Christel Wille – Textiles
Hand-stencilled and Hand-embroidered Textiles
April 5-28, 2013
Opening reception Friday, April 5, 7-9:30 pm.
‘For much of my adult life, I have collected books and items from the Arts & Crafts period – textiles, books, ceramics, glass, metalwork, furniture, you name it, if it’s of the period I’ve either coveted it or purchased it. For this exhibition, I have used textile techniques to explore and reinterpret Arts & Crafts tile design. Tile design, which requires mastery over repetitive design, is of particular interest to me,… plus the tradition of embroidery and fabric stenciling in Arts & Crafts textiles, inspired me to create my own kind of hybrid tiles…’
‘Christel Wille grew up in post-war Berlin and learned to see the possibilities in any material and to make use of everything around her. ….Wille was the first female to be awarded a metal-working apprenticeship at a small Berlin firm, where she earned her Journeyman Certificate as a coppersmith. After moving to Canada in 1960, Wille dabbled in enamelwork and embroidery while raising her family. In 1975, through the Ontario College of Art she studied tapestry-weaving with William Hodge, a decision that launched a 30-year exploration of fibre art. Wille received her Master Weaver’s certificate in 1990, but her experience is not limited to weaving- the artist has created wall-hangings, clothing, accessories boxes, tassels and hats that incorporate weaving, embroidery, screen-printing, and other techniques, including hand-dying.
Christel has shown works in numerous group and juried exhibitions between 1990 and the present. Her works are in private and public permanent collections. She has participated in major Craft shows in Chicago, Ottawa and Toronto. Wille is a member of the Carnegie Gallery and her works are for sale on a regular basis.