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Urban Wool

A craftivsm workshop with textile artist Beatrice Waanders that took place on 08, 09 and 10 December 2023. 

For this Craftivism workshop we have teamed up with Beatrice Waanders who is an international renowned textiles artist, based in Rotterdam. Together with Beatrice we will explore how wool could help us stay warm in a time when energy prices are rising. Beatrice travels all around the country to find her wool amongst which from the Sheepflock in Rotterdam. The Rotterdam Sheepflock cultivates the green spots of the city like parcs and soundwalls along the highway in an ecological way to restore natural biodiversity. They produce about 4000 kilos wool per year but there’s no market. Beatrice aims to value this wool again into a precious artwork. Beatrice is unique in even using the colored stamps of the ram as part of the design. 


Friday 08 December 2023
13.00 - 14:00 Introduction by Beatrice Waanders
14.00 -16.00 Felting individual piece
16.30 -18.00 Visiting "Hollands Wol Collectief"

Saturday 09 December 2023
10:00 - 12.00 Excursion to Sheepflock in Rotterdam
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch break
13:00 - 14:00 Make a collective design
14:00 - 17:00 Start felting

Sunday 10 December
10:00 - 17.00 Work on a collective felting project

About Beatrice Waanders
Beatrice Waanders is an international renowned textiles artist. She received her education at the Willem de Kooning Academy of Art and Architecture in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She graduated in 1997 in Interior‑architecture and Material Design. Beatrice worked for years as an Interior-architect at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. There she designed and decorated the residences and embassies of the ambassadors from all over the world. In 2008 Beatrice made a career change as a textile artist specialized in wool and natural fibers. She followed classes at textile institutes including the Dutch Textile Museum. Her art was presented several times at Dutch Designweek, yearly at Maison & Objet Paris (Scènes d’intérieur), Design Week Tokyo, Salone di Mobile Milano, Rotterdam Art Week (OBJECT), Big Art Amsterdam, PAN Amsterdam, Art Basel Miami and in galleries and shops worldwide. She worked for several prestigious brands like LVMH, Givenchy and with designers like John Galliano for Maison Margiela Artisinale collection, with John Galliano for singer Rihanna for W-Magazine and with Dutch artist Joep van Lieshout.

Hollands Wol Collectief

Hollands Wol Collectief is working on structurally rebuilding the wool chain so that Dutch wool is no longer seen as waste but is used in high-quality products. Wool is a beautiful, undervalued biobased material that demonstrates the practice of the circular economy.