Claudy Jongstra

Raw Elegance


Claudy Jongstra is a contemporary textile designer who practices the ancient technique of felting. Jongstra’s fabrics have a raw elegance that comes from her use of materials such as wild silk, wild linen, and wild cashmere, as well as the special (and proprietary) techniques she has developed in her felting. Jongstra even goes so far as to raise her own sheep in the Dutch countryside and currently has a herd of 200 including the rare species of long-haired Drenthe Heath, whose shorn locks she felts along with the straw and lanolin that accumulates on their hair.
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Cooper-Hewitt: Convergence of Craft and Industry - Claudy Jongstra and Kathryn Walter


This program brings together two designers featured in Fashioning Felt who approach incorporating felt into architectural use from different starting places but with beautiful and unexpected endings. Both designers collaborate with architects to create decorative and functional felt interventions. Kathryn Walter works primarily with industrial felt while Claudy Jongstra uses raw wool and natural dyes. See examples of their work and learn about their process, their choice of felt, and where theyd like to take the material next. Moderated by curator, Susan Brown.
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Claudy Jongstra at the U.N.


Dutch designer Claudy Jongstra recently showcased her tapestries of raw wool and silk here in New York at the United Nations.
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Fashioning Felt


Fashioning Felt opens next week. The exhibition explores the varied new uses of felt in a range of fields, including product design, fashion, architecture, and home furnishings.
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