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When Vera Vermeersch graduated as Master in Arts History in the early eighties, she decided not to start a career as a theoretical researcher or a teacher, nor did she feel like burying herself in some dull museum. Just like her father artist José Vermeersch and her family members Rik, Pieter, Lowie, Tinus and Robin Vermeersch she wanted to do something more creative. That is why she studied the art of weaving at the Story school in Ghent. Afterwards, she became a student at the Royal Institute for the Art Patrimony in Brussels where she learned various techniques for textile restoration. She then specialized in the conservation and restoration of Flemish tapestries from the 16th, 17th and 18th century. In 'Huis Lalaing' she worked at the restoration and conservation of tapestries from Oudenaarden.

 

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In 1986 Vera Vermeersch started her own textile restoration studio in Ghent. There, she worked with antique fabrics every day, which inspired her to practice new techniques. Weaving appeared to be time consuming and did not seem to be the most efficient technique. Tufting on the other hand was much quicker and offered a lot more creative possibilities. After a short learning phase the first tapestries and carpets were presented. Soon, many artists became interested: the quality, the way natural materials were used and colours were incorporated into these carpets and tapestries inspired them. Today, contemporary carpets are being tufted in this studio. They were designed by Belgian and international artists, designers and architects.