Alexandra Drenth | Embroidery
Diciplines: hand embroidery, collage techniques in textile

“This work is about the creative process, the road I travel, embroidery becomes meditation, and then you can create anything you want.”

Embroiderer Alexandra Drenth (1964), based in Amsterdam creates vibrant and mystical textile collages. Taking inspiration from music lyrics and poetry, Alexandra combines old and new to create timeless pieces. Started as a photographer and oil painter she works mainly in textiles. The central theme in her work is sensitivity, particular seen from a female perspective, with exciting combinations of textile materials, the timeless character, between the old and the new. Releasing the traditional form makes her work liberating and gives new opportunities. Hand embroidered lyrics play an important role, they tell experiences of women lives, mystical experiences, melancholic, sometimes full of desire looking for a loved one, complemented by natural elements such as plants, flowers, in hand embroidery. For her clothing she travels back to the past. Materials from a timeless place, a mix between sentiment, tradition and transience. Re-use of textile materials is the starting point of all her work. Her textiles are a journey through time where no sense of time exists.

Exposition Connections & My Work:

“I have a passion to create, I don’t want to say anything just to give a feeling, beauty and compassion. My work is about our emotional life, making a connection, and sharing our feelings”

Emotional landscapes between now and then

New Gold Dream, wall hanging, 2015, height 140 x width 250 cm (variable in width), hand embroidery, oil paint figures, lace, gold bouillon, embroidered applications, embroidery and sewing thread.

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Soft Parade, wall hanging, 2016, height 230 x width 140 cm, hanging on a bamboo stick, hand embroidery, oil paint figures, lace, gold bouillon, embroidered applications.

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Morning Reflections, wall hanging, 2017, height 235 x width 70 cm, hanging on a bamboo stick, hand embroidery, oil paint figures, lace, gold bouillon, embroidered applications, embroidery and sewing thread.

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Childhood Dreams

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Goldie Pillow

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Olga

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