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


fredag 19 december 2014

Merry christmas!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you weavers and textile lovers out there! I will be on holiday for a few weeks but we'll meet again in January of 2015.


Helena Hernmarck's "Winter" woven at Alice Lund Textilier
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

tisdag 16 december 2014

Borlänge Cultural prize to weaving

Today Ebba Bergström, weaver at Alice Lund Textilier received Borlänge Municipality's cultural prize together with two other weaving enthusiasts Siv Emanuelsson and Mona Magnusson. It was a wonderful ceremony and three very proud prize winners!


Ebba Bergström, Mona Magnusson och Siv Emanuelsson tar emot Borlänge kulturpris 2014
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB