Jette Clover : Belgium



Jette Clover was born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark, but she has lived and worked for many years in the US and the Netherlands. Since 2005 she has been living in Antwerp, Belgium.
 
Her formal education is in journalism and art history. She has worked on a daily newspaper in Copenhagen, had an art gallery in Los Angeles, California, and later was curator at the Dutch Textile Museum for more than 10 years, where she organized the very first European Art Quilt exhibition in 1997. Since 1998 she has worked full time as a studio artist.
 
She has exhibited widely in USA, Europe and Asia, and she is a sought after teacher for workshops in surface design.
 
Jette has been a member of the European group Quilt Art since 2000, and since 1998 she has been a member of SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Association) and served as the international representative for three years.
 
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Artist Statement

I like words. I like their forms and sounds and their ability to convey meaning. I was a journalist before I became an artist, which explains why almost all my art work contains pieces of text.

I am inspired by markmaking both in the form of handwriting and the layered and fragmented words and letters in the urban landscape – faded signs, tattered posters, flashy advertisements and bold graffiti.

I love the chips, cracks and scratches and distressed colors from everyday living that call to mind the history that made them.

I am a hands-on person and I construct my quilts as collage, exploring the layering and texture of the material. I usually combine cotton, linen, cheese cloth and paper, and I apply a variety of surface design techniques including painting, discharge, frottage, screen printing and transfers.

Stitching for me has become a new way of writing. Stitching resembles the rhythm of writing with a pen – a slow, intimate process during which one becomes aware of the marking of time.