Discover Benelux, Issue 31, July 2016

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Discover Benelux | Cover Feature | Claudy Jongstra

See Claudy Jongstra’s textile mural installation Aarde at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) until Spring 2017

When I work on the land, everything is given time to ripen. In the fashion industry things are very quick - that is one of the reasons I stopped working there.” Despite a dislike for the fast-paced nature of ready-to-wear, Jongstra still has a great deal of time for the fashion world as a whole. “I loved working on haute couture, where you have more time to develop. There, you are making something that is one of a kind, more like talking pieces than ‘fashionable’ pieces. That is what our garden is too - a talking piece.”

Plans for the future A multi-talented craftswomen, Jongstra is also busy with a new venture into highend ceramics which should be really taking off in the next couple of years. “The quality of the clay from the north of the Netherlands where my studio is based has a really unique quality,” she explains.

“My inspiration certainly and evidently comes from my direct environment. The chemistry happens when you are out in nature, when there are no distractions, when you are related to human scale, you know? That is really beautiful.” Jongstra is not ready to hang up her gardener’s gloves yet either. Those who missed out on a visit to Honeysuckle Blue(s) at the Chelsea Flower Show will be pleased to hear the garden was just a first version of the garden Jongstra is set to showcase as part of the Farm of the World project. Going on display in two years’ time at the Blokhuispoort cultural centre in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, Farm of the World is an initiative of the AkzoNobel Art Foundation and marks Leeuwarden becoming the European Capital of Culture 2018. It is a project Jongstra is thrilled to be a part of. “We are hoping to inspire people to a different

way of thinking,” she explains. Given the artist’s impressive track record, we have no doubt she will. DO NOT MISS An exhibition dedicated to Jongstra’s art is currently showing at the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. Entitled Claudy Jongstra: Ancient Light and running until January 2017, it offers an insight into her creative process and the new direction her work is taking, as well as presenting highlights of the creative’s career. www.friesmuseum.nl And if you happen to be in the States, be sure to visit the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Jongstra’s impressive textile mural installation Aarde can be seen there until Spring 2017. www.sfmoma.org

More examples of work by Claudy Jongstra

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