Flax Ottoman by Christien Meindertsma

Flax Ottoman by Christien Meindertsma

Cambria Bold
Feb 2, 2011

Flax Ottoman by Christien Meindertsma

• €1840
Thomas Eyck

This ottoman was part of the Flax Project, done in collaboration with Thomas Eyck— a series of objects made from flax produced locally, from seed to the end product, in the Netherlands using only age-old techniques of spinning, weaving, twining and splitting.

140 meter of flax, 40 cm x h 40 cm

christien meindertsma - flax
t.e. introduces "the flax project", a new collection designed by christien meindertsma. It consists of different objects, based on the contemporary handwriting of meindertsma in perfect harmony with the traditional Dutch 16th century cordage industry. By analysing the history of this craft, she has reduced the ropery to the original Dutch material: flax. Using the flax from a Dutch farmhouse, the filaments are spun in flax yarns, after which these are twisted into strands. The fresh and innovative approach of meindertsma to the very old techniques as spinning, weaving, twining and splitting has resulted in an astonishing collection of different objects. In conjunction with Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen.

The Flax Project started in 2009 with a collection of products that Christien Meindertsma designed for Thomas Eyck. The collection was made in collaboration with traditional ropemaker Touwslagerij Steenbergen and woodworkers Kuperus & Gardenier.

Flax is a material which used to be one of the most important textile fibres in the Netherlands, it was grown and processed into all kinds of textiles. Nowadays flax is farmed in much smaller quantities and is mainly shipped to China to be processed further. With the Flax Project Meindertsma aims to make a series of products from flax that are produced locally. From the seed to the end product.

In march 2010 farmer Gert Jan van Dongen sowed flaxseeds on his farm in the Flevopolder. The seeds grew into plants and were harvested in the end of the summer of 2010. The flax is currently being processed into fibers that will hopefully find their way into rope, and finer yarns by the end of 2011.

With special thanks to Gert-Jan and Carla van Dongen and all the others involved in growing flax for all their hospitality and showing the proces of growing flax.

Filmed by Roel van Tour.

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