Felicitas has been weaving since 1980 after she was introduced to the art while studying textiles at the Cooperstown (NY) Graduate Programs. Since that time, she has shown and sold her handwoven scarves, clothing and accessories at shows, shops, galleries and festivals in MA, PA, NJ, TN and MS. After a move to Memphis in 2000, Felicitas also wove religious textiles for churches, synagogues, members of the clergy and collectors. For several years, she was involved with community weaving projects, primarily as a weaving workshop leader with the non-profit agency, Creative Aging Mid-South.
Much of Felicitas’ artwork includes original design tapestries influenced by Javanese dance masks, or wayang topeng, and imagery capturing tempo doeloe which is a sense of nostalgia and mythology of a bygone era of Dutch colonialism on the island of Java.
Felicitas’ handwoven art has received awards such as juried status into the Small Expressions traveling exhibit of Handweavers Guild of America in 2022, Best of TN Craft in 2004 and 2021, Workshop Leader of the Year (Creative Aging Mid-South) in 2014, and Teach it Forward Award of the Handweavers Guild of America, 2007. Her handwoven art has been published in The Crafts Report, Handwoven Magazine, Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot and 500 Judaica, an imprint of Lark Books.
Felicitas was born in the Netherlands to Dutch-Indonesian parents who escaped the genocide of Dutch patriots known as Bersiap. The genocide took place in the newly formed country of Indonesia from 1945 to 1950. After emigrating from the Netherlands to the United States, Felicitas lived in the Boston area, earning an AB from Smith College and an MA from Tufts University.