Weeflab is a project by Monika Auch!
Weeflab invites artists, designers and scientists to reflect and cooperate about the concept of weaving.
Weeflab is situated in Amsterdam Noord.
New work_winter 2022Series Journey
Interiors_new weavings_winter 2021 To warm interior spaces.
A.I.R. in Denmark July/August 2021A studio in Sjaelland, at short term notice, work in a remote place. Contain = to keep within limits; not to allow to spread. (Cambridge English dictionary) Several series of works, made at different locations. Photo: studio detail of container pieces. Length: 4,5 m, Height: 0.5m
The intelligence of the hand Peer reviewed article in 'Crafting in a digital age', this chapter places the hand in the centre of contemporary art practice. The article is written from the hybrid viewpoint of the author as M.D. and weaver who works with threedimensional weaving on a computerized loom. The article defines essential aspects of creative making. It discusses dexterity, the development of material sensibility and cognitive processes in relation to the current use of digital tools in art practice. The discussion is illustrated by interviews with contemporary makers. It describes the author’s research project, ‘Stitch_your_brain’ with some preliminary results. >>>> articles
Wabi Sabi collectionCollection of scarves, playing with endless design possibilities to keep tactile and visual senses sharp: a number of scarves woven on a very fine GOTS wool and silk warp, the weft is a spontaneous combination of salvaged yarns with 'mending' details of inlaid scraps and textured threads. Each inch/cm is unique since I get bored weaving repeats. For prices and shipping: mail info [at] monikaauch.nl images and more:
Women in Art Brut, historic origins and contemporary artists. In-depth articles about female artists, their textile work in Art Brut and it's origins in 19th century psychiatry. Published in Surface Design Journal, 2019 and Dutch TxP magazine. After discovering a young contemporary Outsider artist at the Outsider art Gallery in Amsterdam I portrayed her in an interview.Embroidered jacket by Agnes Richter (1873-?) and detail, courtesy of Sammlung Prinzhorn
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 a production technique for fashion and interior fabrics. Weaving is about life making connections and constructing beauty.
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 connects traditional and digital techniques with smart materials and innovative discoveries. .
Vincent Van Gogh's weaver drawingsVincent van Gogh's numerous drawings and studies of weavers are a source of inspiration. Art & Quarantaine. Weeflab re-enacts: Weaver, with a baby in a high chair. Vincent Van Gogh, (1853-1890), Nuenen, January 1884, pencil, ink, watercolor, on paper, 31,5x39,9cm, credits: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent Van Gogh Foundation)
Artist in residence Norway
Into Nordic colors What are the colors of Norway? National folklore shows brightly colored clothes and decorations, Edvard Munch’s paintings are a turbulent mix of bright colors. However - the association with Norway is of subdued colors, muted tones and earth shades. A two month’s retreat as artist in residence in a remote Norwegian village at Hardanger Fjord started an investigation into the Nordic color palet. Arriving on a chilly, wet June afternoon at Bergen airport I was greeted by dark letters spelling ‘Bergen?’ on a wall of granite rocks behind the bus station. A premonition that Nordic colors have a background of grey, shiny material - rocks and rain? Researching colors, restoring an old, traditional loom, dyeing, designing and weaving Nordic Ikat patterns resulted in a series of wall panelsshown later in the year at a private sales event in The Netherlands.
Private view Nordic colors
Work made at international A.I.R. Messen, Hardangerfjord was shown in a private sales event to collectors and friends. The technical restrictions of a 4-shaft traditional loom were a welcome challenge from working on my computerized loom. In a painterly approach several wall-panels were made, using hand-dyed vintage linnen warp and weft, adding locally salvaged yarns, fishing line and bark from birch trees. photo: Wouter Stelwagen >>read more scroll down right hand side
Online go to >>> sneak-preview Focus on Weaving: Daniel Soliman, conservator for Egypt at the National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden, gives a brilliant online tour of the exhibition Textiles from Egypt. Precious antique pieces and contemporary work by QS2 and Weeflab. 1 June - 28 September 2020. The large pieces in the background are contemporary work by QS2 and WEEFLAB >>>> rondleiding Youtube.
Wishing you all a creative New Year
'...that peculiar human ability to weave stories from the past into the texture of present lives.' Tim Ingold, Being Alive
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
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 in the making and knowing project.
Weeflab@Craft shows in 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
Stitch Your Brain
‘Stitch Your Brain’ is a long-term study by artist and former medical doctor Monika Auch that explores the significance of creating with one’s hands in the digital age and the effects of slow, tactile creation on cognitive learning, health, and well-being. The book features over 100 stitched brains created by participants, serving as intimate self-portraits and a documentation of evolving perspectives on global issues over the past decade. The study’s data analysis and interpretation offer insights into the relationship between creativity, stress management, age, well-being, and skill learning, while experts in various fields provide commentary on its broader significance, highlighting the intersection of art, science, and neuroscience.
I love working with rookies! They are slow, make mistakes, ask many elementary questions. They always make me realize how far I moved into nerd territory by challenging the walls of technical and material knowledge. Bonus - rookies come up with fresh ideas! Invited by Dr. Ana Serrano, Assistant professor, coordinator of the textile course in conservation-and-restoration, University of Amsterdam, I had the pleasure to teach a hands-on weaving workshop to 1st year master students. In previous years, we had two days to race through basic technical and material facts of weaving. Now it is a crash course of 3 hours. Five focussed students on five looms, ranging from the most simple rigid heddle loom to a CAD/CAM machine. Working at warping speed they demonstrated impressive dexterity, insight and potential in material literacy with interesting woven pieces.
https://www.textilmidstod.is research and works about colors of the North.
march 2023, two lectures HOW TO construct - from inspiration to design for Dutch Weefnetwerk
Summer 2022, Artist in Residence at KH Messen, Hardangerfjord, NO - weaving, workshops in dyeing, Hardanger embroidery
DeFKa Research Essay: Ik weef tijd/I weave timeIn DeFKa Research, Archivering SC05 schrijft Gert Wijlage over: Hand en hoofd, industrie en immaterieel erfgoed, ethiek en ideaal. Een dialoog met mijn essay 'Ik weef tijd' en over conceptueel ambacht, branding, personalisatie van kunst in de hedendaagse praktijk. 'Het eeuwenoude gebruik van weven als ambacht met grote metaforische kracht en waarvan het constructieve ook wel vergeleken wordt met het tot stand komen van architectuur.' ISBN9789464480603
Nederlands Weefnetwerk April 2022 Over werken als Artist in Residence in het buitenland
2021 Two months at a remote place in Sjaelland, Denmark.
Craft and Health
The Zen in stitch and bitch >>read article in TxP online
Artist in residence at Hardanger Fjord
Impressions of work made at Hardangerfjord >>>monikaauch.nl
Lecture at Outsider Art Gallerie
March 2018 // Amsterdam
About creativity, vulnerability and well being
Rijks Museum Oudheden
Coaching textielgroep QS2
De ervaringen van deelnemers in Textiel Plus
Informatie mail info[at]monikaauch.nl
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