Hillu Liebelt creates finely woven tapestries, a medium which she discovered and learned to love in England. Using a 1.50 m wide upright loom, her main materials are silk, rayon and cotton.
In her work, installations, sculptures and models the starting point is often the material itself. She loves the process of collecting and connecting, finding suitable partners; it’s a playful act with very different materials like handmade paper, silk cocoons, travertine stone, wire or aluminium, finding the contrast between the hard and the soft, the rigid and the plyable.
The rhythm of nature with its ever changing seasons is a constant source of inspiration. A camera is used like a sketchbook to record minute changes, lines and shapes created by the movement of light, fleeting moments, capturing a certain mood or atmosphere that will change within seconds. These images are often rearranged, categorised and used like a visual library.
Hillu Liebelt’s work is sometimes described as being minimalist, calm, quiet and contemplative. She likes to play with repeats, variations of the same topic, reflections, circles and spheres, creating a certain rhythm, exploring a material, exploiting a formal idea.
*1959, Trier, Deutschland, lebt und arbeitet von 1980 – 2015 in London, seit 2015 in Berlin
Certificate of Achievement, Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers, Großbritannien / mit Auszeichnung
Rayon Filament, Bambus
140 x 140 x 25 cm
SOLSTICE (Modell), 2017
WAVE II, 2007
Draht, Baumwolle, Rayon, Aluminiumgarn, Holz
26 x 23 x 15 cm
Papiergarn, Draht, Rayon
10 x 20 x 12 cm