IT WILL BE! is an art project focusing on the power of working on handcrafted textiles together.
Over the course of several gatherings, different groups of people will come together to create a modular tapestry-like artwork, embedded in a huge wooden structure. The focus will be upon meeting, exchanging skills and stories, and joining together to create this collaborative art piece. Participants can use their own chosen technique ( sewing, knitting, knotting, crocheting, etc. ) traditional fabrics, or use our provided materials in order to decorate one or several parts of the artwork. We use textile as a simple and basic material and handwork techniques from all cultures and traditions.
Within the project, participants will work on double sided triangles and seating elements ( textile poufs ) for the final exhibition starting in March 2016. All triangles have a front side and a back side: the coloured side will be decorated with flowers. No matter what kind of flower: just be creative! On the gray side there will be place for a personal text. All participants are free to determine their own language and message. Together the triangles will form a large patchwork carpet connected to two dome-shaped spaces. On one side a flowery meadow will emerge and decorate the gallery, while on the reverse side triangles will display a sea of texts, messages and statements written by the makers. The poufs that are produced alongside the triangles can be sold by participants during the exhibition.
During the production time audio and video recordings of participants will be made. The acoustic material will be used to create an audio installation in the exhibition space and videos will be projected within the triangle landscape.
We want to work side by side to share experiences, interests, knowledge; we love to discuss about social themes and strategies on how to empower ourselves. The main aim of the project is to cooperate alongside migrant and women's groups to create social intervention.
All participants come from various social, political, religious and cultural backgrounds and the project derives from the need to experiment with the idea of social cohesion via solidarity and exchange of cultural heritage.
IT WILL BE! is the follow up of a previous project in collaboration with the Kartal Kadın Ürünleri Pazarı in Istanbul, the Foundation for the Support of Women's Work ( FSWW ) and the Museum für Neue Kunst in Freiburg ( Olacak! 2010; It will be! 2014 ).
This edition will be hosted by the Haus am Lützowplatz (HaL) in Berlin through the cooperation of various international sewing-, handicraft-, migrant- and refugee groups and NGOs, as well as professional artists and designers working with textiles. The artwork is organized by the artist Mathilde ter Heijne in collaboration with Mama Afrika e.V. and ƒƒ e.V.
IT WILL BE! has already brought together groups, institutions and individuals; now we want to keep up the good work! We are getting ready for the next exhibition hosted by the Haus am Lützowplatz ( HaL ) in Berlin, from March until June 2016. Throughout the duration of the show, the artwork will become an integrative site where people can debate, exchange knowledge and experiences, tell stories and do some networking. We also want to organize a palette of different events and activities, so stay tuned!
We do our meetings on a regular basis:
Thursdays 17.00 – 20.00
Saturdays 14.00 – 17.00
ATELIER MATHILDE TER HEIJNE - WIESENSTRASSE 29, 13357 BERLIN
We can come directly to the location of your group, or organize collaborative groups and workshops together. Just drop us a line or use the form below!
Wanna join? Do you have any questions? Contact us!
Mathilde ter Heijne
Ilaria Di Benedetto