Claudy Jongstra

Claudy Jongstra is known worldwide for her monumental textile artworks and architectural installations, with organic surfaces and vibrant colors that reflect Jongstra’s masterful innovations in the ancient techniques of wool felting and plant-based dyeing.
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Claudy Jongstra’s oeuvre, often installed in large public spaces, is also represented within many international museums and institutions as well as private and corporate collections. In 2001, Jongstra established her studio in Friesland, a rural northern province of The Netherlands, where she also developed a biodynamic farm at De Kreake in Húns with partner Claudia Busson, cultivating dyers plants and collecting generic seed for future propagation. Jongstra sources wool, her primary artistic medium, from a local flock of rare, indigenous Drenthe Heath sheep (the oldest breed in Northern Europe). This radical soil-to-soil philosophy, no-waste approach and inclusive way of collaborating creates a vibrant, community-based and completely sustainable process culminating in Claudy Jongstra’s charismatic artworks.
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Education

1989  Fashion Design, Utrecht College of Art, Utrecht

Exhibitions 

2022  “It’s our F****** Backyard” – Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL

2022  “To Dye For” – TextielMuseum, Tilburg, NL

2022  “Dialogues with Nature” – Galerie Fontana, Amsterdam, NL

2021  “Guernica de la Ecología International Touring Exhibition and Conexión Workshop Series” – Menorca, Balearic Islands, ES

2021  “Connecting with Claudy” – Galerie Fontana, Amsterdam, NL

2020  “Claudy Jongstra” – Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden, NL

2020  “Inner Vitality” – Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede, NL

2019  “A Space for Being” – Google Design Studio, Salone del Mobile, Milan, IT

2019  “The Year of Rembrandt” – Museum Het Rembrandthuis, Amsterdam, NL

2019  “Back to Black” – Museum Hof van Busleyden, Mechelen, BE

2018  “WOVEN SKIN Nomadic Sculpture, Touring Exhibition” –  Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden; Intl. Agriculture Conference, Goetheanum Dornach, CH; ‘It Fryske Gea Nature Preserve, Bakkeveen; Climate Week NYC, US; Manifesta 12 Collateral Events, Palermo, IT; Waste NO Waste Factory, Groningen, NL

2016  “Claudy Jongstra: Ancient Light” – Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, NL

2016  “Aarde” – SFMoMA, San Francisco, US

2015  “Earth Matters” curated by Lidewij Edelkoort – Artipelag, Stockholm, Sweden

2015  “5th Bienal Brasileira de Design” – Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2015  “Seele” – Borzo Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

2014  “Rudolf Steiner: Alchemie van het Alledaagse” – Kunsthal, Rotterdam, NL

2013  “Talking Textiles” curated by Lidewij Edelkoort – TextielMuseum, Tilburg, NL

2012  “Wunderkammer” curated by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien – 13th Architecture Biennale, Venice, IT

2011  United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY

2009  “Fashioning Felt” – Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, NY

2008  “Before Departure (all my changes where there)” – Eylem Aladogan, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, NL

2008  “‘Mapping Out Paradise’ with Marc Mulders” – Museum De Pont, Tilburg, NL

2002  “A Century of Design: Part IV” – Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Publications

2021  See All This 24: Colour Fields, Curated by Claudy Jongstra, See All This

2020  Claudy Jongstra, Museum De Lakenhal, See All This

2017  Claudy Jongstra, design Irma Boom, L. Wijers, L. Edelkoort, L. Richards, P. Tegenbosch nai/010, Rotterdam, NL

2006  Claudy Jongstra: Matter and Meaning, T. Lauwen, I. De Roode, Artimo, Amsterdam, NL

2017  Claudy Jongstra, design Irma Boom, L. Wijers, L. Edelkoort, L. Richards, P. Tegenbosch nai/010, Rotterdam

2006  Claudy Jongstra: Matter and Meaning, T. Lauwen, I. De Roode, Artimo, Amsterdam, NL

Museum Collections

MoMA, New York, NY

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, NY

European Parliament Contemporary Art Collection

Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Mingei International Museum, San Diego, CA

Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden, NL

Limburgs Museum, Venlo, NL

TextielMuseum, Tilburg, NL

Centraal Museum, Utrecht, NL

RISD Museum, Providence, RI

SFMoMA, San Francisco, CA

Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede, NL

Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, NL

Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, NL

Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH

Triodos Bank Art Collection

Akzo Nobel Art Collection

Honors

2021  Erelid BNO

2019  Kunstenaar van het Jaar

2019  Creative Heroes Award for National Impact

2016  Silver Gilt Medal RHS Chelsea Flower Show

2015  Vredeman de Vries Design Award

2014  Best Studio Artist Design Award Domotex Hannover

2011  Sustainable Accolade, Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science

2010  Doen-Materiaal Award for Sustainable and Innovative Use of Materials

2008  Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Award for Applied Arts and Architecture

2005  Amsterdam Award for the Arts

2000  Incentive Award for Industrial Design, Amsterdam

Films

“Atelier Talks” – Galerie Fontana

Film by Lourens Lente, sound by Kay van Vree

“Claudy Jongstra” – Birchwood Films for Triodos Bank