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Deep Clean Painting

Femke van Gemert

Netherlands

Painting, Fabric on Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric)

Size: 62 W x 87 H x 1.5 D in

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tapestry: 100 % upcycled textiles No dyeing or bleaching is done. The textiles are used in the colour and state that they were in, when donated to me. (just washed) This woven tapestry reflects my worries about our oceans. In an abstract way it shows how sunlight shines blurred and fragmented through seawater. The feeling you can have when looking up in deep water. The luring deep, dark blue beneath you, the bright, shimmering with light above you, showing you where to head for. By making this piece from recycled textiles and upcycled garment strips, I use wasted textiles to show an image of what is seriously in danger. Deep clean oceans, clear from pollution caused by mankind.

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Painting:Fabric on Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric)

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:62 W x 87 H x 1.5 D in

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Femke van Gemert creates tapestries, wall-hangings, sculptures and installations made of 100 % recycled textiles. They can be works on commission, site specific designs with the use of discarded textiles from various sources. She does this because of a very strong conviction that we need to reconsider waste. Knowing the intense effect on the global environment and human labour conditions the textile and fashion industry has, Femke decided to not use any virgin materials for there artworks. She constantly works on a range of autonomous works. For Femke working with discarded fabrics and textiles is a continuous study and experiment of what she can do with these leftovers of our intensive consumer society. Resulting in art pieces made in various techniques that explore the possibilities of textiles in 2 and 3-D and in voluminous reliefs. “Every piece of textile has been designed, produced, and worn or used otherwise. Therefore, every piece of textile has a story, a particular atmosphere and beauty. Every piece of textile that I use has been eaten, digested and discarded by society, and is for me a fantastic medium to express myself.” Femke van Gemert creates unique, handmade and sustainable art objects from discarded textiles, taking the form of textile wall panels, tapestries, installations and site-specific pieces and soft wall coverings. Her work catches the beauty of imperfection and decay and by its tangible nature often evokes strong emotions with the viewer. “I’m not trying to improve the already existing fabrics I gather. It’s more that I want to create something that doesn't exist yet with the use of what is already there.” Combined in a new frame the used fabrics tell a new story, filling any room with a certain mood while on a functional level improving the acoustics. To make commissioned works even more personal, Femke can work with the commissioner’s own leftover textiles. Several publications in: Textiel Plus, FD Persoonlijk 2013, MInd Magazine China 2014, Bamboo magazine Brazil 2015, Arte1 national Brazilian tv, de Telegraaf the Netherlands and several other blogs, websites etc.

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