Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Bitta Ankenbauer surface design course

The exhibition I visited this weekend was quite a special one. Two years ago I met Britta Ankenbauer in Luxembourg, this year she brought an exhibition of her pupils. The course "surface design" she teaches seems to be popular, she is busy with her third group at the moment. Her students are not only quilters, she is sure that the members of the interdisciplinary groups can enrich each other by exchanging techniques and knowledge of different materials. They are very different in spite of the fact that Britta has her own distinctive style. It happens all the time that during a class of a well-known artist, his/her students are supposed to make quilt in a style of a teacher or simply copy one of the teachers works. For Britta the goal is not to teach a number of techniques, but inspire to render personal experience to a piece of fiber art and it doesn't matter if it is three dimensional, mixed media or batik without batting and quilting. According to the rule of the Module 2 I have to choose 5 pieces of the exhibition to analyze. I haven't chosen an exhibition to write about yet, but it has become a habit to select 5 works every time I go to any exhibition. Probably a good idea, helps to remember the most impressive ones.

The most impressive (for different reasons) 5 of Britta's exhibition (I didn't include her own works)

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