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