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Klaas Rommelaere creates intricately embroidered tapestries and hand-stitched free-standing sculptures that tell the tale of his lived experience. Inspired by a mixture of cult movies and personal memories, Rommelaere’s works is full of images and symbols that point to both real and imagined objects and social interactions. Each piece takes time and love to produce, highlighting the importance of human connection in the creation and consumption of art.
To produce his works, Rommelaere works closely with a tight-knit, group of veteran craftswomen (‘The Madams’) to produce his pieces. For the last seven years, he has depended on them to help him bring his sketches and creative visions to life.
Klaas Rommelaere (1986, Roeselare, Belgium) graduated in 2013 in fashion at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent. After doing different internships with the likes of Danish designer Henrik Vibskov, and the Belgian designer Raf Simons he realized that the world of fashion was not where his ideas would come to life. Rommelaere began carving his creative path with needlework being the language of his imagination.
His work demonstrates how pop culture can be a comforting force in our lives. Rommelaere makes intricately embroidered tapestries and tactile sculptures bridging the personal and the collective. The work tells tales of his lived experience and pays homage to the cult movies which have shaped his imagination. It is full of familiar images and symbols that represent both real and imagined human connections. Each of the pieces takes time and love to produce highlighting the importance of the human connection to the creation and consumption of art. Rommelaere works closely with a “tight-knit” group of 15 veteran craftswomen (‘The Madams’) to produce his pieces, for the last seven years he has depended on them to help bring his ideas to life.