Feb 28: ‘Gear’ with Bettina Matzkuhn

Date: February 28, 2pm

Location: In person for members only. Available by Zoom for all

Cost: Free Please register here.

Bettina Matzkuhn’s textile works include embroidered maps, sails and landscapes. Her recent project Gear examines human presence in the backcountry by deconstructing old backpacks. Into these, she sews densely embroidered images of landscapes, where the silk, cotton and linen contrast with the packs’ synthetic textiles. These are made from substances that damage the environment and do not biodegrade. However, their water repellant qualities, light weight, and sturdiness are valuable for human comfort and safety.

She has expanded Gear to include interactive pieces made from repurposed nylon, goretex and outdoor wear, which viewers can open to find hidden embroidered landscapes that suggest the effects of global warming. These have been exhibited across Canada.

Mar 28: “Sustainable Textiles” with Stephanie Phillips

Date: Tuesday March 28, 2pm

Location: In person for members only. Available by Zoom for all.

Cost: Free. Please register here.

About the Presentation:

In this talk Stephanie will talk about her work with new materials (such as the recycled silk polymer pictured) for a more sustainable textile future.  She will also speak about some of the more recent developments in bioderived textiles and the opportunities that it may give designers in the future to create sustainable textile products.

About the Presenter:

Stephanie Phillips is currently the Sherman Jen Research Chair in Next Generation Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.  Her design research practice focuses on the development of functional composite textiles for a single waste stream, concentrating on bio-derived material sources.  She has taught at KPU’s Wilson School of Design since 2014 in the Fashion Design & Technology, Product Design, Fashion Marketing and Design for Technical Apparel programs, with a focus on teaching the processes surrounding materials, textiles, and design research.  Prior to joining The Wilson School of Design, Stephanie was a faculty member of Material Art & Design at OCAD University and worked extensively within the fashion and home décor industries in textile design and development.

April 25: ‘Ramblings’ with Catherine Nicholls

Date: April 25, 2pm

Location: In person for members, available by Zoom for all.

Cost: Free       Please register here to receive a Zoom link

About Ramblings:

Curiosity, finding and collecting, recording, walking, mending and making are at the centre of my life and work. “Ramblings” is a virtual trunk show and talk about my development as a quilt maker, embroiderer, mender and maker of things and how my ramblings, both mental and physical, have influenced me and my work. Bits and pieces are brought together to create ideas and more practically repair the fabrics of everyday life. 

About the Presenter:

Catherine lives and works in Gibsons, BC.  She draws her inspiration from the natural world, her travels and the people she meets along the way.  Stories, legends and the history of people, place and culture are the creative raw materials for themed exhibitions world wide.  Catherine has exhibited world wide and has various pieces on tour on an ongoing basis.  Teaching has formed a large part of her daily life, with workshops in patchwork and quilting techniques, sketchbooks and journaling, life drawing, design and other passions.