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Bettina Matzkuhn - Embroidered Adventures

Posted on September 22, 2016 by Katami | 0 comments

On September 15th, as the first signs of fall began to appear in the city, we held a very special opening reception for our latest exhibition, featuring Bettina Matzkuhn's Embroidered Adventures. Bettina's elaborate textile works convey hiking scenes in Canada's vast wilderness. Her work holds a nostalgic quality to it, as it depicts the journeys of sole travellers or groups of friends traversing the varied landscapes encapsulated in each image. 

Bettina's ability to capture the wondrous natural environment which surrounds us, and the human interactions that take place within it, comes from her own adventurous spirit, and her extensive career in art-making. Having grown up on the coast of British Columbia, Bettina draws inspiration from her own experiences, and uses the fibres and stitching as a visual language in itself.

The arduous and highly involved process used to create Embroidered Adventures began with Bettina documenting the natural environment, hand-dying fabrics, drawing the image that she wants to depict, and then cutting, layering, and stitching the fabrics to create the unique textile effect, which characterizes her work.


So, for Bettina's exhibition opening we donned our red carpet and invited the public to come and enjoy an evening with us here at Katami Designs, where together we learned about her wonderfully intricate embroidered artwork and indulged in some tasty treats while getting to know one another. 

Guests at the opening were drawn to the fine details and textured surfaces of each piece, which prompted them to inspect each textile closely. 

Old friends, new acquaintances, tasty local food from Chicha, and art-filled amusement made for a great night. Even canine associates were welcome!

Here is Darrin and I catching up with Lynn and Boots!

There were faces both new and old that I had the privilege of meeting and new interactions occurring left and right.

Here is my friend, the event coordinator for VanDusen Gardens and the Bloedel Conservatory, the gorgeous Sinfor Wong.

 I first met Bettina Matzkuhn when she spoke at Sam Sullivan's Public Salon in June of 2013.


During her speech, she discusses the Bayeux Tapestry, a textile work that is almost 1000 years old, and is now held at the Municipal library of the city of Bayeux in Normandy, France. You can listen to the entire speech here.

Here I am with the amazing and kind-hearted, Lynn Zanatta, program manager of the Public Salon, and silent partner of Sam Sullivan.

The next salon will be held on Thursday, October 13th, from 7:30 - 9:00PM at the Vancouver Playhouse. You can buy your ticket to this event here. The event has introduced me to many creative minds and inspirational figures, including that of Bettina Matzkuhn.


We will be exhibiting Bettina Matzkuhn's Embroidered Adventures at Katami Designs through October 30th. Make sure to visit our gallery in order to see these one-of-a-kind textile works.

I would like to sincerely thank everyone who joined us for the opening reception.




Photographs by Alexis Simoneau

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