Gitte Hansen

@ghansentextiles

ARTIST STATEMENT

Textiles are an intimate part of our lives and directly impact our well being.  They cloth, protect and adorn us. They are everywhere, in our homes, workplaces and the environment. They also exist in an overabundance. How we use and perceive textiles can silently speak volumes about us and our culture. If our textiles could speak, what would they say? 

Part of my ongoing preoccupation with the textile medium is focused on investigating constructed textiles using natural dyes, earth pigments and stitch applications. This work enables me to revitalize old and discarded fabrics, trims, buttons and other findings  to create new ideas about cloth.

My formal knowledge about textiles began in 1978 where I eventually completed my four year studies at Kolding Design School in Denmark, at that time it was  called Kunsthandvaerkerskole. Years later I completed my Masters in Design Practice at Northumbria University in the UK. Through my many years of working off and on with every textile dyestuff and technique imaginable, I have always returned to working with natural dyes.