Never one to follow the crowd, Wille was the first woman 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, she began taking tapestry-weaving classes at the Ontario College of Art 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 limit to weaving – the artist has created wallhangings, clothing, accessories, boxes, tassels and hats that incorporate weaving, embroidery, screen-printing, and other techniques, including hand-dying. In 2006, she added glass to the mix after installing a lamp-working studio in her home, and now creates colourful beads as well as miniature flora and fauna in glass.