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The journey of a sheeps fleece

Christien Meindertsma

The 3D carpet project by designer Christien Meindertsma that is currently on display at the Van Abbemuseum is a model-like translation of the journey a sheep's wool takes to become a final product.

Meindertsma is fascinated by the route between the origin and the final product. She looks at every partial operation that the raw material undergoes: the sheering of the sheep, the combing of the yarn, the dyeing and spinning process and the final tufting of the rug itself. The bird's eye view images of all the different sites where those operations take place form the inspiration for the design of the rugs: from the vast fields in New Zealand where the sheep graze to the French town where the sheep are dyed and the industrial area in Asten, where the CSrugs factory is located. In the rug you see landscapes, roads, buildings, bushes and trees, visualized in several layers.

For this project, Meindertsma has joined forces with CSrugs and filmmaker Roel van Tour, who is recording the project on film - a process that is still ongoing due to the limitations surrounding the corona virus.

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The Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven is one of the first public museums for contemporary art to be established in Europe. The museum has an experimental approach towards art’s role in society. Openness, hospitality and knowledge exchange are important to us. We challenge ourselves and our visitors to think about art and its place in the world, covering a range of subjects, including the role of the collection as a cultural 'memory' and the museum as a public site.