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WORKSHOP | Once Upon a Time… Quilting Workshop with Danielle Hoogendoorn & Isa Gaastra

Saturday, June 12th, 11:00 – 17:00

Live Workshop, with lunch by Burgertrut

Tickets: 15 euro’s, including lunch (vegan)

Please note: there is a maximum of 15 participants to this workshop

Following the topics of Once Upon a Time… HCA-artist Danielle Hoogendoorn and quilt-expert Isa Gaastra, will introduce you into the art of quilting and telling stories in fabric. In the first part Danielle will take you into her practice, her process of picking and creating characters, and will help you and other participants to collectively build a story.

In the second part, after a vegan lunch provided by Burgertrut chef Paul Smullenberg, Isa Gaastra will further introduce the art of quilting. Together with Isa, Danielle, and other participants you will create a story and tell it together making a community quilt that will be exhibited in Roodkapje!


This workshop is open to anyone, regardless of previous experience with quilting. Materials will be provided by Roodkapje.


By organising community-quilt moments, Isa Gaastra tries to honour the collaborative and social history of quilting. In her work she makes use of the fact that when one is creating with their hands, sharing intimate feelings and vulnerability becomes easier. Her background in Illustrations helps to prioritise the storytelling aspect of these moments, which results in fabric pieces that tell stories of community and togetherness. The final quilt is merely a documentation of the actual artwork, which is the moment of connection during the process.


Danielle Hoogendoorn works impulsively and associative, and so is her use of materials. Based on her experiences, she tells her stories portrayed by her favourite animals. Animals play and important role in her life and work. They are a means to see how far she can go before the border between art and kitsch is crossed. Even though Daniëlle’s work appears sweet and girly at first sight, things are not always as peaceful as they seem. Through her direct approach she tries to take the formal character of painting and the museum’s white wall out of account, looking to redefine these existing conventions with banality and humour.


This is the second collaborative program of Roodkapje’s Hamburger Communities of Art and Live. ‘Once Upon a Time…’ takes the wonderful world of HCA-artist Danielle Hoogendoorn as a point of departure. As Hoogendoorn creates paintings and sculptures in which animals take the lead, magical, absurd and real scenario’s intertwine. They are fairy tales in themselves, both in narrative construction and aesthetics, balancing on the boundaries of art, kitsch, and dark humour. Focussed on the fairy tale, both in its historical and contemporary appearance, Once Upon a Time… provides a range of events going deeper into human-animal relationships, (non-linear) storytelling, and laying bare structures of transformation, imagination and wonder.


The Hamburger Community programs of Roodkapje provide two yearlong development trajectories for five young, talented artists (Art), and five aspiring event programmers (Live). Throughout the year both the Hamburger Community of Art and Live collectively work towards five interdisciplinary programmes built around the work and research of the individual Hamb

urger Community artists.

During their stay at Roodkapje the artists and residents will receive guidance and support from professionals from their respective fields, and through an in-depth trajectory that is aimed at further developing their professional skills and positions.


Roodkapje’s Hamburger Community of Art was made possible with the kind support of Stichting Bevordering van Volkskracht, Stichting Ondernemersbelangen Rotterdam, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Fleur Groenendijk Foundation, Pieter Bastiaan Stichting, and the Gemeente Rotterdam.