A Space For Being by Google

Studio Claudy Jongstra in collaboration with Google, Reddymade Architecture & Design, Muuto Design, International Arts + Mind Lab, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Brain Science Institute, created a specially commissioned artwork: a panoramic woolen tapestry of 16m x 1.30m for one of the three rooms in the multitudinous installation at Spazio Maiocchi, Salone del Mobile 2019. Each room has a different design theme, with its own colors, textures, sounds, and scents. Guests are given a custom-made wearable band and sent off to traverse and experience three rooms. The band measures their physical response, such as their heart rate and skin temperature. As the experience comes to an end, visitors receive a personalized analysis elucidating which room made them feel calm and at ease. A Space For Being examines what neuroaesthetics—the study of how the brain responds to art—says about the effect of art and design on our physical health and mental wellbeing.

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A Space For Being is a Google Design Studio exhibition for Salone del Mobile 2019, in collaboration with Muuto, Reddymade Architecture, and the International Arts + Mind Lab at Johns Hopkins University
Claudy Jongstra was commissioned by Reddymade Architecture & Design to create a specially art piece
Size (m): 16m x 1.30m
Materials: wool Drenth Heath, silk, mohair, linen
Pigmenst: madder, woad, onion skin, walnut
Photo credit ©Jeroen Musch
Model Claudia Buccellato Vozza
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Transparant movable partition Restaurant Normandy

For Normandy, a new culinary hotspot in urban chic Maastricht, Claudy Jongstra designed a new artwork. A transparent movable partition of 3.25 meters high and 6 meters wide with a natural color palette of wool, for the garden room and the large cafe space. Studio Claudy Jongstra was commissioned from internationally renowned architect | urbanist Jo Coenen. He created the harmony of lines, colors, shapes, and light with regard to the design of Normandy. Jo Coenen and Claudy Jongstra had previously worked for the Catshuis in The Hague and for the Amsterdam Public Library.

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Bar-Restaurent Normandy Maastricht, commissioned by Jo Coenen Architect, The Netherlands 2019
Size (m): 5 transparant movable partitions, 3.25 meters high and 6 meters wide
Material: natural color palette of Drenth Heath wool
Pigements: onion skin, woad, walnut
Photo credit ©Arjen Schmitz
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Artistry - “Tacit Skills”

At Studio Claudy Jongstra, raw materials provide the foundation for explorations of ancient crafts of dyeing, spinning, carding, weaving, felting, and embroidery. In a collaborative and tactile studio environment, students and collaborators from around the world contribute to the perpetuation of these crafts. These historical techniques of fabric-working guide sensorial knowledge to develop one-of-a-kind pieces of art. The transformation of wool fiber to felted cloth is the result of intuitive composition, the construction of layers, and finally the physical binding of the materials. This process results in a material that is receptive to its surrounding environment. Its properties are acoustic, insulating and resilient in nature. The fused fibers absorb sound pollution and impurities in the air.

 "Yet, it is the intimate tactility and layers of process that is consuming; they are as much about people, as they are about place".

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Images: Photography courtesy of Studio Claudy Jongstra and Heleen Haijtema.
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Science - Historical Reconstructions

Studio Claudy Jongstra kicks off 2019 with an interesting new project named Back to Black (Burgundian Black), a project that the studio has started together with the Belgian museum Hof van Busleyden and the Artechne Project (European Research Council), led by professor dr. Sven Dupré (Utrecht University & University of Amsterdam). In the project, Claudy Jongstra explores, together with various experts, the historical and natural color technologies as used in the 15th and 16th centuries. The emphasis is on the color black. The basis for these experiments are color-recipe books used by the old Dutch and Flemish to create their paintings.

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Botanical Pigment - Farm of the World

Botanical Pigment - Farm of the World

Fifteen years of collaborative research into the process 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 at Farm of the World.

Eco-awareness is at the forefront of Claudy’s ethos, alongside the preservation of history and tradition that shapes the soul of her creative practice. The use of dye plants that have given us color for millennia in addition to the seasons and natural chemistry is what makes each dye process, and thus each artwork, unique.

 

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Local Source - Drenthe Heath Sheep

Local Source - Drenthe Heath Sheep

Over the past 20 years, Dutch artist Claudy Jongstra has built an artistic practice intertwined with the natural cycles of her local environment of rural Friesland, in the Northern Netherlands. Wool is a renewable, versatile and tactile resource. The fiber’s natural properties yield it as a unique artistic medium. Her flock of Drenthe Heath sheep - Europe’s oldest breed of sheep - provide their wool for Claudy’s textiles. Raised primarily for vegetation management, not meat production, they also contribute to the ecological preservation of the Dutch moorlands. Each hand-felted artwork is a poetic marriage of wool’s historical, cultural and environmental significance, fused with a contemporary aesthetic.

Maharam X Claudy Jongstra - video 

 

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Claudy Jongstra X Hermès

Raw wool rugs with refined references to the classic Hermès silk scarves. The rugs showcase how natural materials can be incorporated into our daily lives through values and crafts passed down by generations of artisans. The installation features wool dyed with indigo, walnut, and logwood sustainably harvested from Farm of the World with recipes authentic to Dutch cultural heritage. The installation was displayed during Manifesta Biennal 12 in Hermès Palermo, Sicily, Italy, June - November 2018 in collaboration with Past Forward / Villa Valguarnera for Hermès exploring our shared commitment to the potential of natural, sustainable resources. 

Scarves: 90 x 90 cm | Rugs 1.4 x 2 m

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MAISON MARGIELA BY JOHN GALLIANO AND CLAUDY JONGSTRA ARTISANAL COLLECTION FW/2018

Studio Claudy Jongstra is so grateful and proud to have worked on a very special collaboration with Maison Margiela by John Galliano and Claudy Jongstra for the Artisanal Collection Fall/Winter 18/19. 
The final piece, debuting in Paris today, was hand-felted to pattern, provided by Maison Margiela by John Galliano, in a custom crafted indigo dye palette from Studio Claudy Jongstra's biodynamic dye garden in the Northern Netherlands. Delicate hand detailing and stitching provide the final artisanal touches to this extraordinary piece.
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Botanical Fresco Restaurant Mokum NYC

For Restaurant Mokum NYC on Amsterdam Avenue Dutch artist Claudy Jongstra, recently named Visual Artist of the Year 2019, created Botanical Fresco. Mokum - from the Yiddish for place or safe haven, in The Netherlands the slang word for the city of Amsterdam - is an all-day cultural restaurant serving healthy, delicious, farm-to-table based dishes. A haven of warm hospitality on a busy day in the city offering internationally inspired dishes that are sourced locally.
In line with the truthful origin of ingredients Botanical Fresco serves up a landscape equally appealing to the senses, in which a lush palette of color from plant pigments constitutes each individual botanical portrait on the wall.
Tacit knowledge of natural dye recipes and techniques passed down for centuries are required to bring out the vibrant colorful riches hidden in nature. From the crops of Claudy’s small-scale organic farm, De Kreake in Friesland the comforting, healing, soothing, inspiring and vital pigments are brought to the table as if they were drawn from a previously hidden landscape. Each leaf, root, skin or shell from the madder, the woad, onion or walnut offers their warm golds, deep blues, soft pink tones or sky greys. Together making a bold contribution to the scene and embodying a graceful declaration of its significance to Dutch cultural heritage straight from the famous painters of the Golden Age.
Botanical Fresco is felted in silk, mohair, linen and an abundance of wool from the Drenthe Heath Sheep, the fiber that forms the vibrant basis of most of Jongstra’s monumental works of art. As in all her enterprises, Claudy Jongstra aims to contribute to preserving the rich natural world and enhancing biodiversity while creating meaningful and charismatic works of art. Early on, 25 years ago she realized the connection between the shepherd and his herd of grazing sheep and the important survival of the Dutch heathlands in the north. As with the initiative to propagate a variety of plant crops for pigments, giving a new use and value to the Drenthe Heath Sheep’s wool, thanks to the endeavors of Studio Claudy Jongstra a major impulse was given to the preservation of biodiversity in the agricultural northern provinces.

The mural Botanical Fresco was commissioned by Matthew Baird Architects.

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Restaurant MOKUM New York City, commissioned by Matthew Baird Architects, U.S.A. 2018
Size (m): 12.15 x 1.15
Material: wool Drenthe Heath Sheep, silk, mohair, linen
Pigments: madder, woad, onion skin, walnut
Photo credit: Liz Clayman, Jeroen Musch and Studio Claudy Jongstra
https://vimeo.com/304571448
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Video Claudy Jongstra on new website Triodosbank NL

Studio Claudy Jongstra is thrilled to share our story with the world in a short film featured on the new Dutch website for the Triodos bank Nederland! The story went live on November 1, 2018 and features an intimate conversation in the studio with #ClaudyJongstra on her mission to preserve knowledge about natural colors and fibers in our fast-paced modern world. Discover how each Claudy Jongstra artwork embodies the collective wellbeing of our community and environment. Thank you: Triodos Bank Nederland Bas Berkhout #ClaudiaBusson #CJSapong Sacred Seeds Inc. team #StudioClaudyJongstra

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