As a trained costume designer to master’s level, Jeanette Sendler has been constructing garments for the stage for many years.
Over the past decade her interest in costume design moved towards performance art, and many of her subsequent projects featured large scale installations rendered in knit/felt or paper.
Born in East Berlin and trained as a ladies’ tailor, Jeanette worked in the costume departments of various theatre and opera companies, including the Comic Opera in Berlin, Scottish Opera, English National Opera and Opera Australia in Sydney.
Her considerable commitment to the worlds of fibre and performance art is evident in a number of groups she has been involved in establishing. For example, after completing her Masters in Design at Edinburgh College of Art, she co founded Metacorpus, a company that aimed to increase the awareness and appreciation of costume through performance art productions.
Recently Jeanette has undertaken various textile residencies, working with communities in remote locations such as Caithness and Shetland. Her latest residency took her to the Fife town of Newburgh, where she has now settled. She continues to make theatrical hats, teach textile art and mentor textile artists, as well as co running a retail studio and gallery, Hat in the Cat, in Perth, Scotland. She is also in the process of establishing a ground breaking centre for textile art, ‘Big Cat Textiles’ housed in her newly renovated premises in Newburgh.
Big Cat Textiles aims to:
• provide a platform for collaborative projects in a range of art disciplines
• establish a creative working/meeting place where students will receive first class mentoring
• invite internationally celebrated and renowned visiting tutors
Working at Sidney Opera House in the costume department
Showing work at the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Otami, Japan
Opening Big Cat Textiles in Newburgh, Fife!