Textiles on tour

by Geert Lebens, 29 April 2015

At the occasion of drawing attention to the new textile collection ‘Bye Textielmuseum’, guest curator Jules van den Langenberg travels through Europe to exchange views with experts in the field of design and textiles. On March 19 Geert Lebens participated in the last meeting on invitation by collective Oasis and Lagoon. Together with hostess Cathelijne Engelkes and host Marcel van Kan, Maartje Boer (knitting-expert), Maaike Gottschal (teacher Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design), Hebe Verstappen (head of Textiellab), Romy Voncken (textile designer) and photographer Fabian Landewee they analysed and selected the textiles that were brought to the location in a suitcase designed by Studio Minale Maeda. This edition took place on a beautiful location in the hills around Maastricht. After a nice ride through the misty hills of South Limburg in a small van, they arrived on location.

On arrival the team discussed the textiles by designers: Kiki van Eijk, Scholten & Bajings and Studio Makkink & Bey. These works were selected on their relation to nature. The highlight in the collection was the incontestable Dutch Light tablecloth by Wieki Somers, a light cloudy-like cloth inspired by the cloudy skies of the seventeenth century paintings of Jacob van Ruysdael. Woven in the classical damask technique, the light parts in the surface appear to change when walking around looking at it from different perspectives.

Dutch design magazine Eigen Huis & Interieur reviewed the gathering in their May 2015 issue.

The Bye Textielmuseum exhibition can be visited until June 14 at:


Goirkestraat 96, Tilburg (Netherlands)

More information at the Textielmuseum or by.textielmuseum website.