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Linda Nieuwstad

  • Fabric sculptor
  • Maarn, Netherlands
  • Master Artisan
Linda Nieuwstad Fabric sculptor
Dutch, English, German
By appointment only
+31 633642718
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Living in a larger-than-life floral world

  • • Linda is inspired by 17th and 18th century paintings
  • • She makes pansies the size of dinner plates...
  • • ...and roses as large as coffee tables

“I started making large-sized flowers after I saw the flower paintings by 17th century painter Jan van Huysum,” says Linda Nieuwstad. “His flowers were amazingly well painted; the tulips looked fresh and alive, and even the flies were impressively detailed. Watching his paintings I felt the uncontrollable urge to step inside the canvas, to touch the soft, hairy tulip stems, and smell the roses.” Inspired by this vision, Linda started welding steel and sewing fabrics to create larger-than-life flowers that maintain the freshness and colourfulness of nature. It’s more than a passion. In fact, she says that she cannot imagine a better way to spend her life.

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Tower 8

Pansies are part of Linda’s early spring collection, which also includes daffodils, primroses and snowdrops. The collection was created with designers Visser & Meijwaard and studio Knockout for the 2016 Salone del Mobile in Milan. These pink pansies were made in 2018 for a retrospective of Linda’s work presented at the IJsselstein Museum. Volunteers of the museum helped make the pansies for the museum’s medieval tower.

Length 90 cm
Width 90 cm
Height 130 cm

Photo: © Gert Jan van Rooij
Flores Arte Compositi 1

This giant bouquet, commissioned by the LUMC, Leiden University Medical Center, was the very first flower bouquet Linda created in 2011. It was inspired by the compositions and colours of paintings by 17th century Dutch painter Jan van Huysum (1682-1749).

Length 600 cm
Width 400 cm
Height 450 cm

Photo: © Michael Rhebergen
Flowers de Bredenhorst

Commissioned by the province of Overijssel, this flower arrangement is based on the colours of the seven historical estates in the vicinity of rural Heino. Each estate used to mark its ownership by painting the shutters of their properties in distinctive colours. In this flower arrangement, you can find all the colours of the historical estates in the region of Heino.

Length 250 cm
Width 250 cm
Height 600 cm

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Flowers for Weesp

This enormous handmade flower bouquet with primroses, tulips, wild roses and hyacinths was inspired by the flowers decorating the ceramics on display in the museum at Weesp's town hall. Linda bends her steel frames by hand then welds the separate parts together. She then cuts leaves and petals out of lorry tarp and adds details in wool, velvet or paper. Her flowers are 100 percent handmade and that is why they look alive.

Length 150 cm
Width 150 cm
Height 275 cm

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Sometimes a flower is so beautiful Linda cannot resist making an oversized model of it. The Gloriosa is one of those flowers. Since June 2018, this piece has put down roots in the permanent art collection of the Princess Maxima Center for Paediatric Oncology in Utrecht.

Length 150 cm
Width 150 cm
Height 235 cm

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