onsdag 20 augusti 2014

Back to work...

After a long vacation we have opened the studio again. This summer has been great, nice weather and I've had several weeks off. That makes it even more fun to get back to work - rested and ready for everything this fall has to bring. At it is quite a lot... For instance there will be a big hand weaving fair in Umeå in September, VÄV2014. And in November Alice Lund Textilier will have an exhibition on rugs in Borlänge Biblioteks Konsthall. And of course there is some interesting things going on in the looms as well... Right now we are making a sample weave, trying out the right colours for a flatweave rug designed by Alice Lund. We will start the weaving on that later this fall. Here is the sample in the loom;

Sample weaving at Alice Lund Textilier
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

onsdag 25 juni 2014

Summer vacation

This year I am going to spend most of my vacation in our house in Dalarna. Hopefully it will be some long, sunny weeks and will try to do as little as possible. That means it will probably be a bit more quite here on the blog than usual. But I will be back in August again, with some new energy and new thoughts on hand weaving and textile art.

Our house in Dalarna, an old missionary church
Photo: Frida Lindberg

fredag 13 juni 2014

Collaboration

This year a weaving student, Ikumi, from Sätergläntan has had the opportunity to do a project in collaboration with Alice Lund Textilier. In the archives at the studio there is a lot of wonderful original designs from the textile artist Alice Lund. Ikumi's task was to choose one of a selection of rug designs by Alice Lund. Then she was to make an interpretation of the design and weave a flat weave rug. It was not an easy task to take on! There were several technical challenges with the pattern as well as the interpretation of the colors. This is the beautiful result. Thank you Ikumi for your work! 

Ikumi with the flat weave rug inspired by an Alice Lund design.
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
And this is the original design by Alice Lund.

Design for rug by Alice Lund, Alice Lund Textilier AB
Copyright: Alice Lund Textilier AB

torsdag 5 juni 2014

A glimpse from the loom

Here is a glimpse from the loom right now; a beautiful, mild rosepath rug called "Lundmattan".

In the loom: rosepath rug "Lundmattan" by Alice Lund
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

torsdag 29 maj 2014

Exhibition: Konstfack 2014

The season for graduation exhibitions is here. This year I didn't have time to go to all of them, but at least I've been to see Konstfack's and Handarbetets Vänner's exhibitions. Here are some of my favorites from Konstfack's textile students. I was very happy to see that several of the students have chosen handweaving as a medium of expression this year. And even tapestry! It makes me very happy as I have not seen many students working and exploring the more traditional techniques for some while. Here are my top three and their own explanations to their work;

Hannah Waldron The Coral Sea

"Across time and place, people have been telling stories through weaving.
My Master’s project, an intricate weaving based on the poem The Coral Sea by Patti Smith, is a tapestry for the present. My design celebrates Smith’s luminous crafting of words to convey the physical world and aims to translate the tactile qualities of the poem into the tactile medium of weaving.
I believe that there is a need now in contemporary society for greater material knowledge. My work aims to put value into making and investigates weaving as a way to explore the material world imaginatively."

Tapestry "The Coral Sea" by Hannah Waldron, Konstfack 2014
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Tapestry "The Coral Sea" by Hannah Waldron, Konstfack 2014
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Tapestry "The Coral Sea" by Hannah Waldron, Konstfack 2014
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Anneli Tegelberg "Do your practice and all is coming." - vikten av intuitivt praktiskt arbete*
"There is a constant dialogue between my hands and the material. By focusing on working practically with the craft, I keep expanding my knowledge in order to thereafter being able to challenge the material and the technique.
In this project I have examined the importance of intuitive craftsmanship, and furthermore, how it may be expressed in an industrial process. Is the result always predetermined and unchanging in an industrial production, or can i introduce risk as a factor to create unique objects?
My pieces result from the balance between control and risk.
*Sri K. Pattabhi Joi"

Rugs by Anneli Tegelberg, Konstfack 2014
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Matilda Dominique

It begins with one thread. As the yarns intersect, a woven universe takes form, one that gives the material its visual, tactile and functional uniqueness.
In this work, I delve deep into my own understanding of the woven structure. At the moment of weaving, my entire body is in close encounter with the material. I see each thread as an individual particle in collaboration with many of the same, holding up the architecture of the weave. My eyes grasp each thread as it passes through the structure, slowly shaping the pattern. Simultaneously, my hands perceive tactile information of the fiber and construction qualities. By following the threads, their color and structure changes on a more intimate level and I’m invited to a deeper understanding of the very core of the weave.

Tapestries by Matilda Dominique, Konstfack 2014
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Tapestries by Matilda Dominique, Konstfack 2014
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

fredag 23 maj 2014

A quest for handwoven rugs

This fall Alice Lund Textilier will have an exhibition about rugs at Borlänge library. Since the atelier was founded in the 1930s beautiful handwoven rugs have been made in the looms. Now we are searching for some of these old treasures. It would be very interesting to know more about Alice Lund Textilier's past when it comes to rugs (and other textiles as well). Here you can read more about our quest in Borlänge Tidning. And here you can read more about what signatures to look for when searching for an Alice Lund rug.

Alice Lund Textilier in Borlänge Tidning 21/5 2014

tisdag 20 maj 2014

the Dancer

Just before easter we finished the flatweave rug that has be occupying the loom for some while. It is called "Danserskan" (the Dancer) and is designed by Folke Heybroek who collaborated with Alice Lund in the 1940s and 1950s. In my opinion it is one of the most beautiful rugs we have done for years. Can you see the dancer with the flowing skirt?

Folke Heybroek "Dansaren", flat weave rug woven at Alice Lund Textilier with the original sketch
Photo: Lars Dahlström


Folke Heybroek "Dansaren", flat weave rug woven at Alice Lund Textilier
Photo: Lars Dahlström

Detail of Folke Heybroek's "Dansaren", woven at Alice Lund Textilier AB
Photo: Lars Dahlström