Petra Bartels Petra Bartels

About me

"...the creative process makes me feel happy…"

After my degree 1997 in Fashion-Design in Berlin, I went to live in Italy. For some years I worked as a fashion-designer in two different companies. After the birth of my daughter Greta in 2000, I started to design and create individual clothing using natural fabrics for every day use and/or special moments. During this period I started working with felt. This fascinating material, the origin, the possibility of transformation is very interesting for me. Working with fabrics inspires me, as it moves me forward in to new experiences. My knowledge over the years, ranges across various projects such as: fashion/clothing design, costume design for theatres and dance, felt art and felt clothing, painted collage with fabrics and colour. I’m also interested in Landart and Installations.
I share my experiences with other people, I organize workshops. It is wonderful for me to share my experiences with like-minded people, to see, feel and do.
Since 2007 I live with my daughter and my partner on our bio-dynamic farm La Luna nell'Orto in the beautiful hills of the Le Marche region in central Italy where we share our place with our guests, tourists and workshop participants since 2008 connecting art and natural agriculture. This place is my second home and the centre of my artwork.

A video interview with me (Italian):

Exhibitions and publications