Born in the Netherlands in 1963, Claudy Jongstra was initially trained as a fashion designer. After encountering a display of a Mongolian yurt in 1994, Ms. Jongstra studied felting and began incorporating felt fabrics with materials such as silk. | Ms. Jongstra’s range of innovative textiles has attracted worldwide attention, resulting in commissions from leading fashion designers, museums, architects, government bodies, companies and individuals. She works in an autonomous, sustainable manner; controlling the process from raw materials to end product, including the use of natural dyes. | Since 2009, Ms. Jongstra has kept a hortus botanicus in which national historic varieties of dye-plants grow. This facility, the youngest division of her studio, is engaged in innovative cultivation. | Ms. Jongstra has been honored multiple times for her innovations, most recently with the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfondsprijs, the prestigious Dutch award for applied arts and architecture.