Born in Germany, I spent most of my youth in South Africa, Sweden and Luxemburg. I am now living in the Netherlands.
My passions are textiles and colours. I guess it all began when I lived in Johannesburg. Every day on my way to school, I admired a group of ladies sitting under the trees, making and selling their crafts: embroideries, beadwork in all forms and sizes, jewelry and small furniture made of woven grass. Everything was boldly coloured in combinations I had never seen before. Of course I wanted to learn how to make these things!
Later, I studied Industrial Design and got my MA at Universität der Künste Berlin and a PhD in Design from Delft University of Technology. Since then, I work as a designer, researcher and teacher. Working with textiles, especially weaving and embroidery, however, remains my favourite. I love to combine state-of-the-art tools, such as image editing software, computer-driven looms and embroidery machines with traditional techniques.
About my work
My work focuses on the perception of artefacts. Using textile techniques, I especially study the perception of colors. Although every color is an entity and exactly defined by fixed values, it is extremely dependant on its surroundings in the way it is perceived.
I explore the possibilities that consequently arise. Colors emerge gradually, meet others and react to them. The resulting alterations to the original colors may be subtle or dramatic; often, compositions undergoing color changes seem to stay unchanged for a long time, and suddenly, a small step in another direction of hue, saturation or brightness makes the whole image tilt.
In weaving, the possibiltities to mix colors and to let them change gradually, are extremely limited compared to painting or photography. This limitation offers an opportunity to study the effects of color closely. The discrete colors of yarns force to choose every step consciously: thread by thread has to be decided, which color it shoud have and how its neighbors in warp and weft should be like. Consequently, every image point is the result of a conscious choice. This allows to observe in every detail what happens when colors are mixed and what the resulting effects are.
13TH INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF FIBRE ART “SCYTHIA”, August 6-18, 2020, Ivano-Frankivs’k, Ukraine. www.scythiatextile.com
PUSHING THE LIMITS. A Virtual Shaft Weaving Art Exhibition. 1 December 2020 – 1 December 2021.