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Mappa: Cartography on Cloth


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

With Bettina Matzkhun

$295 [Includes $60 lab fee] Class limit 14. Oct 29-31 (Mon-Wed) 10am-4pm.

“Mappa” is Latin for a square of cloth. And maps are the perfect vehicle for describing any kind of voyage. 

In this workshop, each student will produce three small samplers that address aspects of both cartography and textile techniques. The samplers are preparation for beginning a larger personal map that may continue to evolve after the workshop. Looking at historical and contemporary artists’ maps, especially those on textiles, students will discuss their forms and meanings. From global data visualization to a trip around the kitchen, maps are about narrative: what to include, what to leave out. 

This workshop will encourage an increased awareness of our personal pathways (remembered, imagined, or projected) and develop a personal textile language to express them. Beginning with small, hand-drawn maps, we will expand them into lively stories. Using simple surface design, hand embroidery, and appliqué techniques, our journeys can unfold through the cloth. All levels are welcome.

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Bettina Matzkuhn uses embroidery and fabric collage to explore stories about history, geography, and the natural world. Her work has taken many unusual forms: embroidered sculptural sails, maps of many kinds, interactive pieces, and animation that incorporates textile processes. From imagery about hiking trips, to work developed during residencies including the Banff Centre and Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland, to collaborations with other disciplines, textile is her language of choice. Bettina holds a BFA in visual arts and an MA in liberal studies from Simon Fraser University. She exhibits her work across Canada and internationally, writes professionally on the arts, lectures, teaches, and volunteers.

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