Vita/CV

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Bevor ich im Jahr 2006 mein eigenes Stickatelier eröffnete, war ich Redaktionssekretärin und Mundart-Autorin in Mainz. Parallel dazu besuchte ich schon seit den 80er Jahren immer wieder Fortbildungen im Textilbereich, zuerst Näh- und Spinnkurse, dann ab

2000 – Filzkurse bei Angelika Brüssel-Bruns

2002 – 2006 Stickkurse bei Bärbel I. Zimber an der International School for Textile Arts in Frankfurt.
Erlernte Techniken: Kanvas-Stickerei, Jakobinische Wollstickerei, Metallstickerei/Goldwork, Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Nadelspitze, Nadelweben, Hohlsaum, Ajour, Stumpwork, Blackwork, Posamenterie, Richelieu und Weißstickerei.

Weitere Fortbildungen u.a. bei:
Christina Orth, Düsseldorf: Französische Haute Couture-Stickerei mit Perlen, Pailletten, Appliqué, Metallstickerei
Shikha Chireux, Paris: Indische Haute Couture-Stickerei, Crochet, Shishadur

Adiviye Beyhan, Konya: Türkische Metallstickerei (Marasch Ischi)
Ayla Sentürk, Konya: Türkische Metallstickerei (Tel kerma), Türk Ischi und Hesap Ischi
Pamela Watts, Great Missenden: Freies Maschinensticken (City & Guilds)
Angie Hughes: Freies Maschinensticken und Mixed Media
Lynda Monk: Mixed Media

2008- 2011:
Janet Edmonds, Great Missenden: City & Guilds-Kurs „Design and Embroidery“ – Zertifikat

2011-2014
Janet Edmonds, Great Missenden: City & Guilds-Kurs „Design and Embroidery“ – Diploma

Schwerpunkt meiner Ausbildung war also immer das Freie Sticken – doch es gehört so vieles dazu, letztlich gibt es nichts Vielfältigeres! Und so besuche ich, immer unter dem Gesichtspunkt, dies für mein Freies Sticken einsetzen zu können, laufend weitere Kurse, denn ich bin neugierig und noch immer unterwegs. Weitere Schwerpunkte rund ums freie Sticken sind für mich:

Spinnen und Färben (auch mit Pflanzenfarben)
so ist die Verwendung eigener Garne möglich.


Patchwork, Drucktechniken, Mixed Media –

das, was gern unter dem Begriff „Ober-Flächengestaltung“ zusammengefasst wird, dient im Freien Sticken viel eher der „Unter“-Flächengestaltung, denn diese bildet die Basis für wirkungsvolle Stickereien.


Zeichnen, Kalligraphie, Buchbinden –
zur Gestaltung von Entwürfen, die in selbstgebundenen Büchern und handgemachten Schachteln gesammelt werden können. Diese Techniken bilden einen neuen Schwerpunkt meiner Arbeit.

 

English version of my CV:

Before I became a freelancer I worked as editorial secretary and author in Mainz. I startet my embroidery education in 2002 at the Frankfurt „International School for Textile Arts“. Before that time I had not a clue about the unbelievable amount of techniques and materials that you can use in free embroidery. All I knew was Cross Stitch, Hardanger and some german „Schwalm Embroidery“ with drawn thread work. And the only threads I knew were perle and twist, all just in plain colours. But in spite of this little knowledge about embroidery, there was one thing I already knew for sure since my early days : that you can find a lot of joy and peace in doing embroidery.

So I was fascinated about the rich variety of embroidery techniques that were introduced to me during my education in Frankfurt. My german tutor, Bärbel I. Zimber, had been educated at the „Royal School of Needlework“ in London and brought all that precious knowledge to her german students. She introduced lots of traditional english embroideries to us, each of them to be practised in half-year-projects. These were on the syllabus: Free and counted thread embroidery on canvas, Jacobean Crewel Embroidery, Goldwork, Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Needle Lace, Needle Weaving, Pulled Work, Cut Work, Stumpwork, Blackwork, Appliqué, Fine White Work and Posamentry (Tassels, Boxes, Cushion).

Additional educations at that time:

Angelika Brüssel-Bruns, Wiesbaden: Felting

Christina Orth, Düsseldorf: French Haute Couture Embroidery with beads, sequins, appliqué and metall thread emboidery

Shikha Chireux, Paris: Indian Haute Couture Embroidery with the hook and shisha embroidery

Adiviye Beyhan, Konya: Turkish metall thread embroidery (Marasch Ischi)

Ayla Sentürk, Konya: Turkish metall thread embroidery (Tel kιrma), Türk Ischi und Hesap Ischi

Pamela Watts, Great Missenden: Free machine embroidery (City & Guilds, Level 1)

 

2008 – 2011:

Janet Edmonds, Great Missenden

City & Guilds Certificate (Level 3) „Design and Embroidery“

2011 – 2014

Janet Edmonds, Great Missenden

City & Guilds Diploma „Design and Embroidery“

The free, mostly english embroidery techniques have always been my favourites. Because – instead of sticking to roules and counting threads – you can experiment and play the „what if“-game with techniques, materials and ideas. In this craft (nearly) nothing is forbidden and there is no right and no wrong within free embroidery.

I’m still very curious and like to attend courses round about these focal points:

Spinning and Dyeing (also with natural dyes from plants) – so I’m able to use unusual threads in my embroideries.

Felting, Patchwork, Mixed Media – because the basic materials are most important for interesting embroidery projects.

Drawing, Kalligraphie, Bookbinding – Those related crafts are very useful when doing designwork for City & Guilds-Courses. Especially the latter, the bookbinding takes my interest more and more. There is still so much to be discovered …

My passion for England has grown from year to year and is still doing so. After gaining my City and Guilds-Certificat in Design and Embroidery I did the City and Guilds Diploma, again at Missenden Abbey and again with my Tutor Janet Edmonds.

What I learned from her about Design is:  Designing can be learned! It’s not reserved for the skilled and talented, but for the patient ones! You just have to take long walks.

Design work is like walking along a river, not like climbing up a hill. There are no abbreviations, quite the contrary – it is a winding way through a wide valley. If you are not in a hurry, you will love to go that way and you will be happy to discover it yourself: designing can be learned!