31 x 31 cm
€ 300 / £ 265
Almost all of my quilts refer to writing. I was a journalist before I became an artist, and language and communication continue to be my main source of inspiration. I like words, both because of their graphic quality and because of their ability to convey meaning. The text on my pieces, however, is not meant to be contemplated for its meaning. It is there to be seen – rather than to be read – and to be seen as a symbol of communication.
I am especially inspired by the walls with torn posters, faded advertisements and overlapping graffiti – arbitrary layers creating meaning through systems of fragmentations and associations, a language well-known to us from the media, advertising and computer.
Through my walks in the city I collect street –memories. I photograph signs and symbols and text fragments and make (thermofax) screens with which I print onto cloth. I apply a variety of surface design techniques including painting, printing, rubbing, rusting and discharge and construct my quilts like a collage with many layers of cotton, linen, cheese cloth and paper joined by extensive hand- and machine stitching.
Jette was born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark, but she has lived and worked for many years in USA and the Netherlands. Since 2005 she lives in Antwerp, Belgium.
Her formal education is in journalism and art history. After years of teaching and writing about art, she worked for more than ten years at the Dutch Textile Museum in Tilburg curating exhibitions, a.o. the very first European Art Quilts exhibition in 1997. Since 1998 she has worked full time as a studio artist. She has exhibited widely in USA, Europe and Asia, and she is sought after teacher for workshops in surface design.
Jette has been a member of the European group Quilt Art since 2000.