Joana Schneider

Joana Schneider

Joana Schneider was born in Munich and currently lives and works in The Netherlands. She creates spacious installations and sculptural environments that present a sustainable contact with organic materials while shedding light on local creativity and industry. Schneider’s material-based approach pays tribute to labour-intensive techniques and makes the Dutch craftsmen central means throughout her oeuvre. Her intuitive working process is inspired by traditional working practices such as netmaking in the fisheries sector.


Schneider’s playful use of exceptional materials merges with her love for the textile craft. Joana’s artistic approach centers on repurposing discarded fishing ropes as a foundation, complemented by the visually appealing and tactile viscose threads derived from recycled plastic bottles. This distinctive use of sustainable materials enables her to craft distinctive and recognizable three-dimensional artworks. Techniques such as embroidery, passementerie and tapestry making became her speciality whereby combining these with traditional net making techniques such as pluis netting and dolly knotting. Her spacious, sometimes uncanny installations appeal to the viewers’ senses in many respects: visually, tactically and through its natural smell.

Her work is included in the following public collections, among others:


Landverhuizersmuseum Rotterdam

Museum Aalborg


Blue Knowledge Art Collection

Lakeside Collection (Private compartment in Depot Boijmans van Beuningen Museum)

De Domijnen

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Stedelijk Museum Schiedam

Textile Museum

Fondazione D’Arc

Meijers Assurantiën 

Textile Museum

Groningen Museum


Museum Jan

Coda Museum Apeldoorn