Vladimira Fillion-Wackenreuther’s Artist Statement
Designs for my tapestries emerge from the books that I’m reading, from the different subject of the stories and many times from studying the subject of the theme for exhibitions which I would like to partake. Some of my tapestries grow from the color or the colors combination which appeal to my feeling to view the world through naive fantasy.
I work with collages of different photos and with swatches of paper. The drawing is only the undeveloped idea and through the process of weaving, I’m eliminating, adding and altering the tapestry as if it’s talking to me. I spin and dye most of the yarn for my project. Alongside tapestry I also weave Japanese type of brocading (Saga Nishiki).
Vladimira Fillion-Wackenreuther’s Biography
My entire life I have been creating through needlepoint, sewing, embroidery, quilting and patchwork. My grandmother was a professional dress maker and I was exposed from the time I was a toddler to needles, fabrics and fashion. Later in life, in 2008, I became interested in the Fibre Arts. I learned to spin yarn and weave tapestry. From that time I have woven many tapestries and I became a member of the Canadian Tapestry Network, the American Tapestry Alliance and Handweaver Guild of America. I took courses at Capilano University BC where I studied weaving, dyeing and design in the Textile Art department. I reside in British Colombia, Canada.
My work is display in many exhibitions throughout Canada and the United States. Several of them received various prizes.