Ilse’s formal training in Germany was in the fashion industry, learning the art of designing, pattern making and the making of garments.

With that background she decided to make garments from hand spun, hand dyed and hand woven fabric. Inspired by the beauty of Salt Spring Island and the range of colours one experiences, colour and the finishing of the garments became my trade mark.

After about 35 years of making hand woven garments, she switched to knitting, which she had used to create “one of a kind” garments. Her next step was to make garments from hand felted materials, and from there she moved to integrating the full size of the felted garments in her artwork.

View more of Ilse’s artwork and garments at Salt Spring Gallery