The Dutch artist, Claudy Jongstra (1963) creates art pieces and architectural installations from hand felted material.
The beauty of nature, raw materials and the exploration of crafts such as spinning, carding and weaving constantly inspire Jongstra to bring a sense of beauty and belonging to public spaces. She works together with architects and clients around the world to create unique and tactile pieces.
Working in an autarchic creation process is essential for the creative process. Comitted to the value chain of creation, they raise their own sheep, keep bees, cultivate a botanical garden and grow their own plants for dyes. They leave no waste, respect nature and exemplify their philosophical values of utilizing local resources and traditional skills.
Claudy Jongstra’s oeuvre is founded on ethical values. Her work and life are inspired by stewardship, the promotion of bio-diversity and the preservation of a natural and cultural heritage. Together with her team, they constantly explore how to create a softer, more human atmosphere. Enjoyment, time and dedication are the most important ingredients in creating these works of art.
Her work is included in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in New York, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Frisian Museum in Leeuwarden.
“People have great careers, but they have lost their connection with nature. They are astounded to see how culture is created from nature. They have busy lives and great careers but feel a huge emptiness around them caused by the superficiality of frenzied consumption. We hope to awaken people’s deeper inner knowledge.”