Textile Kostbarkeiten / Textile Treasures - by Judith Mundwiler
Textile Kostbarkeiten / Textile Treasures - Judith Mundwiler
Ever since my childhood, handcraft in connection with textile materials has been an important part of
my leisure activities. Animated and inspired by my mother's sewing, knitting and crocheting, I began
creating artistic objects, dollsâ€™ attire and, eventually, my own dresses.
During my 4-year training as a textile craft teacher, I learned the professional handling of diverse textile and non-textile materials and techniques. The inner urge to visualize my feelings and thoughts through
textile art has been growing stronger over the years.
In 2002 I was given the opportunity to present my artworks to a large international audience in
France, in the Val d'Argent. This impressing experience made it clear to me that I could touch and move
other people through the messages which are literally sewed into my textile works of art.
An even more intense examination of my own picture worlds and the textile possibilities of their realization were the consequences. Up until today this fascination has not diminished.
In my works I mainly use waste materials which most probably would have been dumped unnoticed.
I temporarily save them from transience and give them a new purpose in connection with textiles. I use
tea bags, praline tin foil, old booksâ€™ pages and rusty wires, but also natural materials such as different
species of grass, blossoms and seeds, which I then combine with Korean silk and other, mainly transparent, textiles.
One of the ways to express myself through textile art manifests itself in small-sized, detailed and grid-
like obiects, which can be seen at the beginning of this book. Powerful, moving and personally important
issues and themes I have to express in large formats. For that I choose fabrics which I print on, label,
laminate, melt or fray before I combine them to multilayered, yet translucent tapes by machine or hand
embroidery. A multitude of such tapes I then layer on top of or next to each other. By that I manage
to create an effect of depth without losing lightness or transparency. This is of particular importance
because I also included soul-stirring and sad themes in my latest works, or the profound contemplations
on life, farewell and death of my good friend, the poet Susanne Ernst. This is done in the hope that my
artworks may console, brighten up or give confidence through their lightness and complexity in the face
of the omnipresent transience.
On my many walks I keep discovering that sun, wind, rain, heat and cold have shaping techniques
on both natural and man-made objects which are stunningly similar to the techniques I use in my artistic
work. Metal rusts, colour peels off, bark bursts open, larva feed on wood and moss and lichen settle on
surfaces. Here these fascinating similarities are juxtaposed.