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  • Maiwa Loft #6-1666 Johnston St. Vancouver, BC V6H 3S2 Canada (map)

With Tilleke Schwarz

$395 [Includes $50 lab fee] Class limit 14. Sept 15-17 (Fri-Sun) 10am-4pm.

The focus of this workshop is design. It encourages students to design a new work in which they express themselves and tell their own stories in their own style.

The workshop will open with exercises in mixed media and collage. These techniques on paper allow students to experiment and to try out new ideas—even without accomplished drawing skills. Students will enjoy both the adventure of designing while working and the resulting inspiration for a new work. Demonstrations and lectures will include Tilleke’s favourite embroidery techniques and inspiration. While students will focus on hand embroidery, it is perfectly all right to incorporate any other (textile) technique or to bring your own sewing machine.

Hand-stitching is fun and relaxing but time-consuming; students should not expect to finish a new work in the workshop. The aim is to leave with plenty of new ideas and a start for a new work on cloth.

Tilleke joins us from the Netherlands and will also give a lecture.

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Tilleke Schwarz uses a mixture of text, graphics, and humour in her embroidery. The humour is typical for her Jewish background: mixing a laugh and a tear. She finds inspiration in daily life, graffiti, and traditional stitch samplers.

Tilleke was born in the Netherlands. She learned embroidery from her mother. For a long time she combined an art career with a professional career for the Dutch national government (policy development), but for the last ten years she has worked at her art full time.

Tilleke exhibits her work internationally, including at the Friesian Museum and Museum Rijswijk, Netherlands; Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Textile Triennial, Lodz, Poland; Fiber Art International, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; International Textile Triennial, which travels to Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic; and the Kaunas Biennial, Lithuania. She has won a few prizes. Pictures of her work have appeared in many books and magazines all over the world.

Earlier Event: September 14
The Art of Ajrakh
Later Event: September 16
Still in Print: Ajrakh Textiles