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  • Net Loft Building #6-1666 Johnston St. Canada Vancouver, BC, V6H 3S2 Canada (map)

With Tilleke Schwarz

$15 - Doors open at 7:30

Tilleke Schwarz hails from The Netherlands where she stitches visually poetic “maps of modern life.” In its engagement with contemporary life, her work is reminiscent of graffiti. But unlike graffiti, her work is hand-embroidered with very fine stitches and striking colours.

Tilleke includes anything that amazes, moves, or intrigues her. Daily life, mass media, traditional stitched samplers, and cats are major sources of inspiration. The result is a humorous reflection on our modern society in textile form. Her work is a mixture of her singular personality, a fine graphic sensibility, and a bit of fooling around.

In this lecture Tilleke will focus on her life and art. Sources of inspiration and favoured techniques (including couching, cross-stitch, and appliqué) will come together as this renowned artist interprets the world through stitch and thread. 

Tilleke will also teach two workshops.

Tilleke Schwarz uses a mixture of text, graphics, and humour in her embroidery. The humour is typical for her Jewish background: mixing a laugh and a tear. She finds inspiration in daily life, graffiti, and traditional stitch samplers.

Tilleke was born in the Netherlands. She learned embroidery from her mother. For a long time she combined an art career with a professional career for the Dutch national government (policy development), but for the last ten years she has worked at her art full time.

Tilleke exhibits her work internationally, including at the Friesian Museum and Museum Rijswijk, Netherlands; Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Textile Triennial, Lodz, Poland; Fiber Art International, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; International Textile Triennial, which travels to Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic; and the Kaunas Biennial, Lithuania. She has won a few prizes. Pictures of her work have appeared in many books and magazines all over the world.

Earlier Event: September 8
Later Event: September 13
Ajrakh - Technique and Tradition