Claudy Jongstra, ‘Composition (DH/WD/SI 001)’, 2004, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

This textile by Jongstra is a primary example of felting, which is a technique that uses the application of pressure, heat, and moisture to mat together fibers. Oftentimes the fibers are not spun or twisted, but are simply a mass of fibers lying indiscriminately in all directions. Two fabrics in particular by Jongstra, Composition (DH/WD/SI 001), seen here, and Composition (SI 001) (2005-3-2), were commissioned specifically for the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt. They exemplify not only the general range of felting techniques, but also the variety of Jongstra’s work.This textile is made of wool merino, Drenthe Heath, Wensley Dale, wild silk, and cotton gauze appears to come directly from the back of the sheep.

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About Claudy Jongstra

Dutch, b. 1963, Roermond, Netherlands, based in Friesland, Netherlands