Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Seaweed Sculptor Jeannet Leendertse

Last week on FEEDBACK FRIDAY, we were so fortunate to have Maine-based seaweed sculptor Jeannet Leendertse. Jeannet uses seaweed to create structural forms inspired by the rugged coast of Maine’s landscape. Natural colors from the seaweed take front and center as does a closer look at carbon sequestration and our oceans.

How are you using your art to spotlight climate change and other environmental issues?

Watch the video here.

Jeannet’s website

Jeannet’s Instagram

…and groups that Jeannet talked about during her presentation:

Rockweed Coalition
Future Materials Bank
Other interesting seaweed artists including Violin Buet, the French seaweed weaver

About seaweed sculptor Jeannet Leendertse:

“Born in The Netherlands, I spent much of my childhood crafting with fabric, using my grandmother’s hand-crank sewing machine. I chose to study graphic design, and at 27 left for New York in search of an internship. After completing my degree cum laude, I moved to the Boston area and became an award-winning book designer. Several years ago I turned my focus again to textiles.

I grew up on the coast in the province of Zeeland [Sea-land], and discovering The Blue Hill Peninsula of Maine felt in many ways like coming home. Even though the landscape is different, the smells, sounds, and wildlife are familiar. As I started spending large parts of the year in this incredible area, my Shibori and knit work evolved to echo its ancient landscape and marine life.

Have you read Seaweed Re-Search by Studio Nienke Hoogvliet?


If you are not familiar with FEEDBACK FRIDAY, every week, we speak with dyers, artists, scientists and scholars about our favorite topic, natural dyeing and color. Curated by Amy DuFault, Botanical Colors’ Sustainability Director and presented by Botanical Colors’ Founder Kathy Hattori.

We even have our own theme song thanks to musician Jimmie Snider (click here to hear more of his music)!