Art and science
Lecture at Industry Day Leiden
April 2018 // Leiden
About art and science - talk about how to set up an empirical research project that reaches a wider audience, i.e. stitch your brain
Lecture at Outsider Art Gallerie
March 2018 // Amsterdam
About creativity, vulnerability and well being
9th edition of annual Amsterdam craft design fair
December 2017 // Amsterdam
Weeflab takes part at Meesterlijk.
European Textile Network
Presentation of Weeflab in Sweden
September 2017 // Boras, Sweden
Summershow Nieuw Dakota
Woven piece in Fine Arts show
July 2017 // Amsterdam
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Communityweaving @ Zonneplein
April 2017 // Amsterdam Noord
Weeflab staat met een mobiel weefgetouw op Koningsdag op het Zonneplein. De buurtbewoners worden uitgenodigd om een stuk mee te weven. Dit symboliseert ons gemeenschappelijk netwerk. Het resultaat wordt gepresenteerd bij Studio Spaanders op 5 mei. Op de Bevrijdingsdag 2017 is het thema verbinden.
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Presentation of Weeflab in Estonia
April // Estland
March 2017 // Amsterdam Noord
Weaving is a production technique for fashion and interior fabrics.
Weaving connects traditional and digital techniques with smart materials and innovative discoveries.
Weaving can be a community project with dance, theater or an installation in public space.
Weaving as a proces is synonymous with the infinite line, the thread.
Weaving has many poetic and dramatic associations in art, religion and science:
- Penelope’s story in the Odysee
- Psalm 139:13:.. you made my mind and heart, you wove me together in my mother’s womb.
- in anthropology:..weaving (like dwelling) continues for as long as time goes on - punctuated but not terminated by the appearance of the pieces that it successively brings into being. T. Ingold
Weaving is a construction technique bound to materiality.
Weaving is a metaphor for time to be filled with contemporary ideas about i.e. the experience of time passing.
Weaving is about life making connections and constructing beauty.
On invitation by textile artist and organizer Flox den Hartog-Jager: teaching a technically skilled Art quilting group in creating new work. For five days we worked in an old cloister getting into the flow of making. (NL artikel) From each participant I took a scrap of material and wove it together into a communal piece. Results of the masterclass will be presented by the students at Handwerkdagen Den Bosch.
Detail of handwoven piece constructed of material scraps of participants. Photo credit: Anja van Dijk
Textile Art by Women in Art Brut
In two articles in Dutch TxP magazine I talk about female artists, their textile work in Art Brut and it's origins in 19th century psychiatry. After discovering a young Outsider artist at the Outsider art Gallery in Amsterdam I visited the workshop and portrayed her in an interview.
Embroidered jacket by Agnes Richter (1873-?) and detail, courtesy of Sammlung Prinzhorn
Two articles in Surface Design Journal
For the Summer edition of American Surface Design Journal I wrote two articles about contemporary textile practice in The Netherlands. In the Studio - about madder now and in a historical and restoration context and a review of Claudy Jongstra's project 'Woven Skin-Shelter of color'.
The microscopic view
Bradley Quinn wrote about my work: ‘Monika Auch’s medical background is evident in her detailed textile work, which is often suggestive of the growth patterns found through the lens of a microscope. The clash of digital and tactile methods in Auch’s work heightens the material impact of the viewing experience, a combination of traditional, time-consuming methods and contemporary, instantaneous technology.' Wall hanging, 2m x 40 cm
Dutch weaver Marian Stubenitsky published her second book in an Dutch/English edition. It is a technical how-to guide for weaving with one tie end and mainly two, but as well three or five pattern ends. Myriad possibilities at varying technical levels are the result.
Textile dyeing by Dutch experts
Focussing on dyeing with natural pigments, here is a summary of recent articles about: The history of madder in The Netherlands. The discovery and conservation of a fabulous 17th century red silk wardrobe off the coast of Texel. Visits to workshops at the Rijksatelier, at Tinctoria studio and at Claudy Jongstra's 'Farm of the World'.
Studio visit by ARTECHNE team
Professor Dr. Sven Dupré and colleagues from the ARTECHNE project are conducting research on how artist's master their art. What is technique in the visual and decorative arts? How is technique transmitted and studied? Who is considered an expert in technique, and why? In a unique hands-on approach the scientists try to understand the intricacies of mastering a technique.
Book about weaving by Åsa Pärson
Essential weavings - Swedish weaver and designer Åsa Pärson has published her book on weaving and cut it down to the gist. Considering, that weaving is all about skills and tactility the book lies in my hands:
Craft design shows - Amsterdam and Münster
Two presentations reaching a wide public in Germany and The Netherlands. Invited by Akademie für Gestaltung der Handwerkskammer Münster and selected by Meesterlijk, Weeflab presented samples for tapisserie and scarves, while visitors could experience weaving hands-on.
ETN in Borås, an international fiber network
TxP 242 // November '17
Grethe Sørensen from Denmark received the Nordic Award in Textiles at the ETN conference and Textile Art Festival CROSS-OVER in Boras, Sweden.
Detail of work The OWL photo by Marius Hauge
Article will be published in Dutch TxP 242 magazine.
SDJ and TxP 241 autumn issues 2017
Critical review of the exhibition in the TextielMuseum Tilburg
>> Read more in Dutch and from the article in Surface Design Journal : "Sustainability is a trend...The elephant in this discussion is the huge Co2 foot print of the textile industry. Conflicting problems are e.g. water pollution, inhuman labor conditions while at the same time maintaining an industry which supports millions....Are textiles being exploited to produce trendy sustainable life-style products or will the trend support a critical awareness about textile products? Will many of the presented concepts in Earth Matters survive the ‘Valley of Death’, a well known phenomenon in the innovative industry?..This is the point from which many new ideas going through the innovation process fail to progress, and even those ideas that do make it out of the valley can spend between 5 and 10 years trying to escape from it. Will there be time enough for Earth?' published in SDJ/Fall 2017/ p. 50-53
De revival van textiele kunst
Textiel Plus 235 // October '16
Het TextielMuseum in Tilburg viert met de tentoonstelling van het werk van Sheila Hicks de revival van textiele kunst. Textiele kunst heeft een plek veroverd op de internationale kunstmarkt en in musea.
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Weeflab is the brainchild of Monika Auch!
Weeflab invites artists and designers from all disciplines and scientists to reflect and react in a theoretical and practical way to the concept of weaving:
to create and make work!
Weeflab is situated in Amsterdam Noord and sets up a program in cooperation with local spaces.
Weeflab is based on a sustainist agenda:
- use networks
- work locally
- stimulate and facilitate >> co-creation and transdisciplinary exchange
- minimize CO-2 footprint by working with GOTS certified yarns and companies - initiate re- and upcycling projects
- educate by publishing and informing For workshops go to >> contact