Natalie Grambow has extensive experience in the textile arts, and a backgound in design, photography and the visual arts. For over a decade she has also established herself as an exceptional art educator and maker. She is an accredited interior designer, has worked in the architectural design field and has taught design theory.
After completing her arts degree at the University of Ottawa, Natalie studied at the École d’Impression Textile à Montréal and later travelled to Asia and Latin America, where she spent six months learning to weave with local Mayan artisans in Guatemala. Shortly after completing the Textile Arts program at Capilano College, she was awarded the BC Craft Association’s Award of Excellence.
Natalie has developed numerous courses and creative workshops. She possesses an astonishing knowledge of process and technique. She has been a core teacher at the Maiwa School of Textiles since 2004. Natalie is also a working artist. She owns her own sustainable textile design company called La Cochenille based in Roberts Creek, Canada.
Natalie works with natural and gathered materials, employing plant dyes and pigments, foraged botanicals, tannins, metal, rusts, printmaking techniques, felting and stitching. She has exhibited her work in Montreal, Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast, and has been commissioned by such clients as the City of North Vancouver. She is a founding member of the Samara Artists Collective, and has completed solo and group residencies for the Sunshine Coast Arts Council and Fibreworks Gallery.
This course is the culmination of many of Natalie’s deepest interests. It represents decades of artistic exploration into the ways time changes all materials and can play a collaborative role in the mark making process. The textural depth of her work is an echo of the beauty of materials, coupled with the hand of an artisan and the mind of a maker.