At the end of 2010 I was on the island of Texel and visited the fishing village of Oudeschild.
Here I discovered fishing nets, wonderful, inspiring material. There were crates full of torn nets that couldn't be used any more. I took a number of nets home and got the idea of making portraits of the stalwart fishermen, to embroider them and work on them and place them behind the nets, as a homage to our Dutch fishermen. The portraits were photographed in February 2011. This 'installation' of nine portraits will be exhibited during the 'tuinstruinen' days in Steenwijk. Behind each portrait is a story that I was allowed to hear. I am deeply impressed by these brave men who, from Sunday evening to Friday morning, set out to sea in their beautiful boats to catch fish for us in the North Sea, in all weathers and all seasons. Magnificent and moving. Emilie ten Klei