A new "column" for The Violet Hours. Occasionally I will feature one artist/maker/crafter/inventor...someone whose creations are comprehensively worth inspecting.
This is the work of Christien Meindertsma, from Utrecht, Netherlands. Her work mainly involves wool that she felts to make chunky, gorgeous, pillow-like yarn. She works the origin of the material into her pieces, which is very much a part of her concept. Unlike most "fine art" she wants her pieces used; it is a larger compliment to her when her work is purchased and put to work in a space. You can hear her thoughts on this here.
Her website doesn't offer much explanation, but it's quite jaw-dropping. Here are a few highlights...
Project: Idaho. A project for the Nature Conservancy made with wool from an organic flock of Panama sheep from Lava lake Ranch, Idaho.
Project: One Sheep Cardigan. These sweaters were made from one animal, and were designed based on the size of the sheep.
Project: Aran Rug. This piece is made from the wool of 18 merino sheep.
Project: Texel Ottoman. These stools are essentially over-sized yarn skeins.
Found via The Jealous Curator.