The workshop overview is coming soon!
+ Silke Bosbach: Way of the Cross - The 14 Stations of the Passion of Jesus
In a poignant way, the textile artist and author Silke Bosbach from Overath/Germany has created a 14-piece, strong informative textile crucifixion, which shows the way of Jesus from condemnation by Pontius Pilate to the crucifixion and burial. In the textile work Bosbach shows new techniques of textile finishes, which she combines skilfully traditional. These includes layers, shrink techniques and embroidery.
+ Alice Frost: Nature´s voice
An interplay between fabric and wire produces an experience of the nature that surrounds us all. It is important to me, since it is present wherever you are, lush and generous gives it its inspiration, with changing seasons, varying from morning to evening, wind and weather. Whether you are into beautiful flowers in the colors of the world, peaceful forests, majestic mountains, roaring waterfalls, the summer's powerful leaves or autumn colororgie - it's all around the globe.Nature provides great experiences, enrichment and the opportunity to feel and sense if you look for its beauty and diversity.Often, I also use nature's elements to express human feelings and the lessons of life.
+ Deutsch-Afghanische Inititiative e.V.: Keep your Eye on the Planet
Deutsch-Afghanische Inititiative e.V.
The travelling exhibit »Keep Your Eye on the Planet« consists of 45 textile works measuring 60 x 60 cm, made by european women as part of a competition. The challenge called for the incorporation of at least one eye or pair thereof, embroidered in Afghanistan, in a textile work of art interpreting issues facing our planet. Most of the works addressed environmental issues such as air and water pollution or biodiversity. Concern for our fellow man is expressed by works depicting migration. We are encouraged to take care of our planet and treat each other with respect. The work »Everyone should be seen through the same eyes«, the title of which stems from an Afghan saying, embodies the appeal that we want to voice with the presentation of this wandering exhibit and gallery book.
MaroVerlag has published a gallery book as a catalog to the exhibit
+ Ulla Hoppe: Please check for black!
Do you think the sinking of the Titanic, a poem by Christian Morgenstern and a flock of meercats are unrelated to each other? Think again! Visit this exhibition and see for yourself. Please check for black! Following a 3-year diploma course in Hand Embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework in London, Cologne-based artist Ulla Hoppe advanced traditional English blackwork embroidery into her own landmark graphic blackwork. Her unique textile creations are all one of a kind and exclusively stitched by hand. Her work is sometimes cheerful, sometimes sad, sometimes shocking, sometimes touching, sometimes fluffy, then again full of information, by all means flexible, sometimes surprising and refreshingly human. But it is always aimed at one thing: To entertain and be enjoyed. Needle and thread tell stories waiting to be discovered and read.....
+ Ragnhild Eckhoff Kjenne/Merete Veian: Over & Beyond the Surface
Ragnhild Eckhoff Kjenne/Merete Veian
The nature of architecture, in a space between what you see and can imagine. The walks of life, in the space between where you go and the mind call forth. The two surface textile artists from Norway create art with dye, print and photo transfers. The finishing quilting and stiches are applied when playing with threads of many colors.For the first time in Germany you can discover these great representatives of Norwegian Textile Art.
+ Marijke van Welzen: Dreamcoats
Marijke van Welzen
Under the label Art2wear Marijke loves to make wearable Art pieces with a story to tell. Textile is her Passion as it lends itself to infinite possibilities of expression. ith the tactile aspect, the flexibility, the unlimited colour range and the visual texture. Marijke starts with a theme. Around this theme fabrics and all kinds of useful materials are collected. She works intuitively from there. The outcome is always a surprise, even she doesn’t know beforehand what the finished piece will look like. She uses all sorts of surface design techniques. Starting with many tiny pieces of fabric, and colourful machine-threads she 'paints' her designs. The story grows under her hands, it works like a kind of puzzle, sometimes it is easy to find a fitting piece and other times it takes longer until some more pieces turn up.
+ Irena Zemanova: In Circles
The circle can be understood as a simple geometric figure, a cycle of repeating events or a wheel. Circular shape occurs freekvently in my art quilts, whether in the form of a circular shape in a collage or in the form of my favorite quilting.
The collection "In Circles" began to emerge in thoughts and small sketches as early as 2017, the creation began gradually in 2018. Artworks created by the mixed media technique include various objects - smaller paintings on alternative paper frames, wall art quilts, tapestries in larger frames as well as several 3D objects. The basis of art quilts are created with my most favorite materials - my own batik, monoprint, silk in various forms, all of which are accompanied by wires and paper.
+ Shoshi Rimer: Shadows, Silhouettes and Reflections
I was intrigued by the different options of expressing an idea through hints
made from fabrics. In my exhibition, I choose to focus on the various
options in order to show the verity options an art quilter has.
+ Bella Kaplan: My backyard
I am an artist that paints abstracts but instead of using a paintbrush I use fabric.
The impetus for my work is the world around me, its shapes, patterns, colors
and textures, the war and fire close to me - from time to time - but most of all,
the area around me, where I live.
+ Katrin Kümmel: Knitted felt in a new look/Snail International
My material of passion is wool: conventionally and plant-dyed as well as
untreated wool, machine- and hand-spun wool. In knitting, I enjoy the smell,
the gentle gliding of the fibers over the fingers, the experience of time through
the tangible result, the combination of mathematics and creative design. I am
interested in all knitting techniques that I encounter, my patterns are globally and ethnologically influenced, or inspired by my observations of nature. I leave the felting to my washing machine, but there are also experiments there. By changing the parameters: temperature, speed, material and knitting technique fascinating new results can be achieved again and again.
My knitted-felt creations in the form of pictures, sculptures and relief-like
surfaces also find their expression in connection with leather in bags.
+ Catherine Bihl: Between Heaven and Earth
The artworks of this exposition emerged from a combination of
painting experiments on rough cotton molton, free sewing and
abstract design with various kinds of fabric. Depending on the density of colour, sand and water their surfaces seem to change between heaven and earth and implicate the traces of human beeing. The attending sculptures have the same colours, textures and motives and show the tight connection between people and their home, between body and soul.
+ Marianne Körner: 30 Day Art-Challenge Marianne Körner
Finally the question is answered: Who participated in the ”30 Days Art-Challenge?
Is it the own work which hangs in the exhibition and is admired by others? Has a good friend taken part? Whom do I know of those who have gone along with that? The secret is finally revealed in the exhibition.There is a lot to see, much gives inspirations for your own work and perhaps even the inspiration
to join (again) in the suggestion at the next Challenge, too.
The organizer will be there throughout the entire exhibition and is looking forward to exciting, personal conversations with the Challenge participants and all visitors. Please feel free to bring questions, ideas and suggestions for further exciting projects with you. There also is the choice to vote for the personal Favorite of the ”30 Days Art-Challenge”.
+ Maison Rurale de l’Outre-Forêt: The Alsatian woman in the 19 th century Her dowry and the most beautiful pieces of her traditional costume
Maison Rurale de l’Outre-Forêt
The Maison Rurale de l’Outre-Forêt is a farmhouse that represents faithfully the arts and traditions of the north of Alsace. Various pieces of collection of the traditional Alsatian costume in the 19th century will be presented: shimmering silks, precious headdresses, embroidered aprons…
The inspiration drawn from the vegetal world, sometimes discreet, sometimes magnificent such as a four-season garland, brighten up women’s finery, whether they lived in the city or in the country. Flowers and plants have for a long time marked household linen, embellished monograms and decorated linen tablecloths. As little embroidered masterpieces, they bear witness to affection, regard and esteem. Various demonstrations of know-how and the presentation of the exhibition will allow the visitors to travel back to a charming past, yesteryear which can still inspire the future.
+ artTextil e.V.: womensART
women, the charismatic ones who, standing in the midst of life have open hearts and minds. Eyed in amazement and frequently ahead of their times, they are often properly recognized in retrospect.
We are women and we know women – daughters, mothers, grannies with wonderful stories of their lives, artists, writers, scientists, and, and, and …
What does “woman” mean to you?
Visit the exhibition “ womensART “and be surprised and inspired by the thoughts of the artists on this particular theme. The textile pictures and objects are as manifold as their creators and reflect the spirit of the time and creativity.
This exhibition for men and women demonstrates particularly how the techniques of old handicrafts are newly interpreted and shows the diversity of these wonderful activities.
The exhibition “womensART“ is made by:
ArtTextil, association for artistic and handcrafted-textile design in Dachau
+ Britta Ankenbauer: ECHO
Britta Ankenbauer is interested in interfaces and the identity of textile arts. She shows new textile work around her studies about time and memories. Echo is repetition and change. She creates a red thread through storytelling, an artistic line of past, present and future by using printmaking, painting and stitching as well as fabric manipulation. Some of her older works were therefore cut, painted over or got a new form. Some of her drawings and paintings emerge rough and pure on the fabric itself, in others, the stitching echoes and changes the painterly process. The artist works with real and imagined memories. Remembering the heat in the last summer or memories of childhood, in today’s perception we always change towards stronger or mundane expression. The artists echo in imagery shows new stories by using dreamlike fragmented and fading elements together with the visual elements of contemporary insights.
+ Renate Kämmer: Covered by the Ocean
Consists of 50509 quarterinch hexagons. I got the idea on the first Nadelwelt in 2011. I basted for almost 2 years with fabricscraps from me and friends over selfcut papers. And because there were so many blue ones, and because I love the ocean, my daughter and me drew dolfins and seahorses and plants and other animals. Which I sewed with the coloured hexies and then draped the sand, plants and water around them.
More about it on my blog rlebt.com.
Handsewn, machinequilted, original design
+ Modern Quilters Heilbronn: Inspired by Nature
Modern Quilters Heilbronn
Nature is an inspiration for us, in many parts of our lives and is the motivation behind our creative examination of all sorts of materials, shapes and colours.
That was the main drive behind a series of experiments, in which we tried to combine many natural materials with textile art.
Seeds, barks, branches, roots and flowers were the starting point for our new and unusual interpretation of nature.
+ Claudia Nimmrichter: Portraits of fabric
As a frequent visitor of NADELWELT Karlruhe you know Claudia from her
exhibition in 2017 presenting her fascinating portraits of fabric and teaching the technique in fully booked classes. We are happy to welcome the artist from the Ore Mountains again with new motives. Her artquilts are a great alternative to usual pictures. You can choose size and colour and modify them with new suprising results. Each portrait is unique. One picture can be changed into
many different portraits. There are no limits to your creativity.
+ Textil- und Rennsportmuseum Hohenstein-Ernstthal: Fadenlauf - Textile meets Motor Racing
Textil- und Rennsportmuseum Hohenstein-Ernstthal
Parts of the west Saxonian’s textile industry are currently producing technical clothes and textiles that contain carbon, fire-retardent or light reflecting fibres and so on to be used e.g. in the context of motor racing. In 2017 the race course named ‘Sachsenring’ where the German Grand Prix for motorcyclists is annually held had its 90th anniversary. Referring to this background the Textil- und Rennsport Museum which is located nearby in Hohenstein-Ernstthal organised the project ‘Fadenlauf - Textile meets Motor Racing’. Due to the museum’s profile – textile and racing – 14 selected German textile artists had been invited to create textile objects. The challenge was to include a range of technical clothes and to choose racing-related themes. Technique, speed and mobility as well as the racing course, passion, visitors, thrill, safety and vulnerability are now in the focus of this worth seeing exhibition.
+ Heidi Drahota: Layer by layer - points of view
Often my inspiration lies in a found object, a word I read, or a sentence I hear. It influences, leaves its marks and sometimes changes my point of view. I review my material and stack layers of fibers, yarns, fabrics, colors and shapes, as well as papers or little treasures I found, to express my own point of view.
The viewer can scratch the surface or dive into the depths of my work and thoughts, layer by layer, which I have translated in a structured, transparent or even three-dimensional way. 'Black on white' should be the red thread in my works.
I want to show that working in textile is not just threading a needle, cutting, sewing, embroidering or felting. Let yourself be emerged into my textile perspectives – into my points of view.
+ Kasia Hanack: Color and Thread
Freemotion embroidery, also known as "thread sketching" and "thread painting"
is for Kasia Hanack the preferred method of surface design. The interior designer specialized in color design teaches this technique in courses in Germany and Switzerland and frequently designs projects for the Patchwork Professional (DE) Magazin. Her creations can be seen at the NADELWELT tradeshow for the first time. Most of her work starts with a white piece of fabric which is worked on with diverse mix media techniques such as paint, dyes, hot foils and other materials and then embroidered with different kinds of threads. The white fabric and the design process have a special meaning for the artist. Kasia was born in Poland and immigrated to New York City as a small child, thus having a "clean slate" or a white piece of paper to fill. Later, as a young woman she moved to Germany with her husband. Each time a new country, a new language, new culture; a blank piece of paper to arrange and to fill. The innovative materials and fascinating textures of the cloths, yarns and threads symbolize a new beginning, the flexibility of assimilation and the new roots that grow each and every time one moves so far away. If one looks closely the personal emotional development can be spotted in the colorful and dynamic textile pieces. In the exhibition one can see small art quilts and practical objects. The artist will additionally do some demonstrations of freemotion embroidery during the tradeshow.
+ Randa Stewner: Lines!
The line as a design element fascinates me for a long time.
Starting off with cutting fabric and sewing it right back together. By inserting thin stripes of fabric into straight cuts, I began to create figures through colorchanges in the lines. By positioning the colored part of the inserted fabric, accents, tags or even stars appear. 2013/2014 I had the idea, that I could sew a line in an angle. This motive as a progression of the line was used to create the quilts „iranian lines“, that were shown in the 6th European Quilt Triennial. In the workseries „bended lines“ I play with angles and variations of width of the lines.
Since 2009 I have on and off created quilts on the theme „Iran“, the country I spent 4 years of my youth. My „iranian“ Quilts and the series „bended Lines“ will be on show in Karlsruhe.
+ Jana Sterbova: RUSTED
Usain Bolt Tower in a renovated brownfield in Ostrava-Vitkovice was for me an instant inspiration. The rusted parts of the former steel works show exquisite rust patterns, that transferred by digital print on fabric lead to a new series of quilts. I have used powder dyed Evolon as contrast material to balance the hard nature of metal and industrial construction. This combination proved to be very strong based on a corresponding colour variety. As soon as the first few photos of the new series were published, the Quilt House and Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska asked for one piece for their collections. All the quilts are machine as well as hand quilted, the surface details made by additional use of Lutradur, silk, wool and linen. Unified size 90 x 140 cm.
+ Elena Lorenz: Thread painting
Actually, you can't say I'm embroidering, because actually you can call my work painting. They are always created as a combination of different materials such as fabrics, wool and yarns in thousands of different colour nuances and structures. The interplay of the different surfaces and colours achieves the desired effect in the end result.
My style unites both the traditional craftsmanship of embroidery, which has been handed down over generations in my family and was taught to me at the age of five by my great-grandmother, and my passion for painting. During my studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Kursk I deepened the technical skills for my work.
My main inspiration is nature in all its facets and I try to capture its beauty as best I can and transfer it into my paintings.
+ Elizabeth Kremer-de Jonge: Quilters United Worldwide
Elizabeth Kremer-de Jonge
A work about sharing, old and new fabrics, small and big pieces, ugly and beautiful scraps…They have one thing in common: they all match!Fabrics from all over the world come together in one quilt.with a story to tell.
In this quilt .... Worldwide Quilters are united.A hobby can bring people together.
It was made with love; about 3000 hexagons, all pieced by hand.
Later appliqued by machine and quilted on a long-arm machine by Marjan Brouwer from Quiltproof
+ : TEXNET 1 – Textile Networking
The seven artists from Germany, Norway, France and Canada worked together for a period of two years. The basis for the work were textile materials and non-textile materials. The communication took place via Internet portals such as Yahoo and Facebook. Each of the seven artists has been working with textiles for years with their respective national background and culture. For the project TEXNET 1 the participants were asked to recognize differences and similarities and to learn from them. With the exhibition "TEXNET 1", they want to show how fruitful interactivity can be over the internet.
+ FIBER4: Challenges
FIBER 4 is a group of four Italian quilters, Fabia Delise, Rita Frizzera, Verena Giavelli and Pia Puonti, who have wanted to follow a creative path together. This artistic adventure is aimed at sharing creative ideas, and encouraging the members to participate in national and international events. The basic idea is to have a common artistic project, which presents a challenge to each member of the group. A new theme is chosen each year, and every one interprets it individually, working separately. Hence, the title "CHALLENGES" was chosen for “Nadelwelt”, where the last three projects of the group will be presented, along with some other works of members of
Fiber 4. The project of the year 2017 consists of two complementary panels in which the object was to explore the effect of negative and positive in two colors.
For the project of the year 2018 the artists wanted to show their creative differences in a work that consisted of two basic colors, the same for each, and a small amount of a third color, which was obtained by a drawing.
For the latest project, for the year 2019, the group wanted to choose a theme which would allow them the maximum room for creative expression: the world of minerals, thus giving each artist the opportunity to express vibrant energy in the creation of the image of the chosen mineral.
+ : White Linen Quilts
Our "White Linen Quilts" are inspired by the creativity of the Amercan settler
women of the 19th century. Way back then even the smallest little patches of fabric were taken out of otherwise worn out clothing and re-assembled into warming quilts. In the course of time the women developed an utmost of skill and creativity. Even if the patchworkers nowadays don't suffer from any lack of fabric, there is still a lot to be rescued and saved (before it ends up in bad hands or in the dumpster...) For years many of our mothers and grandmothers have been safeguarding lots of linen in their closets and hopechests - sometimes damaged by wear and tear, sometimes completely untouched. Even though these old pieces are normally not part of our daily lives any longer they are much too precious to not be appreciated. Entegrated in our quilts are materials we have gathered for years, like old lace, fabric covered and embellished buttons, handkerchiefs, ribbons, doilies and lace collars, monograms and any type of linen. Our passion for gathering and collecting little treasures and our love for patchwork is unlimited.
+ patCHquilt: TAMBANI embroideries, a great inspiration for quilters
TAMBANI is a job creation project in the north eastern corner of South-Africa. The women embroider their folktales which are used by quilters the world over. The project was started by Ina le Roux, who worked at the university in this corner of South-Africa. Her interest in folktales led her to a few villages, where she was struck by the poverty and decided to help the needy village women.
The Tambani embroideries are the lead characters of this exhibition. The quilts at display are the result of a challenge, organized in Belgium and the Netherlands, to make a small quilt containing at least one Tambani embroidery. These quilts are completed with a few wall hangings made by Ina le Roux herself.
+ Heide Ulbrecht: Flower Power and beyond
Since I was a child I loved to work with fabrics. My creativity often was inspired by the different colors and textures of fabrics.
As so many other quilters I first worked on traditional quilts. In 2008 I started a series of now ten quilts, ignoring traditional blocks, showing blooms, circles, rings. Almost always I cut them with my self developed „Flower Power Ruler“.
In the beginning of this series I only used commercial dyed and printed fabric. Now I love to work with my own handdyed and also with different technics printed fabrics.
+ Rebecca Bryan: Playful Color Shape
In this exhibit, I explore sculpting abstract shapes in my quilt compositions using color play. To explore how colors naturally interact with each other and their boundaries, I plan my color shapes using abstract watercolor paintings. Then, I layer a tessellating quilt design atop the watercolor to begin to translate the paint to fabric. The color shapes in the abstract paintings will be reinterpreted by the limitations of the fabric and quilt design. The myriad colors observed in the paintings will be constrained by the availability of color in fabric. While the shape and movement of the color in the paintings will be dictated by the tessellating pattern. The final results reveal how the constraints of fabric and design impact the original color shape seen in the abstract watercolor paintings.
+ Inge Heinze und Freunde: Dot, Dot, Cut - Longtermexperiment with Fabric
Inge Heinze und Freunde
Over the years we developed a variety of small, mainly textil-made works with
a given theme. These theme should be interpreted in a textile way limited by
some standards regarding size, colour and material. This limitation did not
restrict our ideas but opened our minds and led to unexpected results.
Working together over the years brought us even more closely together, formal
standards tought us to be courageous and creativ and to accept compliments
as well as criticism.
We are 14 women related by friendship and enthusiasm for textiles.
+ Grit Kovacs: La Passion
“La Passion” is French for passion, which best defined my love for hexagons. This quilt consists of 17240 individual pieces and has been hand-pieced using paper templates (EPP). The hexagons have a side length of ½” which is about 1.2 cm. When I started piecing the first hexagons, I never would have estimated that my “La Passion” would become this large. Measuring 2.5 m x 2.6 m (100” x 104”), it really ended up being huge! The “La Passion” is my original design and except for the corners, I didn’t preplan the layout. This quilt was longarm-quilted by Birgit Schüller. It took me 2.5 years to complete this quilt. For the corners, I drew 148 different versions before I decided in favor of the one used. This quilt accumulated numerous awards in competitions and exhibitions in the USA, in the UK and in Dubai. By now, the “La Passion” is being pieced by quilters all over the world using my instructions. The pattern can be downloaded free of charge from my website www.gritslifeshop.de.
I’m always totally in awe when I see pictures of “La Passion” quilts – each one featuring an individual color scheme, each one being unique!
I’m thrilled that we have been invited to show an exhibition of completed “La Passion” quilts at Nadelwelt 2019!
+ : Challenge “Historic Trade Routes” Competition quilts of the 1st GL&FQ 2018 in Suderburg
For the first edition of the “Grit‘s Life & Friends Quiltfest” in early September 2018, the organizing team headed by Grit Kovacs and Birgit Schueller had called for entries for a challenge with the theme “Historic Trade Routes”. This theme was chosen honoring the “Trade and Logistics” line of studies at the Ostfalia College in Suderburg, on whose premises the Quiltfest was held.
Former trade routes are called “historic” when the general route is more or less known without the actual ways being recognizable in the landscape any more, when they are highly branched out or include waterways. Some examples are the Silk Road, the Amber Road, the Salt Road, the Ox Trail or the Tea Road, etc.
The entrants were asked to individually interpret the challenge theme in a quilt measuring 50 x 100 cm/20” x 40” (portrait or landscape orientation) and to write a one-page essay explaining their idea and intention.
Three international quilt judges evaluated the sixteen entries from Germany, The Netherland and Russia. Apart from the two main prizes “Quiltfest Champion” and “Best Theme Quilt”, a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize were awarded as well as one Honorable Mention award.
The Quiltfest visitors were eager to vote for their favorite challenge entry and, thus, chose the winner of the Viewer’s Choice award.
+ Internationales Patch-Kids-Projekt 2017/18: A Trip with BERNINO
Internationales Patch-Kids-Projekt 2017/18
This is BERNINO, the locomotive that pulls the train on our journey through many countries. For this children's competition the Patchwork Guild Germany e.V. called the German children. Children from Kazakhstan, Poland, Russia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic have joined. They have loaded the wagons with "sights of their region". The train stopped in the Czech Republic, Germany, Portugal, Poland, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Switzerland and now stops for the last time in Karlsruhe on the Nadelwelt.Coordination:
Eli Thomae and Wolfgang Eibisch
+ Patchworkgilde Deutschland e.V. unter der Leitung von Eli Thomae: Patch-Kids-Studio
Patchworkgilde Deutschland e.V. unter der Leitung von Eli Thomae
You want to try something new and bring your first selfmade handicraft back from an exciting and suprising day? Come to NADELWELT Karlsruhe with your family and find out how easy and funny sewing can be. You will be guided by an experienced teacher and of course it's free and there is no need for reservation.
Come and join us.
More information: www.patchworkgilde.de