Since I was working on assignment 4 which is all about weaving, I decided that I had to go to the TextielMuseum in Tilburg (the Netherlands).
Various textile factories have been located in the buildings where the TextielMuseum now stands. In 1982 the buildings were restored and the TextielMuseum relocated to these buildings. The most characteristic factory buildings were erected by the Tilburg woollen fabrics manufacturer and son of a home weaver Christiaan Mommers (1836-1900). These consist of a wide, low factory building (1876-1878) with a wooden shed roof, in which the weaving mill was situated, and a high factory building (1885) for the spinning mill.
The museum has a permanent collection called ‘The woollen blanket factory’ and it recreates the lay-out and atmosphere of a textile factory as it existed in the Netherlands during the period from 1900 till 1940. The machines displayed in this collection can still be used and it is really impressive to see these enormous machines in action. Below is an image of a machine that was used to sort the wool.
Machine to sort the wool
The TextielMuseum also has a collection about damask weaving. Here you can see several original looms, linen, original patterns and Jacquard cards.
There is also a TextielLab where you can see the process and the products made there by designers and artist. There are computer-driven loom, knitting and embroidery machines and visitors are allowed to try and work some of the machines (under supervision of employees of the museum of course). I have woven a couple of rows of a cloth by riding a bike, which was a lot of fun.
Cloth on the loom
Furthermore, the was an exhibition called ‘Wool Diaries project’. Three young fahion designers were invited to experiment with an old age fibre. The final results are exhibited in three mini-collections. These three young designers are Borre Akkersdijk, Pauline van Dongen and Oda Pausma. In this exhibition you could see how the designers started with the raw materials and turned those materials into clothes. This process was shown through videos of the designers working in their studio, templates and woven samples. The end result was also exhibited.
The TextielMuseum is definitely a fun museum. It is nice to see the machines that have been used in the past to make cloth and to see which machines are now being used. It was a nice surprise that some of the old machines can still be used.
The quilt show in Rijswijk (the Netherlands) is the the first quilt show I have ever been to. It was a lot of fun but it was also very overwhelming. There were several exhibitions of work by Mieke Gootjes, a European group of textile artists called ‘Art Quilt Fusion’, a group of Hungarian quilters called ‘Modern Mühely’, Annette Jeukens and Jacqueline de Jong-van Baalen called ‘Street Art’ and much more.
There was too much amazing work to mention it all, but I want to blog about some of the highlights of these exhibitions.
I love the colours in this art quilt. It is one of my favourite quilts of the day.
Complicity by Sophie Furbeyre.
Another piece by Sophie Furbeyre. I love the openings in the quilts and the details in each bubble.
Bubbles by Sophie Furbeyre
Close-up of Bubbles by Sophie Furbeyre
This quilt was featured in the advertisement of the quilt show. It is a quilt made by Mieke Gootjes. I feel in love with the quilt the first that I saw it in that advertisement. The use of colours is amazing.
Art quilt made by Mieke Gootjes
I found the exhibition by Annette Jeukens en Jacqueline de Jong-van Baalen around the theme ‘Street art’ also really inspiring. I love how both textile artist incorporate mixed media into their art quilts.
Art quild made by Annette Jeukens
All in all was this a really inspiring day. My head was reeling and there was inspiration to be found everywhere I looked. All the artwork was amazing and I am definitely going back next year. But first I want to try out some of the things that I have seen at the quilt show!
I visited Museum de Pont in Tilburg last week, which is a museum of contemporary art. The building in which the museum is situated is a former wool mill.
One of the current exhibitions is of the work of German artist Katharina Grosse called Two Younger Women Come In And Pull Out A Table. This exhibition is really impressive. She uses bright colours which she applies directly onto walls and objects using an industrial spray gun. Her work reminded me of graffiti.
What I loved about this exhibition is that you feel part of the artwork and that you are able to see her installations up close. Shes has made an installation using giant orbs made out of multi-coloured PVC.
Giant orbs Katharina Grosse
I have been to the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago. I did not know what to expect because I had never been there and the museum had just been reopened. So I was very surprised to find textiles in the museum. I have seen some work of Kitty van der Mijll Dekker. She was a Dutch textile designer and the first Dutch woman to study at Bauhaus. She wanted to become a interior designer, but was advised to become a textile designer. She experimented with weaving with unusual materials such as cellophane, iron wire, raffia and synthetic yarns.
Relief rug by Kitty van der Mijll Dekker
Apart from the work made by Kitty van der Mijll Dekker, there was also work of others artists. I think this was the first time that I had seen woven work in a museum. In my opinion all the work was really impressive. I had never seen these kinds of results achieved by weaving wool and other materials.
Yellow rug by Loes van der Horst from the serie Replying. Made of woven polypropylene
Over and under by Herman Scholten. Handwoven wool.
About two months ago, I went to the Teylers Museum in Haarlem. I was really excited to the Rafaël exhibition, but I felt a little disappointed afterwards. Most of the work consisted of sketches and work of his students. However, the sketches were really detailed and amazing to see.
What I liked best about the museum were the minerals and the fossils. I used to collect minerals, so it was a pleasant surprise to see a lot of them on display. They are a great source of inspiration because of their colours and shapes and I think to would translate really well into drawings and stiches.
Two weeks ago, I went to the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. It was a real inspirational exhibition. There were a number of his sketchbooks on display which was really interesting. I am always trying to make pretty, finished pages in my sketchbook and worrying about making mistakes. Seeing his sketchbooks made my realise that sketchbooks are not meant to be finished pieces of art but can be used as inspiration or to experiment.
Yorkshire sketchbook David Hockney
I was really inspired by David Hockney’s work. Especially his use of colours and different media. He does not only paint on canvas, but he also uses his iPhone and iPad to paint.
Another thing I really liked was his use of colour. I love bright, vibrant colours and he uses them a lot.
I wish I lived closer to Cologne so I could go to exhibition again.
David Hockney_Winter Timber, 2009
David Hockney_The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire, in 2011
I while ago, I went to the Groninger Museum in Groningen. I had a great day and I’ve seen some wonderful pieces of art that really inspired me. I spent the whole day looking at the work of Chinese artist Yin Xiuzhen and Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen.
Lately, I’ve been really interested in recycling materials for my projects, so I love the way Yin Xiuzhen uses old clothes. Her work is so impressive and inspiring. Every piece seems to change depending on the angle. Some pieces could actually be viewed from the inside as well as from the outside.
Portable Cities by Yin Xiuzhen
Unbearable warmth by Yin Xiuzhen
Weapons by Yin Xiuzhen
I’m definitely going to try to make my own city.
Another exhibition that I really loved was the exhibition dedicated to the work of Iris of Herpen. It’s always great to see the work of Dutch artists and the the clothes made by Iris van Herpen are amazing. Her clothes are really innovative and the handwork and use of material is amazing.
Synesthesia by Iris van Herpen
Capricole Haute Couture by Iris van Herpen
Mummification by Iris van Herpen