Karolin Reichardt

CREATORS – Karolin Reichardt

In ALL, CREATORS by Alex Pedersen

Name: Karolin Reichardt

Which came first in your life, the science or the art?

Art was definitely my first love, but I remember loving to draw out parts of plants and cells in biology lessons and the molecule models in the chemistry lab in school. These visualisations and objects made something that seemed so strange and abstract to me, like the DNA ladder, familiar and tactile.

Karolin Reichardt

Microorganism Part I

Karolin Reichardt

Mircroorganism Part I

Microorganism Part I

Microorganism Part I

Which sciences relate to your art practice?

I am interested in natural habitations and how we use these structures in bionic architecture for instance. There are some fantastic builders in the animal world such as birds, hornets, or termites. Processes of growth and decay shown in video time-lapses, or drawn out as phase charts, have a big influence on me. To find inspiration I have looked into microbiology and crystallography.

Karolin Reichardt

Microorganism Part II

Karolin Reichardt

Microorganism Part II

Karolin Reichardt

Microorganism Part II

What do you use to create your artwork?

At the moment I am working with embroidery and other textile techniques. I am mixing traditional techniques with more intuitive methods. I like to play with patterns and stitching techniques. The haptic quality of the fabric and the sheer endless ways of combining and layering thread, colours and beads offer me the perfect experimenting set-up on a very small scale. I like to challenge myself with the level of detail in each piece.

Karolin Reichardt

Mircroorganism Part III

Karolin Reichardt

Microorganism Part III

Karolin Reichardt

Microorganism Part III

Artwork/Exhibition you are most proud of:

I am most proud of the series “Microorganisms,” because, with each piece, I learn more and more about embroidery and can hone my skills – that is what really drives me forward as a maker. It is great how others respond to the pieces wether it is online through my blog or website or when they see it in an exhibition or at my house. It will also be included in a gallery section of a new edition of the “Encyclopedia of Embroidery Techniques” by Quarto.

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About the Author
Alex Pedersen

Alex Pedersen

Alex is a critical scholar and social scientist. During her degrees, Alex recognized a dearth of knowledge transfer between the academy and the general public. To address this gap, she extends her empirical research through multiple mediums including: publications, formal lectures, public speaking events, radio, theatre and photography. In diversifying access to her research, Alex honed a unique set of skills to plan, design and produce events for a wide variety of audiences. To date, she was responsible for several successful lecture series, community events and fundraisers across diverse settings. Most notably, Alex organized and implemented the 2015 Chancellor Dunning Trust Lectureship and was an advisor for the “Free Queen’s” Steering Committee (an initiative encouraging graduates to bring their work to the wider public). In addition, she has written numerous successful grant applications. An activist at heart, Alex advocates for critical thinking in and beyond academic institutions.