25 April 2020, Art of Stitching a Story with Gina Ballinger
Gina Ballinger is an Austrian/American stitch artist based in Vienna who tells her stories in the form of small-scale embroidery. In the sixties she was an art student at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, now California Institute of the Arts. Since then Gina has been creating and exhibiting her work.
In 1970 Gina moved to the countryside in Austria. It was there she discovered the local farmers' hand-spun and hand-woven linen which became the canvas of her stitched stories. Their stories of cloth production are interwoven into her work and they take on a new life with her stitched characters and motifs.
Gina stitches on antique hand-spun/hand-woven linen or taffeta silk. Her threads are hand-dyed linen and silk. She gets her inspiration from the paintings of artist Carmen Ramirez (Valencia, Spain).
Outline of the workshop
Gina is with us from Austria for a special one day workshop to give us an insight into her captivating stitched stories. Supplies of antique hand woven fabrics, threads and vintage fabrics will be used to explore how to stitch a story. A range of stitching techniques will be shown including appliqué and embroidery. You will also have the chance to transfer original drawings onto fabric.
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