Dorothea Van De Winkel’s Statement
I lived in the centre of the town of Oudenaarde, a historic city renown for its ancient hand woven tapestries. I was very impressed by the necessary skills and the fine art behind this handicraft. From this background I started searching and collecting any information I could find on materials such as wool and silk, on tools, on colours and patterns. I wanted to know everything about it, from design to realisation.
After a solid education in this art-form locally and abroad, I design my own cartoons in a modern style according to my feelings and emotions of the moment. Starting from a pencil sketch, in various shades of grey, but often coloured, the pencil lines are maintained in the realisation of the tapestry. They give a personal touch and familiar feeling to the whole. There are restrictions – when it comes to weaving a tapestry, however, I manage to realise my drawings as close as possible to the initial design, making use of meticulously mastered skills.
Converting the sketch into woven tapestry gives me a satisfied and relaxed feeling. The preliminary work has been done, the tapestry is about to be finished and bears a personal contribution as a permanent stamp.
The designs of Dorothea Van De Winkel are abstract. She realises wall and floor tapestry, which can be wholly integrated in a house (colours, form and size). The realisations can be seen as living, standing-on-their-own art objects, or as the centre point, elementary piece or material for interior design. Furthermore, tapestry can be used in modern buildings for muting or reducing sound transmission. Besides the exhibition there is the possibility to visit the studio, where the hand woven tapestry is made. Since 1985 she is an independent textile artist – designer.
Dorothea participates in international exhibitions and competitions for selection, such as the following: 3rd European Textile Fibre Art Triennial, 07 Riga, Latvia. American Tapestry Biennial 6 (ATB6). Scythia 6, International Biennial Exhibition Contemporary Textile Art, 06 Kherson, Ukraine. From Lausanne to Beijing 4th International Fiber Art Biennale, 06 Suzhou, China. The13 th ETN Conf, International Exhibition “Visions in Textiles”, 05 Izmir, Turkey. Expo-Shargah Museum of Art, 05, AE. Expo-Hospital in Beirut, LB.