Collection: Anja Kooistra

Fabric sculptor Anja Kooistra, creates expressive sculptures at her rural Sunderland studio.  When Kooistra immigrated to Canada in 2000 - 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.

Kooistra has an unusual way of working with recycling materials she finds in and around her gardens like birds nest and other materials like vintage lace and ‘grandma’s’ old dollies. Anja then takes these often overlooked materials and uses them in her work to give them lasting life for many years to come. H

Coming from a creative family she watched and learned from her grandmother's knotting, knitting, crochet (beaded purses), how her mom taught her to work with needle 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. 

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