Veronica PockThe Netherlands
I have worked as an independent designer/maker since graduating in 2004 from the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, The Netherlands, with a degree in printed and constructed textiles specialising in weave.
In 2007, I was awarded a start-up scholarship by the Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam, and this enabled me to set up my weaving studio. My work has received prizes from the European Wool Awards 2003 (funded by the Australian Wool Innovation company) and the Bradford Textile Society, and has been published in ‘Patterns – New Surface Design’ by Drusilla Cole (Laurence King Publishing, London, UK) and Textiel Plus magazine (in Dutch; issue number 211, Spring 2010).
As a weaver, my aim is to create textiles with depth and character using colour and structure. To me, a textile is not simply a flat piece of material; it is many layered, and the story behind the textile, the process of its making and things that have happened to it during that process, are of great importance. Winning the European Wool Awards sparked my interest in the unique properties of wool and how it behaves in combination with other yarns. By mixing wool with other yarns in the warp and weft and using contrasting weave structures I create highly textured one-off items such as scarves and cushions.
Originally from the UK, I moved to The Netherlands in 2000. I now work in my studio in The Hague with views over the city towards the coast. I am inspired by the colours and forms of nature, and in particular by holidays to the West Coast of Scotland. I currently sell my work locally and via the internet.