Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

German-born New Zealand-based artist Christine Keller positions her work between textile design, contemporary art, new media research and innovation. She is interested in the clash of tradition and new technologies, and its social and political implications. As a result of her involvement with the international textiles community she has been living away from her home country for over eleven years. Her work has been exhibited internationally and was featured in the publications, Techno Textiles 1 and 2 (1998, 2005). She is an award winning designer, especially for her woven and felted design work for the Handweberei im Rosenwinkel (1998-2001) in Germany. Since 1994 she has been involved with the Centre for Contemporary Textiles in Montreal Canada.

Christine Keller holds a MFA from Concordia University (2004) and a Dipl. Des from Gesamthochschule Kassel (1993), and has taught Textile Design, Weaving and Fine Arts in Germany, Mongolia, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. July 2005 to December 2010 she was Academic Leader of the Textile Section at the Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin, on the South Island of New Zealand. Presently she works freelance in her studio in New Zealand.Tutor will travel for group or multiday classes.

Education: Hand weaving apprenticeship in Hamburg, Germany; Degree in Textile Design with lots of hand on experience, Kassel, Germany; Master of Fine Arts in Textiles from Concordia University in Montreal. Textile professional since 1985, teaching experience since 1994.

WORKSHOPS

  • Weaving
  • Multishaft weaving 4 – 16 shafts & dobby weaving
  • Computer assisted weaving
  • Production weaving
  • Beginner weaving
  • Surface design
  • Screen printing with free and stencil techniques including mono printing
  • Burnout (devore), bleach and discharge
  • Photo stencil including making your own screens at home
  • Photo stencil with four colour separation (advanced)
  • Warp painting and printing techniques including basic ikat (different procedures for different fibres)
  • Beginner felting
  • Experimental fulling of bought and constructed fabrics
  • Nuno felt
  • Hand knitting German style
  • Transfer printing onto polyester and nylon
  • Heat setting of synthetic fabrics
  • Basic shibori
  • Basic dyeing
  • Natural dyeing
  • Percentage dyeing (advanced) for wool, silk, plant fibres, nylon, understanding the chemistry of those fibres to be able to choose the right ones for your projects

I can take on private students for those who want to develop their design or art making skills. (Packages of 8 one hour consultations, for distance to be arranged by Skype or phone). I am interested in forming a group of students in the Dunedin area. Please contact me and let me know your needs.

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