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Papaver Orientale 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 materials: 100 % recycled textiles and garment remnants. Inspired by poppy fields in summer time. These bright red flowers, so vulnerable, so tender its petals, yet so powerful. Poppy's grow on poor grounds, don't need a lot of water or nutrients. But very strong is their enchanting power to the eye. A very powerful and addictive drug can be made from certain kinds of papavers, causing strong economic and criminal effects. A rush to the eyes in vibrant red these flowers really color our world, and very quick they whither again. In this piece I wanted to catch the red power of Papaver flowers. I hope the red of this piece energizes and seduces like it did me, that all the shades of red keep catching your eye and give warmth and power. All my works are made of recycled textiles that I give a second life in my art. This comes from a strong conviction that we should rethink the waste coming from our fast consuming society, that is ruining nature, polluting our surroundings.

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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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