Besides being selected for the KunstSmullen Heeze exhibition I was invited to lead an art project at one of the local primary schools, the results of which were going to be exhibited next to other community projects along the art route as well.
I let kids of 4 levels, aged 6 - 9, wrap large pine cones, branches, plastic bottles and thick wire with strips cut from their own old clothes and tied with remnants of knitting yarn. In this way I made them more aware of the enormous amount of waste we are all producing next to realising that much can be reused. The techniques were not difficult, the kids had so much fun in making the art pieces and more than 100 wonderful and colourful wrappers - as we called them - were created.
More images of the KunstSmullen Heeze 2018 art route.

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18_Dirk Hezius_groep 3(700)
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18_Dirk Hezius_groep 5(700)
18_Dirk Hezius_groep 6(700)

Serendipity maximus

12 October - 12 November 2018, art route KunstSmullen 2018 Heeze, in the woods around conference center Kapellerput, Heeze.
Installation of about 30 gold painted trees to show the preciousness of nature.

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Serendipity maximus from Mirjam Pet-Jacobs on Vimeo.

Miniartextil Como 2018 - HUMANS

me2, 2018, 10 cm, plastic, pins, wire
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My work 'me2', 2018, diameter 18 cm, plastic, pins, silver wire at Miniartextil Como 2018 - Humans.
29 September - 18 November 2018, afterwards travelling.
Artistic reaction to the #metoo movement. The pins show the visible external and invisible internal pain a woman endures when treated as a sexual object. The hand stitching stresses the suffering. The plastic shows the transparency of the theme.

Exhibition The Nature of a Stitch

The Leave-taking, 2012, 136x145 cm, fabric
My work 'The Leave-taking', 2012, has been invited by the Sheehan Gallery at Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA, US, to be exhibited in the exhibition 'The Nature of a Stitch'. This exhibit highlights approximately 50 textile artworks whose imagery suggests ecological or biological aesthetics in nature.
29 August - 7 December 2018

US-THEM in Birmingham

Last year, after seeing my installation US-THEM in my solo in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, France, Heidi Drahota, curator of the travelling exhibition "Stuff for Thought", invited it to be added to this exhibition. The last venue would be the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, UK, August 2018.
As it was quite expensive to have it returned to me afterwards I decided to donate it to the curator to hopefully make some money out of it to sponsor "Stuff for Thought". I know how expensive exhibiting usually is.
It was interesting to see that she invited visitors to take some scraps from the pile and make a small flower of them with a piece of wire. With a kind humble request to donate some money to sponsor the exhibition. I hope many people will participate and realise that they are not just helping someone who has provided them with an exciting and important exhibition, but also that they have been part of a special conceptual installation…[more about the concept of US-THEM below]

Doing research for the theme of my project "What a Waste" I was shocked to learn that the textile industry is actually the second largest polluter in the world. So I decided to save all textile waste and threads that came from my studio to see what I myself was producing.
Preparing for the solo I divided the pile of scraps into white and coloured ones, expressing thus how present society is polarising more and more on a geographical, political and social level.
Truly stuff for thought…