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.
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