Artist Feature: Marianne Kemp

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23 May 2022

Marianne Kemp walks us through her studio practice in this fascinating short film in her native Dutch.


Marianne Kemp's passion for weaving—the process, the repetition, the creation of textural form—is evident in her unique sculptural wall textiles. With her loom, Kemp weaves innovative, new surfaces in which the conventional weaving techniques cannot be recognized. Using horsehair and raw plant fibers, she works in a meticulously precise manner to create surfaces that seem organically morphed. Each centimeter is studied, every rhythm calculated, each structure engineered.


Dutch textile artist Marianne Kemp began sewing at the age of 13. Her early interest in textiles led her to study art at The Royal Academy of Art and Design in The Hague before moving to London to pursue her Master of Arts from the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London. Upon completion of her Master’s, Kemp decided to stay in London and started working from Cockpit Arts Studios in Central London. In 2003 she returned to the Netherlands. In her studio she works with five different looms, each with different weaving possibilities. Kemp’s work has been exhibited in the United States, at the Salone Del Mobile in Milan, as well as in Winterswijk and Kortrijk Belgium. Her work has appeared in numerous publications in her native Netherlands and abroad, including World of Interiors and Metiér Magazine.