Meet the Maker: Joana Schneider
‘I studied Textile at the KABK in The Hague. The academy is an open and safe place. It did not direct me into a certain discipline, but rather led me to finding my passion, my talents and ways to self development. There I developed my passion for textile techniques, especially fishing knotting techniques. I love exploring the limits of techniques and to apply these techniques in unconventional ways; I am always looking for the boundaries. By manipulating a technique or material you get more unique end results. Often it is the material that determines the possibilities and limitations. Sometimes I am searching, for bringing more detail into my work for example. My work grows in my hands. I now call myself an artist, even though it had never been my intention to become one. The work has come to me, the way it goes with most things; I never have a preconceived plan. It does not really matter what I call myself, that is something other people determine.’
What can Crafts Council do for you?
‘There are many things I would like to do with Crafts Council. I would love to follow every Meet the Master class. And if I had the option I would love to learn to draw patterns. Do you have workshops in that?’