• Photos: Herman van Heusden

“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.”

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 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.