Claudy Jongstra at PAN Amsterdam 2022 with Fontana

The textile tapestry resembles a patchwork of golden yellow wheat fields or a shining sun consisting of 195 blocks of gold. During art and design fair PAN Amsterdam 2022, gallery Fontana puts a number of works by Studio Claudy Jongstra in the spotlight, including this large work of art entitled '18 Carat'. The hand-felted work of wool from Drenthe heath sheep is colored with natural dyes that produce these warm sunny colours. Fontana also shows 'Northern Bloom III', in which flowers seem to bud in all kinds of colors. The golden brown of walnut, the orange-pink of the madder root, the carmine red of cochineal and the indigo blue of woad, give the wool-felted work of art the vibrant shades of color that are so characteristic of Studio Claudy Jongstra. For example, the artist is a forerunner in the field of the regeneration of rare woad cultivation in the Netherlands, together with farmers from the Beersche Hoeve in Brabant. Until the 17th century, woad was the most important supplier of the blue pigment for dyeing wool in Western Europe, but almost completely disappeared from the Netherlands after the arrival of indigo in the textile industry. Jongstra brings this 'blue gold' back into our landscape and into her artworks.

Studio Claudy Jongstra at Galerie Fontana, PAN Amsterdam, November 20-27, 2022.

@ Claudy Jongstra, Northern Bloom III (2022): Drenthe heath sheep, merino and mohair wool, silk, woad, walnut, cochineal, madder root, 1.70 X 1.05 m.

@ Claudy Jongstra, 18 Carat (2022): wool from Drenthe heath sheep, onion skins, walnut, madder, 2.60 X 2.70 m.

Claudy Jongstra in The New Stijl

Curious about what's happening in Dutch creativity right now? You find an answer in the book THE NEW STIJL by creative agency ...,staat and publisher MENDO. The hefty book contains work of 50+ creatives spread over 500+ pages, including Claudy Jongstra and three works: the series Capitulare de Villis for the Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam (image), the traveling art piece Guernica de la Ecología and another large work for restaurant One in Roermond. The New Stijl can be seen as a thick love letter to the diversity and quality of Dutch creatives, both emerging and established talents, who challenge us to look at the world differently. The New Stijl is available from November 16, 2022

Claudy Jongstra premieres new initiative WEVED at Salone del Mobile 2022

The Dutch appreciation for wool as a material has declined since the booming local industry of the 17th century when Leiden was the heart of the global textile market. The laecken (cloth) remained a central commodity in the Dutch market for over seven centuries.
Today, with no industry to use it, 1.5 million kilogrammes of sheep’s wool are burned each year in the Netherlands as it has become a simple waste product of our agricultural practice. Claudy Jongstra is campaigning to revitalise the local wool industry through the creation of her new initiative WEVED. Created alongside Stefan Ernest Koper, WEVED is a wool and natural woven company based in the north of the Netherlands. Filling the gap in the Dutch industrial landscape for wool, WEVED will harness the potential of waste wool by collaborating with designers to create quality products out of the timeless material.
From the 7th to the 12th of June, WEVED premiered at this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan as as part of ‘Masterly – the Dutch in Milan’, an exhibition curated by Nicole Uniquole at the historic Palazzo Turati. WEVED will be premiering two products created in collaboration with Regained, a new social design brand, and Studio Floris Schoonderbeek.

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Claudy Jongstra at Museum De Lakenhal (Oct. 30 2020 - Aug. 29 2021)


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.

Photography ©Monique Shaw

FOUR at Limburgs Museum (Oct. 9 2020 - Aug. 29 2021)


Situated just footsteps from the shore of the Maas, the Limburgs Museum pays homage to this mighty body of water, of life. At the request of curator Servé Hermans (artistic director of Toneelgroep Maastricht), visual artist Claudy Jongstra partakes in this homage with a piece entitled FOUR. Four moods of the river are reflected with four idioms in wool - mighty, saturated, luminous and tidal. Each idiom, unearthed from the margins of the Maas, is expressed in four distinct compositional styles and natural colour palettes. Derived from indigenous dye plant species cultivated and foraged in Limburg, each colour palette embodies particular “gebiedseigen” qualities of the regional landscape. Wool, the body of the work, is local kempisch sheep's wool sourced in collaboration with a holistic land conservation organisation - rendering FOUR an artwork that describes the diversity of the Maas in both character and ecology.

In this installation, FOUR encircles a sculptural installation piece by artist Berlinde de Bruyckere. Unknown until recently, a mass grave of war horses was discovered on the brinks of the Maas. De Bruyckere symbolically addresses this event through a carnal, decayed depiction of the animal, whilst the circling motion of FOUR sparks a dialogue between the two artworks.

The canvases of FOUR face the perished being like an altarpiece looking over a saint’s relic, enfolding it in a protective embrace, a womb’s nurture. Four moments, four natures, four moods of the Maas - muse, monster, murderer and mother.

Photography: ©Jeroen Musch