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Friday 19 January 2018
5:23 Hrs

Tynke Jeeninga, portrait by Anne Britt

Spinnin’ Yarns

Since working with Dolly Rogers, I’ve learnt the fine art of storytelling. Spinnin’ Yarns is my internship project, telling the stories of people who live, laugh, create, fall in love, explore and share our city of Amsterdam.

My mission was to find out what it is that connects us all emotionally by delving deep into the extraordinary stories of the people that call this city home. Hopping from one side of the canals to the other, I’ve gotten to know the people that make Amsterdam a vibrant and interesting place to live, with its many cultures and ethnicities. I’ve met Melle, a ten year old classical clarinetist; Mr Stift, a sailor who survived WWII; Hollywood Mark who migrated here from the ghettos of LA…plus many more.

Each week a new story will be revealed on Spinnin’ Yarns until the end of July. From these stories I will create a unique t-shirt collection that will be exhibited in Amsterdam for the completion of my internship for AMFI. I will translate each yarn into an illustration to be silk screened on t-shirts and given back to the people who inspired them. And so, the stories will take on a new life form and travel through the same streets in which they were created.