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Textielgroep Steek Plus bestaat uit een tachtigtal kunstenaars. Door de verschillende achtergronden van de leden is er een grote diversiteit in werk binnen de groep.
De leden van Steek Plus ontmoeten elkaar twee maal per jaar om recent werk te laten zien en te bespreken. Ook worden dan nieuwe technieken uitgewisseld. De opbouwende kritiek en de adviezen die men elkaar geeft, werken inspirerend en stimulerend. Tijdens deze bijeenkomsten worden er regelmatig lezingen gehouden en/of demonstraties gegeven door (gast-)sprekers. Er wordt jaarlijks een thema afgesproken, dat de leden vervolgens op heel eigen manier in hun werk tot uitdrukking brengen.
“Steken” en textiele materialen vormen de basis voor het meeste werk. Daarnaast worden er ook veel andere technieken toegepast en andere materialen gebruikt, zoals (handgeschept) papier, koper, ijzerdraad, nylon, tyvek en polyester vliezen. Om vakkennis op te doen en de persoonlijke ontwikkeling te stimuleren, worden er regelmatig workshops georganiseerd en bezocht.Veel belangstelling gaat uit naar experimenteel werk, met name het opfrissen van oude technieken en het uitproberen van nieuwe techniek- en materiaalcombinaties.

Om de textielkunst onder de aandacht van een ruim publiek te brengen, wordt er door de leden van Steek Plus met regelmaat landelijk geëxposeerd.
Steek Plus onderhoudt nauwe banden met de Stichting Textiel Plus, die het bekendheid geven aan en het bevorderen van textiele vormgeving in Nederland als haar taak ziet.

Textile group 'Steek (stitch) Plus' is made up of about 80 artists. Because of the diverse backgrounds of the members the work within the group is very varied.

The members of Steek Plus meet twice a year to show and discuss recent work and new techniques are exchanged. The constructive criticism and advice we give each other is inspiring and stimulating. Talks and/or demonstrations are often given during these meetings. Every year a theme is agreed on, that the members can interpret in their own way in their work. Stitching and fabric form the basis of most work, but many other techniques and materials are also used. Paper (hand made), copper, wire, nylon, tyvek, and polyester film, are just a few examples. Workshops to increase professional knowledge and stimulate personal development are regularly organized and visited. There is a great deal of interest in experimental work, namely reviving old techniques and trying out new techniques and material combinations.

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maandag 7 september 2015

Bericht van Els van Baarle



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Reflections on the past: Els van Baarle

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DUTCH ARTIST REFLECTS ON THE PAST IN NEWCASTLE EXHIBITION

A new exhibition, opening at Newcastle’s Timeless Textiles Gallery next month, explores the concept of memory in art.
Dutch artist Els van Baarle’s exhibition, Reflections of the Past, is made up of work all based on memories. Memory is a fluid construct to the artist, who draws on our shared historical memories, for example the doomed ancient city of Pompei as well as personal memories such as recent visits to Japan and China.


Memories, like history, can be highly contested. As English writer Virginia Woolf noted “the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time”. Woolf believed that emotion expands later, meaning we don't have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.
Els van Baarle, a textile artist and teacher from the Netherlands, explores her memories as she creates, often traversing a long journey from memory to finished piece.




“My starting point is always white fabric or paper,” she explains, “but the materials will go through many steps before reaching their final form.”
Els draws her inspiration from ancient history, with her art reflecting on the traces of the past that remain in the modern world.
“Time creates natural wear and tear on objects. I love the slow process of using wax and dye many times, resulting in a wonderful cloth with a wealth of colour and depth.”
About Els...
Els van Baarle teaches surface design classes all over the world. Her work is about tradition and innovation, and text has always played an important part. Els’ newer works are often made with paper or recycled materials. She has won many awards and prizes with her large scale art-cloth pieces and her work has been widely published. Her art-works are in private and museum collections.
Reflections of the Past opens from 6-8 pm on 17 September and runs until 11 October 2015.




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