The Wallace Foundation 2-2

Watercolor for Two Rivers, created for The Wallace Foundation, commissioned by Deborah Berke Partners. In this is one-of-a-kind artwork,  Jongstra draws inspiration from the Hudson and East Rivers that frame the north-facing view of Manhattan from The Wallace Foundation’s Social Hub. The delicate, undulating composition of natural fibers evokes an underwater landscape hidden in the depths of these salt water estuaries. The aquatic color palette, masterfully hand-dyed with seaweed foraged from the islands off the northern coast of The Netherlands, honors and expands upon the versatile role of vegetation in oceanic systems.

 

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The Wallace Foundation New York City, commissioned by Deborah Berke Partners, 2019
Material: Drenthe Heath, Wensleydale and merino wool, mohair and silk
Pigments: foraged seaweeds including bladderwrack, sea lettuce, and oarweed
Size: 3,30 x 1,10m
Photo credit: Frankie Alduino
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The Wallace Foundation 1-2

Diversity of Thought comprises seven textile panels: six in the elevator lobby, each rendered in colors that evoke a different body in the solar system and one behind the reception desk that represents the sun. The artworks are specially created for The Wallace Foundation and commissioned by Deborah Berke Partners. Inspired by the collaborative history of art and science,  Jongstra’s stippled compositions and embroidered markings recall the astronomical drawings of Galileo. In the early age of the telescope, astronomical observation was still largely inaccessible. Trained as a visual artist, Galileo used the power of the image to communicate his observations of the cosmos to the public. In this way his drawings became ‘satellite’ images for astronomical observation. 

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The Wallace Foundation New York City, commissioned by Deborah Berke Partners, 2019
Material: Drenthe Heath, Wensleydale and merino wool, mohair and silk
Pigments: calendula, chamomile, onion skin, wild tansy, indigo, elderberry, madder, cochineal, walnut, nettle, and mint
Size: a series of seven artworks - 2,90 x 1,50m and six panels 1,50 x 1,50m
Photo credit: Frankie Alduino
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Tribute to the Planets

Tribute to the Planets, a densely felted, low sheen woolen mural, celebrates the richness and quality of natural materials that Earth has to offer. An inspiring, multi-sensory element for the new Triodos Bank Headquarters by RAU Architects, Jongstra’s artwork contributes to the creation of a healthy working environment. The intensity of the colours in this work is the result of extensive distillation processes with the purest plant material, in combination with newly-acquired knowledge about historical natural dye processes from Jongstra’s ongoing research in collaboration with the ERC Artechne project.

Jongstra’s mural radiates warmth and vitality in golden, pink and red hues - extracted from roots and plants like madder and onion skin - are interlaced with characteristic deep blues derived from indigo leaves.

Values that are central to Triodos Bank - providing a healthy and inspirational environment for mankind whilst carefully sustaining our planet - are also pivotal to Claudy Jongstra’s art practice. Tribute to the Planets expresses shared concerns about eco-awareness, collaborative stewardship of people and planet, and preservation of ancient knowledge and crafts.

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Triodos Bank Reehorst, NL, commissioned by Triodos Bank 2020
Material: wool Merino, Drenth Heath wool
Pigments: indigo, madder, welt, walnut, cochenille
Size (m) total area: 4.00 height x 4.60 width
Photo credit: Jeroen Musch
Text: Studio Claudy Jongstra in collaboration with Suzanna de Sitter
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Convene NYC

Artwork, titled Halve Maen, commissioned by Convene NYC references the trade winds that carried ships from Amsterdam into New York Harbor. In harmony with the wooden ship construction materials incorporated into the interior architecture, Jongstra’s artwork - composed of natural fibers and organic pigments of diverse origins - introduces warmth and texture into the space, enhancing its sense of welcome and exchange. Jongstra was inspired by the local and maritime history of Lower Manhattan as an iconic center of international exchange. Convene, an event venue and flexible meeting space in Brookfield Place (formerly the World Financial Center), is situated in architect César Pelli’s Battery Park City across the street from One World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial.

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Convene New York City, commissioned by Convene, USA, 2019
Material: natural color of Drenth Heath wool
Pigments: walnut, indigo, woad, onion skin
Size (m): 3,20 x 5,50m
Photo credit: Frankie Alduino
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Museum Het Rembrandthuis

Diptych for the Rembrandt House Museum is on view in Rembrandt's former 'de Sael' through 16 February 2020.
In celebration of 'Rembrandt and the Golden Age 2019', marking 350 years since the artist's death, Jongstra draws inspiration from the natural sources of Rembrandt's artistic materials.
A richly varied palette of reds is the result of intensive scientific research into the historical madder root pigment, one of Rembrandt's most recognizable pigments, on a range of plant fibers, including nettle, hemp and flax. Flax is also the botanical source of linen from which Rembrandt's canvases were woven as well as of linseed oil used to mix his famous oil paints.
In conversation with the celebrated 'Marriage Portrait of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit' (c. 1632), Jongstra's diptych revives coveted tones of Burgundian Black as worn by the painting's prominent subjects. Each black shade was derived through collaborative historical reconstruction research using dye recipes from the Burgundian-Habsburg Netherlands (c. 1430s - 1580s)

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Museum Het Rembrandthuis, exhibtion until February 16th 2020, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2019
Curator: Jorn Konijn
Material: natural color of Drenth Heath wool
Pigments: allium, onion, hennep, hair, madder ad nettle
Size (m): each piece 1,68 x 1,46m
Photo credit: Studio Claudy Jongstra
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Viktor&Rolf Haute Couture Spiritual Glamour AW19 in collaboration with Claudy Jongstra

We are thrilled to share our inspiring collaboration with Viktor&Rolf for the Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2019/2020 collection Spiritual Glamour. Fascinated by Claudy Jongstra’s scientific research and with great respect for her eco-aware practice and holistic mission for a better planet, Viktor&Rolf created a series of sculptural coats in an array of voluminous shapes from Jongstra’s trademark woollen textiles. The collection focuses on the color black, specifically the complex and mystifying tones of Burgundian Black perfected by master dyers in the 15th to 17th centuries. In collaboration with the Artechne Project (European Research Council) led by Prof. Sven Dupré, artist-alchemist Claudy Jongstra has revived and reimagined the long-lost creation processes for a multitude of lustrous and lasting shades of black. Jongstra’s extensive knowledge and experimentation with natural color-making allowed for the creation of true blacks based solely on natural ingredients and historical recipes.

The Viktor&Rolf Haute Couture Collection 2019 in collaboration with Claudy Jongstra embodies an ode to mother-nature and her powers to provoke an ecological renaissance.

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Process Introdcution

Claudy Jongstra’s artworks reimagine and reconstruct textile production systems, demonstrating deep respect for the interwoven narratives of materials, landscape, and making processes. 
At Studio Claudy Jongstra, situated in the rural northern Netherlands, a flock of rare indigenous Drenthe Heath sheep and a biodynamic botanical research garden are the sources of her artistic materials. In the color laboratory, fresh botanics are distilled into natural pigment and applied to raw wool. In the atelier, Jongstra composes these uniquely personal materials into powerful, large-scale artworks and architectural installations. A highly innovative artist, Claudy Jongstra has created new territory for wool as a contemporary artistic medium.

Video Maharam X Studio Claudy Jongstra

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Making

Craft traverses intimate and collective memory alike. Layered with centuries of intuition and practical experimentation, hand-crafted textiles provoke haptic recollection of our material histories and generate possibilities for our material futures. Claudy Jongstra has mastered the ancient technique of felting - a process of binding raw fibers into cloth through a combination of water and friction - from which she has originated a distinct new language in nonwoven textiles. In contrast to the homogeneous surface of most felts, Jongstra's felts explode with raw, organic texture and painterly strokes of fiber.
The scope and richness of pigments visible in Jongstra’s artworks demonstrate the diverse potential of natural dye processes. When botanics are distilled into pigment, raw materials reveal their inner vitality in vibrant color. Each landscape across the globe bears native pigment plants that form distinct local palettes. At Studio Claudy Jongstra, plants from diverse origins - indigo, madder, cochineal, brazilwood - are transformed into global botanical color palettes that radiate across cultures and geographies.

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Photo ©Studio Claudy Jongstra and ©Heleen Haijtema
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Sourcing

Holistic production cycles bring living material narratives to light. In this way, materials become journalistic expressions of their own evolution.
Reintroducing rarefied haptic experiences, Jongstra's artworks provide humble encounters with natural materials and processes to foster an empathetic connection with the natural world.
People used to be able to feel the quality of wool between their fingers and understand its material properties through sensory experience. The textured knowledge - tacit knowledge - present in each fleece from our flock of 250 rare indigenous Drenthe Heath sheep also revitalizes an ancient connection with tactile sensibilities. 
Fifteen years of collaborative research into the process of cultivating and extracting natural pigments remains in constant symbiosis with the seasonally harvested biodynamic botanics from the research garden at Farm of the World.

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Research

Studio Claudy Jongstra is a contemporary laboratory for the investigation of historical color-making technologies. Our most recent research focuses on the complex and mystifying creation of the famous Burgundian Blacks, lustrous and lasting tones
of black perfected by Flemish master dyers in the Burgundian- Habsburg Netherlands (c. 1430s - 1580s).

In collaboration with the Artechne Project (European Research Council) and a diverse range of historians, specialists, and curators, Studio Claudy Jongstra draws on a collection of color- recipe books and art technological sources from this period to revive and reimagine the Burgundian Black color-making technologies in a contemporary artistic practice. 

This research is the foundation of an exhibition entitled Back to Black at Museum Hof Van Busleyden (Mechelen, Belgium) opening in June 2019.

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