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Anja Schreurs Textile Art, Recycle Art, Trash Art

Produces sculptures, installations and jewelry made of used textiles or (worthless) lost and found items.

Anja Schreurs is concerned with the consequences of the throwaway society. She exclusively processes finds, waste or used goods. The artwork depends on which find falls into her hands and what interests her at the moment. The unusual material determines the possibilities, what the versatile artist makes of it. While she collects, cleans and sorts, she enthusiastically thinks about a processing technique, because the artist masters various textile techniques.

In addition to traditional techniques and materials, she seeks the confrontation through the use of unconventional and worthless objects. Our consumer society produces tons of waste. Even good products are carelessly thrown away without a second thought. Anja transforms these "foreign bodies" into sculptures, installations or jewelry. Only at second glance, the viewer discovers what it originally was. The decisive factor is the aspect of transformation of a material originally intended for other purposes. Formerly worthless materials are transformed into meaningful objects.

Anja Schreurs' sculptures and installations invite the viewer to discover, to marvel, or they can be a food for thought. Her artistic work aims to reflect on the most fundamental ecological problem of our time, to make us aware of one thought: we have only one earth.

Anja Schreurs Textile Art, Recycle Art, Trash Art

Anja Schreurs

Born 1970 in Venlo, the Netherlands, 1990-1995 study hospitality management, Stenden University NL, 2006-2007 Senior Secondary Vocational Education, Social pedagogical carer level 4, NL, 2007-2016 degree in textile art, Academy of Arts, Mol, Belgium. Member of the wieArt artist group Rhein-Neckar, and textile artist group Texperiment, lives and works in Walldorf, Germany since 2016.

Exhibitions (selection)

  • 2022 Enviro, Textile Art of today, Museum Historyczne, Bielsko-Biala, Republic of Poland
  • 2022 12th Baltic Mini Textile, Gdynia, Republic of Poland
  • 2022 Schrottgeschichten, Nadelwelt, Friedrichshafen
  • 2022 Enviro, Textile Art of today, Moravian Museum, Uherské Hradiště, Czech Republic
  • 2022 Artificium-Projekt „Gläsernes Atelier Aktiv“ Gartenschau, Eppingen
  • 2022 Jubiläums-Ausstellung 40 Jahre WieArt Künstlergruppe, Stadtfest Wiesloch
  • 2022 Scythia, 14th International Textile and Fibre Art Biennial, Ivano-Frankivs’k, Ukraine
  • 2022 Enviro, Textile Art of today, Tatra Gallery, Poprad, Slovak Republic
  • 2022 Lost and Found, artgallery 118
  • 2021 Enviro, Textile Art of today, Pesti Vigadó Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
  • 2021 Schrottgeschichten, Nadelwelt, Karlsruhe
  • 2021 Enviro, Textile Art of today, Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Slovak Republic
  • 2021 Radiale, Kunst im Kreis, Rhein-Neckar-Kreis, Kommandantenhaus, Dilsberg
  • 2021 Plastic is drastic, Eco Aware Art Gallery, India
  • 2020 Artwork Earth, The Atlas for Art on Ecology and Climate, Energy and Resources, Umweltbundesamt
  • 2019 Exhibition and workshop with Nanna Aspholm-Flik, BUGA, Heilbronn
  • 2019 Inspired by Nature, Nadelwelt, Karlsruhe
  • 2018 Heimat, Wasserschloss, Bad Rappenau
  • 2018 Hybris, Lichtmeile, Mannheim
  • 2017 Best Off, City Hall Mol, Belgium
  • 2016 Project exhibition, Huis Perrekes, Geel, Belgium
  • 2014 Brabantse Amateur Kunst, Breda, NL
  • 2012 Linking, Vlechtmuseum Noordwolde, NL


  • 2020 Nomination, #Zerowasteart, Mannheim
  • 2016 1st prize of the municipality of Mol for best annual project in cooperation with Perrekes nursing home, Belgium
  • 2014 2nd prize photo competition, Eindhoven My bicycle city, NL
  • 2010 Motivation Award, Brabantse Amateur Kunst, NL
  • 2009 1st prize of the Academy of Arts for best annual project, Belgium
Acquisitions in private and public collections
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