Claudy Jongstra

About Claudy Jongstra

Claudy Jongstra (b. 1963, the Netherlands) is a textile artist whose holistic practice is intertwined with the natural cycle of her native landscape. A graduate of Utrecht College of Art, Jongstra has worked to master the ancient craft of making wool felt, humankind's earliest textile, since 1994. She is equally regarded for her large-scale artworks and architectural installations as for her deep-seated commitment to the environment. Carefully considering the evolution of color and material from source to site, Jongstra is immersed in all aspects of her work: maintaining a flock of rare Drenthe Heath sheep and growing botanical dyestuffs on a small-scale biodynamic farm in the northern Netherlands.


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