fredag 31 augusti 2012

Preparations...

Right now there is a lot going on at the studio... In just a week 12 excited weavers will take part in Helena Hernmarck's weaving course "Skugga till Ljus" (From Shadow to Light) at Alice Lund Textilier's studio. 12 weavers = 12 looms that needs to be dressed. Since the whole idea of the course is to simulate the idea of how we work at the studio with Helena's tapestries the warp is the same kind as we usually use. 3 (or 4) threads of linnen 16/2 that is twined together. Wålstedts is often kind enough to help us do the twining but it can also be done on a spinning wheel. It can look like this;

Dressing the loom, at Alice Lund Textilier's studio
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

The warps are in different colors because we have both beginners who will attend the course as well as weavers who have taken one of Helena's courses before. The more experienced weavers will weave a picture in color whilst the beginners will explore the technique in black and white. We have exciting weeks ahead of us...

Dressing the loom, at Alice Lund Textilier's studio
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
En liten sammanfattning på svenska: Snart är det dags för vävkursen "Skugga till Ljus" med Helena Hernmarck. Så full rulle med pådragning å inredning av vävstolarna just nu på ateljén... Varpen är 3-trådar tvinnad 16/2 lingarn, svartvit för nybörjarna och i färg för fortsättarna.

Stora å små broderier...

A great new embroidery book by Karin Holmberg (who has a wonderful blog) is out now! Karin is a young, talented embroiderer who two years ago released another book called "Karin's broderier" (which I think is available in English as well). So if you want inspiration for your embroidery, her book is a great way to get new ideas!




måndag 20 augusti 2012

Double dose of Summer...

In New York I got a double dose of summer. Well, I am not really talking about the season (although the weather was great) but rather the tapestry by Helena Hernmarck called "Summer" which is hanging on Manhattan. The tapestry is one of four on the theme seasons and every three months they change the tapestry according to the right season, so of course now it is the summer tapestry that is hanging on the wall.

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

The motif is from Central Park and I also got the opportunity to see the live version.


The bridge in Central Park from the "Summer" tapestry.
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

And here are the other three, waiting for their time of the year to come;


Helena Hernmarck "Fall", woven at Alice Lund Textilier AB
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

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

Helena Hernmarck "Spring", woven at Alice Lund Textilier AB
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

onsdag 15 augusti 2012

Tulips, Folk Costume Details and happiness

The main reason for my trip to the US was an invitation from the American Swedish Institute to come and give a talk about Alice Lund Textilier and Swedish textile art during the 20th century. Helena has an amazing exhibition there, in celebration of ASI's new building, called In Our Nature. There are almost 20 large tapestries in the exhibition so it is definitely worth a visit! Three of the tapestries are woven at Alice Lund Textilier, Folk Costume Details, Mossklyftan and Seven Tulips.

Seven Tulips by Helena Hernmarck, woven at Alice Lund Textilier
At American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
Here is Folk Costume Details and in front Tamako Takahashi, one of the weavers who made the tapestry. She was visiting all the way from Japan to see the exhibition. There are not a lot of weavers in the world who master Helena's technique. So last year when we needed some extra help at the studio we had to call Tamako in Japan and ask her to fly over and help us out. Kind of makes you realize how special this line of work is...

Folk Costume Details by Helena Hernmarck, woven at Alice Lund Textilier
At American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
One thing I thought was very nice was the small installation they had made opposite FCD. There is a weaving sample on which you can have a feel for the technique and yarns. I think that is a very good thing as it always itches in your fingers when you see a beautiful weave. And on the right there are the folk costume parts from ASI's collection that Helena had as inspiration for the tapestry. Very informative and beautifully done!
Weaving sample FCD and the inspiration for the design
At American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
Here is Seven Tulips again, look at the last tulip - it feels like you can almost walk into it.
Seven Tulips by Helena Hernmarck, woven at Alice Lund Textilier
At American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Detail Seven Tulips by Helena Hernmarck, woven at Alice Lund Textilier
At American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
A happy me talking about textiles...
Frida Lindberg giving a talk about Alice Lund Textilier and Swedish textile art
At American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
Helena also gave a three day workshop at ASI for participants who had traveled from all over the US to take part in the course. It was a very intense and happy atmosphere in the air when the weavers tried to get a grip of the technique in just three days. Seeing all of those enthusiastic weavers made me ever more excited about our weaving course!

Workshop with Helena Hernmarck at the American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Workshop with Helena Hernmarck at the American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Workshop with Helena Hernmarck at the American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

fredag 10 augusti 2012

Längesedan sist...

The blog has been on a bit of a vacation (even if I haven't) but now we are back on track again. And it has also changed it's language to English after being so influence by recent events.

This week I got back from my trip to the US which was truly an amazing two weeks - both in Minneapolis and New York. I don't think I've had time to sort my impressions of all the fantastic things that happen, so for now I will post a picture from the American Swedish Institute where Folk Costume Details is proudly hanging on it's wall. Next week I will start telling the many tales of the textile art scene over seas.

Helena Hernmarck's Folk Costume Details at ASI,
woven at Alice Lund Textilier 2006
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
And for some weekend entertainment IKEA has been kind enough to show us what a world without textiles would look like;