Robijn Sonneveld is an Amsterdam based textile artist. She is known for her sensuous free flowing felt collages. Full of vitality and made from a deep love for life. They allow you to feel your own nature.
The artworks are nature abstractions, rich in textures and composed in sophisticated shades of color. A self-developed craft process built from half a lifetime of textile experience.
For eleven years since Jack a black labrador came into my life, I have been walking almost every day. The morning is my favourite walk, when the city gets going, I walk in the still quiet park or on the vast heather. With an empty fresh head I am absorbed in nature.
At first I only saw paths surrounded by trees but over time I began to notice more and more. The course of the seasons, the light, the cloudscapes, the bird life….the scents. There in nature everything goes its own way and without laws, rules or targets. Each day the dawn dispels the darkness calmly and unhurriedly, every springtime the magnolia blossoms and storms don’t last forever. Everything is in a flow, in its own form and rhythm, there is no right or wrong.
And so step by step I became part of nature itself. Noticing my feet knowing what to do and taking their steps. My heart needs no command to keep beating. It showed me that I can trust in my ability to respond naturally to the circumstances in my life. Beyond my ego. Transforming the unruly, frozen into liquid free-flowing.
I call it the power of softness. Embracing the life that awaits me. And awaits you.
The entire manual work process is born from that awareness. With my felted wool tapestries I explore natural action. I follow my creative skills, my heart, my hands, my eyes . Being open to the possibilities that present themselves. The collages have no beginning and no end, they can continue to grow endlessly. Where one begins another ends and one begins.
A commissioned work of art is a valuable collaboration between me and the client. The client’s perception of the world and environment are important and are included in the creative process.
Size and colours are chosen in agreement.