About me and my work

Originally I am an islander (I was born on the isle of Texel), for many years a city-dweller (living in Amsterdam) and have often, sometimes for lengthy periods, been staying in different places on this planet: Australia, Spain, Nepal, China, Morocco, India.

I am interested in different cultures, the connection between people and nature, and handmade textiles and I am on the lookout for these in my own country as well as abroad. The things I find can be the start of a new work or project.


Cross- pollinations


Connecting things that seem contradictions runs like a red thread through my work. Textile, as a material or a concept, plays a major role in this.

A map of Texel made of wool from the island, a feather made of sheep’s wool and human hair, broken plates mended with a textile intervention are some examples of the great variety of works I make. Usually by myself and sometimes together with others. Two or three dimensional, big or small, there is always an idea behind my work, it is never what it looks at first sight.

A work should be 'round', the idea and materials are mutually dependent on each other and together determine the contents of the work.


Erna van Sambeek, 2020