Dorothea Van De Winkel’s Statement
I lived in the centre of the town of Oudenaarde (Flanders Belgium), an historic city renowned for its ancient hand woven tapestries. I was very impressed by the skills needed and the fine art behind this craft. From this background I started searching and collecting any information I could find on materials (wool, silk,…), the tools, the colours and the patterns. I wanted to know everything about it, from design to realisation.
After a solid education in this art-form locally and later abroad at the Ecole Nationale d’Art Décoratif, Aubusson France, I since create my own designs and weaving 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 colored, the pencil lines are maintained in the realization 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 realize my drawings as close as possible to the initial design, making use of meticulously mastered skills.
I was inspired by the current world problems, conflicts, contrarieties, realizing there is always a place for a new beginning. Different perspectives represented by colors, united into an art creation. In that spirit I created “In the Open Field I” and “Tornado in the Field II.” An open mind for the positive, take the opportunity for a new start.
The designs of Dorothea Van De Winkel are abstract. She realizes wall and floor tapestries, which can be wholly integrated in a house (colors, form and size). The realizations 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 sound transmission and it adds a feeling of warmth. Dorothea is an independent textile artist – designer since 1985. She manages her own gallery “Galerij Theaxus” from September 1992 with exhibition rooms and the possibility to visit the studio, where the hand woven tapestries are designed and made. Dorothea participates yearly in international exhibitions and competitions.