Who is Afraid of Red?
From a serie of 24 woven textile pieces made for The Book of Love: Ola Linea, The self striping stripe
Handwoven linen textile, 52 x 52 cm
Woven by Heleen Sweere
‘Crafts Council Nederland, HOW&WOW Linen, fotografie: Sjoerd Knibbeler’. Waar mogelijk te verwijzen naar de website: craftscouncil.nl
Book of Love
Preview can be read ICI
Soundscape of the book can be listened to ICI
Oktober 2020, Maaike Gottschal
Od. 5.59-62: “A great fire blazed on the hearth and the smell of cedar cleanly split and sweet wood burning bright wafted a cloud of fragrance down the island. Deep inside she sang, the goddess Calypso, lifting her breathtaking voice as she guided back and forth before her loom, her golden shuttle weaving ”
Background of the work
The works were made as a conclusion of my master’s at the Design Academy, which was all about technology, energy, innovation and connections.
The work is a declaration of love for language and expression in its widest form and tribute to the artists I love. Before there was written language, we used chants to memorize intricate weaving patterns. All techniques (arts, crafts), patterns and oral narratives are the foreland of our written language and connected to instruments that help us to express ourselves. We have a common language (Indo-European language family). And this common background lies in the actions we do (growing crops, eating, making, sharing and making love: create.
The work is also historical correction. There were no female members and no weavers associated with De Stijl. For me this is painfull. In the modernization process too much has been neglected the importance of intuition, craftsmanship, connection, universal values and the obligations that this entails. I am sure that a female weaver could have portrayed this emphatically in Mondrian’s time.
Hi Piet, Hi Marcel. Can we have a talk? Something might be not that wel translated, expressed. Maybe it’s a good idea to go back in time and see what went wrong. A missing thread.