Earth flower, flax
For this earth-flower I used the fibers of home grown flax, spun on my own spinning wheel.
I felt the need to go back to the source of our textile fibers. So I started growing my own flax, staying close to the natural source. The colour and the rough fibers make the material look as if it comes directly from the earth (which actually is the case too...).
I used the technique of lace-knitting, using a pattern from the 19th century. From the 'earth-flower' grow peduncles: as if the earth-flower whishes to outgrow its connection to the ground. Like I myself wish to outgrow the traditional textile techniques and create a new interpretation by going back to the origin: the plants that provides the fibers.
From May 25th until December 28th, 2014 this object participated in the exhibition 'Lace Effects 2' in the Cité Internationale de la Dentelle et de la Mode de Calais, France. Through this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1PT69se1X0&list=PLcOr0tG1LkQd6iqckviYpQyg-LEXrJzNn&index=2 you can see a film in which the object is well in front of the camera a few times.