Since 1955, Loes Veenstra has knitted more than 550 sweaters. Untill recently she had them stored in boxes, in the attic of her home on 2nd Carnisse Street, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The sweaters have never been worn.
Museum Rotterdam discovered Loes, ‘the knitting lady’, when searching for contemporary heritage, stories and crafts in the Charlois neighbourhood. Commissioned by DNA Charlois, Christien Meindertsma designed the book Het verzameld breiwerk van Loes Veenstra uit de 2e Carnissestraat. Meindertsma enjoys exploring the life of such products. In her designs she intends to regain understanding of processes – like knitting that have become so distant in industrialization. Mrs. Veenstra’s sweaters were displayed for all to see in a festive flash mob in her street.
Sweaters by Loes marks the beginning of the DNA Charlois project by WANDSCHAPPEN. In the coming years, WANDSCHAPPEN intends to develop 160 products with 160 inhabitants of 160 nationalities in Charlois, Rotterdam, cooperating with 160 Rotterdam designers, commissioned by 160 Rotterdam companies.
(text from exhibition Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven)