DescriptionChristien Meinderstma (Dutch, 20th Century)
Knitting needle, spool of wool, sample hinge , 2010
Benefitting The Nature Conservancy: design for the living world
Wood and wool
4 x 6 x 2-1/2 inches (10.2 x 15.2 x 6.4 cm) (rug hinge)
10 x 10 inches (ball of spun wool)
Christien Meindertsma, a graduate of the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands, works with farmers to build relationships with the living sheep and rabbits that provide materials for her work. For The Nature Conservancy, she traveled to Lava Lake Ranch in Idaho to meet the ?ocks of sheep that provided the organic wool for her rug tiles.
Meindertsma makes her own felted wool yarn and knits it together with custom-made oversize needles. By greatly enlarging traditional sweater stitches, she casts familiar textures in a new light, amplifying the qualities of the material.
"A lot of the value of a product lies in knowing where it comes from, how it grows, and in what amounts. This information tends to get lost when things are made all around the world and not in your own backyard," Meindertsma says.
Design for a Living World asks us to think about the products we use-where they come from, how they are made and the impacts they have on our planet.
The Nature Conservancy invited ten designers to create new OBJECTS from sustainable MATERIALS sourced from the world. Wood, plants, wool and other organic materials were transformed into intriguing objects, revealing extraordinary stories about regeneration and the human connection to the Earth's lands and waters. Together, designers and consumers can reshape our material economy and help to advance a global conservation ethics by choosing sustainable materials that support, rather than deplete, endangered PLACES.
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Estimate: $4,000 - $4,500.
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