fredag 18 januari 2013

Good bye 2012!

It is always difficult to summarize something as vast as a whole year, especially when it has been one of the most intense years of my life. But here are some of the highlights;

The big loom 2012, at Alice Lund Textilier
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier
Alice Lund Textilier
As of January 1st 2012 I became the sole owner of Alice Lund Textilier which was a very exciting change (and a bit scary). Alice Lund Textilier is one of Sweden's three remaining old textile ateliers (the other two are Handarbetes Vänners ateljé and Märta Måås Fjetterström) and I feel very proud to be the caretaker of such an institution of textile knowledge and history.

Helena Hernmarck's "Folk Costume Details" at ASI, Minneapolis
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
Textile artist Helena Hernmarck's studio in Connecticut
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
Trip to the US - Minneapolis and New York 
This summer I got the amazing opportunity to go to both Minneapolis and New York on a two week textile feast. I had been invited by the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis to give a talk about Alice Lund Textilier and Swedish textile art of the 20th century. This because Helena Hernmarck had a large exhibition at ASI called "In Our Nature" with almost 20 large tapestries shown. And amazing event to say the least... After a week in Minneapolis with a lot of events and adventures we spent another week in New York. The definite highlight of that week was a visit to Helena's home and atelier in Connecticut. I think the picture says it all!

The mixing of yarns
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
 Weaving course "Shadow to Light" with Helena Hernmarck
In September we had a weaving course with Helena Hernmarck at the studio which was a lot of fun. Twelve weavers took on the task of trying to understanding "the Hernmarck-technique" with the guide of Helena herself as well as Ebba Bergström, weaver of 20 years at the studio. A memorable two weeks!

Sofia Widén "Exotic Birds"
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
Research project: Sofia Widén Textilier 
I cannot describe my year without mentioning Sofia Widén. This year I have continued my research about this great textile artist and now I am trying to get an overview of her artistry and business during the 1950's by examining a number of articles from that period. The project isn't finished yet so I 'll come back to this later on.

1 kommentar:

  1. Viket fantastiskt år Frida!
    Att få vara en liten pusselbit i detta är otroligt!
    Vad kommer 2013 att innehålla?
    Om ett år har vi svaret!
    Häls. Inger