Truth and Beauty in Black, Mingei International Museum

‘Truth and Beauty in Black’ permanent art installation commissioned by Jennifer Luce of Luceetstudio for the reopening of the Mingei International Museum in San Diego in September 2021. Creation took 3 years, including research in collaboration with Artechne into the complex and intriguing colour Burgundian Black that goes back to a medieval recipe that has been rediscovered and reconstructed by Studio Claudy Jongstra. 

At first glance, the colour appears completely monotone black, after closer examination intensely rich variations begin to reveal themselves. 

The 36-foot long and 5-feet high artwork is located in the newly renovated Bistro of the Mingei International Museum providing a warm, softening, yet contemporary element to the space acting also as an acoustic divergent, dampening sound. 

Jongstra’s ‘Truth and Beauty in Black’ aims to engage with the museum’s diverse collection in order to inspire a renewed appreciation for the historic interconnectivity between humanity, material, culture and environment.

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Title: "Truth and Beauty in Black"
Mingei International Museum, San Diego, USA
Photos by Paul Rivera for New York Times and Team Mingei
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Triodos Bank, Zeist

In 2006 Claudy Jongstra was commissioned to create a two part mural for the boardroom of the headquarters of Triodos Bank in Zeist, The Netherlands. The theme of the art piece is the power of healthy growth depicted in budding blossom bursting with vitality as well as the sustaining force of intertwined harmonious collaboration. Mainly felted in a natural white wool the branches and emerging buds are emphasized in elaborate hand embroidery in naturally dyed silk spun yarns in pink and golden hues. As Triodos Bank is leaving this building at the end of 2021 the mural will be carefully transported and installed in a new location in one of the international branches of Triodos Bank in Europe.

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Triodos Bank Netherlands
Photos by Jeroen Musch
Two part mural
Drenthe Heath wool, silk
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Triptych, Private Residence

A triptych, 6.7 by 2 meters, made especially for a private residence in The Netherlands. The impressive space is in a former theatre that has been redesigned into a home by Just Haasnoot, a longtime collaborator of the studio.

Inside the large living room, the work embodies the human aspect and natural quality of sustainable art. Its presence and organic coloring exude warmth and unify the scale of the interior. 

Materials include: Drenthe Heath Sheep wool, Merino wool, Tussah silk, mulberry silk, indigo, woad, madder, weld, onion skin, walnut.

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Photos taken by Pim Top
Collaboration with Just Haasnoot
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Sies Marjan F/W 2020

Claudy Jongstra created three looks for Sies Marjan's Fall/Winter 2020 collection.
Incorporating a limited-edition color of our Drenthe Heath in collaboration with textile design studio Maharam, in honour of Guggenheim's late exhibition 'Countryside, The Future' focused on Ditch architect Rem Koolhaas' study of shifting rural landsapes.

 Photos respectively taken by Nina Westervelt, Esther Faciane and courtesy of Maharam.

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Sies Marjan
Rem Koolhaas
Drenthe Heath
Photos respectively taken by Nina Westervelt, Esther Faciane and courtesy of Maharam.
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Golden Glow of Truth, Private Residence, Amsterdam

Featured in Atelier Talks I, Golden Glow of Truth is situated in the heart of a private home in Amsterdam. The artwork’s golden palette represents generosity and warmth as well as integrity and truth, which also references the special history of this house as the place where the Parool newspaper was founded.  

In Atelier Talks I, artist and activist Claudy Jongstra invites you behind the scenes in her atelier in Friesland, The Netherlands, providing insights into her working processes, natural materials and the values that shape her radical artworks. Through making—from plant to colour and fiber to composition—to installation, the film traces the index of this new work of art, Golden Glow of Truth by Claudy Jongstra.

Atelier Talks I presented in collaboration with Galerie Fontana

Film by Lourens Lente. Sound by Kay van Vree


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Golden Glow of Truth
Private Residence, Amsterdam with Gallery Fontana
3,80 x 2,50 m (organic shape)
Materials: Drenthe Heath wool, Merino wool, mohair, mulberry silk, tussah silk, embroidered with handspun yarns
Pigments: weld, walnut, chamomile, onion
Photography by Bas de Jager / Beeldpakket (Courtesy of Galerie Fontana)
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Bay Leaf, Private Residence, Amsterdam

The legacy of the bay laurel (Laurus nobilis) as a symbol of wisdom and honor has ancient roots—from Daphne and Apollo to the bay leaf crowns worn by distinguished athletes, poets and scholars. In combination with its natural healing properties, the highly esteemed bay laurel has also been used for protection against diseases as well as natural and man-made disasters. The qualities and colours of the bay leaf as a 'virtuous guardian' are the inspiration behind this artwork for a private home in Amsterdam.

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Bay Leaf
Private Residence, Amsterdam with Gallery Fontana
2,35 x 1,15 m
Materials: Drenthe Heath wool, Merino wool, mohair, mulberry silk, tussah silk, silk organza, embroidered with handspun yarns
Pigments: indigo, bay leaf, walnut, onion, mint
Photography by Bas de Jager / Beeldpakket (Courtesy of Galerie Fontana)
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Atelier Talks I

Atelier Talks I - Claudy Jongstra in conversation with Suzanna De Sitter at Studio Claudy Jongstra in Friesland, The Netherlands. Created in collaboration with Galerie Fontana for the exhibition Connecting with Claudy - A Tribute to the Bloomsbury Group presented Saturday 29 May through Saturday 10 July 2021 at Galerie Fontana in Amsterdam. Film by Lourens Lente. Sound by Kay van Vree.

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Atelier Talks I
Claudy Jongstra in conversation with Suzanna De Sitter
Created in collaboration with Galerie Fontana
Film by Lourens Lente / Sound by Kay van Vree
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The Gift of Colour

Studio Claudy Jongstra and Extended Ground join forces with the Municipality of Amsterdam and ROC TOP to introduce The Gift of Colour. Founded on the pillars of ecology, inclusivity, hope and a local maker-industry, The Gift of Colour begins in Amsterdam's Nelson Mandela Park as a model designed to expand for application in cities across the globe.

Gardens cultivated in underserved urban areas and cared for by the local community, will produce natural dye plants. The botanical colours from these plants will be the foundation of an innovative fashion project driven by the creativity and voices of young people from the same community.

The Gift of Colour is founded on the pillars of ecology, inclusivity, hope and a local maker-industry. Each city will partner with a fashion brand that is interested in recalibrating the future of their company to a different kind of pace and forging a sustainable working future for their brand. Collaborating brands will have the opportunity to pioneer an innovative approach to urban thriving in which fashion plays a pivotal role in building sustainable and resilient communities for future generations.

Film by Bas Berkhout / Birchwood Films

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Film by Bas Berkhout / Birchwood Films
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Claudy Jongstra at Museum De Lakenhal

Claudy Jongstra's artistic and activist practice is the driving force behind her solo exhibition at Museum De Lakenhal. "Who still knows anything about plant-based colour?" ("Wie weet nog iets van een plantaardige kleur?") documents the translation of Jongstra's atelier and sustainable working farm & field lab into a multi-sensory exhibition experience.

 

Many thanks to filmmaker Marit Geluk and Museum De Lakenhal for the realization of this film.

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Film by Marit Geluk
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Claudy Jongstra at Museum De Lakenhal

“For a long time I have been called a ‘wool artist’ - a nice name, sweet, non-threatening. But it is also bullshit. I am an activist. I want to encourage people to take action.” - Claudy Jongstra

At Museum De Lakenhal, Claudy Jongstra restores the connection between humankind and nature, between knowledge and material, with a solo exhibition that appeals to all the senses. 

Jongstra’s largest ever woven artwork - NINE - extends across the floor of the main gallery like an earthly landscape, as her diptych - Cosmic Cry  - forms the horizon. The dark, mysterious tones in this powerful installation reference the characteristic deep black and blue colours of the world-famous 'Leiden Laken' cloth. And Woven Skin (2018), a nomadic work that radiates urgent action against the exhaustion of our earth, returns to The Netherlands to be seen for the first time after a world tour.

 

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Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden, NL (30 October 2020 - 28 February 2021)
Photography ©Ronald Tilleman
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