Contemporary Weaving in a Medieval Church
This coming May 12th and 13th, the 800-year-old Medieval Church of Persingen, near Nijmegen, Holland, will host some exciting and innovative weaving. Textile artists Anneka Kersten and Roos Cox play with texture, color, and structure using silk, cotton, linen, and less usual fibers (copper, paper, steel, glass, and horsehair) to create stunning works like the one at left, which was woven by Cox using horse hair.
While these experiments may take textiles to the extreme, they are based on a firm knowledge of weaving. Kersten first learned to weave at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon while on a sabbatical there in the 1980s. After returning to the Netherlands she continued her studies at the Audax Textile Museum in Tilburg where she did her thesis and final project on doubleweave, a structure she still commonly uses. Cox first started weaving at age ten, which led to studies at the Lindenberg Cultural Center and, later, a two year course at the Tilburg. If you can't make the trip to Persingen, check out the artists' website for photos of their works and information (in Dutch) about future exhibits.