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about Hannie van Weel - Beverwijk 1948

artist statement


Temporary human presence in a desolated landscape, rural or urban, is what my work is about. Traces of interfering, growth, decay, height, water, plants, sun, rain, wind, soil, seasonal change, light- and darkness. What is happening around me if I make myself a temporary 'home' in an unknown area. To investigate that theme I traveled nine weeks through California a couple of years ago with, in the back of my rented car, 'skins' of textile and a tent in a dome form. I was looking for deserted areas to install my textile domes. I wanted them to express the displacement and isolation I was experiencing then. That brought me some very intense memories which I captured in pictures. These images I printed on silk and embroidered. A year later I repeated this trip in the Netherlands to compare the unknown of California with the familiarity of my homeland. By the way, although Holland is much more populated than rural California: I did not feel less isolated in hindsight. Home is not always a place.

In the work I am showing (may-august 2021 in gallery HighFive Art in Baarle Nassau) I take a different perspective of the same theme asking myself; how does the landscape look from above with some human interference: working with the bird's-eye view of a drone in search of human presence in Europe. 

Since March 2021 I am working on a big project which will take me a couple of years to finish. The story of my life with as a starting point the places I lived (23). I will make painted and embroidered maps, Google Earth, Street view,  of those places I will make delicate textile drawings with one black string on silk organza of dear and important memories of objects and people, I will make 3D forms of the serious topics which played a role in my life but which shaped my growth as a post-war woman in Western Europe. I am thinking of blogging about this work. 
















2021 - May/Aug 22            "Beyond bounderies' - galery High Five Art -group exposition in Baarle Nassau.NL

2017 - May                          KunstRonde Vecht & Plassen, regional art tour and group exposition. NL

2016 - May                          KunstRonde Vecht & Plassen, regional art tour and two group expositions. NL

2015 -July/August             "Textielleeft", regional textile art tour round the village of Borne, Twente. NL

2015 - May                          KunstRonde Vecht & Plassen, regional art tour and group exposition. NL

2013 - July                         "Textielleeft"   regional textile art tour round the village of Zweeloo, Drenthe. NL 

2013 -  May                          KunstRonde Vecht & Plassen, regional art tour and group exposition. NL

2012 -  May                          KunstRonde Vecht & Plassen, regional art tour and group exposition. NL 

2012 - March                       Fine  Art show in the town hall of Arnhem. group exposition. NL

2012 - February                  participant in the book  'Textile art around the world '

2011 - May                           KunstRonde Vecht & Plassen, regional art tour and group exposition. NL 

2010 - May                           visitor centre of 'recreation ship: Het Twisk-Waterland'  duo exhibition - Oostzaan.NL

participant in the book:Textielkunst wereldwijd - Textile Art around the world



2020 - 2004 - masterclasses in textile techniques/textile language. Teachers: Sue Stone, Haf Weighton, Susy Vickery, Gregory T. Wilkens, Merill Comeau, Debbie Lyddon May, Cas Holmes, Ailish Henderson, Clarissa Callesen, Vinny Stapley, Sabine Kaner, Valerie S. Goodwin, Joetta Maue, Cherilyn Martin, Christine van der Heide, Ana Lisa Hedstrom,  Yoshiko Wada, Joy Boultrup, Norma Starszakowna, Claire Benn, Zane Berzina, Olga Prins, Annette Jeukens, Gil de Vloo, Malena Kristiansen, Annelies de Graaf, Irene van der Wolf.

2004 - 1994   Colour, proportion, style, image. and image management.  Academy of image consultancy-Amersfoort.NL

1989 - 1987   coupeuse couture and confection.  Rotterdamse Snijschool-Hilversum. NL

1984 - 1979   BA with honor, in teaching Textiles art and techniques and social skills.  Hogeschool Utrecht-Utrecht. NL



Board of  KunstRonde Vecht & Plassen           2012-2017 - responsible for Public Relations

Surface Design Association USA - Europe.     2005 Stitch Club - UK                      2020

fotoprints op zijde Ontheemd mei
Exposition of my work in 'Fort Nieuwersluis' in Nieuwersluis- world heritage site. NL .May 2016
My work in The Deel-Maarssen.NL May 2017  
Work in progress for the serie Displaced in the Netherlands. Location: the beach in Bergen aan Zee. NL
September 2015
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