torsdag 26 mars 2015

Exhibition at HV Gallery: "Ur vävstolen"

Welcome to an exhibition about Alice Lund Textilier at HV Gallery in Stockholm! The opening is Thursday April 9th 16.00. Below is more information in Swedish.

Ur vävstolen – en utställning om Alice Lund Textilier
9 april – 16 maj 2015, vernissage torsdag 9 april 17.00
Alice Lund Textilier verkar för en utveckling av den textila konsten och handvävningen. I ateljén i Borlänge tillverkas mattor, textil konst och kyrkliga textilier för privat och offentlig miljö över hela världen. Genom forskning, utställningar, kurser och föredrag sprider ateljén kunskapen om det levande svenska textilarvet. Alice Lund Textilier har sedan mitten av 1930-talet arbetat med kvalitativ handvävning. Tillverkningen av mattor och annan textil konst är en viktig del i verksamheten. Genom att förvalta och utveckla de handvävningskunskaper som har växt fram under årtionden kopplas dåtid och nutid samman. I vår samtid på 2010-talet ser vi ett behov av förståelse för ansvarstagande produktion, en närhet till material och ett långsiktigt tänkande. Där finns Alice Lunds ledord om hållbarhet både i kvalitet och i design som bereder vägen för ateljén in i framtiden. Ateljén fortsätter även att arbeta i de funktionalistiska tankegångarna om helhetsperspektivet. Både i samverkan mellan textilier och den rumsliga miljön och i perspektivet av tillverkningskedjan.
I utställningen visas handvävda mattor från Alice Lund Textiliers mönsterskatt, skisser från ateljéns arkiv och bildvävnader vävda för textilkonstnären Helena Hernmarck.
För frågor om utställningen eller Alice Lund Textiliers verksamhet, kontakta gärna Frida Lindberg, frida@alicelund.se tel 0243-23 32 69.
Öppettider: onsdag-fredag 11.00 – 18.00, lördag 12.00 – 17.00
Handvävning: Under utställningen kommer konstväverskan Ebba Bergström från Alice Lund Textilier att visa hur det går till i arbetet i vävstolarna och svara på frågor; torsdag 9 april, lördag 11 april, torsdag 23 april och lördag 16 maj.
Föreläsningskväll: Föreläsningskväll i textilkonstens och handvävningens tecken. Föreläsning med textilkonstnär Helena Hernmarck och Frida Lindberg, verksamhetsledare och ägare Alice Lund Textilier. Torsdag 23 april, 18.00- 20.00. Föranmälan till frida@alicelund.se.

fredag 13 mars 2015

In the loom; pall

Here is a project that recently got out of the loom. A pall (bårtäcke) for a church in our nearby area. The church had an older pall from us that was woven about 30 years ago. It had now gotten a bit worn, so they asked us to make a new one in the same style. It is woven in twill of wool and linnen. The symbol is woven with soumak weft in silver. This is the result!

In the loom; a pall for a chruch in Borlänge, at Alice Lund Textilier AB

Stretching the weave to get it smooth
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Stretching the weave to get it smooth
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

måndag 2 mars 2015

Coming home

Last week I acquired a new weave for my small collection of 20th century textile art. It is a wall hanging by Alice Lund woven in 1969. Best of all, I found the original sketch in Alice Lund Textilier's archive. Next time I am at the studio I will have a closer look to see if I can find more information about who bought it in the first place and where it has hung. In the front of the wall hanging it is an "AL" signature and in the back it is marked "AL-SW 1969". "AL-SW" stands for "Alice Lund - Sofia Widén AB". From 1961-1970 this was the studios name because Alice Lund took over Sofia Widén's business after she past away in 1961.

My collection of textile art isn't that extensive yet but I have a few good pieces so far. My favorites are the ones connected to Alice Lund and Sofia Widén. For example a couple of years a go I bought this wall hanging by Sofia Widén. It is always fun when works from the studio find their way back home.


Wall hanging by Alice Lund, 1969.
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Sketch for wall hanging by Alice Lund, 1969.
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB 


Signature on the backside of wall hanging by Alice Lund, 1969.
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Signature in front of wall hanging by Alice Lund, 1969.
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

torsdag 19 februari 2015

Exhibition; Veronica Nygren at Thielska

There are several textile exhibitions on Djurgården in Stockholm right now. At Thielska Galleriet there is an exhibition about the textile artist Veronica Nygren. The exhibition is described as;

"Veronica Nygren (1940-2006) had the ability to weave an entire world into her art. She filled it with everyday experiences and political awareness, with knowledge about Swedish crafts traditions and global influences, in a vibrant dialogue with art history and contemporary art. Nygren indefatigably put the potential of textiles to the test. Today, she stands out as a regenerator of textile art and design in post-war Sweden. (...) By showing Veronica Nygren’s innovative art at the Thielska Gallery, we are upholding a tradition of taking textiles seriously, as an art form in its own right."

It is very uplifting to see Thielska making a large exhibition on a textile artist and also presenting it in a interesting context. So definitely a recommendation to go see it if you are in Stockholm! Another interesting exhibition right now is at HV Gallery about the Friends of Finnish Handicraft and their ryijy rugs.

Veronica Nygren, "Harens gång" på Thielska galleriet.
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Veronica Nygren, "Travesti på trasmatta" på Thielska galleriet.
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Veronica Nygren, "Tid III" på Thielska galleriet.
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Veronica Nygren, "Kropp '05" på Thielska galleriet.
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

tisdag 10 februari 2015

Alice Lund Textilier at HV Gallery in April

Finally I can share the news; Alice Lund Textilier will have a solo exhibition at HV Gallery in Stockholm April 9th til May 16th! In the exhibition we will show several beautiful rugs as well as pieces by Helena Hernmarck woven at Alice Lund Textilier. So I hope to see many of you textile art lovers at the exhibition!

Detail of rug by Folke Heybroek and Alice Lund, 1950's
Photo: Pär Olsson

tisdag 27 januari 2015

Exhibition: Barbro Lomakka

If you are in Stockholm I can highly recommend a visit to Barbro Lomakka's exhibition at Almgrens silk mill. Barbro Lomakka works with an interesting encounter between felted wool and handweaving where the felt is used as inlays in a woven structure. She also explores the textile medium's advantages as sound absorbents, making structures that creates a comfortable environment.


Barbro Lomakka at Almgrens Sidenväveri
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Barbro Lomakka at Almgrens Sidenväveri
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Barbro Lomakka at Almgrens Sidenväveri
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Barbro Lomakka at Almgrens Sidenväveri
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Barbro Lomakka at Almgrens Sidenväveri
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB



måndag 19 januari 2015

Happy New Year 2015!

Happy New Year to all weavers and textile art lovers out there!

This year I had a very relaxing start to the year, I spent Christmas in New York and two weeks in Costa Rica enjoying the sun and beach. But now I am back with new energy to start what I am sure to be an exciting year. We are starting our weaving year with a pall (bårtäcke) for a church close to the studio. More pictures about that soon!

Another exciting thing for this year is another exhibition! This summer Alice Lund Textilier will be part of an large exhibition about contemporary textile art at Meken, an art venue in Smedjebacken in Dalarna. (And there might be other opportunities as well to see Alice Lund Textilier's work during the year but more on that later on...)

Here is a snapshot from Costa Rica. It is a beach towel in cotton I wove several years ago inspired by the Kenyan "Kikoys" which are similar in size and quality. It has come to very good use on the beach and unlike an ordinary towel it is quite easy to pack and dries up quickly.

Photo: Frida Lindberg