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Mappa: Cartography on Cloth

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

With Bettina Matzkuhn

$350 [Includes $60 lab fee] class limit 14. Feb 14, 15, 16, 2020 (Fri, Sat, Sun 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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About Bettina Matzkuhn

Bettina Matzkuhn has worked in fibre with an emphasis on embroidery and fabric collage for over 30 years. She holds a BFA in visual arts and an MA in liberal studies from Simon Fraser University. In the 1980s she animated and directed three award-winning textile-based films for the National Film Board of Canada. An interest in narrative continues to inform her work. She explores personal and social narratives of history, geography, and the natural world using a wide variety of textile techniques, materials, and presentations. She exhibits her work across Canada and internationally, writes professionally on the arts, lectures, and teaches.