Jeannet Leendertse grew up in The Netherlands, where she studied graphic design. At the age of 27, she travelled to New York in search of an internship. After completing her degree cum laude, she moved to the Boston area and became a book designer at the MIT Press. Her design work there appeared in PRINT magazine and was included in the AIGA archives and the International Design Competition in Leipzig. A few years later she opened her own design studio where she designed books for a variety of publishers, including the Institute of Contemporary Art and Harvard University’s Peabody Museum Press. Her studio work was awarded first place twice by the New England Museum Association.
“As a child I loved to craft with fabric, using my grandmother’s hand-crank sewing machine. After years of working in graphic design I still could not quite forget about fabric, and this is how my typographic in-a-word scarves came about. They are pigment printed on Habotai silk and carefully hemmed in my home studio.”
The coastland cowl line has grown out of Jeannet’s interest in pleating. They are made with the highest quality pure wool felt, which is sourced from Delft. Jeannet pleats, dyes, and sews these scarves one at a time, using the ancient Japanese technique of arashi shibori.