måndag 30 december 2013

torsdag 26 december 2013

Hernmarck weaving course in 2014

Great news! Next year Alice Lund Textilier together with the textile artist Helena Hernmarck will give a two-week weaving course at the studio here in Borlänge. We had a course in 2012 which was a real delight, both for the participants and for us so we are very happy to offer this opportunity again! For more information contact me or look at our website.

Here is the information (in Swedish but English speaking weaver's may also apply):

Helena Hermarck's "Passing Fall" in the loom
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

SKUGGA TILL LJUS
 – vävkurs med textilkonstnären Helena Hernmarck
Helena Hernmarck, en av vår tids största textilkonstnärer kommer att erbjuda en unik möjlighet att ta del av hennes speciella vävteknik. På Alice Lund Textiliers ateljé, där över 20 stora Hernmarck-vävnader har skapats, får deltagarna möjlighet att få en inblick i Hernmarck-tekniken. Samtidigt får deltagarna en glimt av hur man kan arbeta med monumental textilkonst i en ateljé idag. Undervisningen ges av Helena Hernmarck och konstväverskan Ebba Bergström.
Vi följer samma steg som när Helena Hernmarck och Alice Lund Textilier väver en stor bildvävnad. Vi startar med en studie i hur man väljer ut ett vackert och passande motiv och hur man förstorar upp och översätter sin skiss.  Vidare ges en gedigen genomgång av vävtekniken och hur man monterar en bildvävnad på bästa sätt och placerar den i en rumslig miljö. Självklart gör vi också ett studiebesök till Wålstedts Textilverkstad och får genom föredrag på ateljén lära oss mer om både Helena Hernmarcks konstnärskap och Alice Lund Textiliers historia. 
Helena Hernmarck showing who to mix the yarns
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Kurslängd: 2 veckor, 10 kursdagar
Datum: tisdag 22 april – fredag 2 maj 2014
Plats: Alice Lund Textiliers ateljé, Borlänge
Kursinnehåll: Undervisning i vävning med textilkonstnären Helena Hernmarck, lunch, förmiddags- och eftermiddagsfika, kursmaterial (ej garner), studiebesök på Wålstedts textilverkstad, föredrag av Helena Hernmarck och Frida Lindberg Alice Lund Textilier AB och uppsättning av varp.
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
Lärare:
Textilkonstnären Helena Hernmarck, utbildad vid Konstfacks textillinje och sedan 1970-talet verksam i USA där hon etablerat sig som en av världens mest framstående textilkonstnärer. I sin ateljé, och även i samarbete med Alice Lund Textilier, har hon utfört monumental textilkonst som finns representerad i offentlig miljö och på museer världen över.
www.hernmarck.com
Konstväverska Ebba Bergström, utbildad textillärare och verksam som konstväverska på Alice Lund Textilier AB med 20 års erfarenhet av handvävning. Ebba har vävt på ett femtontal av Helena Hernmarcks vävnader.

www.alicelund.se
Frida Lindberg ägare av Alice Lund Textilier AB, magisterexamen i textilvetenskap från Uppsala Universitet. Utöver arbetet med att driva ateljén forskar Frida på svensk 1900-tals textil konst med utgångspunkt i Alice Lund Textiliers arkiv.

 aliceateljenochjag.blogspot.com

Kostnad: 12 500 kronor. Exklusive moms.
Anmälan: Ansökan om att få delta i kursen görs via separat anmälningsblankett senast 21 februari. Kursen vänder sig främst till personer med goda kunskaper i vävning. Besked om antagning ges senast 14 mars. 
För frågor kontakta: Frida Lindberg mail. frida@alicelund.se, tel. 0243-23 32 69

måndag 9 december 2013

Rainbow of yarns

Last week we had two wonderful interns, Lisa and Ayako from HV School in Stockholm, at the studio. Amongst other things they made a real effort in reorganizing our wall of wool yarns which needed to be freshened up. It became an intense lesson in color! Most of the yarns we have come from Wålstedts who make the most beautiful yarns from Swedish wool.

Ayako and Lisa in front of our wall of yarn
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Colors, colors, colors at Alice Lund Textilier
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

torsdag 5 december 2013

Solvögat

In this number of "Solvögat" there is an article about Alice Lund Textilier, and on the cover one of the studio's weavers; Tova!



tisdag 3 december 2013

Follow Me

Is it possible not to fall in love with Annika Ekdahl's latest tapestry "Follow Me (interior): Shine"?

It is the first out of two tapestries commissioned by Oslo University College and I got the chance to see it at Abecita Konstmuseum in Borås, where Annika Ekdahl currently has an exhibition. The tapestry is an interesting study of light, notice all of the different light sources throughout the tapestry. One can stand and look for hours on all of the objects in the composition, some of my favorites was the chimpanzee and the piano with the candle on it. And of course, all of the rugs - I love the fact that she has woven a woven rug.

Annika Ekdahl's "Follow Me (interior): Shine" at ABECITA Konstmuseum
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Annika Ekdahl's "Follow Me (interior): Shine" at ABECITA Konstmuseum
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Annika Ekdahl's "Follow Me (interior): Shine" at ABECITA Konstmuseum
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Annika Ekdahl's "Follow Me (interior): Shine" in the loom
Photo: www.annikaekdahl.se

Annika Ekdahl's "Follow Me (interior): Shine" in the loom
Photo: www.annikaekdahl.se

fredag 29 november 2013

New adventures in the loom

Although we are still working on Helena's wonderful "Passing Fall", we are also preparing for a new comission in the studio, a flatweave (röllakan) rug that we will start weaving next year. And the sketch from the archives needs a bit of investigating before we can start with the weaving...


Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Helena Hernmarck's "Passing Fall" in the loom at ALT
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

tisdag 26 november 2013

Adventsfika på Alice Lund Textilier

Välkomna på adventsfika hos Alice Lund Textilier den 5e december kl 16.00! OSA senast 4e december; frida@alicelund.se


onsdag 13 november 2013

Lovely moments in the loom

Very slowly but surely I am progressing in the loom with my rug. It is not often I find the time to sit down by the loom, but those moments I cherish very much.

In the loom: Alice Lund's "Hästtäcket", a rug in rosepath
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

måndag 11 november 2013

Snapshots from the studio

A snapshot of another project in the making at the studio, Efter Regattan. Just the finishing touches left. If you are interested in seeing more of our textile life in the studio, Alice Lund Textilier now has an Instagram page that you can follow.

Ebba Bergström laying the finishing touch at Olle Nyman's "Efter Regattan"
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

fredag 8 november 2013

Secrets

On occasion we have a project in the studio that can not been shown to the world. Right now we are working on a very interesting rug for a new client which I unfortulatly can not show any pictures of yet. Although I can reveal that we are using a lot of an amazing yarn from South Africa - handcarded and handspun mohair. It is like touching a fluffy cloud.

Handcarded, handspun wool from South Africa
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

onsdag 6 november 2013

Exhibition: Broderi Nu

Last weekend I went to a small but interesting exhibition about contemporary embroidery outside of Stockholm, "Broderi Nu" in Österåkers konsthall. There were both young and old, experienced and new artists participating and I am happy to see that there is a lot going on in the embroidery field at the moment. There were eight artists represented, Lillevi Hultman, Anne Löser Sörensen, Kicken Ericson, Teresa Oscarsson, Jennie McMillen, Tabea Dürr, Karin Holmberg and Renée Rudebrant. I especially liked Jennie McMillen's piece "Samlingsplats" ("Meeting Point"), Teresa Oscarsson's wonderfully mysterious work and Karin Holmberg's embroidered life story of M.O.D. (a fictional women called Marta Olofsdotter).

Jennie McMillen "Samlingsplats", Österåkers Konsthall
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Jennie McMillen "Samlingsplats", Österåkers Konsthall
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Teresa Oscarsson "En cell och fyra dendriter", Österåkers konsthall
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Teresa Oscarsson "Urgamla varelser på natten", Österåkers konsthall
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Karin Holmberg "M.O.D", Österåkers konsthall
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB




måndag 28 oktober 2013

Re Rag Rug

I went to an exhibition about rugs last week at Färgfabriken in Stockholm. It was a presentation of an one-year project "Re Rag Rug" by Katarina Evans and Katarina Brieditis. An interesting project to highlight the rag rug as well as how we can be more cautious with our resources.  One can follow their process on their blog. Here is how they explain the project;

Re Rag Rug is an experimental and innovative design project which started in August 2012 and runs during one year. The result will be shown in an exhibition at Färgfabriken in October 2013.
Our ambition is to develop one unique rag rug per month. We intend to give the rag rug a new face by using different types of rags in combination with a variety of sewing, platting, crocheting, knitting, macramé, rolling, cutting, applique, embroidery, structure- and relief effects, three dimensionality, colour- and dye techniques but also experimenting with scales.

The material used is considered worthless: T-shirts and woollen sweaters from the Salvation Army's chain of second hand stores, Myrorna. The material donated to us is the waste that can not be sold or donated to charity i.e. the sweaters are already too worn, ripped or in the case of wool sweaters, already shrunk.

All over the world rugs protect from cold floors and draft, they have a major impact on the acoustics of a room. They gather groups of furnitures in a space, create a room in the room and serve as an eastetic element to a room. Rugs should withstand to be stood, walked and crawled upon and they are important bearers of culture for many people.

Our work will be in a free and experimental manner. A large number of textile techniques and materials will have to be tested before they can take the form of unique products and the design aspect is very important. The rugs should have a high artistic value, the fact that they are made out of re-cycled materials is a bonus.

T-shirts and sweaters are products that are mass produced for global consumption. All over the world we all buy them, use them and waste them. If we can find new ways of using and refining materials, this waste becomes a resource.

In essence the goal of the Re Rag Rug project is to find interesting techniques suitable for unique hand made pieces as well as for sustainable industrial production.

This project is supported by the Swedish Art Grants Commitee, Konstnärsnämnden




Re Rag Rug: Rosengång
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Re Rag Rug 5: Vintergatan
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Re Rag Rug 7: Aquarelle
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

onsdag 23 oktober 2013

Brighter colors

Ebba and Tova have woven over half of the tapestry now and last week we got some much needed assistance from Helena who made a visit to the studio. Now they are definitely out of the mist and the loom is vibrating with colors.
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Helena Hernmarck's "Passing Fall" in the loom at ALT
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Helena Hernmarck's "Passing Fall" in the loom at ALT
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Helena Hernmarck's "Passing Fall" in the loom at ALT
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB


torsdag 17 oktober 2013

Reading tips, part 2

Here are some more tips of interesting books I've read lately.

Last year there was an interesting exhibition at Nationalmuseum called Slow Art, which I have written about before. The exhibtion was great but what was almost better was the catalogue they published. (Available in both English and Swedish) There are several interesting texts about the concept Slow Art - in past and present.

The Bauhaus movement produced a lot of interesting textile artists. One of them was textile artist Gunta Stölzl. There is a small but wonderful book about her (which I unfortunatly just could get a hold of in German, although there is an English version as well). But the pictures make up for my lack of understanding the text fully.

Another favorite in the book shelf is this book "Living museums in Scandinavia" which has given a lot of tips when dreaming about all the things we will do to our house. It shows different artists homes in all of Scandinavia and gives a bit of background to their making. Some of my favorites are of course the houses of Zorn and Carl and Karin Larsson. But I also found new favorites from Denmark and Finland which I hope to visit in the future.

torsdag 10 oktober 2013

Fall - inside and out

The fall has arrived both inside the studio and outside.

View from Alice Lund Textilier's studio
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier


tisdag 8 oktober 2013

After the Regatta

Another tapestry in the making at the studio right now, Olle Nyman's "Efter Regattan" (After the Regatta).

Ebba Bergström at the loom weaving Olle Nymans "Efter Regattan"
Photo :Alice Lund Textilier AB

torsdag 3 oktober 2013

The test of time

 In the archives at Alice Lund Textilier there is a lot of different types of material saved from almost 80 years of production - for example; hand painted sketches, fabric samples and photographs. This comes in handy when I am doing my research. Right now I am looking at the printed textiles that Sofia Widén made during the 1950s and yesterday I found something that really excited me.

All of the textiles created in Sofia Widén's studio are very well documented. There are for example binders with sketches from all of the comissions, as well as a record of envelopes with small fabric and yarn samples from all of the textiles that were made. Combined this gives a pretty good picture of what the studio produced during the years.

Yesterday I found the envelope with the fabric samples from my wall hanging "Karabinjärer" and I was very excited to compare the samples with the actual wall hanging to see what has happened with the colors during the years. And even though I think the soldiers have aged gracefully it is clear that the colors have changed quite a bit during 55 years.

Fabric samples from "Karabinjärer" at ALT Archives
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier

Fabric samples from "Karabinjärer" on the actual wall hanging
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier

Fabric samples from "Karabinjärer" on the actual wall hanging
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier





tisdag 1 oktober 2013

Feeling rich

It is easy to feel rich when looking into theses drawers in the archives. All original sketches by Sofia Widén from the 1950s.

From the archives at Alice Lund Textilier AB
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

fredag 27 september 2013

Reading tips, part 1

There are many delicious books about textile art and handweaving, although they are on occasion hard to find. So I thought some tips might come in handy. Since I have an interest for modern and contemporary textile art and handweaving as well as textile history this will be quite the mix.

My newest purchase is this book; Contemporary Textiles - the fabric of fine art (in English) which I haven't even had time to read yet. It features over 50 textile artists both established and emerging in the contemporary textile art scene as well as some articles on the subject. I am very much looking forward to digging into this.


A classic book about Swedish textile art from the 20th century is Svenska textilier 1890-1990 (in Swedish). This book I discovered during my studies in Uppsala and it has been a favorite ever since. It is very good to have as an encyklopedia over Swedish textile art as well as a good read when you are craving some inspiration.


Anyone who is interested in Swedish church textiles should have this book, Veneziansk Sidendamast by Margareta Ridderstedt, in their library. During the first half of the 20th century several of the established textile studios in Sweden designed silk damask fabrics that were woven in Italy. A remarkable collaboration that still shows in the many preserved liturgical textiles in churches all over Sweden.


onsdag 25 september 2013

Fall colors

Getting close to 80cm... 

Helena Hernmarck's "Passing Fall" in the loom, at ALT
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Helena Hernmarck's "Passing Fall" in the loom, at ALT
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Helena Hernmarck's "Passing Fall" in the loom, at ALT
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Helena Hernmarck's "Passing Fall" in the loom, at ALT
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

torsdag 19 september 2013

Exhibition: SOFT

A last minute tip about an interesting textile exhibition in Stockholm right now, SOFT at Gustavsbergs Konsthall. The exhibition displays contemporary textile art from Norway, in collaboration with the textile art gallery SOFT and the organization Norske Textilkunstnere. It is open until September 22nd so hurry up and see it if you haven't had the chance already. I thought it was very interesting to get to know more about what's happening in the textile art scene in Norway. When I heard about the exhibition I realized that I knew all to little on the subject. If you want to read more (in Swedish) Hemslöjd has an article here. Here are some of my favorites from the exhibition;


Exhibition SOFT at Gustavsbergs Konsthall, Stockholm
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Unn Sonju "Won Now" 2007, at Gustavsbergs Konsthall
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Borghild Rudjord Unneland "Håndkle" 2013, at Gustavsbergs Konsthall
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Lovaas & Wagle "Rosemarie" 2012, at Gustavsbergs Konsthall
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Regien Cox "Husk dronningen" 2013, at Gustavsbergs Konsthall
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB