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Corrie van Eijk, Bonnie Horjus and Corrie Sevinga’s woven works!

Corrie van Eijk, Bonnie Horjus and Corrie Sevinga's woven works!
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In this edition of Digital Weaving Norway’s “What’s on your Loom” series, we feature the creations of Dutch fiber artist Corrie van Eijk and two of her fellow weavers – Bonnie Horjus and Corrie Sevinga. The woven works of the three artists will be on display at the exhibition Geboeid door draden (Fascinated by threads), open from September 15 to October 8, 2021.

Works by Corrie van Eijk…

Corrie writes: I have been weaving since 1967 and since 2015, on my own TC2. What a pleasure it’s been, with such unlimited possibilities! I draw inspiration for my works from nature and geometry. When I look around, I see structures everywhere and end up taking thousands of pictures! I feel that digital photography and the TC2 has given a boost to my weaving carrier.

I feel that living in these times, where we are getting to experiment with new (weaving) technology, is a sort of a gift for me. In 1987, I won a trip to Finland and the opportunity to participate in a Varpapuu (Finnish Loom) workshop – this was the prize for a handwoven outfit that I had made. It was there that I wove on a computer-aided loom for the first time. From that time on, I try to follow weave programs and choose what works for my weaving projects.  A simple photo-editing program and ProWeave, for example, are good tools to design classic damask for handlooms and I believe it is a time-saving way to make beautiful designs. Besides, by using newer technologies, weavers can preserve this cultural heritage for the future. Young people are growing up with all kinds of digital tools and the first thing that they think is – how can I do this with my device?

The pictures below are samples (left) and woven piece from a series called Wave or Motion (August 2021).

The topics that inspire me for my freelance work are often personal experiences in life. Right in the beginning, I used one-colour warps, but soon I started loving multi-coloured warps and wefts. May be that is typical of my works? I like combining two or three coloured threads to arrive at the right colour and to create smooth transitions.

On the loom, I like to use mercerized cotton, linen, silk and wool. I feel that cotton and linen lose their colour over time and so, I feel that wool is better. Below are two of my works, woven in 2020, where I used a cotton warp and a linen weft. The weave structures for both were backweft.

Mostly I use new materials like metal and polyester only for samples. One of the experiments that we did for a customer was by using carbon fiber. It was an experiment to find out if the patterns would be visible when using simple weave structures as tabby, twill etc. For me, it was an experiment on how to weave in the middle of the loom, without cutting the side threads, because I always knot on the new warps and need the threads on the side for the next project.

And here are pictures of a few woven pieces, all of which were shawls, all of which were woven in 2020.

Initially, I was a passionate damask weaver, using a lot of color in my weaves, warp and weft. When I came across the book Woven Pixel (thanks to Alice Schlein and Bhakti Ziek), I learnt to weave with backweft weaves and as of now, that’s what’s helped me materialize my ideas. Alongside my freelance weaving projects, I also offer workshops introducing digital weaving techniques to students, however there’s still limited interest in that.

Luckily, I have two passionate Damask handweaving friends in the neighborhood. One is Bonnie Horjus, a self-made weaver, who pushes me to go for the “next level” in each project! And so, we do marvelous things together, and the “next level” is coming soon! The other is Corrie Sevinga, who’s been weaving since 1984. As of now though, the three of us have installed an extraordinary exposition in the house-gallery/atelier of Corrie Sevinga. I feel that this is a real fantastic experiment with more than 50 woven pieces and shawls.

Works by Bonnie Horjus…

The woven pieces (made in 2021) shown below are recreations of a photograph of Bonnie’s family, where they are seen pulling a boat out of water. In the first piece, Bonnie uses black and white to create five different shades (picture on the left)! She even does a translation of the photograph into coloured weaves (picture on right)…

A few more pictures of Bonnie’s works, You Too Mr Bernini (2021) and Hearts (2021):

Works by Corrie Sevinga…

Links…

Website

Exhibition…

In case you are around, do swing by at Damast Atelier at Veenhuizen to look at the works of these three artists!

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