The Linen Project’s growing community includes members of the local fashion and textile community, designers, makers, artists, artisans, farmers, researchers, educators, students, activists, and flax and linen enthusiasts. Each contributes 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). Engaging the flax cultivation process and the harvest yield to explore modes of production and alternative models, The Linen Project seeks to create a broad and rooted base for a local linen economy together with potential partners and end-users.
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
Patricia Bishop, Karlijn Bokhorst, Talis Bosma, Michaèl Brandt, Christoffel de Bruine, Gea van Dijk, Erna Evers, Takahiro Hasegawa, André Jurrius, André van Kessel, Eva Klee, Annemieke Koster, Karlijn Krijger, Heleen Lorijn, Ada Meurs, Josh Oulten, Ruben van der Scheer, Jolanda Scholtanus, Hein Sterk, Mark van Vorstenbos, Tobias Weickart, Anna Wetzel, John Wieringa, Michael Wolf,
the Linen Stewards of 2020: Theodoor Adriaans, Thijs Belgers, Ronald Boer, Melanie Bomans, Welmoed Bosch, Lenn Cox, Robin Cuppens, Catharina van Eetvelde, Joan den Exter, Pascale Gatzen, Henrike Gootjes, Maaike Gottschal, Elsien Gringhuis, Sjaak Hullekes, Hans Hutting, Willemien Ippel, Heleen Klopper, Sunanda Koning, Kelly Konings, Sebastiaan Kramer, Merlijne Marell, Marieke van Mieghem, Clarent Savi, J.P. Scheen, Loes Schepens, Godelieve Spaas, Rob Velker, Jonmar van Vlijmen, Rosanne van Wijk, Karin Welten, Linda van der Zeeuw,
joined by Linen Stewards 2021: Gwenneth Boelens, Marie Ilse Bourlanges, Carolien Evers, Lotte Holterman, Alicia Minnaard, Eveline Nales, Devi Pakker, Alexandra Poláková, Liza Prins, Ellen Rooijakkers, Maaike Roozenburg, Abel Schaminée, Samira Vogel, Leonie Vlaar, and our dedicated supporters, friends and family who generously share their hours in the field with us.
The Linen Project is financially supported by BankGiro Loterij Fonds, the Fund for Cultural Participation, the Municipality of Arnhem, the Province of Gelderland and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).