Interview with Claudia Kallscheuer

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Claudia Kallscheuer is a German artist who lives and works in Berlin.

With her artworks Claudia tells the story hidden behind objects and events of our everyday life, looking beyond their apparently banal contents and giving new and interesting interpretations.

The sewing machine is her most important tool, which she expertly masters and with which she writes and draws like other artists with her pen.

Although the creative process is often very long and laborious, her works emanate a feeling of playful lightheartedness

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Claudia, can you tell our readers your story as a textile artist? How did you start?

Well, it is  a long way to go.

In the beginning of the 80`s I learned to be a taylor, after that  I studied fashion Design in Hamburg.

It was not my profession to be a fashion Designer, I wanted more…

So I studied Paintings , first at the Alanus Hochschule in Alfter .

Than I moved to Berlin to study paintings at the Freie Akademie Berlin.

5 intensive years of study of painting.

One day during my studies I started to use the sewing machine and I sewed by hand. First I sewed on paper. The first steps where done.

It was a combination of drawing sewing and painting.

Sewing for me is like drawing a line, it is a form of thinking and exploring, it is always a journey on the fabric where you never know exactly where it leads to.

I have to do it because it makes me happy.

“DreiFreunde”, copyright Claudia Kallscheuer

“Sie”, 50 x 70 cm,sewing silk, embroidery, acrylic, old judo trousers, 2008, copyright Claudia Kellscheuer

Why did you choose to use threads in your work? What do they add to your works? Why not use painting, for example?

I´m not really a painter, since the beginning of my studies I´d love to to draw and to make a mix of different techniques.

Well the threads are very very  important, it is like a play for me….

The threads do what they like and that is great…

Threads do not always have to be sewn, just letting them hang and thus extend the lines. These lines are constantly changing. And I´m happy then.

Both the embroidered and the underneath side are equally important. In doing so, I turn inside out. Playing with interior and exterior, reverse left and right, create disorder within order. Faults are incorporated, the Thread tension varies, overlapping and entanglements in the sewing process are tolarated. Knots are made, where no knots fit.

And order, which is needed from time to time, is just as much a part of it

I love the coincidence and I need the coincidence.

Copyright Claudia Kallscheuer

Copyright Claudia Kallscheuer

How do you choose the materials for your works? Do you prefer the use of recycled products, or everyday objects, or experimental or precious materials such as silk?

Words like founded, suspended, given, used up, forgotten are very welcome in my Work !!

Used and stored material is the basis for my work

The materials have to speak with me ..I have to feel good with the materials I use always.

For exampel last  year I used the armchair of my grandma , she died 12 years ago. She was sitting every day in this Chair. She loved this chair.

So for me it was like a talk to my Grandma.

Her thoughts with my current thoughts…

2018, Copyright Claudia Kellscheuer

2018, Copyright Claudia Kellscheuer

Claudia, how do you choose the subjects of your artwork?  What inspires you, is there a fil rouge that links the themes of all your textile works?

Everyday life finds its way into my pictorial worlds.

It allows me to bring out the value in small things. Value of the kind that we generally no longer notice. The simple and the trivial are carried to transcendence through my writing at the sewing machine.

Process-determined, repetitive, and intertwined with the calculated chaos of placing stitches.

Finding and collecting exciting situations and materials that will engage me in my daily life, be it street-side, the daily flood of information from the press, something from the supermarket around the corner or something from my own shelf.

I´m very aware of my suroundings and always have my eyes wide

My passion is finding something and I´d love discovering and exploring.

“Cheerful to happyplease announce yourself 1”,84x 74 cm, cotton, embroidery, sewing thread, 2014-2015, copyright Claudia Kellscheuer

Can you tell us about your artwork “12 Monate”?

Over the course of 5 years I wrote the weather report every day — as if in a journal — on used teabags made of biological silk-corn organza.

The daily rhythm of writing, the writing of weather reports at the sewing machine, dissects the topic of weather ever further. And the fact emerges ever more that the work is actually about something entirely different: our dispositions, our feelings, and our states of mood, or perhaps also if we should begin a conversation at all, and if it is there only for the blink of an eye.

And the used tea bags, first of all I drink the tea, than the teabags have to dry, and than I have to prepare the teabags for using with the sewing machine ….I Loved this Process.

12 Monate” work in progress, “yes yesyes” 
approx. 6 x 6 cm,silk organza tea bags, binders, sewing threads, 2016, copyright Claudia Kallscheuer

Copyright Claudia Kallscheuer

What would you like your artworks to communicate to the public?

What moves me?

What moves our society?

Happiness – terror, freedom – oppression, beauty and ugliness. Terms like enigmatic, funny, absurd, contrary, illogical, crazy and nonsensical are always important ideas in my work.

Here some examples:

“ the mood is usually balanced ”, “ a heavy light gray sky” or “ everything is going well this morning”

and why do I write about the weather ?

Oskar Wilde wrote: “When people talk to me about the weather, I’m always sure that they mean something completely different …”

But the weather is an important topic in our society…

and if you do not know what to say you talk about the weather!

Copyright Claudia Kellscheuer

Copyright Claudia Kellscheuer

Can you tell us about your work that is particularly important to you?

Every single work is very important to me!

It is always a process my work over weeks and sometimes months .

Often I work parallel on several works, so I have the possibility to switch because it takes time and my work has to grow slowly…

The work 12 month work in progress was an important work, over 5 years every day writing a teabag….

when I stopped in december 2018 the work, I was missing something the first weeks…

maybe I´m still missing …

Copyright Claudia Kallscheuer

Claudia, machine writing is an element that characterizes many of your works. What does it represent for you? And what role do the contents of your textile texts play?

For sure, it is important it is very important you re right…

Well I start just writing with the machine it is like a meditation for me…

I do not do sketches.

The works obtain strong relevance through the implementation of embroidery.It is only through the written thread messages that special substantive weight is given to the yarn.

Threads do not always have to be sewn; just letting them hang,extends the lines. These very lines alter again and again my created works. And order, which is needed from time to time, is just as much a part of it….

The daily weatherforcast,  announcements of meteorological phenomena

And very important always the date of the writing .

Yes, it is like a diary! All my thoughts ,feelings and adventures of the day

I write them down with the sewing machine…

What are you working on at the moment? 

At the moment I´m working on a  Wetterbericht  / Weatherforcast, I´m writing the weather , feelings , on nettle (Nessel )with red threads…

It has to be ready for the  art fair, art Karlsruhe 2019 in the middle of February

………And everything that makes me happy

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