The Linen Project is a joint initiative by ArtEZ MA Practice Held in Common and Crafts Council Nederland.

The Linen Project investigates and works towards reactivating the economic viability of small-scale local flax cultivation and linen production in the Netherlands. The project's various activities are developed with a view to its broader relevance. Establishing a dynamic environment for research and production, The Linen Project’s learning by doing approach to all stages of flax and linen production unites and highlights the value of our natural, social and cultural resources.

The Linen Project seeks to reinstate the economy as a social, ecological and cultural domain, calling new ecosystems into effect by doing so. The Linen Project is committed to identifying, evolving and strengthening socio-economic patterns and behaviours that are rooted in a commoning approach. The project's activities facilitate interactions based on participation, reciprocity and mutuality.

The inherent connections between (cultural) heritage, education, agriculture, design, crafts, and the economy, are activated within the context of The Linen Project. A growing awareness of this interdependence sets the exchange of diverse values, knowledge, skills and competencies in motion, generating new insights for all involved and for the evolution of the project itself.

The Linen Project’s current activities include the cultivation and production of organic flax and linen in the Gelderland region, the Shared Stewardship initiative, the development of a small scale flax spinning facility, and the creation of an open-source knowledge base.


The Linen Project’s growing community includes members of the local fashion and textile community, designers, makers, artists, artisans, farmers, researchers, students, activists, and flax and linen enthusiasts. Each contributing valuable perspectives and insight through connection with and participation in the project, shared experiences and outcomes. Interested individuals and organisations are invited to become involved with the initiative.

At present, The Linen Project cultivates flax at various locations in the Gelderland region including the Netherlands Open Air Museum (Arnhem) and local biodynamic farms De Horsterhof (Duiven) and Ekoboerderij De Lingehof (Hemmen).

In April 2020, The Linen Project’s Shared Stewardship initiative came into being as a community of 30 Linen Stewards. Together they share the care and responsibilities of the entire process from flaxseed to varying outcomes, including but not limited to linen yarn and garments. The Linen Stewards collectively explore what it means to grow, process and craft our everyday resources in community with each other and with nature.

The Linen Project has the pleasure of working together with

ArtEZ MA Practice Held in Common, Crafts Council Nederland, the Municipality of Arnhem, Netherlands Open Air Museum, Ekoboerderij De Lingehof, Biologische boerderij De Horsterhof, Van de Bilt zaden en vlas bv, Vlasserij van Gremberghe, Enschede Textielstad, Ecological Textiles, Safilin Szczytno, ArtEZ Fashion Professorship, Wageningen University & Research, Avans University of Applied Science Professorship Sustainable Strategy and Innovation, The Community Economies Research Network (CERN NL), Hochschule Niederrhein Mönchengladbach, TapRoot Fibre Lab, Vlas en Hennep.nl, Proeftuin Duurzame Mode 025, Weefnetwerk

Theodoor Adriaans, Thijs Belgers, Patricia Bishop, Ronald Boer, Karlijn Bokhorst, Talis Bosma, Melanie Bomans, Welmoed Bosch, Michaèl Brandt, Lenn Cox, Robin Cuppens, Gea van Dijk, Catharina van Eetvelde, Erna Evers, Joan den Exter, Pascale Gatzen, Henrike Gootjes, Maaike Gottschal, Elsien Gringhuis, Takahiro Hasegawa, Sjaak Hullekes, Hans Hutting, Willemien Ippel, André Jurrius, Heleen Klopper, Sunanda Koning, Kelly Konings, Sebastiaan Kramer, Karlijn Krijger, Heleen Lorijn, Merlijne Marell, Ada Meurs, Marieke Mieghem, Josh Oulten, Clarent Savi, J.P. Scheen, Ruben van der Scheer, Loes Schepens, Jolanda Scholtanus, Godelieve Spaas, Hein Sterk, Rob Velker, Jonmar van Vlijmen, Mark van Vorstenbos, Tobias Weickart, Anna Wetzel, John Wieringa, Rosanne van Wijk, Karin Wijnen, Michael Wolf, Linda van der Zeeuw, and our dedicated supporters, friends and family who share their hours on the field with us.

Our sponsors

The Linen Project is financially supported by BankGiro Loterij Fonds, the Fund for Cultural Participation, the Province of Gelderland and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

  • logo Crafts Council Nederland
  • logo ArtEZ University of the Arts
  • logo Municipality of Arnhem
  • logo Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie
  • logo the province of Gelderland
  • logo European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)
  • logo BankGiro Loterij Fonds


For enquiries or more information about The Linen Project, please contact connect@thelinenproject.online

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