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WE MAKE CARPETS does not make carpets. At least, not the kind of carpet you can walk on. WE MAKE CARPETS, consisting of Marcia Nolte, Stijn van der Vleuten and Bob Waardenburg, mix traditional skills and a critical view of the consumer society in unusual carpets.

In June, “We Make Carpets” installed exhibitions at the Moody Center for The Arts in Houston, TX and the National Gallery of Singapore. Both will be open until the 8th of September.

Crepe Paper – Moody Center for the Arts

Moody Installation

For their Moody installation, the artists were inspired to use vibrantly dyed crêpe paper after a visit to Houston and seeing the bright colors and handmade production of piñatas. Crêpe Paper Carpet was constructed over a multi-week period in the Central Gallery where floor-to-ceiling windows will allow it to be seen by viewers both in and outside the building.

Singapore – Tube Carpet
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Singapore Installation

The “Hands On” Exhibit is part of the Children’s Festival for Big Dreamers. We Make Carpets, taps into the creative potential of everyday objects, experimenting with different materials to create playful and intricate works of art. Their inventive artworks helps to see familiar objects in new and interesting ways! From pool noodles to kitchen sponges, the installations show there are many things in a home that can be used to create art.

Singapore – Sponge Carpet

The trio made their first carpet in 2009. They were collaborating in the ‘Instant Nature’ exhibition during that year’s Dutch Design Week. In the forest they collected pine cones and needles. These became Forest Carpet. The shape appealed to them and they developed their collaboration making six more carpets. ‘There never was a preconceived plan, like “from now on the three of us will make carpets”. It just happened. At the same time we had the feeling it might lead somewhere.’

The carpets come about in the same way: naturally. There is no design. The material, location and size are set but other than that they work intuitively. Anyone can begin. In the centre. Follow long days on their knees or in other uncomfortable positions. Often till deep at night. ‘It’s a bit like meditating. We work in unity, always with the three of us, hardly taking any breaks.

In June, “We Make Carpets” installed exhibitions at the Moody Center for The Arts in Houston, TX and the National Gallery of Singapore. Both will be open until the 8th of September.

Moody Installation

For their Moody installation, the artists were inspired to use vibrantly dyed crêpe paper after a visit to Houston and seeing the bright colors and handmade production of piñatas. Crêpe Paper Carpet was constructed over a multi-week period in the Central Gallery where floor-to-ceiling windows will allow it to be seen by viewers both in and outside the building.

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