I have always been a maker of things. My innate sense for colour, shape and balance first found expression in painting on glass, in linoprints and collages, in assembling dioramas in cigar boxes, in sculpting with papier mâché and in weaving.
All these creative skills were put aside when I embarked on a career in the ivory towers of university. However, the call to be a maker rather than a university teacher did not remain unheard. I integrated academic experience with creativity and started working as an exhibit designer in my birthplace Munich, Germany.
Making things became my profession after moving to British Columbia in Western Canada, where I opened a home based studio for functional art. I started painting furniture and fabrics in response to the rapidly growing trend to refinish and reuse creatively. I mainly used vintage furniture, transforming it into bright focal points for unique interiors, complemented by my hand dyed, hand printed fabrics. These pieces, with bright colours and abstract designs, were shown in exhibitions and window displays.
I have since moved back to Europe and lived for a long while in the West of Ireland before taking up residence in Wales, and since 2014 in Central Scotland. My focus shifted from functional art to more decorative work, to printmaking and painting: I am much attracted to stylised still life and landscapes and to rough, textured surfaces and chunky shapes. Bright colours are usually a characteristic feature of my paintings, but in printmaking I tend to prefer the stark contrast and clarity of black and white.
A while ago I tried to alter some of my clothes and rediscovered my love of sewing. I took sewing and embroidery classes and decided to make textile art a new direction in my creative practice. I now work with repurposed fabric and contribute to the production of sustainable, ethical fashion and a circular economy.
My studio is located near Coupar Angus in Perthshire and is open by appointment. I sell from my studio and from my Perthshire Artisans shop.
Photo by Olle Borgar for Perthshire Artisans