Jeannet Leendertse

"My studio's name is "mooizeg," which is Dutch for "very nice!" Having grown up on the Dutch coast, my work now responds to the rugged coast of Maine, where I find minimilism and sculptural form in the landscape and its creatures."

Jeannet Leendertse's experience as an award-winning book designer informs her fiber work. Her love for graphic qualities like rhythm, layering, and transparency presents itself in a timeless aesthetic.

Leendertse works with fiber in a variety of techniques. Her graphic silk scarves deconstruct the typographic form. Her felt and silk cowls celebrate the beauty of repeating line in the form of pleats, which she creates one at a time using the ancient technique of shibori.

As a child, Jeannet Leendertse loved to craft with fabric using her grandmother's hand-crank sewing machine. She went on to study design at the Academy St. Joost in the Netherlands. At 27, she moved to New York. She later studied at West Dean College in England and MassArt to perfect her fiber art skills. She now resides in Boston and Blue Hill, Maine. Her silk scarves and felt cowls have been featured at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and can be found in a variety of museum shops and galleries.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Fiber Art Now: Excellence in Fiber, New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA, 2017
Fiber Art Now: Excellence in Fiber, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA, 2018
Surface Design Association: The Art of Labor, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA, 2018