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“Flourish: Marjolein Dallinga & Jantje Visscher” opens at South Dakota Art Museum

Flourish !

By Carolyne Hart February 26, 2019

Telephone number: 605-688-4313


Flourish: Marjolein Dallinga & Jantje Visscher, a Jodi Lundgren curated exhibition, opens today at South Dakota Art Museum and runs through Aug. 4, 2019. As the museum’s Curator of Exhibits, Lundgren is adept at identifying and connecting artists and works with contrasting styles and mediums tied together through common themes and sources of inspiration.

In Flourish, visitors experience Marjolein Dallinga’s intriguing felted sculptural works displayed alongside Jantje Visscher’s dazzling drawings in light. Together, the vibrancy of light and shadow, color and material, and organic patterns take center stage. United through the drama and beauty of organic unfolding, these works provide a magical view of natural forms.

Marjolein Dallinga’s felted forms emphasize color and the physicality of material while Visscher’s light drawings emphasize the immateriality of light and shadow. Despite a major divergence between the practices of these two artists in terms of their materials and processes, both artists embrace organic dynamics in the creation of powerful works with visceral appeal. Their abstraction of natural elements heightens the viewer’s experience of universal organic aesthetics. Alluring and mysterious forms pull viewers up close to discover the richness of glimmering or saturated details. Layers upon layers build into vast networks of beautifully interconnected patterns. The expansion and scaling of simple root elements into these substantial and mesmerizing forms replicate a natural process that imbues these works with the pulsing vigor of life, growth, and infinite possibility.

Lundgren brought the artworks of these two artists together for the first time through a process of discovery and connection that is typical of her curated exhibitions. She first became aware of Dallinga’s practice after South Dakota Art Museum Director, Lynn Verschoor, also a fiber artist in her own right, participated in a Minnesota Felting Guild workshop led by Dallinga at the Textile Center in Minneapolis. Lundgren said that Verschoor was so enthusiastic about Dallinga’s work that she began putting the pieces in place to bring her felted sculptures and wearable costume art to South Dakota Art Museum. “Lynn was entranced with Dallinga’s work and I knew that others would be too. I could see they would be intriguing to people with and without a deep appreciation for felting and fiber arts,” Lundgren noted.

Marjolein-south-dakota-art-museum0000000000In parallel, Lundgren was beginning the curation process for Ripple Effects: Artworks from the Permanent Collection (November 15, 2018 – May 5, 2019). A 1987 Visscher painting in the museum’s collection caught Lundgren’s attention and led her to learn about Visscher’s more recent exhibitions of light sculptures. “Her use of light as a drawing material is fascinating. Installing her works is challenging but well worth the effort when I see how visitors react and interact with them,” Lundgren said.

Marjolein Dallinga

Marjolein Dallinga’s sculptures are built through the process of wet felting, whereby layers of wool fibers are worked by hand into solid pieces. Wet felting is an ancient technique that is incredibly direct and requires very little mechanical intervention. This allows for a painterly expressiveness and creative freedom that appeals to Dallinga, who has utilized it to amazing effects.

Dallinga studied graphic arts and painting at Minerva Academy, a fine arts institute in Groningen Holland, where she was born. After spending subsequent years mostly painting and drawing while raising a family in Canada, Marjolein Dallinga discovered felting and found a perfect fit between her artistic practice and personal lifestyle. As she fell in love with the discipline, the creation of simple accessories like handbags, mittens, and hats, gave way to teaching the techniques of felting through her Atelier Bloomfelt, and orders for custom-made pieces.

Marjolein Dallinga’s expansion into theatrical costumes and costume parts led to collaborations with Cirque du Soleil, which she feels is the most exciting outcome of her development because of its experimental nature. Marjolein Dallinga has become a noted fiber artist within the international sphere, submitting prize-winning works to the annual World of Wearable Art show (WOW) in New Zealand since 2011.


Jantje Visscher

Jantje Visscher uses light energy as a drawing material, creating wall installations out of focused light projected onto and through manipulated strips of transparent plastics. Most of Visscher’s works in various media involve an exploration of motion, pattern, and perception through the lens of science and geometry. Her light drawings focus on the physics of light and the optical effects of caustics, the scientific term for this envelope of reflections and refractions that is created when light hits curved or bent transparent materials. The ethereal, non-specific, rhythmic forms she creates inspire wonder and transcend the simplicity and mechanical nature of the materials she is working with.

Marjolein-south-dakota-art-museum000000Visscher earned an MFA from the University of California at Berkeley. She has received a Bush Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Midwest, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Her work is represented in the collections of the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Weisman Art Museum, and the Minnesota Museum of American Art. She has been a longtime part of the Twin Cities arts community—working as a painter, printmaker, photographer, sculptor, teacher and mentor. She is a founding member of the Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota and of the Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art.

About South Dakota Art Museum

South Dakota Art Museum is located at 1036 Medary Avenue in Brookings and is open daily except for upcoming holiday and winter closures: May 27 (Memorial Day), July 4 (Independence Day) and Sundays through March. Admission to the museum is free. Parking is also free in the museum’s reserved lot just west of the museum on Harvey Dunn Street.

For more information, call (605) 688-5423,
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Bloomfelt ; Marjolein Dallinga Kelowna city

May 6th – 10th Wearable art

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Feutre Formation France 

July 15th – 24th

France : La Couech, 31310 Montbrun-Bocage

Phone : 05 61 98 12 22

July 15th-17th Sculptural felt

July 20th-24th wearable art

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Bloomfelt ; Marjolein Dallinga ; Austria ; Viena

Sawatoo Fiber Artist

« Form in Felt with Marjolein Dallinga »

July 11th, 9 am to july 13th, 5pm :

art, felting, sculpture workshop :

Sawatoo Fiber Artist Web site

Telephone : 0676 5429543

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Bloomfelt, Marjolein Dallinga, Wolknoll logo

Wollknoll GmbH
Forsthausstraße 7
74420 Oberrot-Neuhausen

July 1st – 5th : sculpture workshop

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 Contact : Geschäftsführerin: Sonja Fritz

Bloomfelt in Russia, St Petersburg

Bloomfelt in USSR in october !

The prestigious international exhibition tour WOW – World of Wearable Art move to St-Petersburg in Russia !


Erarta Museum, St Petersburg, on Saturday 6th October 2018  until Sunday 3rd February 2019, not a revolution !

Bloomfelt, Logo WOW where Marjolein has presented several works move to Russia in october !
Bloomfelt, Logo WOW where Marjolein has presented several works move to Russia in october !

We are delighted to advise you that the latest WOW – World of Wearable Art exhibition will open to the public in St Petersburg, Russia at the Erarta Museum on Saturday 6th October 2018 where it will be showcased until Sunday 3rd February 2019. The Erarta Museum is the largest private museum in Russia, whose collection, containing 2800 works by more than 300 artists from various regions of the country, is on permanent exhibit, and temporary exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, photography, fashion, design, architecture, and video art, of which there are over 50 staged every year. For seven years of its existence.
the Erarta Museum has been included in ―Top ten museums of Russia according to Trip Advisor tourist portal. National Geographic magazine has named the museum among the Petersburg’s top five places worth visiting.

It has also become the first museum of contemporary art to be presented at the Google Art Project.

The previous exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts which ended in June 2017 was another huge success with total visitation of 77,000 visitors. We were advised that it was one of the top ten highest-rated exhibitions they have ever hosted.


Phantasmagorical felt of Marjolein Dallinga

Here is reproduced in its integrality, the chronicle announced a few days ago on the visit of the show La Fabrique culturelle .tv” by Tele-Quebec on the premises of Studio 42, the magical place where Marjolein Dallinga draws inspiration from the rejuvenating nature of the Laurentian region in Quebec.

Nature that she appreciates above all else, it is also the place where she will henceforth give workshops devoted to her Art in a paradisiac framework favoring the creation and the expression of the natural talents just waiting to emerge in a place as beautiful!

And now, let’s see the report! :

Bloomfelt, Phantasmagorical felt of Marjolein Dallinga La Fabrique culturelle .tv" by Tele-Quebec to see the article and the video on the original site, click on the picture!
Bloomfelt, Phantasmagorical felt of Marjolein Dallinga La Fabrique culturelle .tv” by Tele-Quebec to see the article and the video on the original site, click on the picture!

Phantasmagorical felt of Marjolein Dallinga

Having had the chance to experiment and refine her technique with Cirque du Soleil and rub shoulders with the great François Barbeau, Marjolein Dallinga brings the ancient technique of felting away from busy trails. His pieces are large, long, colorful, organic, spectacular. Sometimes they go, or else blend in nature. Walk and meet at the Bloomfelt workshops in Gore, in the Laurentians.

Marjolein’s practice is so singular that many organizations all over the world are asking this woman every year to come and teach felting at home. She also devotes several months a year to teaching, a journey that often allows her to revisit her native country, the Netherlands.


Director, camera and editing: Yves Whissell

Coordination: Nadine Deschamps and François DesRochers

Model: Michelle Bastien

Costume Creation: Bloomfelt; Marjolein Dallinga for World of Wearable Art - New Zealand

Eugène Ionesco’s “Les chaises” at the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Montreal, Canada

  1. Bloomfelt in the world of the show, the circus, the theater, choreography and music

Marjolein Dallinga also creates unique costumes and original works for performing arts companies in the world of entertainment, theater, circus …

Bloomfelt's costumes for Eugène Ionesco's play "Les chaises": Photo Olivier Jean, La Presse
Bloomfelt’s costumes for Eugène Ionesco’s play “Les chaises”: Photo Olivier Jean, La Presse

This is most recently the case for Eugène Ionesco‘s “Les chaises” at The Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (TNM) from May 8 to June 2, 2018.:

Bloomfelt's costumes for Eugène Ionesco's play "Les chaises": Photo Olivier Jean, La Presse
Bloomfelt’s costumes for Eugène Ionesco’s play “Les chaises”: Photo Olivier Jean, La Presse

A classic absurd theater that dates back to 1952, is taken up by two monuments of the Quebec scene on the stage of the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde: Gilles Renaud, 73, will play the Old Man. And Monique Miller, 84, will play the Old Woman. The challenge of this text is up to the talent of the two performers, directed by the director Frédéric Dubois. “

According to an article by Katia Gagnon, La Presse, Posted on May 07, 2018 at 14h56 | Updated on May 07, 2018 at 14:56

Les chaises: un classique, deux monuments

Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Montreal, Quebec from Wikipedia

Bloomfelt, Logo of the TNM where Ionesco's "les chaises" was performed
Bloomfelt, Logo of the TNM where Ionesco’s “les chaises” was performed

According to Wikipedia,The Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (TNM) is a theatre company and venue located on rue Sainte-Catherine in Montreal, Quebec. Founded in 1951, it launched with the classic play L’Avare by Molière.

Initially located at the Gesù (1951–1958), it subsequently moved to the Orpheum, then after 1966 it transferred to the salle Port-Royal at Place des Arts and remained there until 1972.

In 1972, the TNM bought the building where the Gayety Theatre and later the Théâtre de la Comédie-Canadienne once performed. The building was renovated in 1997 by Montreal architect Dan Hanganu”

The World of WearableArt™ (WOW) in New Zealand and Australia

Costume Creation: Bloomfelt; Marjolein Dallinga for World of Wearable Art - New Zealand
Costume Creation: Bloomfelt; Marjolein Dallinga for World of Wearable Art – New Zealand


Bloomfelt, Logo WOW where Marjolein has presented several works
Bloomfelt, Logo WOW where Marjolein has presented several works

The World of WearableArt™ (WOW) Awards Show is New Zealand’s largest sell-out performance show. In a two-hour spectacular of breath-taking choreography, theatre and music, art is taken off the wall and onto the human form as WearableArt. The high energy show needs no narration, no explanation and has no language barriers.

Guest judge Mark D’Arcy, a New York-based creative arts and media expert, said the WOW Awards Show

“makes Lady Gaga look like a librarian and has more originality and creativity per minute than any other show i’ve ever seen.”

Le Cirque du Soleil

Bloomfelt, Logo of Cirque du Soleil for whom Marjolein created several unique original works
Bloomfelt, Logo of Cirque du Soleil for whom Marjolein created several unique original works
Bloomfelt's costumes for Eugène Ionesco's play "Les chaises": Photo Olivier Jean, La Presse
Bloomfelt’s costumes for Eugène Ionesco’s play “Les chaises”: Photo Olivier Jean, La Presse

World famous Cirque du Soleil is a Canadian entertainment company specializing in contemporary circus.
Its head office is in Montreal, Quebec; The company is distinguished by a different artistic vision of traditional circus, including the absence of animals, a great importance given to acting, and based primarily on acrobatics exhibitions.

Cirque du Soleil has earned a solid international reputation for the excellence of its breathtaking shows and the originality of its sets, lighting and costumes.




An article published  in FeltMatters Magazine




My home is in Quebec and every day I walk in the deep Laurentian forest with its lakes and streams. Taking those daily strolls makes me very aware of the constant changes and natural life cycles. When I travel to teach felting workshops, one of my greatest joys is to discover new landscapes with their vegetation, animals, and minerals. These adventures give me great energy and lots of new ideas. I often dream of something deep and colourful which moves and is very mysterious. There are many corners, strange places, and holes, and I feel them on and under my skin.

True creativity does not spring from momentary inspiration. It derives from much experimentation and many mistakes, and doing things over and over again. It comes from dreaming, from the workings of the subconscious from which, occasionally, something materialises. For several years,I have tried to shape, sculpt, fold and cut this warm and woolly material. During the process of felting, it metamorphoses from an array of loose colourful fibres into a strongsturdy textile. Only by dealing with difficulty does creativity come forth. It is from the dance of conflicting emotions that creativity and art are born. Although sculpture is usually perceived as static, I see it more as movement – the movement of wool fibres into felt – and as long as there is movement, there is life.
I love poetry: this poem comes from the Irish poet :

John O’Donohue.

I would like to end my
article with his words.

I am the wind on the sea;
I am the ocean wave;
I am the sound of the billows;
I am the seven-horned stag;
I am the hawk on the cliff;
I am the dewdrop in sunlight;
I am the fairest of flowers;
I am the raging boar;
I am the salmon in the deep pool;
I am the lake on the plain;
I am the meaning of the poem;
I am the point of the spear;
I am the god that makes fire in the head;
Who levels the mountain?
Who speaks the age of the moon?
Who has been where the sun sleeps?
Who, if not I?

I: bl00mfelt
F: bloomfelt
P: Marjolein Dallinga
Marjolein Dallinga
& Philippe Doucet

Free fall


free fall


The way you can go

isn’t the real way.

The name you can say

isn’t the real name.

Heaven and earth

begin in the unnamed:

name’s the mother

of the ten thousand things.

So the unwanting soul

sees what’s hidden,

and the ever-wanting soul

sees only what it wants.

Two things, one origin,

but different in name,

whose identity is mystery.

Mystery of all mysteries!

The door to the hidden.

Ursula K. Le Guin



I have been working very hard for more than two months to create “Mélusine”.

She is 3 meters long and has 596 openings.

To make it all happen, I received some weeks of assistance from one of my students.

Thanks for your generosity,  Tinie!

It took 8 days to felt it completely…..

She seems to belong to the water.

Melusine is a figure of European folklore, a feminine spirit of fresh water in a sacred spring or river. She is usually depicted as a woman who is a serpent from the waist down (much like a mermaid)