Textile designer Frans Dijkmeijer (Helmond 1936 – Toulouse 2011) is known for his extraordinary mastery of the techniques of weaving. He tirelessly explored the possibilities of different yarns and weaves, researching the physical characteristics of particular yarns, studying the results and reapplying what he had learned. His test swatches provide a kaleidoscopic picture of new weaves and original structures. In this video, filmed in his house and studio in Toulouse only ten days before he suddenly passed away, Dijkmeijer talks about his work, inspiration sources and the endlessly fascinating weaving technique.
The video is made for the exhibition ‘Intervention #19 Frans Dijkmeijer - A Life in Weaving’ in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, which was originally planned for autumn 2011. Because of the death of Frans Dijkmeijer, the exhibition has been postponed and is now on display from 2 June until 30 September 2012.
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