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Jeannet Leendertse

"My studio's name is "mooizeg," which is Dutch for "very nice!" My fiber work is rooted in my Dutch heritage, and draws on the rich history of art and design in the Netherlands, from the Dutch Masters of the Golden Age to the visual language of De Stijl."

Jeannet Leendertse's experience as an award-winning book designer informs her fiber work. Her sense of line, form, space, and color presents itself in a timeless aesthetic.

Leendertse works with fiber in a variety of techniques. Her felt cowls celebrate the beauty of repeating line in the form of pleats, which she creates one at a time using the ancient technique of arashi shibori. Her silk scarves deconstruct the typographic form and are an homage to the aesthetics of De Stijl, whereas her wool and alpaca felt cowls invoke the ruff of the Dutch Masters as well as shells found on the shores of the Northern Atlantic.

As a child, Jeannet Leendertse loved to craft with fabric using her grandmother's hand-crank sewing machine. She went on to study graphic design at the Academy St. Joost in the Netherlands. At 27, she traveled to New York, where she fell in love twice: with the man who is now her husband and with the city itself. Even with a successful career as a book designer, she could not forget fiber, and studied at West Dean College in England and MassArt in Boston to perfect her skills in this medium. Her silk scarves and felt cowls have been featured at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and can be found in a variety of galleries.

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MUSEUM, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 2014