Barnes Café

In addition to the 15 felted silk panels in the Foundations fine art collection, two large tapestries from Studio Claudy Jongstra hang on the walls of the Garden Café at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. Spirited shapes lines of woven and carded wool conjure images of work from iconic artists that can be seen in galleries just around the corner.

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Garden Café at Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA 2015
corporate commission
Size: 15.05m x 2.6m, 4.65m x 2.6m
Material: Wool, silk, natural dyes
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Liquid Stardust

Liquid Stardust is a textile mural for the new headquarters of Wetterskip, the Dutch national water board. The artwork explores the dynamics between planets and the seven states of water. 

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Headquarters Wetterskip Fryslân, NL 2016
corporate commission
Size 7.75 m x 2.75 m
Material: wool, cotton, silk, natural dyes
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Priona Blossom

Situated in a restored conservatory in Priona Gardens, the floral piece ‘Priona Blossom’ echoes the ‘wild but tight’ philosophy of garden design that was pioneered here in 1978 by Henk Gerritsen. 

The Summerrestaurant 'De Tuinkamer' is new restaurant in the Netherlands that officially opened June 18th 2016 by Jonnie and Thérèse Boer. Michelin starred Alwin Leemhuis  is the chef of ‘De Tuinkamer’. Situated in a restored conservatory in the famous Priona Gardens, the floral piece ‘Priona Blossom’ echoes the ‘wild but tight’ philosophy of garden design that was pioneered here in 1978 by Henk Gerritsen.

Titled ‘Priona Blossom’, the piece uses wool, typical to Claudy’s work sourced from the rare Dutch breed of Drenthe Heath sheep. In keeping with the theme of food, the wool is dyed in rich colors from edible plants like onion, chamomile, mint and calendula. The piece is embellished with embroidered hand-spun silk yarn.

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Priona Gardens, NL 2016
Priona Blossom
Summerrestaurant 'De Tuinkamer'
Size: 3.80 x 1.25
Material: wool, silk, yarn, natural dyes
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Chelsea Flower Show

The AkzoNobel dyer’s garden was awarded by the British RHS Chelsea Flower Show jury with a Silver-Gilt medal. Titled ‘Honeysuckle Blue’, the garden is a project by Farm of the World, a cultural initiative that invites artists and designers to work together on solutions to create a sustainable relationship between the city and the countryside. 

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Chelsea Flower Show, London, UK 2016
Farm of the World
Size: 4,60 m x 2,20 m
Material: wool, silk, yarn, natural dyes
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Mural 'Aarde' for SFMOMA

For the renewed SFMOMA Claudy Jongstra created a monumental, site-specific mural installation.In a transitional space between the white-walled galleries and the outdoor rooftop garden, Aarde shifts in color and weight in response to the building's architecture.

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Aarde brings together raw and crafted felt, hand-spun silk, and dried floraThe gold color and native flowers reference California's mineral and agricultural histories, which have influenced its cultural past as well.

 

 

The Dutch word aarde means "earth" in the geological sense. Noticing a contemporary divide between ecological and cultural sensibilities, Jongstra works to reconnect them. As Rembrandt sourced his rich paint colors from Dutch plants, Jongstra also harvests most of her materials locally.

This large-scale textile mural works in evocative contrast to the hard-edge materials of the museum's building, creating a unique passage that marks SFMOMA's architectural history through the designs of architects Mario Botta in 1995, Mark Jensen in 2008, and Snohetta in 2016.

 

Aarde was commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, courtesy by Claudy Jongstra.

The new SFMOMA opened May 14th 2016

https://www.sfmoma.org/exhibition/claudy-jongstra-aarde/

 

We are grateful for the major support for Aarde provided by Roberta and Steve Denning, generous support provided by Diana Nelson and John Atwater, additional support provided by Patricia W. Fitzpatrick, Denise Littlefield Sobel, and The Creative Industries Fund NL.


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SFMOMA, San Francisco, USA 2016
Mural 'Aarde'
Size 4.30 m x 14.30 m
Material: wool, silk, yarn, natural dyes, dried flora
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Claudy Jongstra: Ancient Light

From 26 March to 2 October 2016 Studio Claudy Jongstra has a solo exhibition in the Fries Museum, Leeuwarden. The exhibition Claudy Jongstra: Ancient Light will show some of the best works of recent years, but will also exhibit the new direction Jongstra is taking in her work. Futhermore there will be extensive attention to the creative process of Jongstra's practice. For more information, see the website of Fries Museum.   

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Fries Museum, NL 2016
Ancient Light / Retrospective
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Zuyderland Hospital - MC Atrium Heerlen

Studio Claudy Jongstra created a fresco of textile materials. This mural is an art installation spread over five walls in a corridor to the new building of the Zuyderland Hospital (MC Atrium Heerlen).  

Jongstra uses 7 planet seals like Saturn, Sun, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Mars, the Moon as inspiration as they are pure forms and could be seen as pure thoughts. She transformed the seals into inner metamorphoses as a pathway to healing: Birth, Balance, Confrontation, Chaos, Connection, Isolation, Longing. Every seal in this healing process has its own form.

Jongstra also started with research on natural colours made by medical plants. For this mural she created a medical dyeing plant almanac. Every colour stands for a certain aspect. Colours of the Onion skin (superlative), Elderberry (comforting), Hibiscus (soothing), Valerian (sedative), Mint (being very grateful), Madder (binding) Indigo (enhancing), Calendula (stimulating growth), Chamomile (relief), Sunflower seed (expectorant), St John’s Worth (purifying) and Alkanet (melancholia).

The mural, with its subtle blends of fibers used for the background in combination with the strong composition, is made to be meaningful and enhance the wellness of patients and care givers.

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Tapestry Mortuary

A very special and honourable project for Studio Claudy Jongstra was the creation of a tapestry for the mortuary next to a Chapel of the Sisters of Dominicans in Nijmegen The Netherlands. This art piece adds beauty and consolation to this very special room and offers a healing force for the grief of the mourners.

With this tapestry in the mortuary Claudy visualizes the first steps of the transition from human life to spiritual life. 

 

The bottom part of this handmade ‘gobelin’ shows the earth, the movement in the composition above let people experience the transition from the bottom part to the top of the tapestry. With other words: from the soil of the earth to the translucent fragile light of the sky.

This tapestry can be seen as ‘a still’ of a landscape, in which the eyes can travel around.

This art project has been created i.c.w. Oomen architects NL.

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Erdgold

Realization of artpiece 'Erdgold' for private residence, West Coast USA, in collaboration with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architecture

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Natlab

The Natlab is well known as the former Research & Development Laboratory of Philips Company in Eindhoven.

The theme ‘research’ formed the basis for the series of 3 wall coverings in this multipurpose meeting room.

For this commission Jongstra started her own research on the color Veronese Green, as a connection to the period in the 18th century, the Enlightment, in which experiments played an important role.

This art installation, with these painterly tapestries, is created to stimulate ‘out of the box’ thinking into new visions and ideas for this century.

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Natlab, Eindhoven, 2014
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