Jan 2017


My work is in principle theme based. I start with an idea, work it out and then use appropriate materials and techniques, usually fabric and paper, sometimes combined with photography or video.

I am primarily interested in human interaction. Topics investigated are relationships and communication. I love the contrast of the soft, friendly fabrics with the, often, harsh topics like domestic abuse and suicide bombers.
With more poetic artwork I contemplate about the ‘why’s and ‘what for’s of life in a sober manner. I try to capture the intangible: like experiences and time.

The material I mainly use, textile, is so commonplace that we usually take it for granted. But, maybe just because of this quality, it has probably more than any other material the enormous power to evoke recognition and tell stories.
Textile has the ability to touch everybody in a real intimate way. Its tactility makes our fast-moving and technically oriented lives more sensual and less impersonal.


For more than ten years Dutch artist Mirjam Pet-Jacobs is considered as one of the most innovative and important European textile and multimedia artists. Since 2006 she has been an exhibiting member of the renowned international group Quilt Art.

Pet-Jacobs has won several international prizes, winning the first prize at the 5th Riga International Textile and Fibre Art Triennial, Riga, LV (2015) and twice the European Quilt Triennial, Heidelberg, D (2003 and 2009), as being most noteworthy, and exhibits all over the world. Her works have been featured in books, catalogues and magazines, as well as in the Brockhaus Enzyklopädie Deutschland. She is the author of ‘Textile Adventures’, a book based on one of her master classes, published in three languages by Bergtor Verlag, Germany.
In 2012 she was a member of the selection committee for the European Quilt Triennial in Heidelberg, D.

Her artwork is in the permanent collections of the Textilsammlung Max Berk, Heidelberg, D, the Gallery of Szombathely, H, and the International Quilt Study Center at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, US.

"Upsetting expectations of what a quilt should be, Mirjam has fully exploited the potential of this medium. From a sculptural work made from a recycled quilt to works with powerful, and frankly disturbing content, she continues to push the idea of ‘quilt’ beyond its comfortable boundaries and our comfort zone. She is an artist indeed." -
Dr.Sue Marks, independent scholar, quilt author, UK, in her speech at the opening of the 5th European Quilt Triennial, Heidelberg, 2012
"The Dutch Mirjam Pet-Jacobs is one of the most innovative and important European quilt artists. [...] At least since the first experiments of Nam June Paik and Wolf Vostell in the early 60s of the 20th century, it is impossible to imagine the contemporary art scene without video art. In 2009, it has entered the quilt art field with a video installation by Mirjam Pet-Jacobs for the first time." -
Kunstwerks des Monats, Dr. Kristine Scherer, curator Textile Collection Max Berk, Palatinate Museum, D, December 2012
“One of the most memorable artists who create quilts using complex techniques is certainly Mirjam Pet-Jacobs. Her works are very concise and show a contrast of soft fabrics and bright colours. They have a very precise composition and their themes touch upon acute social issues.” -
Dr. O.V. Dokuchaeva, Deputy Director General for Research at SMR “Tsaritsyno”, Moscow 2013
EXHIBITIONS (selection)
2017 October 2017, Nordwolle Nordwestdeutsches Museum für IndustrieKultur, Delmenhorst, D (solo)
14 -17 September 2017, EPM, Sainte Marie-aux Mines, F (solo)
18 - 26 March, Atout Fil, Espace Maison Blanche, Châtillon, F (invitational)
4 - 12 March, 2nd International Textile Art Biennial, Haacht, B
2016 World of Threads Festival, Ontario, Canada
OEQC, MECC, Maastricht, NL (solo)
Kasteel Heeze (Kunstsmullen), NL (solo)
Sommerakademie Kloster Irsee, D (solo)
Kerk Zandeweer, Quiltfestival Noord Groningen, Zandeweer, NL (solo)
QA30 - Dialogues (Museum Dr8888, NL; EPM, F)
QA30 - Small Talk (Museum De Schierstins, NL; Gallery De Kunstpraktijk, Veldhoven, NL; Textile Art, Berlin)
Art quilts in the Netherlands - K&S Show, Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh
2015 Atelierroute Eindhoven, NL
Kunstmanifestatie Kunstfort Asperen, NL
6th European Quilt Triennial, Textillsammlung Max Berk, Heidelberg, D (touring)
NOW Art Fair Eindhoven, NL
5th Riga International Textile and Fibre Triennial, Riga, LV
International Textile Art Biennial 2015, Haacht, B
Bilston Craft Gallery, Bilston, UK (Through Our Hands)
Miniartextil Como (touring)(as well as 2014, 2009)
't Reghthuys, Nieuwkoop, NL (invitational)
Maker-Making-Made (FoQ, Birmingham, UK)
QA30 - Dialogues (Textilsammlung Max Berk,D; Quilt Museum York, UK)
QA30 - Small Talk (FoQ, Birmingham; Silk Museum Macclesfield, UK)
2014 8th International Fiber Art Biennial 'From Lausanne to Beijing', Nantong, China
Fine Art Quilt Masters 2014, London, Birmingham, UK
Gallery De Kliuw, Heeze, NL
2013 Museum-Reserve Tsaritsyno, Moscow, RU (invitational)
Galérie Ephémère, Thuin, B (invitational)
The Bank, Eye, Suffolk, UK (invitational)
Artexures 2013 (touring, as well as 2011, 2009)
2012 Textilsammlung Max Berk, Heidelberg, D (solo; touring with the 5th European Quilt Triennial)
Het Waalres Museum, NL (solo, as well as 2004)
CONTEXTILE 2012, Design's Institute, Guimarães, P
Asie-Europe, Janina Monkute-Marks Museum, Kedainiai, LT
4th Textile Art Triennial, Gallery of Szombathely, H (as well as 2009)
European Art Quilts VII (as well as VI, V, IV, III; all touring)
2011 7th International Biennial of Textile Miniatures, Art Gallery "Arka", Vilnius, LT
2010 Musée d’art et d’histoire, Neuchâtel, CH (EXNA 4; invitational)
2009 4th European Quilt Triennial, Heidelberg, D (as well as 2003)
Pfaff Embroidery Challenge (touring)
2008 Artihove Art Centre, Bergschenhoek, NL (solo)
Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, NL (invitational)
2007 6th Florence Biennale, I
2006 La Sucrière, Lyon, F (solo)
2005 Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht, NL (solo)
2017 Art Quilt Retrospective, SAQA
2016 Excellence in Fibers, a juried exhibition in print, Fiber Art Now, Vol 6 issue 2
2015 Art Quilters en Art Quilters, Henk Lijding MA, QN 125, Sep
2014 TextileArt around the world, Ellen Bakker, Textiellink
The Magic Moments (Russian Patchwork and Quilt Magazine) 1/2; 7/8
2013 Art Quilts in Nederland, Henk Lijding MA, WBOOKS, Zwolle
2012 Textiles, The Art of Mankind, Mary Schoeser, Thames & Hudson, London
SAQA Journal, Volume 22, No. 2 (featured artist)
De Schakel - expo Het Waalre Museum
2011 Masters: Art Quilts II, Larkbooks
Patchwork Professional 03 (studio)
2010 Textiel Plus no.214 (featured artist)
2009 RSVP, Quiltnieuws no.99 review
MPJ - textile-multi media 2011 - 2015
available only here
of past and present
available only here
MPJ - textile works
2006 - 2010
available only here
Textile Adventures
with 2pp free download
© Mirjam Pet-Jacobs