Claudy Jongstra

Claudy Jongstra (born 6 February 1963) is a Dutch artist and textile designer.

Claudy Jongstra
Born (1963-02-06) February 6, 1963 (age 60)
Alma materUtrecht School of the Arts
Known forTextile design


Jongstra studied fashion design at the Utrecht School of the Arts between 1982 and 1989. Her work is characterized by her use of wool in the form of handcrafted felt. Much of the wool she uses is from Drenthe Heath sheep, which she raises herself in the Northern Netherlands. She often colors the wool with vegetable dyes made from vegetables grown in her own garden.[1]

She is known, in particular, for the unique kinds of hybrid or nuno felts she creates through combining a variety of materials with wool. These combined fibers include silk, linen, and chiffons, as well as fibers from animals such as yak or camel. Her felting process is also distinguished by the multiple stages of reworking required for achieving certain effects.[2]

One of her early major assignments involved working on the fabrics for the Jedi costumes in Star Wars Episode 1.[3] She also produced fabrics for fashion and furniture designers, including Alexander van Slobbe, Maarten Baas, Hella Jongerius, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix and Donna Karan.[4] Later in her career, Jongstra started creating large-scale works of art, displayed at museums such as the Fries Museum, the Provinciehuis in Leeuwarden, the Amsterdam Public Library and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.[5]

In 2009, her work was selected for inclusion in "Fashioning Felt", an international show on felt sponsored by the Smithsonian, which was exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City.[6]

The work of Claudy Jongstra is included in various museum collections, including the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.

Solo exhibitionsEdit

Group exhibitionsEdit


  • 2008: Prince Bernhard Culture Fund, Prize for Visual Arts
  • 2005: Vredeman de Vries Prize
  • 2005: Amsterdam Award for Art


  1. ^ "About us | Claudy Jongstra". Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  2. ^ Jongstra, Claudy, 1963- (2005). Claudy Jongstra : matter and meaning. Lauwen, Toon. Amsterdam: Artimo. ISBN 90-8546-040-9. OCLC 64451730.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "Bloedende handen voor Star Wars – Mode & Mooi – Voor nieuws, achtergronden en columns". De Volkskrant (in Dutch). 28 September 1999. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Dutch Profiles: Claudy Jongstra". YouTube. 13 October 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Claudy Jongstra". SFMOMA. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  6. ^ Fashioning felt. Brown, Susan, 1965-, Martens, Christine., McQuaid, Matilda., Dent, Andrew., Cooper-Hewitt Museum. (1st ed.). New York, NY: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. 2009. ISBN 978-0-910503-89-1. OCLC 314189822.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)

Further viewingEdit

  • Detiger, Allard (11 May 2013). Verweven wereld : Claudy Jongstra [Interwoven World : Claudy Jongstra] (in Dutch). Amsterdam: AVRO. OCLC 993549344, 878123139.

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