming mix of colors, patterns and textures!
The book looks great, even the cover is made with fibers of damaged sweaters…

zondag 24 februari 2013


It's true what one of my former teachers said,
the more work you have,
the more you work.
And the more I weave, the more I learn, the more ideas I have.
This installation I'm working on is kind of a breaking point.
And I like it! :-)
Oh, and it is snowing, again...

woensdag 20 februari 2013


I 'met' Erin, her loom and her beautiful tapestries on Instagram.
What I like about her work is the friction between her technique and the content of the work.
Check her site and her blog, quite a job she does...

"Riley’s tapestries, in a modern-day twist of this theme, 
depict young women offering sexual imagery of themselves, 
but unlike Philomela, who sacrifices what is left of her modesty 
to tell the tale of her suffering with the view of getting justice, 
the young women in Riley’s tapestries appear to have sacrificed 
their modesty without any coercion and with very little care for the potential fallout. 
In some ways, I see Riley’s hand-woven tapestries as a proxy for these girls, 
giving voice to an unconscious victim. 
Riley weaves her sorrow, her rage, and her accusation into the work 
and perhaps she directs her response to both the young women 
who blindly participate in their own objectification 
and the male-centric culture which encourages them. 
The work is simultaneously sad and funny, protective and accusatory. 
In short, Riley’s tapestries reveal that uncomfortable disconnect 
between the feminine and female sexuality, 
forcing the viewer to consider the validity of such notions." 
(text taken from her website)

donderdag 14 februari 2013


... And to enjoy ...

vrijdag 8 februari 2013


Through the blog of my former weaving teacher Annie Devriese,
I learned about the work of tapestry weaver Silvia Heyden.
Instantly I bought the dvd A Weaverly Path,
about the life and work of Silvia.

Kenny Dalsheimer’s A Weaverly Path captures a privileged
and intimate slice of time observing Silvia Heyden,
providing an unprecedented opportunity to see and hear
what she experiences during a period of deep involvement with her Muse, the Eno River.
Heyden’s quest is not to weave a representational depiction of the river,
but to interpret the river’s fluid patterns, shapes, sounds,
and ever-changing nature, to represent its movement and flow with the yarns of her tapestries.
Heyden expresses her current philosophy in regard to tapestry weaving 
as having expanded greatly from what she originally described in her book, 
stating that she expects it to continue changing as long as she is alive and able to weave. 
She believes strongly that tapestry exists as its own art form 
which should not be compared to paintings or created from drawings or photographs, 
but which should instead evolve by looking at the world through “weaver’s eyes”. 
(Text taken from here.)

50 years of weaving...
Still a long way ahead of me :-)

zondag 3 februari 2013


And I'm weaving, weaving, weaving, weaving... :-)
+ enjoying ofcourse!

As I said, I need seven parts of two metre,
this is part three.
What I like about this weaving assignment,
is that I can use techniques that are not suitable for scarves,
because of their backsides (pictures 5),
too long loose threads.

Now back to work!