Born on 3 March 1943 in Schnann am Arlberg, Austria. From 1970 onwards she was engaged in experiments with plant dyeing and spinning, then from 1971 onwards intensively in weaving. From 1980 she was a lecturer at the adult education centres in Weingarten, Ravensburg, Bad Wurzach, Friedrichshafen and Aulendorf (spinning, weaving on frames, plant dyeing and lace-making). From 1981 to 1985 she ran a shop (Spinn- und Webstube). From 1985 onwards, she turned to picture weaving and had several group and solo exhibitions. From 2005, various commissions from private individuals to make traditional costumes with Celtic patterns.
Since 2010, she has been working on behalf of Dr. Johanna Banck-Burgess on reconstructions of textile finds from the Hallstatt period and the reconstruction of finds from the lake dwelling settlements. For the research project THEFBO, she is working on the extraction and processing of various tree bastes and linen.
Johanna Banck-Burgess is a senior archaeologist at the State Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology in Baden-Württemberg (Landesamt für Denkmalpflege-LAD), Esslingen, Germany. She has been intensively involved in textile archaeology for over 30 years. Johanna wrote her master’s thesis covering the theme Neolithic textiles in Middle-Europe. For her PhD she examined the early iron age textiles found at the grave mound in Eberdingen-Hochdorf/Germany. At the LAD, Johanna is responsible for both new and old finds stemming from current excavations. This includes developing and supporting new research methods especially in the area of strongly decomposed organic material, and developing focus points for further research. Likewise, Johanna is responsible for the coordination of various research projects like THEFBO. One of Johanna’s main objectives is a broader integration of textile research and results into publications and exhibitions.