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Weavings with a feel

To bind, to cover or to divide.

Textile artist Marianne Kemp weaves with a feel, she specializes in weaving with horsehair. When taking a closer look at her work one can see that each piece has a unique character granted by her unconventional weaving techniques and the combination of the texture, colour and movement. The lustre of horsehair gives an extraordinary effect to her work.


Marianne’s exclusive fabric designs with horsehair create an inner stillness through the serene recurrence of patterns. Other work is extravert and playful and reflects exuberant cheerfulness. One not only wishes to see each piece but also to touch it.


Cooperation with designers from different disciplines opened the way to developing new patterns and textures into woven textiles, 3D objects and installations. Marianne feels that time has come to explore new ways of combining architecture and textile art, the challenge is to create a space divided by textile and yet, be experienced as a whole.


All weavings are made in house and can be applied as lighting objects, to cover the body, to divide rooms or  to bind different materials into wall panels or to cover windows.


Woven upholstery fabric is also available as “The Marianne Kemp” range, mechanically woven at John Boyd Textiles, UK.


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2014 Het Leids Wevers Huisje, Leiden.

2013 Meesterlijk, Amsterdam | Baden Baden Interior, Amsterdam | Galerie Help U Zelve, Winterswijk | Amsterdam Fashion Week in jan. bij Edha en juli bij Hotel JL76.

2012 Meesterlijk (bij bas van pelt), Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam | Toonkamer, Utrecht.

2011  Het Glazen Huis, Amstelpark, Amsterdam | bas van pelt Interieur architectuur, Den Haag | 'Fairy Tale', Dutch Design Hotel Artemis, Amsterdam.

2010  '10 jaar Via Milano', Oude Kerk, Amsterdam | 'North meets South', Konvex, Bern CH | 'Collected & Connected', Tilburg | Decorex  John Boyd Textiles. Royal Hospital Chelsea, London UK. | 'Kleur!' Designhuis, Eindhoven | Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milano Italy | Textiel Festival 2010, Pieterskerk, Leiden.

2009  Solo exhibition. FW:BK galerie, Amsterdam | '99% Stoer', Dutch Design Hotel Artemis, Amsterdam | Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milano Italy | Object, Las Palmas, Rotterdam.

2008  100% Design Tokyo, Created in Holland, Japan | Galarie De andere Kant, Zutphen.

2007  Forma Interieurs, Amsterdam.
2006 Antigravite, Paris FR | Du-AG project space. München GER.

2005  Frozen Fountain, Amsterdam | Stroud Textiles Biennale, Stroud UK.

2003 House & Garden show, London UK | ‘Making Tracks' Rope Store Studio, Nailsworth UK.

2002  Chelsea Crafts Fair, London UK | ‘Westway Exhibition', Little Venice London.

1999  Amsteltuin, Amstelveen | ‘Debuut' Pulchri Studio, Den Haag.

1998  Heimtextil, Frankfurt GER.

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1999 - 2000

MA, Design for the Environment, Textile Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London UK.
1995 - 1999
BA, Textile Design. Royal Academy of Art, The Hague NL.
1992 - 1995
MBO, Fashion Design. Castellum, Alphen aan den Rijn NL.



2006 Acquisition and Art and Formulate. Kunstenaars & Co. Amsterdam.

2002 - 2003 DPP, Developing Professional Practice Programme, Business & Marketing. Cockpit Arts Studios, London UK.


work experience - internship

1998  Designing and printing pattern, designing and making stools, sit-bags, photostyling for FRAME. (publication FRAME, 1999). Heavenly Blue, Amsterdam | Designing 3D shapes for jewelry and objects. Beppe Kessler, Amsterdam.

1997 Intensive Group Project; Project with Fachhochschule and Sacho Hesslein, Hannover GER.
1997 Exchange, Somerset School of Art and Technology, Taunton UK.
1995 Grafic design department, LOI Leiden.

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professional experience

2013  Private commissions for lampshades, Amsterdam. 

2012-2013  Workshops Weaving in my studio at the Borneostraat 90, Amsterdam. 

2011 Workshop, Weefnetwerk, Oisterwijk.

2010  Workshop 'Wild met Materiaal' Textielfestival, Leiden.

2009  'Made in Mongolia project'. August 4 weeks. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

2008 2 wall panels ‘Chocolats'. J. Hodges, UK.
Wall panel. S. Hooft Graafland, Amsterdam.
Design tassels in collaboration with I. Simonis.

2007 Weaving patterns. Kendix / vd Ploeg, Aarle Rixtel.

2005 - 2007  Weaving of fringes. Van Lathem, Templeuve FR.

2004  Wall panel ‘Circles'. B. Kop, Rotterdam.

Wall panel ‘Sweet orange'. S. Vernooij, Houten.

2005 Weaving lampshades. Best & Lloyd, London UK.

2004 3 wall panels for a private client. Harmer, London UK.

2003  Research and experimenting with different natural materials.Leading weaving workshops. Stay of 6 months, Cape Town SA | Weaving for lampshades. Todhunter Earle Interiors, London UK | 3 soundproof wall panels, Centurion Brussels, BE | Decibell Designs, London UK.

2002 Wallpanel Decorex, London UK.

2001 - present  Designing for John Boyd Textiles, profesional weavers of horsehair. Castle Cary, Somerset UK.

1999  9 Window panels for a private residence, Boxtel.



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grants & subsidies

2007  Documentation sub. STROOM Centre of visual Arts, The Hague NL.

2006  Documentation sub. STROOM | Exhibition sub. STROOM.

2005  Exhibition sub. STROOM | Presentation and Individual sub. STROOM.

1999  VSB-grant | Vrije Vrouwe van Renswoude Foundation, The Hague NL.



2007 Lectures - FLWK Textiles, Den Haag NL.

2006 Lecture and tutorials - HFBK, Hamburg GER | Interview - Radio Breda, Breda NL | Presentation - Material Tables by Material Sense, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven.


sideline activities

2007 - 2009  Member of board Beehives, Vliegbasis Huygens Amsterdam.

2005 - 2007  Member of board, accountmanager. Art Association Stand, The Hague.


competitions | awards

2007 Nomination - Lehi.ka 1st International Contemporary

Ceremics Competition, Spain.

1998 1st Price - Millenium Table Damask, Dutch Textiles Museum, Tilburg.


short presentations

2009  Miljonair Wonen-magazine stand. Miljonair Fair RAI, Amsterdam | Presentation at the VIP-route, part of the LAI-award organised ny Lensvelt, Rotterdam | Manifestation International Symposium BEYOND GREEN III. WFC | SYMPOSIUM WHISPER FASHION 2, Amsterdam.