måndag 13 oktober 2014

Exhibition: "Taktil Historia"

Last week I visited Almgrens Sidenväveri, an old silk mill in central Stockholm. Today Almgrens is a museum but they also have some of the old jacquard looms going. The weaver Sonja is doing an important cultural contribution in exploring and maintaining the knowledge of how these looms can be used. It is always a treat to talk to her, so if you visit the museum make sure to ask her about the weaving.

I've written about this place several times before - besides being an interesting environment with the old silk mill they also have collaborations with contemporary textile artists. Plus I've worked there as a guide during my studies which makes my relationship with the museum even more special. 

Right now they have an exhibition in collaboration with FAS, Fiber Art Sweden, a group of Swedish textile artists. The exhibition is called "Taktil Historia" (Tactile History) and is the first exhibition in a three year long collaboration between FAS and Almgrens exploring silk in our time. It was a very interesting exhibition and I look forward to follow this project in the coming years.

Here are my favorites from the exhibition;

Maria Hägglund
Maria Hägglund "Minne" på Almgrens Sidenväveri
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

 Carina Gardefjord
Carina Gardefjord "Det sitter i väggarna" på Almgrens Sidenväveri
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

And of course Sonja's jacquard loom...
Almgrens Sidenväveri
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

fredag 3 oktober 2014

In the loom: Reconstruction

We have several projects going on in the studio right now. Recently I posted some pictures of a rosepath rug that we are making. Here is a glimpse from another project in the loom, a reconstruction of a tapestry to a church in Stockholm. The original has unfortunately been destroyed and we are making a replica. After the cloth is woven it is going to get some rough handling. The artist will use ausbrenner-technique to make a pattern. That means that chemicals will be printed on the surface which removes some of the threads making a transparent pattern.

Our rainbow of wool yarns feels a bit left out with only white in the loom...

Working in the loom at Alice Lund Textilier
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

tisdag 23 september 2014

VÄV2014

What a wonderful week in Umeå! Thousends of weavers and a lot of positive energy. I talked so much that I forgot to take pictures but here is where we spent most of our time, at Alice Lund Textilier's booth. We brought a Helena Hernmarck tapestry "Tulip Pair" that got a lot of attention. Many weavers had their noses in the weave to analyze the technique and yarns...  A big thank you to Ebba, Inger and Evy who helped spread the word about Alice Lund Textilier to people from all over the world.


Alice Lund Textilier's booth at VÄV2014 in Umeå
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

torsdag 11 september 2014

Tulips in Umeå

Welcome to visit Alice Lund Textilier's booth at Väv2014 in Umeå next week! We will, amongst other things, bring a small tapestry "Two Tulips" by Helena Hernmarck. So if you are interested in the Hernmarck-technique or want to know more about our work at Alice Lund Textilier, we will be there throughout the whole weaving fair. I am sure it will be wonderful days filled with hand-weaving, yarns and textile art.

Here are two other beautiful tulip tapestries by Helena Hernmarck, woven at Alice Lund Textilier in 2004.

Helena Hernmarck's "Spring Tulips" 2004, woven at Alice Lund Textilier
Photo: Andrew de Lory

Helena Hernmarck's "Seven Tulips", 2004 woven at Alice Lund Textilier
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Helena Hernmarck's "Seven Tulips", 2004 woven at Alice Lund Textilier
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

fredag 5 september 2014

In the loom: Lundmattan

In the loom: a wonderful rosepath rug "Lundmattan", design by Alice Lund.

Wonderful yarns for a rosepath rug
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Alice Lund's "Lundmattan", a rosepath rug in wool
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

måndag 1 september 2014

Gold, gold, gold

It isn't just sketches, photographs and samples that has survived over the years at the studio. We also have a lot of materials and tools left - some we still use today. Here are some samples of our selection of gold threads and ribbons. Often used in the production of church textiles.

Gold, gold, gold at Alice Lund Textilier
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

onsdag 27 augusti 2014

From the archives: Chasubles

The research project I just started focuses on Sofia Widén's chasubles (mässhakar) from 1952-1961. The first thing I am doing is an inventory of all of the chasubles made according to the order books from that time. This information I can most of the time match with a photography, an original sketch and samples of all of the materials used in the process of making it. Quite amazing that so much has been saved all these years! Here is what it can look like.

Information from the archives of a chasuble by Sofia Widén
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
And another example, a green chasuble for Gryts church in Stjärnhov from 1953.The chasuble was made by a silk damask fabric called "Småkors" (Small Crosses) also designed by Sofia Widén.

The order book of Sofia Widén Textilier April 1952-Dec 1953
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Design for a green chasuble to Gryts church by Sofia Widén
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Photograph of a green chasuble to Gryts church by Sofia Widén
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Samples of the materials used for a chasuble to Gryts church
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB