Jill Trappler - Cape Town Art

About Jill Trappler

Jill Trappler has worked as an artist and craft person in various projects over the past thirty years. These include, Thupelo, Greatmore Street (she is a founder member of both) and Bag Factory studios. (She was a Board member of all three). Jill served on the Board of the Ava gallery and the NAC.

Jill established the Philani weaving project and the Intle cooperative project in Site B and Philippi; the Philani clinic in Khayelitsha has a sustainable weaving project. The art studio initiative at Valkenberg grew out of workshops coordinated at the hospital. (This project started as an Outreach initiative of the AVA gallery)

Jill worked as an unqualified occupational therapist at Baragwaneth (1976/77) and at Groot Schuur OT department as a part time lecturer. Jill has lectured at UCT summer school.

She exhibits regularly in group shows nationally and abroad. Her solo exhibitions are numerous and continue to be a priority in her practice.

The combinations of project work, teaching and personal practice has a significant impact. Interactive, exchanging skills and ideas with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences plus daily involvement in making art/craft push the levels of creative life style, education and product development.

As a weaver and spinner by trade Jill explores the dynamics of color mixing, textures and surfaces. Although she is no longer involved in these trades or the teaching of them, she applies the same sensibility to her image making. Jill explores surfaces with color and mark and as a painter uses various tools to build her paintings.

Living in Cape Town for the past 40 years Jill has worked throughout the Peninsula creating employment opportunities by teaching various crafts and art making.  Her ability to communicate and her patience in sharing skills with people of various ages and languages has resulted in project and personal development. There is an affirmation of life; confidence building through skills development is encouraged and networked.  A deep respect for personal potential leads to interactive processes that engage the issues of social cohesion at all levels.

Moving within the diverse environment that the Cape Peninsula affords us, Jill is able to explore the rural and urban landscapes and the multiplicity of cultures and traditions. Her years spent in the Drakensburg mountains, followed by travel to major cities and isolated islands, living interactively in the heart of Johannesburg during the 1970’s, moving to Cape Town in the political heat of the 1980’s and working rigorously within the visual arts industry as a painter and facilitator is evident in the numerous solo and group exhibitions, the workshops and projects that Jill has participated in.  This accumulation of interactive activities contributes to her daily studio practice.