Stitching the Weather

6th November 2020

While the weather changes rapidly around us, Vancouver based artist, Bettina Matzkuhn, uses a needle and thread to slow down and deepen her understanding of the meteorological forces surrounding her.

Her most recent work, entitled Schmetterlinge, consists of 12 butterfly-shaped, hand-dyed panels, each carefully stitched with running stitch. Each panel represents the contours, swirls, colours and changes the artist has seen in the world’s weather patterns.

‘The glacial pace of embroidery suits me,’ Matzkuhn says. ‘It’s like thinking with your hands.’

Much of Bettina Matzkuhn’s work reflects this understanding, although using embroidery to meditate on the world is something we’re sure many of you can relate to.

If you would like to read more about Bettina’s latest project, you can do so at The Walrus. You can also view her other work at her Instagram account @matzkuhn

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