In this course participants will have several options for projects as we consider deconstruction and reconstruction of fabrics. You might transform your old lace and embroidery into a mixed media wall hanging or painting by deconstructing and reconstructing, painting, printing, stitching, and embroidering. Or you might deconstruct and reconstruct your old carpets, hangings, wool coats, or jackets, transforming them into a vest. Or you might deconstruct and reconstruct your old clothing and scraps into mixed media cards and small paintings. Individuals will work on projects of their own choosing within the general framework of changing existing materials into new objects and materials.
1973 Degree Master Dress Maker/Designer, Hannover, Germany.
1969-1971 Worked for Yves Saint Laurent in Paris, France.
1995-2014 Textile Department, Faculty, Kootenay School of the Arts.
2013 Winner of the DHG Wearable Felt Art Award
2010 Cultural Ambassador, Nelson, BC
2008 BC Creative Achievement Award, Vancouver, BC
2007 Surface Design Association, Award of Excellence
1993 2nd Price International Fibre Exhibition, Morvan, France
Across Canada, France, the USA, Japan, England
2013 Textiles, Mary Schoeser, Thames and Hudson, USA
2012 500 Felt Objects, Lark Books, USA
2010 Fabrics foe Fashion, Laurence King Publishing, London England
My background is in fashion. In the past I worked for the Yves Saint Laurent in Paris, and I now teach in the Textile Department at the Kootenay School of Arts in Nelson, BC, Canada.
My love is Fiber. For many years I have embraced recycling, the deconstruction-reconstruction of garments and textile structures. I worked on a series of Tent Dresses (dresses made from old canvas tents). I made jackets, vests, dresses, purses, hats, shawls, jewelry, and children’s clothing from vintage tweed jackets or old wool blankets with the integration of vintage lace, found objects, carpet fragments, buttons and zippers.
At the moment I am working on a series of collars made from linen book covers.