MAPPA: Cartography in Cloth

July 1 - 5

MAPPA: Cartography in Cloth

Thank you for your interest, but unfortunately, this workshop has been cancelled.

WEEK TWO (5-day): July 1 – 5, 2019   Classes run 9 am  – 4 pm each day and students are welcome to stay late in their studio.


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 the 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.

All levels welcome

  • STUDENT SUPPLY LIST (Click HERE): All students are responsible for bringing their own supplies.
  • COURSE COST: $711 (Includes $681 tuition and $30 for specific supplies provided by the instructor)

Tuition includes lunches and daily snacks.  Prices are listed in Canadian Dollars and are inclusive of all applicable taxes. An accommodation package is available in QUAD or DOUBLE occupancy and includes breakfast and dinner. Click here for further details.

Bettina Matzkuhn

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. History, geography and the natural world are prominent in her stories told through a wide variety of textile techniques, materials and presentations. Her work is exhibited internationally and she writes professionally on the arts. She has been awarded BC Arts Council and Canada Council grants, presented at conferences, and given lectures and workshops across North America. She has taught as a sessional instructor at Emily Carr University and serves as board chair for the Craft Council of BC.


Workshops will not run until sufficient enrollment has been met. 

This workshop had to be cancelled due to low registration. It is no longer available for purchase.


Classes are open to students at least 19 years of age at the start of their registered workshop


Refunds will be issued within 30 days of confirmed receipt of MISSA’s online withdrawal form and will be processed through PayPal.

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BEFORE April 15: for each course withdrawal, a refund inclusive of tuition and any applicable supply fee will be issued, minus a $50 admin fee.

AFTER April 15: for each course withdrawal, a tuition credit for MISSA 2020 will be issued, minus a $50 admin fee. Any applicable supply fee will be refunded. As a courtesy, a full refund will be issued if withdrawal application is received within 48 hours of an initial purchase (up until June 7, 2019).

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, a full refund (tuition, supply fee and accommodation) will be issued. Transferring into another workshop is a possibility. On-Campus accommodations can be canceled at any time prior to arrival and will be refunded within 30 days after receipt of the cancellation form.