Bettina Matzkuhn works in the textile medium and lives in Vancouver. In the 1980s, her NFB animated films –using textiles– garnered awards and an interest in narrative continues to inform her work. She holds a BFA in Visual Arts and an MA in Liberal Studies from Simon Fraser University and is the recipient of Canada Council and B.C. Arts Council Grants. Stories about ecology, history, and geography appear in her embroidered sculptural sails, maps of many kinds, and experimental pieces. Matzkuhn has collaborated with people from disciplines such as meteorology and marine biology. Using machine and hand embroidery, paint, and collage, she values the familiar and versatile language of textiles.
Matzkuhn has exhibited in solo exhibitions across Canada and her work has been included in shows in Korea and the U.S.A. Public collections include the Surrey Art Gallery, Cambridge Art Galleries and the University of Western Ontario’s Weldon Map Library, as well as in private collections. She writes professionally on the arts, lectures, teaches and volunteers.