The collected knitwork of Loes Veenstra       2012

Museum Rotterdam and Wandschappen’s 2012 project focused on the working class Charlois neighbourhood of the city. Their ambition was to highlight what was important and relevant to the city now. They came across Loes Veenstra, a woman who had lived in Charlois her whole life and discovered the collection of handknit sweaters that she had been making. Meindertsma was approached to create a project about the Loes and her sweaters for the museum’s collection.

Loes had made 550 sweaters throughout her life and none of them had ever been worn. Meindertsma was initially asked to make a new object from the sweaters but soon an idea to catalogue the sweaters and make a surprise event for Loes emerged. The project became about creating a special moment for Loes herself; a parade including local bands and dancers filled the street where Loes lived, all wearing the sweaters she had knit.

Along with the film, the sweaters were catalogued, creating a permanent record of Loes work, and many were later auctioned.

COMMISSIONED BY:  Museum Rotterdam, Wandschappen
SPECIAL CREDITS:  Roel van Tour, Mathijs Labadie, Tim Roza and the many others who took part in the project.


Photography: Mathijs Labadie, Roel van Tour
Text edit: Laura Houseley
Graphic design: Kumi Hiroi
Coding: Henrik van Leeuwen


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