My studio practice focuses on boutique textile printing and is inspired by timeless, functional design for everyday living. Influenced by the decorative movements (and tenacious women) of the first half of the 20th century. My work aims to find a balance between crisp lines, organic shapes and textures. Referencing collected images and working from life I carve, draw, paint and make marks. The outcome of these explorations are then used to digitally engineer repeating patterns that playfully investigate scale and are hand printed onto yardage for linens, bedding, soft furnishings and interiors.
Natalie Gerber began her studies in 1995 at The Natal Technikon, in the Fashion Design program, Durban (South Africa). After immigrating to Canada her interests in textiles and design developed while studying at The Alberta University of the Arts, formerly known as Alberta College of Art + Design. Natalie earned a BFA Degree (with Distinction) in Fibre/Textiles in 2003, and later in 2007, a post-graduate Certificate in Creative Pattern Cutting for the Fashion Industry, from the London College of Fashion in London (England).
Natalie’s work can be found in select boutiques and galleries across Canada or in her Calgary based textile printing studio located at cSpace King Edward.