About us

The Dutch artist, Claudy Jongstra (1963) creates tapestries and large-scale textile art installations.

The beauty of nature, raw materials and the exploration of crafts such as spinning, carding and weaving constantly inspire and help Jongstra 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.

Claudy Jongstra and her team maintain control over the whole process from raw materials to tapestries. Committed 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 compagnon, Marleen Engbersen, 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.

In 2011 Jongstra showed her pieces at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York and at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2012.

Claudy Jongstra has been awarded the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Prijs for Applied Arts and Architecture and has recently received two awards in the Netherlands for sustainability.

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 RISD Museum on Rhode Island and the Friesian Museum in Leeuwarden. 

This blog gives a glimpse into the most characteristic textile pieces and shows the beauty and creative strength of our studio.

 “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.”

 


 

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

 

CLAUDY JONGSTRA

1963

  Born in Roermond, the Netherlands

 

EDUCATION

2000

Start Studio Claudy Jongstra  

1996

Start studio Not Tom, Dick & Harry
1982-1989

Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Utrecht Fashion Design, cum laude

 

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS (selection)

2013

Fries Museum, Leeuwarden

2009

Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio
Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York

2007

LACMA Museum, Los Angeles
The RISD Museum, Rhode Island

2005

Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, New York

2001

Museum of Modern Art, New York

2000

Fries Museum, Leeuwarden
Victoria & Albert Museum, London 

1999-2005

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

1999-2001

Centraal Museum, Utrecht

1999

Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

1997-2003

Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

1996-2006

Nederlands Textiel Museum, Tilburg

 

AWARDS

2014

2011 

`Best Studio Artist Design` Carpet Design Award 2014 at DOMOTEX

Duurzaam lintje (Prize for front runners with respect to sustainability)

2010

Doen-Materiaalprijs (Prize for sustainable and innovative material use)

2008

Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Prijs voor Toegepaste Kunst en Bouwkunst (Applied Arts and Architecture Prize)

2007

Nomination Vredeman de Vries Prijs voor vormgeving (Design Prize)

2005

Vredeman de Vries Prijs voor vormgeving (Design Prize), Leeuwarden
Amsterdamprijs voor de Kunsten 2005 (Prize for the Arts)

2000

Aanmoedigingsprijs Industrieel Ontwerp (Prize for Encouragement of Industrial Design)

1995

Materiaalfondsprijs voor innovatief materiaalgebruik (Prize for innovative use of material)

 

COMMISSIONS (selection)

2013

Tapestries for Kuwait residence, Jonathan Reed Studio
Art commission for entrance hall Nikon Eurpe B.V. Amsterdam, Moriko Kira architect
Tapestries for St. Elisabeth hospital, Tilburg
Designs for Inaisce collection, New York
Sculpture entrance hall Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, Arch. Bierman Henket architecten

2012-2013

Art commission for Banque de Luxembourg, Luxembourg

2012

Concept proposal for Heineken International, Amsterdam
Concept proposal for Spa project, Middle East, Arch. Will Bruder+Partners
Art commission for the Synagogue of the Liberal Jewish Community
Amsterdam, Arch. Search Architects, Bjarne Mastenbroek
Art commission for hospital Harlingen, Architects Aan de Maas
Art commission for CEANconsulting, Baarn

2011-2012

Murals Barnes Foundation main building & restaurant, Philadelphia, Arch. TWBT Architects
Tapestries Bennington College, Vermont, USA
Tapestries Queen Mary University, London, Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Art commission for Centraal Justitieel Incasso Bureau, Leeuwarden
Arch. Claus en Kaan Architects

2011

Tapestries for restaurant, Provinciehuis Provincie Fryslân, Leeuwarden
Art commission for boardroom Triodos Bank N.V., Zeist
Tapestry for Buitenplaats Amerongen, Amerongen

2010

Art commission for Oranjerie, Hortus Botanicus, Amsterdam
Mural for conferenceroom, Lloyd Hotel Amsterdam
Art commission North Wall Atrium at Lincoln Center for the Performing
Arts, New York, Arch. TWBT Arichtects
Art commission for boardroom AVL hospital, Amsterdam
Wall tapestry Bishop House Marcel Breuer, Connecticut USA
arch. Toshiko Mori Architects
Wall tapestry for organic cosmetic store, Amsterdam
Art commission for Rudolf Steiner school Leeuwarden, Onix architects

2009

Sketch proposal tapestries Bennington College, Vermont USA, arch. TWBT Architects
Art commission for chapel AVL hospital, Amsterdam
Art commission for Verkadefabriek, Den Bosch, arch. H.J. Henket
Art commission for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York
arch. TWBT Architects
Art commission for boardroom DSM, Heerlen
Art commission for cemetery Zorgvlied, Amsterdam
Art commission for Province Limburg, Maastricht
Art commission for wedding room, Amstelveen

2008

Art commission for the dollshouse of Petronella Oortmans in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Artpieces Search bv., Amsterdam
Design elevators in the World Trade Center, Schiphol
Art installation entrance hall Commujon, Almelo
Wall covering AVL hospital, Amsterdam
Artpiece townhall, Wommels

2008-2010

Several art pieces for Triodos Bank N.V., Zeist 

2007

Mastercard design for Aids Funds
Wall covering entrance hall, Public Library Amsterdam, arch. Jo Coenen
Art installations Council chamber/wedding room, theatre and entry hall, City Hall Nijverdal, arch. Claus & Kaan

2006

Penthouses in ‘red rock casino’, Las Vegas, architect Peter Bentel
Art installation ‘Sky Arc Residence’ San Francisco, arch. Will Bruder
Acoustic art panels, Dutch Embassy Berlin, arch. Rem Koolhaas i.c.w. Marc Mulders

2005 Wall covering restaurant Kunsthal Rotterdam, arch. Rem Koolhaas
2004

Fabric design for Maarten Baas: Smoke Furniture
Art commission, UMC Utrecht, Radiotherapy department
Concept for restaurant MOMA for Bentel & Bentel Arch., NY
Felt on Aluminium Shutters for Lloyd hotel, Amsterdam, arch. MVRDV

2003

Wall covering Center Court, Ministry of VWA, The Hague
Wall hangings Presidential residence, The Hague, arch. Jo Coenen

2002 Design for spring/summer ’03 collection Christian Lacroix
2001

Applied art Stadgenoot, arch. Steven Holl
Design and effectuation for Metropolitan Opera, New York
Costumes for Les Mamelles de Tirésias, opera Trionfo

2000

Design & effectuation for Will Bruder, Boston
1999 – 2003

Designs for The Gallery Mourmans, Maastricht 

1997 – 1999

Concepts for Donna Karan, New York 

1999

Upholstering ‘Kasese chair’ design by Hella Jongerius
Concept for VOLVO Car Operations

1997

Felt for the STARWARS movie ‘the Phantom Menace’

1996

Felt for John Galliano, Paris

 

EXHIBITIONS (selection)

2013

Solo exhibition at de Ketelfactory, Schiedam
Participation in presentation Inaisce collection, Paris
Exhibition at the Museum of Outdoor Arts, Englewood, CO
Participation in Wool week, Somerset house, London
Exhibition at new Fries Museum, Leeuwarden 

2012

Solo exhibition World Economic Forum Davos, Switzerland
Participation in Architecture Biennale Venice by order of Tod Williams & Billie Tsien Architects
Solo exhibition at Openbare Bibliotheek, Amsterdam 

2011-2012 Exhibition ‘Pelgrimage’ icw Marc Mulders at Abdij Onze Lieve Vrouw
Koningshoeven, Berkel-Enschot

2011

Exposition at Headquarters United Nations, New York
Part of 'Talking Textiles" exhibition by Lidewij Edelkoort, Milan
Participation Art Amsterdam, Amsterdam 

2009 Participation in ‘Fashioning Felt’, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, NY
Participation in ‘20 ans de tendances vues par Li Edelkoort’, Institut néerlandais, Paris
2008 Part of the Techno Threads exhibition in the Science Gallery, Dublin
Installation i.c.w. Eylem Aladogan, Kröller-Müller Museum, Arnhem
The Museum of Art, Providence, New York
‘Mapping out Paradise’ i.c.w. Marc Mulders, De Pont, Tilburg
Exhibition i.c.w. Marc Mulders, Dutch Embassy, Berlin
2007

Participation in Architecture Biennale Sao Paulo by order of NAI

 

 

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

2011-present

Start biological dynamical dye plant culture in Friesland
Start apiculture 

2009-present

Set-up botanical garden with dye plants and herbs next to the Studio 

2007-present

Cooperation with Forbo Flooring 

2004-present

Set-up natural dye works 

1999-present

Cooperation with Orson + Bodil 

1999-present

Cooperation with Marc Mulders