Joana Schneider (1990), born in Munich and currently living and working in The Netherlands, is a newly graduate from the Textile & Fashion department at the Royal Academy in The Hague.
Joana Schneider creates spacious installations and sculptural environments that present a sustainable contact with organic materials while shedding light on local creativity and industry. Schneider’s material-based approach pays tribute to labour-intensive techniques and makes the Dutch craftsmen central means throughout her oeuvre. Her intuitive working process is inspired by traditional working practices such as netmaking in the fisheries sector or roof thatching with reed.
Schneider’s playful use of exceptional materials merges with her love for the textile craft. Techniques such as embroidery, crochet, and tapestry making became her speciality whereby combining them with traditional techniques of netmaking such as the sailmaker‘s palm, pluis netting and dolly knotting. Her spacious, sometimes uncanny installations appeal to the viewers’ senses in many respects: visually, tactically and through it natural smell.
Winner in 2018 of the "Keep an Eye Textile & Fashion Award" from the Royal Academy The Hague
Joana Schneider works with natural dyes. In all of her working processes, she strives to value the rhythms of nature. Therefore, she uses natural dyeing techniques that do not interfere with the natural process of color decomposition. Intentionally the color will fade over time. However, if you would like to slow down the fading process, we recommend not exposing the work to sunlight.
This video shows the process of Joana Schneider de- and re-contextualizing materials and techniques from the harbour in Schevingen. Environmental consciousness is key to her designs, therefore she only works with postconsumer yarns as well as collected material that are reprocessed for her use.