It all started in 1985. For his first project tree blue bass in the Kerkje van Persingen, Bart Drost had three words embroidered on 100 black sports shorts. In bright fresh leaf green. Machine. But it actually started in 1971. At the time, Drost had what he thought was a hip, light blue denim jacket. To make it even more beautiful, he embroidered stripes and dots on it. In bright colors. No! It has already started with the Sunday tablecloth. For breakfast during the holidays. Purple garlands with orange-red flowers. Embroidered by hand by his mother. Perhaps even earlier: there were antique chairs in Drost's home in the drawing room that were embroidered with beautiful motifs on the backrest, on the seat, even on the armrests. Or does it have to do with his education? Monumental Textile Design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Although he worked relatively little with textiles there. It was mainly drawing, cutting and sawing.
His teacher Harry Boom described the essence of the textile arts at the time with approximately these words:
"Textile art is a work mentality. It's like the picture in the frame on the mantelpiece in your living room. Not the photo, not the frame, not the mantelpiece, not the living room is important, but it is about the mutual coherence of all that."
However: Drost likes to embroider.
And you don't have to learn it.