The second skin of Do Hu Suh at Museum Voorlinden

Do Ho Suh, Staircase -III, 2003-2010, Polyester fabric and stainless steel, Tate: Purchased with funds provided by the Asia Pacific Acquisitions Committee 2011, at Museum Voorlinden, photo by Mique Menheere Kind like a second skin. That’s what a house is to artist Do Ho Suh (1969). Grown up in South Korea and immigrated to the […]

Battle against embroidery machine

embroidery plan project HAND@WORK, photo Mique Menheere, courtesy Pauline Nijenhuis Although I’m not very fond of competition and battles, I’m really pleased to participate in the latest project HAND@WORK of multi media artist Pauline Nijenhuis. In this project she investigates what makes the difference between an artwork embroidered by men or by machine. It questions […]

Joke Lunsing, textile artist

Selfie no. 5, Joke Lunsing, photo courtesy by Joke Lunsing “I love to be in the bubble of calmness” It could have been my words, they are Joke Lunsing’s… Apparently we both experience the same mindful feeling while embroidering, feeling calm and “zen”. We also both started quite late in life with giving space to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]