Leslie Gabriëlse, textile artist
Leslie uses fabric in all its manifestations. He molds
fabrics just as a painter mixes his paints to get the exact color.
Textile is a delicate and perishable material. Everyone is familiar
with textile, everyone wears it- often right next to the skin- and
it is very intimate. You are in contact with it; it is comfortable,
warm, cold and sun. These qualities inherent in textiles also apply
to Leslie's works, his wall-hangings delight; they provide warmth
It is with a great deal of pleasure
-as he himself says, it's a lot of fun
- that Leslie Gabriëlse works on his oeuvre. His art is about
friends and friendship, love and desire, theater, beauty and landscapes.
Leslie is a master in the manipulation of fabrics;
he does not only sew, he also paints onto the fabrics, pleats and
kneads them. He make no secret of his methods, as can be seen from
What is so extraordinary about this book is that by
thumbing through a selection of Leslie's oeuvre, we are given the
opportunity to observe the developments in his work. He is a disciplined
and hardworking artist and is always passionate in his desire to
create and always goes his own way.
A born cosmopolitan Leslie Gabriëlse was born as Leslie Leus
Georgius, on January 24 1940 in Semarang, on the Indonesian island
of Java, then part of the colonial Dutch East Indies. His father,
Leus Gabriëlse, worked for an international trading company;
his mother, Theodora (Ted) Drabbe, worked as a fashion designer.
On a photograph taken in January 1942, we see Leslie with his grandfather,
the painter Johan Gabriëlse. His younger brother, Francis,
is in the baboe's nanny's) arms. Johan Gabriëlse and grandma
Suze are also on Java, on invitation from the native princes for
portrait commissions, in the area of Surakarta. Johan also paints
pictures of Java, for grandfather Johan Gabriëlse is also one
of the creators of large historical and topographical school posters
which portray The Netherlands and distant countries, in particular
of the Dutch East Indies. Published by J.B. Wolters (Groningen,
Den Haag, Batavia), they decorated the walls of every classroom
in elementary schools across the country, not even half a century
ago. As the creator of such school posters, Johan Gabriëlse
is named in one and the same breath with Jetses, Ising, Bottema,
De Bruin and Bueninck.
It is through his grandfather that Leslie will carry on, in the
male line, the artistic tradition in the family. One of Leus' sisters
is the portrait painter, Corrie Gabriëlse. Not the least of
Leslie's talent, however, is inherited from his mother.
Included in the book is the Project Quilt
below with Instructions
You and Me III
Instruction Page from Project You and Me III