Claire

Zandvliet

Soft installations & textile research

If Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch had a love-baby, well then that would be me! I am an artist with a passion for all things soft. Think colorful cozy materials, stuff found in dumpsters and lots of fluff. In addition to making art, I research textiles and work for cultural institutions as production assistant.

Power to the soft!

Biography

As an artist with a passion for all things soft, textiles often play a major role in my work. My mom taught me how to sew at a young age and I have warm memories of the times crafting at our kitchen table. Later my artistic journey expanded into carpentry, upholstery, photography and digital design. In my 20's studied commercial graphic design, but multiple art courses and connecting with other artists tought me aproatches to create more freely. Nowadays I let the randomness of environment inspire me!

“The randomness of my environment inspires me.”

I work with materials I find on the streets like wood, discarded furniture, clothing, mattresses, herbs, mud, etc. I visit markets and buy fabrics that give me a nice feeling when I touch them. I thrift machines and experiment with all kinds of techniques. I use what comes on my path and combine it with a good dose of humor. Through letting my surroundings inspire me like this, ideas that pop up in my head every moment of the day.

“Being soft is seen as a weakness,

but is it really?”

Themes that often come back in my work are (dis)comfort and vulnerability. In the world I was brought up in, society's softies are drowned out by harsh opinions and loud shouters. Being soft is seen as a weakness, but is it really? Or can we learn more if we just listened more carefully? Power to the soft!


Bollie 2021

Bollie, 2021

Discover & build soft worlds.

selfportrait, 2020

Portfolio

Soft works created over the past years.

Bollie (2021)

Huggable furniture. Strap it to whatever you like and receive affection on your terms.


Materials: wood, foam, dotted fabric, strap

Kraplap (2024)

A modern take on the old-fashioned Dutch traditional costume from Spakenbrug.


Materials: cotton, fiberfill, embroidery yarn

Wandtapuit (2022)

A tapestry depicting Carpet Bird. The pun only makes sense in Dutch.


Materials: burlap, wool, carpet glue

Soft cities (2023)

'Soft Cities' is an interactive traveling quilt. Together with differt communities, I shape this blanket into the soft city of our shared dreams. By cutting, pasting and embroidering fabric, we create a place together where we feel at home.

You are invited to add what you think the city needs when participating in one of its workshops.


‘Soft Cities’ was on display at Podium Sleutelwoord (2023), OOK huis (2023) and TROEF Leiden (2024).


Materials: cotton, fiberfill, embroidery yarn





borrelbig (2021)

A cute piglet with a basket on its back that serves lazy pigs sausages.


Materials: walking toy pig, plastic, ribbon, fuet

cozy kittens (2020)

A crochet pillow filled with cats of all kinds and shapes.


Materials: wool, beads

Egg titties (2020)

Some knitted titties to keep your eggs warm and cozy.


Materials: wool

Riet (2021)

What is your favorite piece of furniture and why? Can you build an intimate bond with a piece of furniture? And what happens to that relationship as the piece of furniture transfigures and other people become involved? "Riet" is a research into the sexual relationship between man and object. Performance, poetry, photography and video (https://youtu.be/cq5YbfV7Krg). Riet is a common Dutch female name and translates as reed.


Riet’ was on display in the Kunsthal Rotterdam in August 2021.


Materials: a wicker chair


SelfPortrait (2020)

Pattern created by stacking routes of frequently taken walks during Covid.


Materials: cotton, fiberfill, wool

Support Yourself (2023)

Some self love and care. A bralette designed for International Women's Day.


Materials: velvet, cotton, elastic

Participeer Meer (2021)

Lake of disposable plastic of created by museum visitors.


Materials: plastic

soft and cozy is my comfort zone.

Bollie, 2021

Artist Resume

Exhibitions

2024

Soft Struggles | Troef Leiden


2023

Podium Sleutelwoord | Wibar Leiden

Fit an Ocean in a Cup | Galerie Niffo Rotterdam

#IKBENKUNST | Centraal Station Rotterdam

All You Can Art | Kunsthal Rotterdam


2022

All You Can Art | Kunsthal Rotterdam


2021

Uitalage | Utrecht Marketing

All You Can Art | Kunsthal Rotterdam

Productions

2023

Art-S-Cool | Coordinator of art education on high schools.

Zit Zat Gezeten. Nu Ga Ik Staan! | Production assistant of Tirzo Martha for artparade Binnenhof on invitation of the Senate (Eerste Kamer)

All You Can Art | Floor manager at Kunsthal Rotterdam


2022

All You Can Art | Floor manager at Kunsthal Rotterdam


2019

In to the Great Wide Open | Set builder for Triomf

collectives

All Year Round | Founder

All Year Round is an artist collective of AYCA Summerschool alumni & friends. We organize network meetings, workshops and exhibitions.


Take A Way | Member

Creative neighbors of Rotterdam South meet every week to make coffee, share stories and make.

Education

2022 School of Unlived Worlds | Jonge Harten Groningen

2021 All You Can Art Summer School | Kunsthal Rotterdam

2013 - 2018 Communicatie en Media Design, Hogeschool Utrecht

Contact

Get in touch!

Phone

+31 (0)644256200

Email

cl.zandvliet@gmail.com

Instagram

@naaiclubnoord