Petra Kooij’s starting point is the observation of plants, flowers, and insects, in her own small city garden and in the vase on the table. From their earliest beginnings to complete withering or decay. Her sculptures and installations hang, stand, or lie within the space. The dimensions of the works range from small to life-sized. The colors are soft and natural. Materials such as paper, parts of plants, silk, merino wool, plaster, and iron provide contrast in texture and material. The handmade elements evoke botanical associations.
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Exhibitions

2024 
De Suppoost kiest | Kadmium Delft 
Lentesalon | Kadmium Delft 

2023
Steen Papier Schaar | Kadmium Delft 
Alles van waarde | Kadmium Delft 

2022
Klimaat Expo 2022 | Museum de Fundatie Zwolle 
De schoonheid van imperfectie | YOMOOKA 
Lentesalon | Kadmium Delft 
Textielfestival | Lakenhal Leiden 

2021
Herfstsalon | 26e Delftse Atelier Route 
Museum de Lakenhal | Leiden 

2019
Herfstsalon | 24e Delftse Atelier Route 
Lentesalon | Phase of Life 

2018
Wonderkamer 2.0 | Wevershuisje Leiden
TextielPlus | Textielwedstrijd 
Herfstsalon | 23e Delftse Atelier Route 
Textielkunstenaars | Galerie De Kapberg 
Wonderkamer | Quiltfestival Groningen 
Lentesalon | Vrijheid blijheid 
Galerie | Kunsthandel Lijst 37 Delft 

2017
Solo Exhibition | Huisartsenpraktijk Boer Heins Grotenhuis 
Herfstsalon | 22e Delftse Atelier Route 
Solo Exhibition | Patchwork & Quiltdagen 
Mini-textile art | Open Atelier Veere 

2016
Art Quiltkabinet | Quiltfestival Groningen 

2015
Metamorphose | Art Quilt Award 2015 | Second Prize (G)
Water-Land | Textile Festival | Nomination 

2014
Berlin | Open European Quilt Championships | Nomination 
Repeat 2.0 | Galerie 38CC Delft 
Art Quilts | Dutch Quilters Guild 

2013
Distortion | European Patchwork Meeting | Bernina Nomination (F)
Time | Art Quilt Award 2013 (G)

2011
Tangled | European Patchwork Meeting (F)
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Publications
Delftse Atelierroute | ’24 – ’21 – ’19 – ’18
Lentesalon | ’24 – ’23 – ’22 – ’19 – ’18 – 17
Klimaat Expo | 2022
Tekenen kun je leren | Marianne Snoek
Textielfestival 2021 | 19 kunstenaars in beeld | Museum De Lakenhal
Quilt & Zo | issue 15, 16, 18,  20,  28
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Participation
Kadmium | Professional Artists Delft
teQStiel | Textile Art Collective till 2022 
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Education
Nieuwe Akademie Utrecht
VAK Delft