Sundays at the Cahoon: Artist Talk with Jeannet Leendertse
Meet artist Jeannet Leendertse who will discuss her artistic journey, from the influences of her early childhood in the Netherlands, through her career as an award winning book designer and fiber artist, to her current work as a master basket maker. Leendertse uses an unusual construction material, seaweed (Ascophyllum Nodosum) tightly sewn and coiled with linen thread, to create large sculptural vessels. While summering in Maine over the past decade, Leendertse became fascinated with the creative potential of the seaweed that covered the rocks along the shore. What started as artistic experimentation with a new media, has now become a singular artistic form as Leendertse meticulously transforms the seaweed into astonishing sculptural forms. Leendertse will discuss her artistic process, bring samples of works in progress, explain the challenges of working with a living art material, and what she has learned about the importance of ecological conservation.
This program is held in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition, Interwoven: Contemporary Basketry, and will be hosted by Education and Programs Manager Michael MacMahon.
- Annie Dean