Any weavers lucky enough to be travelling to the Netherlands (or near enough) this fall? Make time to check out ‘weaving 2.0’ from October 22nd through December 18th, featuring the work of weavers Anneke Kersten and Roos Cox. The textile exhibition will be held in an authentic 16th century weavers’ house in the town of Leiden, called Museum Leids Weaverhouse, Tuesdays through Sundays from 1-4pm.
The two Dutch weaving friends will be showing their new fiber artwork, which stretches the boundaries of what “weaving” can mean. Their weavings use all kinds of fibers, including cotton, silk, paper, copper and steel, glass, and more. Their use of color is striking and they are always searching for new developments. Anneke focuses on copper wire and other surprising objects that give shape to her weaving, as you can see in her piece “Threads Move,” pictured at right. Roos’s work focuses on rhythm, space, and movement, taking inspiration from materials like paper and hand-dyed horsehair. Her piece “Scale,” shown at left, certainly has a lot more movement than most weaving!
Anneke Kersten took her first weaving classes from Nancy Hoskins at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, in the early eighties during a stay for more than two years in Eugene with her husband. Roos Cox made her first weavings at the age of 10 and has been fascinated by weaving ever since. The two weavers met in 1988 in the weaving classes of Erica de Ruiter, and both have developed their art weaving by taking weaving certification classes, developing exhibitions, and teaching weaving.
The Weavershouse (called Wevershuis in Dutch) hosts frequent temporary exhibitions, working with experts in the university town of Leiden to keep knowledge of weaving alive. Many other weavershouses used to exist throughout the Netherlands, but many were destroyed as they were not recognized as monuments. In 2003, the Wevershuis in Leiden was purchased to be restored as a historic monument. It’s a truly unique venue that weavers will love almost as much as the exhibition!
Think you might be able to check out this incredible textile exhibition? Or grieving that you won’t be able to make it? Get more information here: www.wevershuis.nl and see more examples of Anneke’s and Roos’s work here: www.weven.nl