Christien Meindertsma (The Netherlands)

The Flax Project (2009)
flax, winding rope

Thomas Eyck introduces “The Flax Project“, a new collection designed by Christien Meindertsma. . By analysing the history of the traditional Dutch 16th-century cordage industry, she has reduced the ropery to the original material: flax. Using the flax from a Dutch farmhouse, the filaments are spun in flax yarns, after which these are twisted into strands. The fresh and innovative approach of Meindertsma to the very old techniques as spinning, weaving, twining and splitting has resulted in an astonishing collection of different objects, and one of them is the Flax Ottoman.