The three tapestries of The Three Motions of Loom departed from two fragments of Wildevrouw, Belgian author Jeroen Olyslaegers’ novel-to-be (publication by De Bezige Bij in December 2020).

The tapestries were woven at the Textiellab of Textielmuseum Tilburg, with financial support by deBuren (Grensverleggers project), and Kunstloc Brabant’s impulsgelden.

Many thanks to developer Marjan van Oeffelt, confectionist Annet Sunderman, Base-Alpha Gallery, Museum Vleeshuis, Bas Veldhuizen, and many more.

Wildevrouw is set in 16th century Antwerp, on the verge of the Middle Ages and modernity. At the time, The Southern region of The Netherlands was the epicenter of the tapestry industry. 

The automatic weaving machine, programmed by punch cards, was the predecessor of the computer.

In the designs, parts of Olyslaegers’ texts, and hints for future art historians are hidden.

Gij, Wildeman

Parallel to the project publisher Demian produced an edition with a woven work by me, and a prepublication of Wildevrouw by Olyslaegers. 

Read more here.

Gij, Wildeman. Jeroen Olyslaegers/Alexandra Crouwers. Demian, Antwerpen, 2019.
Gij, Wildeman. Jeroen Olyslaegers/Alexandra Crouwers. Demian, Antwerpen, 2019.

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GVA, 16 december 2019