The Pathway of the Birds

For a glass partition between the auditorium and the family parlor, we created 'The Pathway of the Birds', an art piece referring to the Finnish myth of Linnunrata. In the partly transparent felted piece in natural yarns, our life's journey is depicted through darker trials and challenging dilemmas as we transform and grow along the way towards spiritual clarity and the golden wisdom of the eternal. 

According to the Finnish myth of Linnunrata or literally the pathway of the birds, our earthly voyage starts and ends guided by birds, as they conduct our soul to unite with our body at birth. And again when our life is completed birds carry our soul on their wings beyond the soft greenish-blue sheen of the horizon to its eternal dwelling. Through the transparent fragments in between the stronger fields of color in the art piece, the departing human soul remains in contact with their beloved on earth.

For 'The Pathway of the Birds' we have chosen for a new way of installing the fragile felted murals within glass panes. In both the auditorium and the family room of Crooswijk Cemetery the partly transparent art piece can be admired as if looking through windows to the other side. The elegant installation was developed in collaboration with Glashandel Martin de Boer, one of many excellent craftsmen in our country. We feel the installation has added to the mystery of 'The Pathway of the Birds', as the fleeting moment of our voyage seems to have been caught for eternity.

The old graveyard Crooswijk in Rotterdam was first in use as early as 1832. It is situated in a beautiful park on the river the Rotte on the former rural outskirts of the city.

 

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Jeroen Musch

 

 

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Auditorium and family room
Crooswijk Cemetery
Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2017
Size (m): 2.16 x 6.68
Material: Wool, silk, mohair, linen | Pigments from: alkanet root, dahlia, onion, indigo, chamomile, walnut
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FIELDS OF TRANSFORMATION

Installing major art piece ‘Fields of Transformation’ in the Moelis Family Grand Reading Room in Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center Penn Libraries at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. 

#ClaudyJongstra was invited to create this large piece by global design firm Gensler, Philadelphia. We would like to thank everyone who assisted us during this amazing process. 
Special thanks to the Embassy of the Netherlands in the United States 
Video: Stan Opveld
Music: Ultimae Records, Connect.Ohm | Fossil from the album "9980"

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FIELDS OF TRANSFORMATION

As in an impressionist landscape, the transformation of the essence of wisdom is visualized on its travel from the source - the library - through the head - in a state of knowledge - to the heart where it will develop and flourish. The source is in blue from the indigo plant on the wool from the ancient Drenthe Heath Sheep, combining the eastern and western hemispheres of knowledge of past times stored in the books in the library. Pure white in silk fibres shows the intellectual stage of active knowledge in the present derived from research with the help of connections and understanding in the mind. White is completely reflective and awakens openness and growth for the next phase. In the warm yellow heart the dynamic transformation can take place through engagement, curiosity, and irrational creativity into golden wisdom for the future. Chamomile, an age old dyers plant, renders its warm yellow glow to one of the oldest fibres known to men, the shiny thread from the Chinese silkworm (Bombyx Mori).

For Studio Claudy Jongstra the installation of Fields of Transformation forms the culmination of many weeks of collaborating on growing and preparing the pigment plants and raw yarns, carding, spinning, coloring, selecting, creating, felting, embroidering and stitching (more than 9.000 stitches by hand) by the ever expanding working community of gardeners, artisans, art students coming together in Friesland.

 

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feinknopf photography

Studio Claudy Jongstra

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WINNER 2017 IIDA PA/NJ/DE
13th Annual Design Awards
BEST IN EDUCATION
VIEWER’S CHOICE AWARD
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Moelis Familiy Grand Reading Room
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center / University Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, USA, 2017
Size (m) : 1.8 x 4 / 2.5 x 7 / 5.8 x 15.3
Material: wool, silk, hand spun yarn, natural dyes
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Private Residence NL

For a radically modern private residence in Leeuwarden two very different art pieces were created. On the stark concrete background the blue indigo piece is felted in a rhythm of small waves in a variation of natural fibres. In contrast the dark brown woolly cloth seems a natural hide but actually uses the eaborate quality of the hairy yarn of the Drenth Heath sheep to the full. The two pieces though ruffled and imperfect in appearance bind together the eclectic art collection in the space perfectly.

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NL 2016
Private Residence
Material: Drenthe Heath wool, mohair, silk, natural dyes
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The Grand Reading Room at Penn Libraries

Finalizing the large artwork for the Moelis Grand Reading Room of Penn Libraries 
We made an estimation on how many stitches there are in the large Penn piece ( 53'.8,5" ft x 18'.5" ft or 16,37 m x 5.5 m) and we calculated on an approximation of 53 meters of embroidery there are about 9.180 stitches!!
Commissioned by Gensler Philadelphia.

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Treasures of Nature

A beautiful impression about our Treasures of Nature program for youngsters

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Flower Portraits

Just after the summer of 2016, inspired by the radical close-up flower paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe, Claudy Jongstra focused on creating a series of Flower Portraits. In between her many huge virtually monochrome murals, in these new amazing pieces a myriad of radiant colours abounds in the flower petals stemming from a pivotal heart.

The strong outbursts of creativity show the enduring power of natural dyes from pigment plants as indigo, cochineal, chamomile, dahlia, madder, weld and walnut on the everlasting beauty of wool, linen and silk.

 

 

 

Photos by Rob Versluys

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NL 2016
size (each) 1m x 1,7m
Part of serie
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Raw material

Wool is at the very core of what we do. It is an endlessly versatile material with deep historical and cultural European roots. Claudy’s sourcing of the fiber illuminates its fundamental value to her practice. She utilizes the wool from the flock of Drenthe Heath sheep – Europe’s oldest breed, of which only 1200 purebred animals remain.

These animals do not only supply fiber but also contribute to the ecological preservation of the Dutch moorlands. By protecting this age-old breed, we hope to preserve the impact they have on both humans and environment. 

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dyer's garden

Twelve years of collaborative research into the processes of natural dyeing is reflected in the scope and richness of colored pigments visible in Claudy’s oeuvre. The development of the dyes is in constant symbiosis with the seasonally harvested, biodynamic dye- garden. The diversity of the gardens is mirrored by the vibrant studio-community. Studio Claudy Jongstra functions as a cultural, social and historical hub. Building local, national and global relationships breathes new life into ancient processes.

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Colour

As nature is cyclic, so too are the exchanges of knowledge at the studio. It is clear eco-awareness is at the forefront of Claudy’s ethos, yet it is the preservation of history and tradition that shapes the soul of her creative practice. Processes at Studio Claudy Jongstra are an ever-evolving ritual of creativity, intuition, collaboration and reflection. The use of dye plants that have given us color for millennia in addition to the seasons and natural chemistry, this is what makes each dye process and thus each artwork, completely unique. 

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