Sunday 27 November 2022, Meet Karin Altmann (Kyrgyz Ala-Kiyiz Felting)
15:00 - 16:00 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)
Online event, hosted on Zoom by Karin Altmann
Karin Altmann is an Austrian textile artist and researcher and has been teaching in the Department of Textile Arts at the University of Applied Arts Vienna since 2004. In addition, she initiated a number of transcultural projects with international partners from Kyrgyzstan, Bhutan, Mexico, Japan, Ghana and Mali as well as art projects with children, people with disabilities, refugees and women in psychological and social needs. She is well known for researching the interconnection between art and spirituality, pursued in her 2015 published book, entitled ’Fabric of Life – Textile Arts in Bhutan’, or her earlier thesis on ’Kyrgyz Felt Art in the Context of Nomadism and Shamanism’. Theory and practise always relate to, extend and deepen each other. Her knowledge and skills in felting were transmitted to her through joint practical work with Kyrgyz women during her research time in Kyrgyzstan. In her own work, Karin Altmann has stepped away from traditional Kyrgyz designs, signs and symbols as she feels they are not her right to use. She prefers a simple graphic expression, bringing her passion for natural dyes to her work.
Meet the Maker event description
This is a part of a series of Meet the Maker sessions that will give you a short introduction to textile makers and designers. In this talk, artist and researcher Karin Altmann will present an introduction to the tradition of Kyrgyz felting techniques and will provide you insights into her upcoming workshops Kyrgyz Ala-Kiyiz Felting, which will be held on Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 January 2023 and Kyrgyz Shyrdak Felting, Appliqué and Stitching which will be held as a 2 day class on Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 May 2023 or as a 3 day class from Friday 5 - Sunday 7 May 2023. There will be time for questions at the end of her talk.
The event will be recorded and a recording sent to ticket holders after the event. Please allow 7 workings days for us to send you the recording.
All Meet the Maker sessions are non-refundable.