Sunbirds & Tropical Flowers 2.0

(Suikerbekkies & Suikerbossies)

Most tropical flowers are colourful and have long tubular calyx full of sugary nectar. These plants have customized and adjusted their shape and size for the beaks of local sunbirds, to be exclusively available for them. Sunbirds also feed on all the insects that visit the flower, and this helps in protecting the flower from being eaten: mutualistic symbiosis.

The Art of Living Together

The Art of Living Together is my signature collection of limited-edition tufted and woven tapestries. I’ve found the inspiration for the concept when traveling in Angola and South-Africa. The artworks are conceptually and visually translating my fascination for evolution and the natural phenomenon of symbiosis. The interaction between different species is emphasized through the correlation of the geometric and the organic, the abstract and the detailed, the digital and the tactile, the East and the West, the North and the South, and the old and the new. Dissimilar worlds that smoothly collide, interact and enforce each other.


From digital to tactile

For Sunbirds & Tropical Flowers 2.0 I selected, re-colored, altered and adjusted various elements of more than 100 images and photos to create the bursting composition. I translated this digital artwork to Jacquard woven textile using various weaving techniques. The yarns are from Pure New Wool, Mercerized Cotton and NewLife® Polyester and all is made within a sustainable textile production in The North of Europe.

Sunbirds & Tropical Flowers 2.0 contains (parts of) images made by Tjitske and: Dave Newbould – Agata Create – Anindhya Sundar – Anna Christien Piebenga  (my mom) – Ansie Potgieter – Bannon Morrissy – Bradley Howington – Chris – Charles – Colin Watts – David Clode – Elizabeth Explores – Ian McKenzie Vincent – James Wainscoat – Jannet Serhan – Jeff Kingma – Kara Eads – Michael Dziedzic – Natalie Sedova – Nik Jeromel -Larisa Lofitskaya – Thanate Rooprasert – maratr – Carol Behan – Madhu Shesharam – Teddy – National Guard of the United States – Benjamas – Kiaoracmguth – Trudith – Josch – Momentmal – Bryan Hanson – Heidi Simpson – Fragis – Cor Gaasbeek – Freddie – Marisa – Michael Roth – Jean vd Meulen – many unknown global artists from the open-source platforms Rawpixel and Unsplash. Thanks to all these generous people! And thanks to nature, the main source of all. 


product-photos Uppix photo exhibition Zindzi Zwietering @ Kazerne

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