MAPPA: Cartography in Cloth

July 15 - July 19


This is a 5-day workshop. All classes run 9 – 4 pm each day with lunch included from 12 – 1 pm.

MAPPA: Cartography in Cloth

MAPPA: Cartography in Cloth

Mappa is Latin for a square of cloth. Maps and embroidery share the potential for narrative and fine details. Over five days we will explore a personal cartography through the textile medium beginning with three small “samplers.”  Spaces, lines, symbols, and metaphors find their places in maps and stitches. Evoking a journey, remembered or imagined, each student will design and begin a map that may continue to evolve.

Our maps will explore both physical and internal geographies. Where are we? Where have we been and what did we experience there? Where might we go? Maps have the potential to ramble from micro to macro –a trip around to room or across a continent. In this age of Google maps, we are often more focused on our devices than on our surroundings; this workshop will encourage an increased awareness of our personal pathways and develop a language to express them. Mapping becomes a cosmic zoom as the world involves ever increasing detail, but mapping also requires editing: which details to include or omit? Establishing a focus for your personal map helps to make many decisions.

Bettina shares her working process and many examples of her own maps, as well as presentations that feature historical and artists’ maps. The history, conventions and intentions of cartography are folded into simple sewing techniques that we will use to tell stories.

  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Materials Fee: $20
  • Course Level: All Skill Levels
  • Course Prerequisites: No experience necessary

Price: $875

This price includes: tuition, daily lunch, material fees (if required), any applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.


Bettina Matzkuhn has worked in textiles for over 40 years with an emphasis on embroidery and fabric collage. In the 1980s, her NFB animated films –using textiles– garnered awards and an interest in narrative continues to inform her work.  She holds a BFA in Visual Arts and an MA in Liberal Studies from Simon Fraser University. She explores personal and social stories about history, geography and the natural world, using a wide variety of textile techniques, materials and presentations. 

Click here to read more about BETTINA MATZKUHN

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MISSA Course Withdrawal & Refund Policy

All requests for course withdrawals and/or accommodation cancellations must be made through MISSA’s online form. Requests made in person or by phone, text or email will not be accepted.

Refunds and credits are subject to the course withdrawal and accommodation cancellation deadlines and fees outlined below. Please note, no refunds will be processed during the MISSA Summer Arts Program.

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Course Withdrawal Deadlines

Forms received on or before May 3, 2024 – Pre-paid tuition and material fees will be refunded. A $50 administrative fee applies for each course withdrawal. Material fees will be refunded in full.

Forms received on or before June 14, 2024 – A credit will be issued for pre-paid tuition, less a $50 administration fee per course withdrawal. Pre-paid material fees are not eligible for refund.

Forms received after June 14, 2024 – Course withdrawals made after this date are not eligible for refund or credit of tuition and material fees.

Tuition credits are issued in the form of a code to be used for registration in future MISSA workshops and/or for on-campus accommodations. Credit codes may be transferred to another person. MISSA credit codes have no cash value and cannot be refunded.

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, students will be offered an alternative workshop. If the 2024 program is completely cancelled (due to COVID restrictions or any other force majeure), a full refund will be given (tuition, material fee and accommodation) or a MISSA credit will be offered.

Accommodation Cancellation Deadlines
On-campus accommodations may be cancelled up to 14 days prior to the first day of MISSA and pre-paid accommodation fees will be refunded, less a $50 deposit fee. Accommodation cancellations made after the deadline are not eligible for refund.

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If you must withdraw from a course and/or cancel your accommodations due to exceptional circumstances, you may request a refund on the basis of hardship and/or compassionate grounds. All requests must be made in writing using the online form. Approval of such requests may only be made by the MISSA Board of Directors and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


This price includes: tuition, daily lunch, material fees (if required), any applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.