Gallery 3 & 4
As you may tell from my posts so far the Museum and Lab at Textiel Museum Tilburg are interwoven. They share the same vision to explore experiment, stimulate and innovate as true pioneers in developing new textiles. This is a truly unique asset and one to see as best practice.
Past, present, theory, practice creativity and expertise converge to create strong futures.
By offering the space, time, means and materials to fuel further advances in craftsmanship, we look forward to keeping this heritage alive well into the future’
The Textiel lab produces an annual year book to share the projects, commissions and successes. When I first looked at these in the library I was amazed by the breadth of their projects and their passion and fearlessness. The wish to succeed and push limits. The focus on the potential for the textiles industry and what they can achieve through collaborative spirit and trying, failing and trying and succeeding is vast.
To then move into Gallery’s 3 & 4 and see the year books come to life was a privilege. The felt pieces by Claudy Jongstra that I had just seen photographs of were hung in front of me. The innovative Droog design group had used design and fine art constructs to create new works and maximise the potential of the materials.
Looking through the Gallery exemplified the innovative vision and openness of the museum’s director and the Mondrian Trust who funded many of these commissions. The exhibition was readable by those new to textiles & textile art and its potential as well as those who were already inducted. The supporting videos and bilingual text supported this further. There were many pieces that I loved. The levels of acceptability and ease of reading the pieces added to the exhibitions value and openness to the general public. Most will find table linen easy to access, so with the artists reinterpretation of this through creating a modular cloth to add humour to place settings in unusual colours or weave patterns made through using music cards instead of jacquard cards, discussions begin and the textiles have a new life and narrative.