New Potatoes, Tilleke Schwarz

Playground, 2008, Tilleke Schwarz, courtesy by the artist Not being arty? “When I told gallery owners that I embroidered, they stop”. This is what Tilleke Schwarz (1946, Pijnacker, Netherlands) experienced in the nineties trying to exhibit and sell her work at galleries. Me myself I expericence the same when talking to people about my embroidery […]

Sampler diary, Megaliths

Love for making samplers For some reason I love making samplers. Trying out things, make little attempts for working with all kind of techniques… At this blog I will regularly show samplers I made. And tell something about the “how, what and why” of it. A kind of diary, you could say… Love for architecture […]

De Verdronkenen (The Drown), Miep van Riessen

De Verdonkenen, Miep van Riessen, 2008, photo Jan van de Ven (photo from the book “De Verdronkenen van Miep van Riessen, Stichting Miep van Riessen), courtesy by Stichting Miep van Riessen Map of Zeeland, De Meulenhoff Atlas, page 24, Meulenhoff Educatie Amsterdam 1974 Multiple disasters in one It’s 1953, the night from January 31 to […]

Mónica Leitão Mota

Highway trees, Mónica Leitao Mota, 2017, photo courtesy by the artist At the end of 2016 Mónica Leitao Mota, a Portugese mixed media and fibre artist living in Canada, drove along the highway on the way to a thread festival in Oakville. Her eye caught beautiful trees along the highway. Inspired by this sight later […]

Serious International Business, Museum Rijswijk

arctic charade # swagger, by Preta Wolzak, photo by Mique Menheere We Are Internationally Very Sad, Bas Kosters, 2016, photo by Mique Menheere Some years ago Bas Kosters and Preta Wolzak met each other at Art Basel Miami. They felt a connection, so when Museum Rijswijk asked Preta for an exposition, she preferred to exhibit […]

Sampler Diary, Land of the Sea

Sampler Land of the Sea, Mique Menheere, photo Mique Menheere Chintzes Last year in an embroidery course I learned a technique to work (embroidery) fabric. I experienced a bit and painted some cotton with red textile paint. I associated the result that arose with Chintz fabrics from Asia. In the 18th century the Dutch VOC […]

Sue Stone, the woman with a fish

Self portrait 63, Sue Stone, 2015, courtesy Sue Stone, http://womanwithafish.com When I saw this image in a magazine, it immediately struck me. So clear, so “real-life”, so contemporary… Wow. It made me clear that embroidery has taken a whole new path. That prejudices of being old-fashioned and for “fossil”‘ grannies only, have gone down, down, […]

Book Project Fast Work – Time Consuming landscape

Cover booklet, copyright Pauline Nijenhuis, photo is base for the project art works In 2017 mixed media artist Pauline Nijenhuis (Zutphen, The Netherlands) carried out the project ‘Fast Work, Time consuming Landscape’. In 2018 a booklet about this project was published. If you haven’t been able to see the project, this book is a perfect […]

Erin Endicott’s Healing Sutras

Sutra 35, Erin Endicott, courtesy EE It’s not just beautiful. It’s not just historical awareness. I’ts not just sublime craftsmanship. It’s all this. Only last year I came upon the work Healing Sutras of Erin Endicott (USA), although she delivered it around 2010. The Sanskrit word Sutra means stitch: a thread or line that holds things […]

Cultural Threads, Textile Museum

Memory Unsettled, Celio Braga, detail, 2016, photo artyembroidery.com Textile Museum commisions new works In 2018 the Textielmuseum at Tilburg (the Netherlands), asked four Dutch artists to develop new works in cooperation with their TextielLab. Leading inspiration for the museum was the book Cultural Threads by Jessica Hemmings (2014). Some artists unraveled histories and searched for […]