Odette Tolksdorf

Odette Tolksdorf was born in Hopefield, Western Cape in 1954 and spent most of her childhood years in Australia before returning to Cape Town and Namibia.
After matric at Springfield Convent she later graduated with a National Diploma in Graphic Design from the Vaal Triangle Technikon (Vaal University of Technology).
Since 1981 she has lived in Durban, KZN. Odette has participated in numerous exhibitions in South Africa and in the U.S.A, Canada, U.K., New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Europe and Taipei.

Selected Exhibitions

2018 KZNSA Gallery, Durban; Fibreworks X Edge
Hermanus Fynarts Festival, Hermanus; Collaborative Relationships (with Pam Benporath)
Pretoria Art Museum; Unfolding Fibre, with ISSUU catalogue by Erica Fraser
2017 Nova Constantia, Cape Town; The Thin Red Line; FACT and Friends
19th SA National Quilt Festival, Port Elizabeth; Siyadala – We Create; Juror Exhibit
Cowslip Workshops, Launceston, Cornwall, UK; Connected By Africa; exhibition by Sheena Norquay, Gillian Travis, Hilary Gooding and guest exhibitors Phil Fisher & Odette Tolksdorf
artspace Durban; Sea Level - An Exhibition of Miniature Artworks
Artisan Gallery, Durban; Fibre/Textile Art exhibition
2016 Mogalakwena Gallery, Cape Town, Fibreworks IX and Major Minors 6
GFI Gallery, Port Elizabeth, Fibreworks IX - National members exhibition and Major Minors 6
Hermanus Fynarts Festival, Hermanus; Fibre Art exhibition
National Girls School Festival of South Africa; Durban Girls High School, Durban; 4 Day Gender Issues art workshop and exhibition
2016 Zimbabwe National Quilt Show, Bulawayo; judging, 3 day workshops, talk & show of work in class
AQC Australasian Quilt Convention, Melbourne and travelled through Australia & New Zealand, Tradition With A Twist
2015 Mogalakwena Gallery, Cape Town; Double Vision – 2 person exhibition with Sally Scott
Kearsney College, Durban, Creative Energy Festival; Fibreworks 8 and Major Minors
Kearsney College, Durban, Creative Energy Festival; Juror Exhibit
Hermanus Fynarts Festival, Hermanus, Fibre Art exhibition
2014 Central University of Technology (C.U.T) Bloemfontein, workshop, talk and show of work in class
artSpace durban, Fibreworks VIII
IQC Africa, Johannesburg, Fibreworks VIII
IQC Africa, Johannesburg, Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela; curated by Marsha MacDowell and Carolyn Mazloomi; with book/catalogue
Village Quilters, Kloof, Durban; Odette Tolksdorf: Recent Work, talk and show of work
2013 Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg; Threads: Celebrating Jutta Faulds
9th European Patchwork Meeting, St.Croix aux Mines, Alsace, France; Quilts from South Africa
IQC Africa, Caesars Palace, Johannesburg; Fibreworks group
Mwimbi Fine Art Gallery at Eagle Wind Manor, Botha's Hill, KZN; Salon de Hill; curated by Lee Garakara
2012 Thandart Art Auction, Art First, London, UK
World Quilt & Textile USA, travelling exhibition 4 venues across USA
FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg, Gauteng, Fibreworks VII
KZNQG AGM, Durban Girls High School, Glenwood; Quilts by Odette Tolksdorf
2011 Sandton Gallery, Johannesburg; Fibreworks group
Artisan Gallery, Durban; Fibreworks: Kimonos Unlimited
SA National Quilt Festival, Stellenbosch; Alive with Colour; Fibreworks: Kimonos Unlimited
Kent State University School of Art Gallery, OH, USA; Art Quilts by Odette Tolksdorf
2010 Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio, USA; Art Quilts by Odette Tolksdorf exhibited with Stellenbosch University Jewellery Dept. and Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books (MIMB)
Artb, Bellville, CapeTown; Fibreworks VI
Highbury School, Hillcrest; Images of Sport (KZN Quilters Guild)
Tatham Gallery, Pietermaritzburg and travelling for 2 years in KZN; Jabulisa 2010
Yeiser Art Centre, Paducah, KY, USA; Fantastic Fibres
2009 USA various venues; Fibreworks - Mark in Time
15th Carrefour European Patchwork Exposition, St.Marie aux Mines, Alsace, France; African Melee
Artisan Gallery, Durban; Vista
SAQG Travelling juried exhibition, opened in George Feb. 2009 and ended June 2011, African Pizazz
Quilts for Obama – Celebrating the Inauguration of Barack Obama, The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. USA in partnership with curator Roland Freeman, The Women of Color Quilters Network and The Group for Cultural Documentation; with poster
KZNSA Durban; Green - members exhibition
2008 Artisan Gallery, Durban; Broken Heirlooms - Collection 2008; with poster
Shosholoza South African National Quilt Festival, Johannesburg; Odette Tolksdorf: Pro-Dedicate Award Winner, exhibition of 15 works
My Place — juried travelling (2 years) exhibition of 90 contemporary art quilts (50cm sq) from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
A South African Spirit in USA - Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA; Association of Pacific NW Quilters' Show (APNQ), Seattle, WA; Greater Chicago Quilt Exposition, Schaumburg Convention Center, IL; curated by Rosalie Dace
Kwa-Zulu Natal Quilters Guild, Durban Girls High School; Exhibition of work by Odette Tolksdorf and her Design students
artspace, Durban; Fibreworks V
The Complete Picture, Hillcrest; Fibreworks KZN
Melbourne Convention Centre, Australasian Quilt Convention, Australia; Tutors Invitational
2007 Artisan, Durban; KZN Collection 2007
Festival of Quilts, London, England
Nova Constantia Cellars, Cape Town; Fibreworks TEN
Margate Art Museum, Margate, KZN; Fibreworks Group
African Window, Pretoria; Fibreworks Group
2006 Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg; Fibreworks IV
African Art Centre, Durban; Threading Together
KZNSA Gallery, Durban; FNB Craft Now
South African National Quilt Festival, Port Elizabeth;
Australasian Quilt Convention, Melbourne, Australia; Fibreworks Major Minors 2
2005 11th European Patchwork Meeting, Val d’Argent, France; South African Quilts
11th European Patchwork Meeting, Val d’Argent, France; Innovative Threads 2005
artspace, Durban; Innovative Threads 2005
Nova Constantia Cellars, Cape Town; Innovative Threads 2005; with catalogue
2004 African Art Centre, Durban; Bathini Abantu: Celebrating 10 years Democracy
10th European Patchwork Meeting, Val d’Argent, France; Quilts from Africa; with catalogue
University of Indiana, Pennsylvania USA; ArtQuiltArt
International Convention Centre, Durban; Celebrations National SA Quilt Festival
Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, England; New International Quilts; with postcards catalogue
Merely Mortal Gallery, Johannesburg; Fibreworks III
Bonisa Art Gallery, Kloof, Durban; Fiber Art from Fibreworks
Nova Constantia Cellars, Cape Town; Innovative Threads 2004; travelled to Artspace, Durban and Quilt Week Yokohama, Japan and Quilt Auckland, New Zealand; with catalogue
2003 NSA Gallery, Durban; Textures
10th European Patchwork Meeting, Val d’Argent, France; South African Quilts; with catalogue
Nova Constantia Cellars, Cape Town; Innovative Threads 2003; travelled to European Quilting Championship Waalre, Netherlands; with catalogue
Fibreworks Major Minors 1, travelling exhibition: World Quilt & Textile in Michigan & New Hampshire, USA; Christchurch, New Zealand; Quilt und Textilkunst Gallery, Munich, Germany; Sasol Art Gallery, Johannesburg; Bayside Gallery, Durban; Nova Constantia Gallery, Cape Town; MACS, Pietermaritzburg; International Convention Centre, Durban; with catalogue
SAQG travelling exhibition around South Africa; Round The Bend
2002 South African National Quilt Festival, Cape Town; Down to Earth; with catalogue
Waterloo and County Quilt Festival, Canada; South African Quilts
Nova Constantia Cellars, Cape Town; Innovative Threads 2002; travelled to artB Bellville; UK - London, Dublin, Harrogate; with catalogue
Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg; Fibreworks 2
Association of Arts, Pretoria; Fabrications 2
2001 Bayside Gallery, Durban; Black and White
Crow Timber Frame Barn, Columbus, Ohio, USA; Grand Opening Exhibit of Crow Timber Frame Barn
Nova Constantia Cellars, Cape Town; Innovative Threads 2001; travelled to Vincennes, France;
Arts Association of Bellville, Cape Town; Durban Art Gallery; with catalogue
Association of Arts, Pretoria; Fabrications 1
Jean Powell Gallery, Durban; Art Exhibition
2000 Bayside Gallery, Durban; Fire and Fibre
African Window, Pretoria; FNB Vita Craft Now
African Window, Pretoria; Cloth Workers Coalition
Waterloo and County Quilt Festival - Nova Scotia, Canada; Quilts on Safari
Nova Constantia Cellars, Cape Town; Innovative Threads 2000; travelled to Grahamstown Arts Festival; Technikon S.A., Johannesburg; with catalogue
World Quilt and Textile; South African Textile Art; Lansing, MI and Winston-Salem, NC, USA
1999 Germany - Hanau, Berlin and Dresden; Textile Kunst aus Sudafrica
African Art Centre, Durban;
NSA Gallery, Durban; Fiberart 99
Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, KZN; Fiberworks Group
Carnegie Art Gallery, Newcastle, KZN; In Touch with Women
Nova Constantia Cellars, Cape Town; Innovative Threads '99; travelled to Studio B, Lancaster, Ohio, USA together with Out of Africa: South African curated craft exhibition of approx. 350 articles; Midfest, Middletown USA; George Museum, Western Cape; with catalogue
The Dairy Barn, Athens, Ohio; Quilt National and touring USA for 2 years; with book
South African Quilters Guild; Reflections; juried travelling exhibition
1998 The Castle, Cape Town; FNB Vita Craft Now
African Art Centre, Durban;
Under The Maroela, Shongweni, KZN; Quilts
Arts Association of Bellville Gallery, Cape Town; A Passion for Quiltmaking; with book
S.A. National Quilt Festival, Port Elizabeth; Friendship Quilt Show
Natal Society of Arts Gallery, Durban; Transformed - Textiles as an Expressive Medium

Exhibitions at the KZNSA

Main Gallery