Claudy Jongstra (b. 1963, the Netherlands) is a textile artist whose holistic practice is intertwined with the natural cycle of her native landscape. A graduate of Utrecht College of Art, Jongstra has worked to master the ancient craft of making wool felt, humankind’s earliest textile, since 1994. She is equally regarded for her large-scale artworks and architectural installations as for her deep-seated commitment to the environment. Carefully considering the evolution of color and material from source to site, Jongstra is immersed in all aspects of her work: maintaining a flock of rare, indigenous Drenthe Heath sheep and growing botanical dyestuffs on a small-scale biodynamic farm in the northern Netherlands.
Claudy Jongstra is included in the permanent collections of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art; the RISD Museum; the Stedelijk Museum; and the Victoria & Albert Museum, among others. Collaborators include Rem Koolhaas; Steven Holl; Tod Williams & Billie Tsien; Snøhetta; Gensler; Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Donna Karan; Christian Lacroix; and John Galliano.