18 Carat in Provinciehuis Haarlem

A parceled patchwork of golden-yellow grain fields consisting of 195 blocks of gold. The monumental wool felted artwork entitled '18 Carat' shines like a warm sun. The work is part of the exhibition ‘Ode aan het landschap’, in which various artists and photographers express their fascination for the landscape, the effect of light, the colors, the vastness and the dynamics. But they also provide critical comments on the rising water in lower polders (Rem van de Bosch), the peat meadows that are in danger of disappearing (Ketter & Co), or intensive agriculture that is disastrous for biodiversity, as in Jongstra's 18 Carat.

The works are on show till March 31, 2023 in Provinciehuis Paviljoen Welgelegen in Haarlem.

Photo: Kenneth Stamp

@Claudy Jongstra, '18 Carat', 2022, 2.60 X 2.70 m, wool from Drenthe heath sheep, silk, onion skins, walnut, madder

For sale through gallery Fontana, Amsterdam

Interior Design Hall of Fame Award 2022 for Claudy Jongstra

Studio Claudy Jongstra feels very honored. On December 7, the internationally renowned Interior Design Hall of Fame Awards 2022 were presented in the Glasshouse in New York to four creatives from the interior and architecture world. Claudy Jongstra received the 'special award' because of her impressive international oeuvre, the sustainable, inclusive, circular and no-waste way of working, and her activism. The other laureate who have also made significant contributions to the interior design and architecture world are: Yves Béhar, founder and designer of Fuseproject, Mavis Wiggins, creative director of TPG Architecture and Will Meyer and Gray Davis, founders of studio Meyer Davis.

The documentary on Claudy Jongstra will soon be shown at DesignTV by SANDOW.

The interview of Giovanna Dunmall with Claudy Jongstra for Interior Design magazine online can be read here:

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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