'Earth-flowers' came to me by observing what happens to a piece of waste land: animals come and go, leave their droppings, tread down plants... The earth is turned up, new flowers appear from the earth, like from nowhere. Often in discrete colours, the most intriguing forms... (Click on the titles for a close-up).

dated 2013 until 2013 (click on an image to enlarge an artwork)
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Earth flower, wool

2013

For this earth-flower I used the fibers of sheep wool of my neighbours sheep, spun on my own spinning wheel. I felt the need to go back to the source of our textile fibers. So I started working with the wool from the sheep nextdoor, 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 whish to outgrow the traditional textile techniques and create a new interpretation by going back to the origin: the amimals that provides the fibers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_A0R5yd_Ys  

Earth flower, flax

2013

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 whish 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.

Earth flower, jute

2013

For this earth-flower I used the rough fibers of jute, spun on my own spinning wheel. I felt the need to go back to the source of our textile fibers. So I started to spin jute, 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 whish to outgrow the traditional textile techniques and create a new interpretation by going back to the origin: the plants that provides the fibers.