Since 1955, Loes Veenstra († 2016) has knitted more than 550 sweaters. Untill 2012 she had them stored in boxes, in the attic of her home on 2nd Carnisse Street, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The sweaters had 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.
(text from exhibition Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven)