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)
She has worked as an unqualified OT 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 lifestyle, education and product development.
1957 – 4 – 15 Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa
1975- 1979 Bill Ainslie, Johannesburg Art Foundation,
1975- 1978 UNISA, three years BA and FA subjects
Apprentice in various craft studios, including weaving, ceramics, dyeing, spinning, knitting, fabric painting/printing, embroidery, sewing, beading.