Artist from Cape Town, South Africa.
Willemien’s work offers feminist social commentary on issues of patriarchy still evident in society today. Broader themes include domestic violence and an investigation of gender identity. The use of needle and thread is vital to this process, as a subversion of the idea of needlework as sweet ‘women’s work’. She mainly uses running and darning stitch – used for centuries, and in all cultures, to mend and repair. Her recent work is an exploration of the emotional and tactile nature of these basic stitches.