fredag 19 oktober 2012

Mini exhibition at the studio

Since we have a lot of beautiful textiles in the archive at Alice Lund Textilier it is fun to take some out once in a while and hang them up. So last week we made a mini exhibition at the studio with some different examples of the studio's work; a Sofia Widén appliqué piece, an Alice Lund drapery from 1960, a tapestry designed by Gösta Backlund and a sample weave of Helena Hernmarck's "Signals". "Signals" is the largest tapestry ALT has made for Helena (82 squaremeter!) - you can watch a short film about it here.

Alice Lund Textilier's studio
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

We also display some church textiles - a chasuble (mässhake) from the 1960's and four examples of collection bags (kollekthåv).

Alice Lund Textilier's studio
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Here is one of my favorites; a piece of appliqué work by Sofia Widén called "Geo" from 1960. The printed fabric that it is made out of is also designed by Sofia and is called "Kastanj" (Chestnut). I am currently doing research about Sofia Widén's appliqué work which you can read a bit more about here. Last week I started a new research project about Sofia, so more about this on the blog during the fall.

Sofia Widén "Geo", 1960, at Alice Lund Textilier's studio
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

 A picture from the archives of "Geo".

Sofia Widén "Geo", 1960
Photo: Svensk Forms arkiv

onsdag 17 oktober 2012

ALT in the news

Sometimes I find hidden treasures when looking at Swedish television. Alice Lund Textilier has made interior textiles since the 1930s for different environments all over Sweden and the world. And on occasion some of these textiles make it on to the news. Here are two examples;

Olle Nyman is a famous Swedish artist who amongst many other things designed textile art. In the background of the interview below you can see a damask weave designed by Olle Nyman in the 1960s. It is called "Droppar" (dripps).

Skärmdump från kulturnyheterna 21/9 2012, SVT
Many of Olle Nymans textiles were woven at Alice Lund Textilier and today we still have a length of this fabric in the archives. The fabric was designed as a suggestion for a new curtain for the National theatre "Dramaten" in Stockholm in 1962, but it was never carried out. Where it ended up instead I am not sure.

Olle Nyman "Droppar" 1962
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
 Another curtain I found recently on the news was at the ABF-house in Stockholm. The house was built in the early 1960s and of course Alice Lund got the commission to do the interior of textiles. Here one can see the large curtain in red and black on the left hand side.

Presskonferans med Scibbaye och Persson 14/9 2012
Skärmdump från SVT
Here are another picture of the room from ABF's homepage.

ABF huset på Sveavägen i Stockholm
And here are some earlier pictures from Alice Lund Textilier's archives. One can see that they have changed the chairs over the years.

ABF huset 1960-tal, inredning av Alice Lund Textilier
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
 Here is another part of the house.
Interior from the ABF house in Stockholm, 1960s.
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

onsdag 10 oktober 2012

Royal visit to ASI

This weekend the King and Queen of Sweden visited the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. Amongst other events, Helena Hernmarck presented her exhibition "In Our Nature" to the King and Queen at ASI. The picture shows the three of them in front of Helena's tapestry "Passing events".

Helena Hernmarck, The King and Queen of Sweden in front of Hernmarck's
tapestry "Passing events" at American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
Photo: Jessica Gow/Scanpix

tisdag 2 oktober 2012

More shadow to light...

Here are the finished result from the course "Shadow to Light". All the participants worked so hard in trying to interpret their "egg" in yarns and weave. And the results are remarkable!

The finished result from the weaving course "Shadow to Light"
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB 

And a very short video of the intense ambiance of the studio.