→ Los Angeles, 1964
“One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to losing sight of the shore for a very long time.” – Pablo Neruda
My stories are told through my materials; collector treasures of antique handspun, handwoven linen, artistic hand-dyed threads from “The Thread Gatherer”, and the exceptional original drawings of Erich Ballinger and Carmen Ramirez. For the past 20 years, I’ve been showing my work at artistic textile fairs and exhibitions within Austria and Germany.
I was an art student at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, now the California Institute of the Arts, in 1965. At the same time, I was working as a salesperson in a department store and had shared with my mother how bored I was at work. Her response was a package in which were threads, a needle, and a piece of fabric with a preprinted pattern on it. She thought I might teach myself how to stitch during the breaks at work. In this way, my mom became “Ariadne’s Red Thread” in my life.
I met my husband, Erich Ballinger, a European from Graz, Austria in Los Angeles in 1967. In 1970 we moved to Austria. We lived in the countryside in west Styria which was like fifty years behind the times of the world that I had come from and grown up in. It has been exactly this immense challenge, throughout all these years that has brought me to my very own way, as I like to say, to paint across the fabric.
1943 in Los Angeles, California USA
Stainz, west Styria – Graz, Austria
Kunsthandwerk Markt Radstadt
prodomo MQ (Museumsquartier)
Textile Kultur Haslach/Webermarkt
Kunst und Handwerk
Weihnachtsquartier im MQ
Kunst + Handwerk Rosenheim
KUNST HANDWERK DESIGN Burg Perchtholdsdorf
tim / Staatliches Textil- und Industriemuseum
Lunz am See, NÖ, Austria
Galerie der Bücherstube
Textile Kultur Haslach: Garden of Eden
at WERKSTATT + GALERIE HAIN
Galerie art textile sent