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Rijswijk Textile Biennial 2017

21 Cristian Velasco  22 Murat Yildiz  05 Jenni Dutton

12 Karoline Larsen  13 June Lee 08 Daun Jeong


The Textile Biennial 2017 is now in it’s fifth year and features 24 international artists. It is incredibly varied including textile techniques such as knitting, embroidery and weaving.

Work shown above is:

Cristiàn Velasco, País Soñado (Country Dream), 2013, embroidery on cotton, 500 x 150 cm. Photo: Cristiàn Velasco

Murat Yildiz, Detail I Can’t Speak, 2015, thread on canvas, 50 x 70 cm. Photo: ©Murat Yildiz

Jenni Dutton, Dementia Darning: Mum rubbing her hands, 2012, wool threads, fine netting, canvas, 130 x 90 cm. Photo: Rupert Mardon

Karoline H Larsen, Collective Strings, 2014. participatory installation three days, Helsinki Festival, Finland. Photo: Anu Pynnönen

June Lee, Detail Bystander, 2016, thread on plastic cast, 24 x 5 x 4 cm each figure. Photo: Myoung Studio

Daun Jeong, Fabric Drawing Yellow Lines, 2016, fabrics, frame, acrylic on canvas, 90.9 x 72.7cm. Photo: ©Daun Jeong


The exhibition runs until the 24th of September at Museum Rijswijk, Herenstraat 67, 2282 BR Rijswijk, The Netherlands and is open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am -5pm.

For more details visit www.museumrijswijk.nl

Sarah Perret

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Part of the appeal of textiles is using methods passed down through generations that don’t rely on machines or technology, so it is hardly surprising that tracking down some of the artists I feature is a bit tricky. French tapestry artist Sarah Perret is our first featured artist without a social media presence, and while finding Sarah took a bit longer than usual it made the journey all worthwhile as to profile her and her work was a real pleasure and something you don’t find on numerous other social media. Thank you Sarah for being on www.textilecurator.com!

Penny Mateer

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Penny Mateer’s studio and detail from This Revolution will not be televised (2015) in collaboration with Martha Wasik


Throughout time textiles have been used to tell a narrative and Penny Mateer’s work is no exception. Originally she thought quilts were “purely  utilitarian objects, [but over time] I began to see the potential for quilt making as a way to ask questions and tell stories.” Penny’s work tells more stories than most, partly due to her earlier career as a social worker.

“I advocated for individuals who often were forgotten or had no voice. So I began to realise as I transitioned out of social work to art making that I could use what I learned about advocacy and apply it to my art practice and in so doing develop my artistic voice which centres on protest art and commentary. “

To keep her work fresh she creates collages from The NY Times and posts daily on her Instagram feed. Keep up to date with Penny’s work at www.instagram.com/pennymateer/ or check out her website www.pennymateer.com  





Alicia Scardetta

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[Photos by Will Ellis]



The process of textiles comes from techniques that have been practised for hundreds of years so it’s hardly surprising that the majority of textile art tends to be more traditional in it’s subject matter. This is why it is so refreshing to see artists who use time honoured techniques in a way that is fresh and contemporary. One artist currently doing this is Alicia Scardetta who weaves in a converted bedroom in her New York apartment. She says  “the wrapping techniques throughout my work are reminiscent of friendship bracelets and the colors I use wouldn’t be out of place in a Nickelodeon cartoon.” It’s hard to find more current references!



Find out more on her profile page or visit www.aliciascardetta.com