ABOUT THE ARTIST
Rianne Aarts - Zuijderduin, born January 1991, is the owner and creator of Teddy and Wool. Having been a creative soul ever since a very young age, she lives and breathes creativity and always feels the need to make something beautiful. She learned to appreciate fiber art after studying at the Art Academy of Minerva, by creating small macramé pieces in her spare time. Never knowing what her little hobby would grow into, she decided to study law and graduated from the University of Groningen in 2016. She has made a conscious decision to follow her true passion and continue with her work as a fiber artist. Now owning a successful art studio and living together with Thomas (husband), Jonathan (son) and Loulou (cat), Rianne feels blessed to be able to do the things she loves most - being a mother and an artist.
About her work
Rianne’s dreamy macramé creations blur the line between bohemian simplicity and polished elegance. From large-scale wall hangings to petite plant holders, the Netherlands-based artist, presents a contemporary twist on the classic craft. Teddy and Wool's distinctively geometric macramé collection is as diverse as it is beautiful. Unlike knit or woven textiles, macramé is fabricated by meticulously knotting cords into intricate patterns, resulting in exquisitely detailed designs and a lovingly handmade aesthetic. Her breathtaking tapestries offer a creative alternative to typical wall décor, and bring a modern touch of personality to any room. Though some of her pieces simply retain the cotton cords’ neutral and natural tones, many are dip-dyed with either bright or subtle colors. All macramé wall hangings are created using a wide variety of natural materials, like (handspun) wool, 100% natural cotton cords and other natural fibers. The uses of her works vary mainly from home decor, to event decoration, shop displays, and high-end interiors.
- Kelly Richman-Abdou (My Modern Met)
Kim Kenyon is the creative assistant of Rianne. She was born in Lisbon in 1988 and grew up in Portugal. Kim moved to Groningen in 2008 and studied Fine Arts at Art Academy Minerva. She is both talented and creative and is one of the driving forces behind Teddy and Wool. In her own time she loves to design and sculpt three-dimensional art.
Dagmar Stap is the youngest of the bunch with her 23 years. She has just started as an assistant and shipper at Teddy and Wool and is currently learning the ropes (literally and figuratively). Having also studied at the Art Academy Minerva, she makes a great addition to the team. In her own time she loves stitching and embroidery.