Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Granny quilt

Last few weeks I've been working very hard on my Granny quilt. Yesterday I've sent my application form with photos to the Dutch Quiltersguild. The exhibition is held in a different town every year and this september it will be in my own town Arnhem. I hope I can show my first big serious quilt in my home town. The quilt is not finished yet, so meanwhile I continue working on it. Here are some pictures: 

Quilt top of "Beppequilt"  ("Granny quilt") so far
Detail sheep in Granny quilt
Detail cows in Granny quilt
Cutting up my grandmother's linen flower cloth 
that used to hang on her kitchenwall

Monday, 7 April 2014

Exhibition miniature quilts with my "Rose"

Last week in Tilburg, the exhibition of miniature quilts was held by the Dutch Quilters Guild. I had sent my quilt "Rose", I was so proud! The first exhibition of my work. Of course I had to take a picture with my quilt. 

The theme of the exhibition was "Borders". There were many beautiful works to be seen, both within and without the theme. These are pictures of my favorites:

Grenzen 1 (Borders 1) by Ineke Rens
Grenzen 2 (Borders 2) 
by Ineke Rens,
Grenzen 2 (Borders 2) by Ineke Rens, inside
Begrensde vrijheid (Limited freedom) by Hannie de Beer
Binnen (Inside or Within) 
by Hester Terpstra (felt and quilting)
Schatkaart 1 (Treasuremap 1) by Lia Meiborg

no title, Hermine Brand - Van Hamburg
Samen zijn (Being together) 
by Marjolein van der Eyk

These two quilts were part of a series of eight quilts with these kind of city landscape:
Grensverleggend (Groundbreaking,
(but in Dutch we say "Boundary breaking))
by Marja Visser - Van Renselaan
Grensverleggend (Groundbreaking,
(but in Dutch we say "Boundary breaking))

by Yvonne Meijering - Sprokholt

Tuesday, 1 April 2014


Last Saturday I visited the museum of modern art in my town, the Museum Arnhem. Here the exhibition "Threads" can be seen until August 17. The exhibition features works from more than 20 international artists and designers All which the medium of thread or textiles play a prominent role. The works on display are quite different. There are embroidered pictures, spatial objects, installations, films, photographs. 

I've selected a few works that inspired me to show here. 

In the end I show the award-winning design of the schoolcompetition "Draadkracht" associated with this exhibition. 

For more information, see

The Judge by Barbara Polderman
Detail of The Judge by Barbara Polderman

Barabara Polderman (1971) is a Dutch artist who lives in Arnhem. She makes fabric sculptures in a complex collage technique. The Judge is a wolf-like figure that leans on top of a wooden scaffold. The artist wants to express a mixture of anxiety and  aggression with the creature, based on the fearsome connotation that the word "judge" has for many people.

I like the collage of all kinds of fabrics very much. She uses both thick tapestry and delicate silks, which I find an interesting combination. This sculpture evokes in me all kinds of emotions: the beast is scary, but he itself is scared too, since he has his tail between his legs. I call it a fear biter, like an ill treated dog. So many people are scared these days of the change that is going on in the world. Let's be careful not to change in this creature. 

Kashmiri Shawl by Aisha Khalid.
The pattern is made by pins!
Kashmiri Shawl by Aisha Khalid. The pattern is made by pins!

Backside of Kashmiri Shawl by Aisha
Khalid, y
ou can see the pins here.
Aisha Khalid (1972, lives in Lahore, Pakistan) made this work by a labor-intensive process of inserting thousands of pins through a layer of two shawls. The work draws attention to what Khalid views as a disparity between the global popularity of Kasjmir shawls and the lack of attention for the conflict over this region between India and Pakistan. 

This works is so beautifully made, the gold pins shine in the light and look like embroidery. Yet, when you turn to the other side, you can see the sharp and painful pins. Impressive how this artist made her statement visible. I saw in a book a coat she made the same way. A stunning gold embellished coat with stinging pins on the inside.

Flood of Yellow Weigh by Faig Ahmed

Detail of Flood of Yellow Weigh by Faig Ahmed

Faig Ahmed (1982, Baku, Azerbaijan) takes the artistic qualities of Azerbaijani traditional rugs as a starting point in his work. By rearranging the historical motives and patterns he connects the past with the contemporary. Meanwhile he subverts the carpet as nationalistic symbol and as Silk Road commodity and souvenir.

The yellow surface is eating away the tradional pattern. Beautiful way to express a modern mechanism with the tradional technique of rug making. 

Life of Thread by Chiharu Shiota

Detail of Life of Thread by Chiharu Shiota
Detail of Life of Thread
by Chiharu Shiota

Chiharu Shiota (1972, born in Japan, lives in Berlin) creates her own spaces by stretching hundreds of threads through the room. The threads compose a labyrinth, which can be seen as a reflection of the choices that one has to make at each intersection. For some, the installations are a threatening presence, but the stability of the structure can also be reassuring and provide protection. In this work Life of Thread the sewing machine in the middle seems to produce the threads and is simultaneously caught in its own product. 

This work made me feel both save and protected, as well as imprissoned. The sewing machine made it all more apply to me, because I am using the sewing machine a lot lately. Really impressive!

Warbol by Isa Schipperheijn and Josien Hendricksen,
first prize in schoolproject
Isa and Josien translated the theme "Thread Strength"  as a quest for identity versus inner chaos and order. The person who is depicted with threads has no face, no identity. Below the head is a surface made ​​with photos of people where the wire head is mounted on. The pictures indicate that people can or want to have different identities.
The jury chose this design because of the versatile exposure of the subject "Thread Strength". Both the interior and exterior of the subject is being examined. The viewer is invited to view the work rrom far and near.