Fabric sculptor Anja Kooistra, creates expressive sculptures in her Rolling Hills Studio located in rural Sunderland. When Anja immigrated to Canada in 2000 and already familiar with fabric sculpting she brought a mind full of ideas to one day have her own studio in the country teaching and creating garden figurines.
With preference to the female form, she creates and transforms such unique sculptures each with their own personalities they bring a garden and house to life.
Anja has an unusual way of working with recycling materials she finds in and around her gardens like birds nest, other materials like vintage lace and ‘grandma’s’ old dollies which then she uses in her work to give lasting life for many years to come. Her resent sculptures are live size mannequins she transforms in exquisite art pieces. She was invited to bring one of her life-sized garden fairies to the Canada Blooms garden show in Toronto.
Coming from a creative family she watched and learn her grandmother's knotting, knitting, crochet (beaded purses), how her mom taught her to work with needle and treat and the sewing machine and learn patients from her father holding a brush!.“I guess I picked up a bit of skill from each one of my family members.” she explains.
Working with various fabrics and other natural materials, it presents unique challenges and creative possibilities – and it has given Anja an unusual freedom in creating sculpture and art. Making sculptures from fabric Anja has a great interest in the female body, which comes in different shapes and forms. Sculpting is now her passion, and through training and exploration, she has elevated this medium to new levels. Her passion is contagious when attending one of her many different one-day and half-day courses she offers in her studio in rural Sunderland, Ontario.